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Home Page
In order to meet the specific teaching requirements in each of the three languages, the entire content of the site is provided in French, English and Spanish. Just click one of the three chameleons on the home page to select the navigation language. The Index enables you to search in the three languages (one at a time). Limiting your search to one specific language enhances immersion in that language while leaving you the choice of exploring equivalent expressions in either of the other two languages.

In addition to the home page, a menu bar allows you to move through the various sections in the site.

Information > Objectives
The Objectives section provides an overview of the wealth of idiomatic expressions and the value in learning them. It also explains the limitations of this trilingual index by clearly defining the type of expressions included, the choice of equivalent expressions and suggested activities.

Information > Mediagraphy
The Mediagraphy section contains a list of all the books and websites used to create this site. The current version does not display the source of each expression included in the Index. This information, however, has been systematically collated in an underlying database for use by language specialists.

Information > Comments
This section allows you to submit an evaluation of the 1000 images on the tip of my tongue site. A page will appear on the screen on which you can directly record your assessment of the media content or features of the product and then forward your comments to us. In this section, you can also look at the evaluations and comments of other users.

Users can access the Index directly from the home page once they have selected the interface language. The Index screen is divided into four frames: Search Engine and Search Result in the top half of the screen, and File (of expression selected) and Display (of equivalent expression in one of the other two languages) in the bottom half. When a user accesses the Index, a list of all the expressions in the interface language will display by default in the Search Result frame.

Looking for Expressions (Search Engine)
The search criteria, listed in the top left-hand corner of the Index, help navigate through the thousand or so expressions in the database. Select the language, category or word you are looking for. A list of keywords is also available. Start by pressing the Enter key or clicking the Search button . You may want to click the Reset button (counter-clockwise arrow) to restore the initial parameters before starting a new search. Put a check mark in the box beside the word "Context" to broaden the search to all the words contained in the sentence.

Search Result
The frame displays either a single expression or a list of expressions. The first expression in the list is always chosen by default. You may go through the list in various ways:
- By clicking one expression at a time
- By using the navigation arrows in the bottom right-hand corner on either side of the file number (« 1 / 425 »)
- By using the navigation arrows on the keyboard

You must first click at least once in the box before using the keyboard arrows or scroll wheel. Once an expression is selected, the corresponding file will display in the lower half of the screen.

File (of Expression Selected)
The selected expression appears in the lower frame, followed by a brief contextual statement that explains its meaning. You can listen to it by clicking on the loudspeaker icon.

Display Equivalent
The equivalent expression in one of the other two languages can be displayed on the right of the screen. Use the pull-down menu to select the language.

Some 50 expressions have been illustrated using cartoons that follow the adventures of the Flying Stars circus troupe. The list of expressions, which is drawn up chronologically according to the storyline, corresponds to 50 cartoons. Clicking on a sequence title will launch the animated story. Each scene recounts an adventure that illustrates an idiomatic expression. From the founding of the Flying Stars Circus to the final scene, a succession of cartoons relates the trials and tribulations of one-of-a-kind circus performers.
By clicking , you can see the text of the response displayed onscreen.

This module presents several learning activities that help you learn the expressions, understand their meaning and identify the equivalent expression in one of the other two languages. This is a practical tool for all those who want to go beyond just exploring the Index.

Activities > Knowledge...
The questionnaires in the Knowledge..., Understanding… and Translation… of idiomatic expressions present various types of exercises to complete using the Netquiz software tool. Click on the title of an exercise to access the questionnaire.

Format of Sound Files and Cartoons
The audio-digital files included in the Index are in MP3 format.

The cartoons in the Activities section are available in QuickTime (.mov) format. This format, created for media streaming, launches the sequence quickly without waiting for the download of the whole file in the cache.

To listen to the audio-digital files and watch the cartoons, you will need Version 6 (or higher) of the QuickTime Player plug-in.
Both of these multimedia compression formats optimize the size of the files to be downloaded while maintaining their quality.

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The resources offered on this website were designed primarily for the teachers and students in the Québec college network. They can be used only for educational, non-commercial purposes.

We allow sites to post links to our resources, but reproduction, modification and re-routing to paid sites are strictly prohibited. Reference to the source (Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique/Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development) and the web address ( is always mandatory.

Some of the resources may require authorization for reproduction and some are subject to specific restrictions. It is the responsibility of the user to check with the CCDMD which conditions apply.

Commercial use
Any use of any resource for commercial purposes requires a specific agreement between the applicant and the CCDMD.

Citation of the source
The user must always cite the authors and source of the resources. For e.g.,

Lamothe, R. et Gingras, R. 1000 Images on the Tip of my Tongue. (2009) Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD). Retrieved from

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