the manchester metropolitan university

Writing essays in French -Part 1

1 Introduction

1.1 Presenting the theme

Origins of the problem
Il y a quelques jours… - A few days ago…
Depuis un certain temps… - For some time now…
On parle beaucoup en ce moment de… - There is a lot of talk at the moment about…
On entend souvent dire que... - It is often said that…
Les récents événements de X ont mis en évidence Y - The recent events of X have highlighted Y
Un problème dont il est souvent question est celui de… - A problem that often arises is that of…
Tout le monde s’accorde à penser que… - Everyone agrees that…
Il est généralement admis que… - It is generally agreed that…
Il est bien connu que… - It is well known that…
Nous vivons dans un monde où… - We live in a world where…
De nos jours… - Nowadays…
The question that arises
Il convient donc d’examiner… We should therefore examine…
La question est donc de savoir... The question therefore is…
Quand se décidera-t-on à faire… When will it be decided to…
Quelles vont être les conséquences de … - What will the consequences be of …
Est-ce vraiment la solution à… - Is this really the solution to…
Est-il vrai que… - Is it true that…
Peut-on accepter que… - Is it acceptable for…
- Il est généralement admis que la télévision peut avoir une mauvaise influence sur les adolescents. […] Il convient donc d’examiner les relations entre la délinquance juvénile et la violence sur nos écrans.
It is generally agreed that television can have a bad influence on teenagers. […] We should therefore examine the relationship between teenage crime and violence on our screens.
- Il est bien connu que le tabac est à l'origine de maladies mortelles. […] La question est donc de savoir comment faire prendre conscience aux gens du danger qu’ils courent.
It is well known that tabacco causes a range of fatal diseases. […] The question therefore is how to make people aware of the risk they are running.
- Il ne se passe pas de semaine sans qu'on ne signale un incident grave sur nos autoroutes […]
Quand se décidera-t-on à prendre des mesures plus rigoureuses en matière de sécurité routière?
Barely a week goes by without reports of a serious accident on our motorways […] When will it be decided to take more stringent measures to ensure safety on our roads ?

1.2 Presenting the structure to come

Alors pour ou contre le pouvoir nucléaire ? Pour tenter de répondre à cette question nous évoquerons dans un premier temps les effets négatifs de cette technologie. Nous nous attacherons ensuite à en décrire les aspects positifs.
So should one be for or against nuclear power? In attempting to answer this question we shall first of all examine the negative effects of this technology. We will then move on to describe the positive aspects.
Nous traiterons cette question en trois points. Premièrement nous examinerons les origines de ce problème. Deuxièmement nous aborderons les développements qui ont eu lieu au cours des dernières années. Et finalement nous nous pencherons sur les possibilités que la situation s'améliore à l'avenir.
We shall deal with this problem in three parts. Firstly will look at the origins of the problem. Secondly we will address the developments that have taken place in recent years. And finally we will turn our attention to the possibilities that the situation will improve in the future.

1.3 Introducing the first argument

La première constatation qui s’impose, c’est que / La première remarque importante que l'on peut faire est qu’ un taux croissant d'illettrisme n'est pas limité à la France
The first point to note / The first important remark one can make is that one cannot remain indifferent when faced with the statistics relating to the subject
Commençons par examiner / En premier lieu examinons / Prenons comme point de départ les différents problèmes qui entravent la paix dans la région.
Let us begin by examining / First of all let us examine / Let us start with the various problems serving as obstacles to peace in the region
Il convient tout d’abord de se pencher sur le contexte historique de ce débat
Let us first of all turn our attention to the historical background to the debate
Il s'agit tout d’abord de désigner les sources du problème
Let us first try to pinpoint the source of the problem
Pour illustrer l'étendue de ce problème, il suffit de prendre les dernières statistiques du gouvernement à ce sujet
To illustrate the extent of the problem we only need to take the latest government statistics on the subject
Plusieurs arguments viennent renforcer la position anti-nucléaire.
There are several arguments making up the anti-nuclear position.
Parmi les arguments principaux de ceux qui soutiennent la cause antinucléaire il y a (not “est”)…
Among the principal arguments of those supporting the anti-nuclear cause is…

1.4 Introducing further arguments

Venons-en maintenant à considérer le point de vue des partisans des organismes génétiquement modifiés.
Let us now consider the point of view of the supporters of genetically modified products.
Après avoir examiné les arguments pour la légalisation du cannabis, considérons maintenant les arguments contre
Having looked at the arguments in favour of legalizing cannaibis, let us now consider the arguments against
Il convient maintenant d'analyser / Il faut maintenant s'interroger sur les arguments de ceux qui préconisent une législation plus stricte
We should now look at the arguments of those advocating a tightening up of the law
A ces difficultés économiques intérieures vient s'ajouter la récente instabilité des marchés monétaires internationaux
To these domestic economic difficulties can be added the recent instability on the international money markets

