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Archive of discussion texts:


27 November 2012, 1pm



23 November 2012, 1pm

IT department

a loaner


19  November 2012, 1pm

annexation of St Mandé


16  November 2012, 1pm

works council

meal vs meat (viande)

church, temple,


8  November 2012, 1pm

UtS electi


8  October 2012, 1pm

UtS elections


4 October 2012, 1pm


1 October 2012, 1pm

food truck




24 September  2012, 1:00pm


mold = moisissures

US product: cracking of shingles


20 September  2012, 1:00pm

CYA = cover your ass




17 September  2012, 1:00pm

flat adverbs

to be, to seem, to feel…

to feel = sentir

to feel = se sentir

to like, to love

I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak
Of one that lov’d not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
Perplex’d in the extreme. .


13 September  2012, 1:00pm

beginning a phone call

“Hello, this is Thao Pham from Paris.  I’m calling for Marc Naimark.”

“I’m calling about the latest test results.”

“Do you have a minute.”

“I’m afraid that…” = je regrette mais

“I’m afraid I don’t have time right now”

‘I’m afraid I’m in a meeting”

“Can I you call back this afternoon?”

“Could you call back tomorrow?”

“What is this in reference to?”

“Can I ask why you’re calling?”

“How can I help you?”

“Just how can I help you?”

“Do you have a minute?”

“Is this a good time?”

“I’m sorry to disturb you…”

“Is this a good time or should I call back later?”

a permanent record

ask vs demand

the proof

“I don’t know if you got my message…”


11 September  2012, 1:00pm



3 September  2012, 1:00pm

to render (uk) = to stucco (us) = enduire, mettre du stuc


Vietnamese civil engineering association,

neighborhood council


30 August 2012, 1:00pm

to take a nap

description of her projects

one subject: isothermic insulation systems, external insulation


retrofit =

polystyrene (Styrofoam)

Styrofoam is a closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam currently made for thermal insulation and craft applications [loisirs créatifs]. It is manufactured by The Dow Chemical Company.

In the United States and Canada, the word styrofoam is often used as a generic term for expanded (not extruded) polystyrene foam, such as disposable coffee cups, coolers, or cushioning material in packaging, which are typically white and are made of expanded polystyrene beads.[1] This is a different material from the extruded polystyrene used for Styrofoam insulation. The polystyrene foam used for craft applications, which can be identified by its roughness [rugosité] and by the fact that it “crunches” [ça craque] when cut, is moderately soluble in many organic solvents,cyanoacrylate, and the propellants and solvents of spray paint, and is not specifically identified as expanded or extruded. Another tradename for expanded polystyrene is thermacol, originated by BASF.

cladding =



vapor barriere


27 August 2012, 1:00pm

Some business English podcasts on telephoning:

BBC English: connection on the phone

a typical day at work

technicians must

hourly worker
salaried worker

wasp = guepe

cafeteria = self

trade show = salon professionnel


20 August 2012, 1:00pm

cell is short for cellular, cell phones = mobile ph mones


text message

landline = ligne de téléphonie fixe

a cell is a


16 August 2012, 1:00pm

I work at Saint Gobain for 2 years.
I have worked for/at Saint Gobain for two years.
I work for St Gobain. (generally true)
I am working at the headquarters (temporarily true)

It’s really a big company that develope the competance for a long time in the glass domain.
It’s a really big company that has developed its skills in the domain of glassmaking for a long time.

Now, the strategies of SG are the habitat.
Currently the strategic focus of SG is housing/building materials.

This means that all of our innovations, reasearch, development and production will concentrate about the materials for habitat.
This means that all of our innovations, reasearch, development and production will concentrate on materials for building.

Par example, you can do all your house with SG’s materials: glass, roofing, insulations, mortar, plaster, pipe…
For example, you can build your entire house with SG materials: glass, roofing, insulation, mortar, plaster, pipes, etc.

Now it’s more expensive than the existed house in the market but you can deduce this exceed part by the produced energie by the house with the time.
Now a new house built with SG materials is more expensive than a house built with other materials, but you can recover this excess cost by the energy produced and saved by the house over time.

This house can produce the energie and you can store them and use like you want or sell them…
An SG house can produce energy which can be stored for later use or sold.

You can also have the intellegent house with the automatic regulation of inside condition when the outside climatic condition changes.
You can also have an intelligent house with automatic regulation of inside conditions when the outside climatic conditions change.

I work for SG but I don’t work on glass.
I work for SG but I don’t work on glass.

