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(Updated on 13/03/2013)












Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving (Albert Einstein)

Ads History Posters
Animations Idioms Proverbs and Sayings
Cartoons Interactive exercises Quotations
Conversation Questions Interactive games Songs
Day of the Dead Lesson plans Stories
Debates Listening Superstitions
Dictionary Literature Videos
Exercises to print Photos Vocabulary
Facts Pictures Webquests
Grammar Poems  


Related pages :

Death penalty Superstitions (civilization)
'Death Penalty in the United States' - a webquest with crosswords Superstitions (vocabulary and activities)
Euthanasia "To kick the bucket"
Old age / Retirement VOCABULARY pages
Organ donation Zombies


Vocabulary :


  • 'Le cimetière' (

    The cemetery
    = " A tract of land used for burials."
    The churchyard
    = "The yard associated with a church."

  • Birth, Life & Death
    - illustrated vocabulary with Games and Tests (interactive and printable)



Dictionary :

  • Death - a glossary (


Listening :

  • WHO: Drowning Among Top Causes of Death in Children - Text + Audio - 25 April 2016
    "Is it important to know how to swim? If you live near water, knowing how to swim could save your life.
    The WHO says drowning is among the top causes of death among children under the age of 15 in nearly 50 countries.
    This article contains a video of a baby who learned how to swim."



  • Everyday English in Conversation - Listening
    Eating / Emotions / Fashion / Friendship / Health / Housing / Life / Memory / Money /
    Romance / Shopping / Time / Traveling / Vacation / Weather / Work
    (Focus English)



Pictures :

12 of the Most Beautiful Cemeteries Around the World
"Falling leaves, stunning statuary, and famous graves
— here are a dozen picturesque international spots to rest in peace."




Merry Cemetery | 100 Wonders | Atlas Obscura
"This small-town Romanian cemetery is filled
with darkly humorous graves."





Forensic science



"Grammar" :


History / Facts :



  • Famous wills 1552-1854 (
    "These records are the wills of 102 famous people which form the series PROB 1.
    The wills date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. They include the wills of:

    • William Shakespeare
    • Admiral Lord Nelson
    • Jane Austen"


  • First synthetic virus created
    "The US researchers built the infectious agent from scratch using the genome sequence for polio...
    this synthetic artefact would constitute a simple form of life.
    Responding to criticisms that such research could lead to bioterrorists engineering new lethal viruses, the scientists behind the experiment said
    that only a few people had the knowledge to make it happen."






  • Leona Helmsley (July 4, 1920  August 20, 2007)
    "was a billionaire New York City hotel operator and real estate investor."
    She "left her beloved white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will..."

    Nickname : "Queen of Mean"


    • Rich US dog hiding after threats
      "A dog which inherited $12m (£5.8m) from late New York hotelier Leona Helmsley is in hiding after it was targeted
      by death threats, US media say."



  • Styx (River) - Greek Mythology (


DAY of the DEAD :


Quotations :

  • Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."


Debates :


Superstitions :


Idioms :

  • English in a Minute: Bucket List - VIDEO
    "What is on your "bucket list?" Find out what this term means in this week's English in a Minute!"

  • If I Wanted To by Melissa Etheridge :
    "If I wanted to, I could run fast as a train
    Be as sharp as a needle that's twisting your brain...
    If I wanted to, I could be as patient as death"

  • When I Rap by Keith Murray :
    "There's nothing left for you to do now but kick the bucket"
  • Kill Yourself by Stormtroopers Of Death :
    "Dig yourself a hole in the ground
    Push up daisies six feet down"
  • Paint It Black by Inkubus Sukkubus :
    "I want it black, black as coal,
    As black as ice, as black as death"


Proverbs and Sayings :

  • Wise sayings ( :
    Dead men don't bite. - Plutarch (46-120)
    Dead men tell no tales. - J. Wilson (1664)
    Death is the great leveller. - Claudian
    Death keeps no calendar. - English (on death and dying)
    Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go. - Jean de la Fontaine
    Death pays all debts. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
    Death takes no bribes. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
    Six feet of earth makes us all equal. - Italian (on death and dying)
  • Life Is Real (Song For Lennon) by Queen :
    "Life is cruel life is a bitch"
  • Know by Johnny Q Public :
    "'Cause where there's life, there's hope"
  • When I Rap by Keith Murray :
    "There's nothing left for you to do now but kick the bucket"


INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • Birth, Life & Death
    - illustrated vocabulary with Games and Tests (interactive and printable)

  • Make a Mummy - interactive (



Exercises TO PRINT :


  • Date of birth - Pair work
    - envoyé par Christelle BOLTZ (Ac. Strasbourg)


  • Birth, Life & Death
    - illustrated vocabulary with Games and Tests (interactive and printable)


Webquests :



Lesson plans :

  • A Single Life - a lesson plan with a film
    "This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Job, Joris & Marieke and the theme of stages of life.
    In the lesson students practise vocabulary related to the stages of life, discuss stages of life, watch a short film, and speak and write about it."