1.5 In conclusion

En conclusion / En dernière analyse Internet est un outil ambivalent. D'un côté il peut être vu comme une formidable opportunité. Mais les questions qu'il suscite sont nombreuses
In conclusion / In the final analysis the Internet is an ambivalent technology. On the one hand it can be seen as a significant opportunity. But it also raises many questions
Quelles conclusions tirer de cette analyse? / Deux conclusion s’en dégagent…
What can we conclude from this analysis? / Two conclusions emerge from this…
Le problème se résume donc a ceci : la création des emplois-jeunes résout-elle à long terme le problème du chômage ?
The problem can thus be summed up as follows:

List of concluding expressions:
tout bien réfléchi / considéré - all in all
tout compte fait / toute réflexion faite - when all is said and done
à tout prendre – taking everything into account
somme toute, en somme - in short, all in all
en définitive - when all is said and done
en dernière analyse - in the final analysis
en fin de compte - when all is said and done, at the end of the day
en conclusion / pour conclure - to conclude / in conclusion

Source : Manchester Metropolitan University 2004 with some corrections. I can’t accept “commençons d’abord” as it was written in the original texte. It’s a tautology, and it’s better to avoid it in french. You can write “examinons d’abord or observons d’abord”. 

Parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon :)

“And there lies the crux of the issue–the trans person, whether transsexual, transgender, or transvestite, is not seeking to change his or her identity at all. What trans people are trying to do is find a way of presenting their gender identity in such a way that the rest of the world will understand who they are.”

~ Stephen Whittle,

Whittle is an U.K.-based activist associated with the group Press for Change. He is also employed as professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This is an animation from one of the students at Manchester metropolitan University. This has inspired me on what I want to do in my project over summer.

This Doncaster student’s picture of an aquarium has baffled bosses at a tourist attraction with a mysterious image of a ghostly face. Emma Place, from Norton, took the picture on her mobile phone while visiting The Deep in Hull with her dad Alan, 48.

It was taken inside a tunnel which overlooks one of The Deep’s tanks and which appears to depict a human head, seen here at the bottom right of the picture.

The 21-year-old contacted bosses at the popular tourist attraction after her boyfriend Craig Richardson, 23, noticed the face after they had returned.

She said: “I was quite freaked out it’s the expression on the face. I have been there before and did not see it so I emailed The Deep asking what it was.”

Bosses launched an investigation to work out what the image was and CCTV confirmed nobody else was inside the tunnel.

Emma, a second year dental technology student at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I don’t normally believe in things like that but it’s quite spooky.”

Colin Brown, chief executive of The Deep, said: “We are a scientific centre and we’re sure there must be a logical explanation. It’s just that we can’t find it. There must be some sort of optical illusion or reflection of images between the window, but we cannot figure out how it has been done.”

Rossendale Fairies: skeptics swarm over alleged ‘fairy’ photos.

“I was just taking sunset through the trees and when I enlarged the photographs later in the studio, I saw these figures,” wrote John Hyatt,   Manchester Metropolitan University art lecturer . “They are not doctored apart from I increased the size of a detailed section of a larger photograph along with the DPI to stop them being just large pixels – normal size enhancement techniques." 

Rotating Fic: Trapped / Part 2

thatfunnygirllauren thought it would be funny to write a story written by different people and here I am. Here’s the second part of Trapped. lethallylauren and happyfrasers [as I convinced the wonderful Marie to write with us ;)] If more people want to join our story, tell Lauren (thatfunnygirllauren) because she’s in charge of everything. Let’s see how the story continues…

TRAPPED Part 1


Part 2

She took one of her pens from her red bag and wrote her name on the first blank of the paper. Surname, address, year of birth, name from the university she came from, job you’re applying for… Numerous of things were written in that piece of paper. Meanwhile, more people appeared through the same door. Loads… of people.

She stood up after writing everything down, giving it to the receptionist in front of her.

“You have to keep it. My partner from Human Resources will need it. You’ll be called soon.” She faked a sympathetic smile and ignored Rae by typing something on the computer’s keyboard.

She came back to her seat, waiting with her papers full of her type-writing in between her hands. Her hands were sweating by the minute the girl from Human Resources called her name. Other two boys were called, too. She followed that girl through the main corridor and entered a white door. Inside there was a big table and a few chairs.

“Please, sit down. How are you?”

“Good.” Both boys said at the same time. Lads… They see a fit girl with the tits on its place and they’re like leashed puppies. How predictable… 

“Did you fill in the paper the receptionist gave you before?” Fucking blonde and her perfect boobs. Rae smiled innocently at her and gave her the paper. Both men had to finish them, because they had been late. Pricks. “Hello Rachel. I’ll need your internship application and two ID pictures.” The woman checked the solicitude and nodded at Rae. “So… You’re studying in Manchester Metropolitan University, right?” Rae nodded. “I spoke with your supervisor yesterday.”