Now, when we say about SG, we don’t think just about glass.
Nowadays when we talk about SG, we don’t think just about glass.

We think about alot of things like: material composites, material construction, ceramics…
Instead we think about a lot of things like composite materials, construction materials, ceramics, etc.


13 August 2012, 11:00pm

“Physics for Future Presidents”

fundamental knowledge, the basics

pyromania = pyromanie = la foie de ceux qui metttent le feu

kleptomania = la maladie de ceux qui ne peuvent s’empecher de voler

dry = sec

drought = secheresse


9 August2012, 9:30pm

national parks

I had good grades

the standard of living = le niveau de vie

plumber = plombier

priest = pretre

doctor = medecin

Today, I learnt that “City Center” in English is similary “Downtown” in American.
Today, I learnt that “City Center” in English is similar to “Downtown” in American.
similar to/different from

Today we discussed about the Manhattan, a borough of New York.

New York have other four boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx…). New York has four other boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island.

Mahattan is the richest borough of New York. It’s an island.

The map shows a very long island with the narrow width.
The map shows a very long island with a narrow width.

In the map, we see the three different area: downtow, midtown and uppertown.
On the map, we see three different areas: downtown, midtown and uptown.

In the downtown, we distingush the some quarters like uTribeca, Chinatown, Soho…
Downtown, we distingush the some quarters like Tribeca, Chinatown, Soho…

We can find the quarter Chelsea, Gramecy in the midtown.
We can find the quarters of Chelsea, Gramecy in midtown.

When we come from west to east, we find a different life level with the high level the the East of the Midtown.
When we go from west to east, we find a different standard of living, with the higher level to the East of the Midtown.

The building, the architecture may be the same but the people is not the same.
The buildings and architecture may be the same but the people are not the same.

When we go to the north of Manhattan, we find the people poorer and many black. (I dont’t know if I understand correctly what you want to say).
When we go to the north of Manhattan, we find that the people are poorer and many are black. (I dont’t know if I understand correctly what you want to say).

About the name of quarter, many of them came from English like Chelsea, Soho. Soho means the South of Houston (a short form).

The America is a very big country with the different culture. I hope have occasion to visit some Americain cities.


6 August2012, 9:30pm

proper nouns, including language and nationalities, are capitalized

to hang up = raccrocher le téléphone

I use a lot english in my work: meeting, writing, reading.
I use English a lot in my work:  meetings, reading, writing.

My customors and my colleagues are americain.
My customers and colleagues are American.

I went to Northborough one time for my work.
I went to Northborough once for my work. (I have been to Northborough once for my work.)
one time = once
two times = twice
three times = thrice

It’s not far from Boston.

I have also one colleague who lives in Center Boston.
I also have one colleague who lives in downtown Boston.

I visited Boston one time with him.
I visited Boston with him once.

I learnt today that Northboro is the short work of Northborough.
I learnt today that Northboro is the short form of Northborough.

I saw some my colleagues wrote Northboro and other wrote Northborough.
I have seen that some of my colleagues write “Northboro” and/while others write “Northborough”.

I use a lot english in my work but I know that my english is not very good.
I use English a lot in my work, but I know that my English is not very good.

I’m bad in writing, listening and also in writing :-) .
I’m bad at writing and listening.

Because for a long time I don’t used english until I work at Saint Gobain.
This is because for a long time, before I started working at Saint Gobain,  I didn’t use English.

I learnt english when I was in the high shool.
I studied English when I was in high school.

When I came into the university, I learnt just french because my class is in the francophonie program.
When I went to university, I learnt only French, because my class was in the French-speaking program.

So until my work at Saint Gobain, it was 10 years I didn’t use often english. So I try to improve my english beacause I need it in my work and also I like very much english (I think I like english more than french)

Today I learnt how to listening well english. I will try to download the video on my computer or something to listen them more frequently. Mark told me that after some months I can improve my listening skill.


30 July2012, 10:00pm

Last name is Pham.
First name Thi Than Thao, but she uses Thao.
She’s 29 years old.
Doesn’t like the idea of growing old.

Married to Guerrick since June.  She’s a newlyewed.
His father made a mistake in nam…

She is Vietnamese, she’s been in France for 7 years. Came in 2005. Studies, a masters.
Before coming, civil engineering. In France, ENPC, Masters in Mechanics of Materials. Then a doctorate in same subject.
Then taught a year at Paris VI, then St Gobain.
At St Gobain for two years, since 2010.
Research center: composites, building materials, mortar, plaster.


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