  • The Other Side of the Door: What If - a lesson with a movie segment
    "This is a scary movie and this scene is really intriguing. I hope you like it...
    What if is usually used in the beginning of a question, when we ask about the consequences of an action.
    We use what if here to indicate present or future situations."


  • A list for living, not a bucket list - Article + Audio
    "Many people now make bucket lists. The BBC's Helen Fawkes explores the experiences people want before they die, and her own "list for living".
    What would you do if you found out that your time was limited? If you were told that you could be dead within months, you certainly had no more than five years to live?"

  • Click: Regrets - a lesson
    "This movie provides us entertainment and food for thought when it comes to our life choices.
    Having a remote control to extend our favorite moments of the day sounds like a dream, but we have to deal with its consequences. This scene is really touching."




  • The Right to Die? - Euthanasia - For and Against
    - "Each text is accompanied by tasks to do." (Frankie Meehan -
  • Strange fruit by Billie Holiday :
    "Southern trees bear strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees..."

    - with a lesson plan (Teachervision) :
    "This lesson focuses on Billie Holiday's signature song, "Strange Fruit," a protest song Lewis Allen (Abel Meeropol) wrote in 1938 about the ongoing and intransigent problem of lynching in the American South... Working in small teams, students analyze a variety of primary source materials related to lynching (news articles, letters written to or written by prominent Americans, pamphlets, broadsides, etc.) in order to assess the effectiveness of the anti-lynching campaign spearheaded by African-Americans."





  • Life or Death Game - interactive
    At each crisis point, you have to choose between two or more options.
    (Discovery Channel)



Poems :

  • The dead - animated poem (YouTube) - UPDATED


    • The Contemplator's Short History of Broadside Ballads
      "Printed folk music was extremely popular for more than four hundred years, beginning in the sixteenth century.
      Words to popular songs were printed on sheets of varying lengths. They came to be known as broadsides...
      'Death and the Lady' was printed on a broadside by J. Deacon sometime between 1683 and 1700.
      It was printed as 'The Great Messenger of Mortality, or a Dialogue betwixt Death and a Lady'."

      "The four concluding lines of the present copy of DEATH AND THE LADY are found inscribed on tomb-stones
      in village church-yards in every part of England" :
      "The grave's the market-place where all men meet,
      Both rich and poor, as well as small and great.
      If life were merchandise that gold could buy,
      The rich would live, the poor alone would die."


      "A haughty rich young lady tries to buy off Death when he comes to claim her, but Death shows "no respect."'


    • Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England

    • Broadside (music)
      "Printed lyrics of popular songs were extremely popular from the 16th century until the early 20th century.
      They were commonly known as broadsides or broadsheets..."


    • Broadsides in the 1500s (Wikipedia)

    • 'Death and the Lady' - a broadside ballad
      "DEATH..Fair lady, lay your costly robes aside.
      No longer may you glory in your pride ;
      Take leave of all your carnal vain delight,
      I'm come to summons you away to-night...
      Ta1k not of noon-you may as well be mute
      This is no time at all for vain dispute;
      Your riches, garments, gold . and jewels bright.
      Your houses and lands must on new owners light..."

      + Commentary :
      "This ballad is structured as a dialogue between Death and a woman, and is clearly intended for moral instruction.
      The implication is that the woman has led an extravagant, sinful life, and death has caught her before she has had the chance to reflect and pursue a more Christian lifestyle.
      The fact that this heavy-handed lesson is aimed specifically at women illustrates the Calvinist, paternalistic, sometimes misogynistic moral codes that prevailed in Scottish society of the time..."


  • Listen to a Sonnet - William Shakespeare
    "No longer mourn for me when I am dead..."


  • The man with the beautiful eyes - a poem by Charles Bukowski (YouTube)
    Read it. (

    Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994)
    "an influential Los Angeles poet and novelist"

  • Success by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Read and listen) - (

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    (1803 - 1882)
    American writer



    • "Stop all the clocks", a poem by W.H. Auden (1936)

      W.H. Auden
      (1907 - 1973)
      English writer




Conversation Questions :

  • The Right to Die? - Euthanasia - For and Against
    - "Each text is accompanied by tasks to do." (Frankie Meehan -