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Étudier en France: French Intermediate course B1-B2 Coursera Review

Over the past 6 weeks I took a course online in Coursera which is a site with plenty of MOOC courses you can take. For those unfamiliar it’s just basically a fancy acronym (Massive Open Online Courses) for an online course. The course is by l’École Polytechnique which is an important university in France. The name of the course is Étudier en France: French Intermediate course B1-B2, it lasts 6 weeks and you can sign up for it various times during the year. The actual course is free to take but if you want a certificate of completion you need to pay a small fee. So, is this course worth it?

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I’ll begin with a brief description on my experience with MOOCs with their pros and cons which can apply to any course taken on these platforms. I’m big fan of online courses and learning by myself with my computer which is not for everyone. You have things to do each day but if you’re busy you can pretty much do them at anytime before the course finishes which is great for us with busy schedules. There is usually some sort of evaluation which are sometimes easy and the difficult one you need to be honest since it can be somewhat easy to cheat. You can get a lot out of it but it does require you to do stuff on your own since just doing the basic requirements to pass the course is not enough as you can easily cheat or do some without really learning all that much. The main problem is most of the assignements are either graded by other students or multiple choice tests so it’s difficult to know how well you did and as I mentioned, you learn what you put in it.

As far as the actual course it’s supposed to be an intermediate level course for French and I think that is about right. Some things were a bit easy for me but others were a bit difficult so I was able to find plenty of challenging things. I might not have learned as much as I would’ve wanted but I got plenty of practice each day and did learn a thing or two which is more than I can say if I hadn’t taken it.

The theme of the course is that you’re going to study in France so you learn the vocabulary, situations and grammar you may need to implement if you were to actually go to France. Each week deals with a different aspect from just arriving to France, to signing up for classes, integrating into society and all the way to living in France. I found the theme of the course to be a lot of fun. The grammar sections tended to either be quite easy or quite difficult, no in between. The listening aspect was pretty cool and I feel I got to train my ear quite a bit even if I didn’t catch all the things it wanted me to learn. I slacked off a bit in the reading since I tended to only read through the activities once and skipped plenty of important details even if I did enough to pass the small quizes. For writing I think I tried my hardest on, sadly with the peer review system I never felt I got any real feedback despite the fact that I’m sure there were plenty of mistakes.

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Overall I’d say that the course is totally worth it if you want to check it out and you can sign up here. As mentioned before even if the course has finished it will re-start evenentually so you can catch up and a good extra thing you can do if you’re learning French.

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Looking Back On..The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police

My knowledge of Sam and Max only came from an Easter egg found on Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire but when I found out there was an animated show on Fox Kids that many people don’t know much about I decided to give it a shot and check it out. Now I have never played any of the Lucasarts or Telltale video games or know anything of the characters personalities or universe so when I watched it I went in blank.

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Dinosaur Article Archives

My first true love were dinosaurs before corporate multinationals gave me heavily marketed action figures to buy. My love for franchises like Mighty Max, Power Rangers, Turok, Jurassic Park, etc. all started because of they involved dinosaurs which I was already crazy over. I’m glad to say that to this day dinosaurs are still something I’m quite interested in even if I no longer want to be a paleontologist or care to know all the dinosaur names/facts. Here is a collection of all the tributes/articles I’ve written to my Dino friends.

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Jurassic Park Archive
The Land Before Time Archive
Walking With..Disney’s Dinosaur
Power Rangers Archive
Godzilla Archive
Kaiju / King Kong Archive
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Jurassic World McDonalds

Jurassic Park has had many fast food promotions over the years, hell it even had one during the re-release of the original movie in 3D at Burger King! With a new movie being released in 2015 I for sure thought we’d get one only to be disappointed that it didn’t happen. Apparently no one expected the movie to be that big so not many bothered to license products, once it became a huge hit that even got close to beating the newest Star Wars in over a decade did companies realize they missed the boat but it was too late.

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For sure this wasn’t going to happen again right? Well we got a hint that it would happen over the holidays when McDonalds released a train set with various franchises including big franchises from Barbie, Transformers, Minions, Hot Wheels, My Little Pony among others. But who was there? The T-Rex with a Jurassic Park fence branded Jurassic World. But when we saw that they announced their toys for June….Jurassic World was missing instead we had some Incredibles figures.

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Luckily, this was only in the US and at least Latin America/Europe did get Jurassic World figures. Driving by and seeing a huge marketing blitz that the first Jurassic World movie lacked was great, Universal realized that Fallen Kingdom was their 6 foot turkey and needed respect. Walking in to McDonalds full of Jurassic Park memorabilia will always be cool no matter the age. Now, let’s take a look at the commercial:

We took a look at the previous Jurassic Park fast food commercials in a previous post, but now we’re going to take a look at this one for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. They re-create the shadows and tension of the movie very well and fits perfectly with not only the franchise but their previous commercials. It’s really quite cool.

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As far as the figures they could be better but they aren’t horrible either. The main problem with them as it is with most fast food toys is that they include some type of stupid gimmick. Here they include some magnets so the dinosaurs can “fight” and you can make their heads move. It doesn’t work very well, but at least the figures are quite big!

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I got Baby Blue since it’s a cute bobble head type figure and the Indoraptor since it’s a one of a kind dinosaur for this movie that will be difficult to get any merchandise later on. I’m not sure if I’ll be collecting the whole set but I have a few hours to still decide before they change them up.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Latin America Premiere Event

I got invited to go to the Latin American premiere of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom so I thought I”d write up a little about my experience. I’ll be drawing comparisons to the trailer premiere of Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom that I attended last year and I’ll also give a small spoiler free thoughts on the movie, for my spoiler thoughts and problems with the film click here.

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Power Rangers Article Archives

I was able to get into the Power Rangers fad as it had just begun since I loved dinosaurs already which lead me to being an early adopter before it hit it huge. I loved them until they stopped airing episodes where I lived. It wasn’t until many years later that I re-discovered them and realized they were still as awesome as they had ever been and  I’m still a fan today.
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