Hervé Bellut, the creator of this self development board game, has had a varied and interesting career path.

His formal studies were in astrophysics, and as an aerospace engineer he went on to become interested in occupational stress in the workplace. This interest and development into Well Being  seemed a natural path to him because from a young age he had begun to learn yoga and in 1990 he became a yoga teacher and therapist.

Hervé uses meditation and yoga in his therapy sessions, training and workshops, in addition he has written books on the subject and is a frequent conference speaker.

From this experience, Hervé developed the “game” of INVITOSCOPE in order to help professionals in the workplace better understand their motivation, their path to creativity, their decision making process to reach fufillment and improve team building among colleagues.

French speakers would be interested to read “Les 7 invitations de l’Univers” which Hervé wrote in 2015 and is the foundation for his game INVITOSCOPE.









The Invitoscope Website

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night – have you heard about the Cannes film festival ? What are the images which come to mind? Glamour, the red carpet, champagne and movie stars?

In this podcast, a cinema 500 miles away from Cannes tried to reproduce the same glitzy atmosphere and the EFL Podblog was there to enjoy the experience. Listen to what the cinema goers had to say about the glitz and glam before going into the cinema and then their impressions of the film on leaving.

The opening of the Cannes film festival is always a big event and this year the film Nobody Knows opened the festival. This film is part thriller, part family drama starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The plot starts when Laura (played by Penelope Cruz) returns to her family home in Spain After years in Argentina, for the wedding of her younger sister, Ana. She has traveled from Argentina with her teenage daughter, Irene, and her young son, Diego, though the kids’ Argentinean father, Alejandro, has remained at home.  During the wedding celebration a family drama occurs which then ignites old scars, tensions and deep feelings within the family and notably with an old family friend played by Javier Bardem.

You can watch the trailer here to get a feel of the story line.

The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in 1932 when the French Minister of National Education wanted to set up an international cinematographic festival and the first festival was planned for 1939, however the outbreak of World War II put an end to this plan. So the first Cannes Film Festival saw the first light of day in 1946 when 16 countries were presented.

Nowadays there are 20 films in competition for the famous Palme d’Or, which is awarded for the best film. In total there are 21 awards given ranging from the usual ones for best actor and actress to the more unusual Palm Dog awarded for the best canine performance.

In general the films in competition are a showcase for European and other foreign language films in an attempt to counterbalance the power of the American blockbuster genre.

In spite of the arty seriousness of the films in competition the atmosphere of the festival is one of glamour with a capital G, and before the showing of each film the actors, directors and other members of the production team have to parade in front of a huge bank of photographers, walk the red carpet and then climb the iconic festival steps……. just as the “podcastees” did in a cinema in Toulouse !

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night


See this quiz  too to learn extra vocabulary about films.

Experiences of being on stage

Experiences of being on stage

Experiences of being on stage

Experiences of being on stage can be both a very exciting or a very stressful experience, especially if you suffer from Stage fright or performance anxiety.

Susan asks Andy, a somewhat seasoned performer, and Chris who is just staring out, about their experiences of being on stage.

Stage fright or performance anxiety is the anxiety, fear, or persistent phobia which may be aroused in an individual by the requirement to perform in front of an audience, whether actually or potentially (for example, when performing before a camera).

In the context of public speaking, or performing on stage, this may precede or accompany participation in any activity involving public self-presentation.

In some cases stage fright may be a part of a larger pattern of social phobia (social anxiety disorder), but many people experience stage fright without any wider problems.

Quite often, stage fright arises in a mere anticipation of a performance, often a long time ahead.

It has numerous manifestations: stuttering, tachycardia, tremor in the hands and legs, sweaty hands, facial nerve tics, dry mouth, and dizziness.

Stage fright can occur in people of all experiences and backgrounds, from those who are completely new to being in front of an audience to those who have done so for years.

Stage fright may, for example, have a negative impact on the individual’s performance, such that it affects their confidence during job interviews, being on stage or during presentations.

It affects actors, comedians, musicians, and politicians. Many people with no other problems in communication can experience stage fright, but some people with chronic stage fright also have social anxiety or social phobia which are chronic feelings of high anxiety in any social situation. Stage fright can also be seen in other situations, like stand up projects and class speeches.

Experiences of being on stage

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What is going on in these sequences

What is going on in these sequences

What is going on in these sequences

What is going on in these sequences – can you tell just by listening to the sounds?

The best language learners are a combination of people who are curious, who keep asking themselves questions and are actively involved in their own learning proces, and those that can hear well, and I’m not talking about hearing well versus hearing impairment – that is an altogether different subject.