“Oh.” Was all she could say. She was still looking for the picture in her purse and she handed them to the… What? Secretary? 

“We’re now offering three kind of internship in our company. One in our music radio show and other two in my department.” Suddenly, a ring came from the only telephone in the room. The woman picked it up. “Hello? Yes. I’m with them now. Oh, okay. I’m finishing with them. Alright. See ya in a minute.”

Rae held her leather jacket against her chest, waiting for the other two to finish. They had gaps without filling in and they had to ask to the girl… Obviously. Please! Be more obvious, I don’t think the whole city has noticed you two are trying to flirt with your probably future boss.

A voice she could recognise even if she was in jail and the voice played on the other side of the world, came from somewhere. She moved her head to her sides, trying to figure out where it came from but there were no speakers in that big room. Just them four. She began to sing mutely Cigarettes & Alcohol while she was waiting, tapping with her toes to the floor, following the rhythm of the song.

“Hello Amanda.” Another male voice could be heard in the room. She turned around and saw him. Adonis. Adonis was there.

That Amanda woman gave him her papers. Her papers. He glanced over them, reading some of the information and turned his eyes to her. He smiled fondly at her and held out his hand, waiting for her to shake it.

“Hello um… Rachel. Good morning.” He then talked with Amanda again about the other two boys in the room. Apparently, they were not going to be with her in that internship. Excellent, she thought. “Follow me, Rachel.”

Then, they left the white room and she crossed the same door as before, walking through the long corridor once again until Adonis pressed on the lift button. They entered and he pressed the seventh number. A long minute closed in a small place like that. She wanted to turn around to avoid him but it was impossible. That embodiment of Horn was reflected in every mirror inside the lift. She didn’t know what it should be best for her… staring at him or turn around and see his reflection on the mirror.

If she turned around, she could check his perfect arse. But as always, her brain wasn’t thinking the same as her heart… or lady bits, and of course, it made her feel embarrassed of herself. Nothing new.

“Nice weather outside, huh?” She said.

She cursed to herself after saying that stupid thing about the weather, watching how Adonis furrowed an eyebrow who stared at her from the corner of his eye.

Why the fuck do I say the weirdest stuff sometimes? Now he’s probably thinking you’re a weirdo, Rae. Well done. High five to Rae. On the face. With a chair. 

“Suppose…”

Suppose? What the…? Rae, shout your mouth and your first day will be alright.

Then, the lift stopped. Rae followed Adonis through another corridor until he opened one door at the end. He let her in first. It was an office with a big vinyl library in one corner.

“You can leave your stuff in here. By the way, I’m Finn. I’m gonna be your internship supervisor.” He smiled at her again. It looked like he forgot what have happened on the lift on the way in there. That gave her a second chance!

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Meet The Designer Set of 6 Vol.1:

Aitor Throup was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He arrived in Burnley, Lancashire in 1992. It was in Burnley that Throup developed a passion for labels such as Stone Island and C.P. Company. A mixture of Aitor’s interest in these products and his own passion for drawing led him to begin a BA in Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, from where he graduated with first class honours in 2004. In 2006, he completed an MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art in London.

At London Collections: Men in June 2012 Throup announced and previewed his eponymous product line. The New Object Research presentation was hosted by two of the most influential fashion ambassadors, Sarah Mower and Tim Blanks.

The first complete New Object Research offering was presented at London Collections: Men in January 2013, and was globally launched into exclusive stores in October 2013.

In January 2014, Aitor Throup was announced as creative director for Damon Albarn’s first solo album and single, Everyday Robots.

The album lead title track Everyday Robots is accompanied by a video, premiered on the Sundance Channel on Monday the 20th of January 2014, a digital portrait of Albarn directed by Throup which uses CGI software showing actual cranial scans and facial reconstruction techniques to explore and reveal the process of building a uniquely personal portrait of an artist and individual.

Photo I: Aitor Throup in his Atelier

Photo II: Aitor Throup x C.P. Company 20th Anniversary Goggle Jacket Exhibition 

Photo III: Goggle Jacket Exhibition

Photo IV: Aitor Throup’s New Object Research product line.

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Happy PFAD! I’m Nica Aquino; first generation Filipina (Ilokano)-American, analog photographer & multidisciplinary artist currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom & originally from Los Angeles, CA. I am pursuing my MFA in Visual Culture at the School of Art in Manchester Metropolitan University.

👆🏽Today, I celebrate the 12th of June with the completion of one of my pieces I made as part of a larger series of works for my dissertation, due this coming September! It is a Cordillera (Northern Philippines) inspired crochet blanket/skirt made from wool yarn, acrylic yarn, glass beads & mother of pearl.

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