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Vinita, notre assistante d’anglais pour l’année 2015-2016, nous fait découvrir son pays, Trinidad and Tobago.  [1].



  • [1Trinité-et-Tobago est un État insulaire des Caraïbes situé dans la mer des Antilles, au large du Venezuela. Membre du Commonwealth, la langue officielle en est l’anglais


  • History of Trinidad and Tobago - Mai 2016

    Before the Spanish colonisation by Columbus in Trinidad, the island, situated in the Caribbean next to south America, was populated by Native Americans (Arawak and Caribs) with a population of 40 000 persons.
    In 1498 Columbus arrived on the island and called it Trinidad and Bellaforma. But the name of the second island changed to Tobago because there were tobacco plantations. Columbus saw three hills upon arriving in Trinidad, hence its name, but it was in 1532 that Spain conquered (...)

  • Trinidad and Tobago cooking - Mai 2016

    Trinidad and Tobago cooking is influenced by many different countries in the world like India , China , Europe , Lebanon , Africa and also by Indian-American culture .
    Breakfast :
    For breakfast, the people of Trinidad and Tobago eat different kinds of breads such as roast or coconut bake and warm hops bread with a slice of cheddar. They also like also local cookies, very popular in this island, called “Crix” which look like a “sablé” in French.
    Food :
    Curry is a main course in (...)

  • Trinidad and Tobago’s folkore - Avril 2016

    The myths of Trinidad and Tobago came, for most of them, from French and African civilizations.
    Douens are the souls of children who died before they were baptized. They are seen playing in forests and near rivers. They have no faces and their feet are turned backwards. They approach children and lead them far into forests until they get lost or they can come near people’s house for scared them.
    Old people say that we can prevent the Douens from calling our children into the (...)

  • The amazing Trinidad and Tobago carnival characters ! - Avril 2016

    Hello ! We are going to tell you about the carnivals in Trinidad and Tobago.
    So, the carnival is a tradition which has been celebrated for a hundred years. Many people of all cultures take part in this event because there is lots of fun to be had and beautiful costumes to see.
    The Baby Doll character, which is now extinct, was played up to the 1930s. The masquerader portrayed a gaily dressed doll, wearing a frilled dress and a bonnet. In her arms she carried a doll which symbolised an (...)

  • Music in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago - Avril 2016

    We will present the music of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The origins of this music as well as the many instruments that were unknown to us until now are very varied.
    Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century. Its rhythms can be traced back to West African Kaiso and the arrival of French planters and their slaves from the French Antilles in the 18th century
    Chutney music is typically played with the (...)

  • Interview with Vinita ! - Novembre 2015

    Students of the class Terminale S1-S2 interview Vinita about her country and her stay in France thus far.
    1) Why did you come to France ?
    I decided to come here because I thought that participating in the Language Assistants Programme would be a great opportunity to gain work experience, learn about a different culture and travel around Europe. I’m very passionate about exploring different countries and cultures.
    2) Are you enjoying French culture and people ?
    Yes I am ! The (...)