What I am talking about is those learners that can hear the sounds that are specifically English sounds (as in the language and not the nationality).

This includes things such as; elision, glottals, liaisons between words, low and high tones, pitch, volume, rate and intonations etc.

The story goes that if you can’t hear the sounds in a language, you will never be able to understand nor be able to produce accurate language through speech.

This takes a lot of time and perseverance and does not, in any way mean that a learner has to understand every single word in a sentence or a section of speech, because sometimes we don’t even do this in their own native language – sometimes we listen to parts of what are said to us, sometimes we lose concentration or we drift off.

This activity is designed to train your ears to sounds and not words.

Sounds will often give a lot of clues about the context of a conversation – where the people are for example.

See if you can work out what is happening and send your answers through the comments at the bottom of the page or you can comment on Facebook.

Developing listening skills is a language is at times difficult, often frustrating, rarely made up of shortcuts and always rewarding – at the end.

Try listening to a video or DvD in English without looking at the picture, now pause the video and without looking at the screen, try to imagine :

  • Where the scene takes place?
  • How many people are in the scene?
  • How they are dressed?
  • How old they are?
  • Are they men women, or children?
  • What relationship are they to each other? etc. etc.

Now turn around and look at the paused image – How close did you get?

The more of this type of activity you do, the more you will sharpen your hearing skills and thus your listening skills – give it a try, you have nothing to lose!

What is going on in these sequences

Three items on my Bucket List – Merry

Three items on my Bucket List – Merry

Three items on my Bucket List – Merry

Three items on my Bucket List – Merry came in today to tell us a little about what three things are at the very top of her bucket list.

She is just starting out with learning English and we are both very pleased and grateful to welcome her along to record a podcast at EFL PodBlog.

“Some people die at 25 years old and aren’t buried until they are 75 years old.” Benjamin Franklin

“Every man dies — Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross

What is a Bucket List?

If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die, or kick the bucket – hence the name “Bucket List.”

Here is a podcast asking just that question, “What is a bucket list?”

Why Create a Bucket List?

If you don’t live your days by personal goals and plans, the chances are that you will spend most of your time caught up in a the humdrum routine or the rat-race of everyday life.

Have you ever had the feeling that your days and your life is just passing you by in such a rate of knots, without any tangible results to speak about?

What did you accomplish in the past 3 months / 6 months, 12 months, 3 years?

What are your upcoming goals for the next 3 months / 6 months, 12 months, 3 years?

Look at the things you did and the things you’re planning to do next — Do they mean anything to you if you were to die today?

Having a bucket list reminds you of what’s really important in life so you can act on them.

A bucket list helps hone your goals and ambitions into a set of achievable, ‘I-really-want-to-do-this’ steps – now how exciting is that!

It’s just like planning ahead all the highlights that you want to be featured in the rest of your life.

The objective of creating this list isn’t to instill some kind of a race against time or to create aversion toward death. I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth — I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth — our physical lifespan is but a short speck of our existence in the universe.

The whole point of creating your list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live your life to the fullest.

It is a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here on this planet, so that instead of wasting away our time on pointless activities, we are directing our lives fully towards what really matters to us.

Have a look for some ideas on Bucket Lists Here

Three items on my Bucket List - Merry

The first time I saw snow

The first time I saw snow

The first time I saw snow

The first time I saw snow – Can you remember the first time you saw snow ? Do you live in a country where snow is usual or do you live in a region of the world where snow is a highly unlikely event?

Some countries never get a single flake of snow and the idea of the ground covered in a white blanket of snow is only something that some people see in books or on Christmas cards.

For other countries, snow is an annual occurrence that can last for up to six months at a time – some love this and others really hate it.

In this podcast Raghv Vamsi, a 25 year old Indian currently living in France, shares his feelings with us about the first time he saw snow…. he was clearly impressed! Listen carefully to vocabulary which expresses amazement and surprise.

In February 2018 Europe was hit by a strong high pressure system which caused severe temperature drops and  was quickly nicknamed “The Beast from the East” because the snow came from an easterly direction and the temperatures were even colder than Arctic Circle .

The United Kingdom, in particular, experienced huge amounts of snowfall, gale-force winds and record cold temperatures. Some villages across the British Isles were cut off by 25-foot drifts, days after the snow ended. The army was bought in to help dig people out. There were major travel disruptions with roads being impassable, airports closed, trains stuck in stations and thousands of schools and business closed for days all across the country.

In France and the rest of Europe the weather was very cold but the snowfall only lasted a couple of hours and caused much fun for many people, including Raghv Vamsi.

Test your comprehension skills even further by watching the Met Office weather forecast snow warning.