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Learner Training: 5 ways films can improve your English

Learner Training: 5 ways films can improve your English

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich talk about the language of films. They discuss two films about football that they really like and introduce lots of vocabulary about movies. They also share five tips that will help you use films to improve your English. The language focus is on passives and film genres.

This podcast is also part of our activity week which starts on March 12th. This is lesson two. If you want to find the other lessons or sign up for the free activity week, go to activity week - films and football.

Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we also have a new football phrase for you to guess. Enjoy!

Transcript

If you find the podcast difficult to understand, you can read the transcript and listen at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Learner training: How to use films to improve your English

Rich: Hey Jack, fancy bumping into you here! What are you up to?

Jack: Probably the same as you - going to the cinema.

Rich: Yes, of course. Well, there’s no football on tonight!

Jack: We just thought we’d turn up and see what’s on. Have you had a look? Anything good on? We could all go together and then get something to eat after?

Rich: That sounds like a plan. I’m looking at the listings now.

Jack: The Black Panther that looks good. I love action movies. 

Rich: Superheroes aren’t really my thing. 

Jack: What about this one … Hey Jude? 

Rich: It’s a musical drama and it’s in Malayalam.

Jack: Oh! I thought it would be about the Beatles or maybe Olivier Giroud! Maybe it’s got subtitles?

Rich: We were thinking about The Shape of Water. It’s just won Best Film and Best Director at the Oscars.

Jack: It’s sci-fi, isn’t it? I’m not into sci-fi that much.

Rich: I think it’s more of a fantasy drama.

Jack: I think we’ll stick with the Black Panther. I tell you what, let’s meet up after, when the films have finished.

Welcome - Films 

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week, Rich?

Rich: In this week’s podcast, we are going to talk about the language of films and talk about how films can help you with your English.

Jack: This podcast is also part of our next Premier Skills English Live Activity Week on the Premier Skills English website where you will see lots of extra pages and activities related to the language of films.

Rich: The activity week starts on Monday the 12th of March so come back to the Premier Skills English website and we will have lots of extra things to help you with your English grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading skills.

Jack: You can register for this activity week and our past activity weeks on the Premier Skills English website now. It’s free, it will help you with your English and if you complete it, you can download a certificate. Click the tab on the menu that says live!

Rich: Finally, don’t forget to listen to the end of this podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

Topic Focus

Jack: To start this podcast Rich and I are both going to talk about a film we like.

Rich: When we finish we are going to look at some of the language we used in more detail and then we’re going to talk about how watching films can help you with your English.

Jack:  So, Rich, you can go first. Tell us about a film that you have enjoyed. While you are listening we want you to answer two questions: One: What is the name of the film? Two: What type of film is it? 

Rich: The film I’m going to talk about is quite old now. It was made in 2002 and is called Bend it Like Beckham. It’s a comedy or maybe a romantic-comedy that is all about a teenager who wants to be a professional footballer. The problem? though is that she is Indian and a young woman which means she needs to fight lots of racism and sexism to get where she wants to go. As I said, it’s a romantic-comedy so these problems are never dealt with in lots of detail, but it is interesting to see how discrimination happens and how it’s still relevant today. The film is called Bend it like Beckham, but it really means bending the rules and yes, David Beckham is in the film but only right at the end. Actually, the film is more famous because it starred Keira Knightley who has become really famous in films like the Pirates of the Caribbean and more recently Atonement and the Imitation Game. The film was really funny, but I think it also told an important story and that’s why I like it.

Jack: I honestly haven’t seen it. I probably should but I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies or Manchester Utd!

Rich: OK, Jack, now it’s your turn. Tell us about a film that you have enjoyed. While you are listening we want you to answer three questions: One: What is the name of the film? Two: What type of film is it?
 
Jack: The film I’m going to talk about is also quite old. It’s called Fever Pitch and was originally a book that was written by Nick Hornby who often writes about sport and music and lots of his books have been turned into screenplays. Fever Pitch is a drama that is all about being an Arsenal fan. The book is about one fan’s relationship with football, but the film is about one season - 1989/90, when Arsenal beat Liverpool to the League title, in one of the most exciting title races ever. The plot follows Paul, played by Colin Firth, throughout the season. It has really funny parts but also has lots of drama and romance. If you are a football fan, this film is a must-see. 

Rich: I agree it’s a really good film, but, as a Liverpool fan, I didn’t like the ending!

Language Focus 1 (film genres)

Jack: In the roleplays, one of your questions was to say what type of film we were describing. You probably heard both of us using the word romantic-comedy to describe the film.

Rich: Romantic-comedy is just one type or genre of film. You probably know a lot more. We are now going to test your knowledge of film genres.

Jack: Rich doesn’t know very much about films, so I am going to challenge him. I’m going to give Rich a definition (just music?) of a film genre and he has to say what genre or type of film it is. Your job is to try to answer before Rich does. Ready Rich?

Rich: I’m ready!

Jack: Number one: These films are usually set in the desert in the USA and have cowboys in them.

Rich: Oh yes, er … cowboy films … they’re not called cowboy films are they … er .. westerns … they are westerns.

Jack: You got it in the end. Right, number two: These films are often set in the dark because they don’t have a big budget for special effects. They try to get you hiding behind the sofa or try to make you jump.

Rich: Ah yes … scary movies. I never watched scary movie. I think that was a comedy, wasn’t it … er … scary movies are called horror films!

Jack: Very good, now the last one. Number three: These films are usually about crime or maybe spying and are dramatic.

Rich: A drama?

Jack: No

Rich: Not a drama … er .. spy films like James Bond … that’s an action movie

Jack: Not really like James Bond … more serious

Rich: I’m not sure.

Jack: OK, another clue ... What’s Michael Jackson’s most famous song?

Rich: Thriller. Ah! Thrillers! These films are called thrillers.

Jack: Very good. Did you our listeners get those answers quicker than RIch?

Rich: They probably did. Anyway, below this podcast, we have an activity that helps you with more film language.

Jack: And, if you sign up for our activity week: Learning English: Films and Football and you will learn lots more.

Language Focus 2 (passives)

Rich: When we were talking about films that we liked earlier you might have heard me say: Bend it Like Beckham was made in 2002 and you might have heard Jack say Fever Pitch was written by Nick Hornby.

Jack: When we speak about films we often use the passive. We use the passive because we’re talking about the film - the film is the subject. We aren’t interested in who did the action, or we don’t know, or it is obvious.

Rich: For example, I said Bend it Like Beckham was made in 2002. It wasn’t important to speak about who made the film.

Jack: When I was talking about my film I said Fever Pitch was written by Nick Hornby. Here I used the passive because I wanted to make the film - Fever Pitch the subject of the sentence because I thought it was more important.

Rich: But Jack still included the person who did the action by using the preposition ‘by’. He said Fever Pitch was written by Nick Hornby.

Jack: We create the passive by using the verb to be + the 3rd form of the verb. You can use the passive in the present, past or future or in the continuous form.

Rich: We use the passive to talk about football a lot too. Let’s look at an example.

Jack: Liverpool were given a penalty. 

Rich: Here we are more interested in Liverpool getting a penalty. We’re not that interested in who gave the penalty. And anyway, we know who gave the penalty - it was the referee - we know it, it’s obvious. It would be strange to say ‘the referee gave Liverpool a penalty’ if you were telling someone about what happened in a match.

Jack: We’ve got more information about the passive below and in our Activity Week: Learning English - Football and Films. If you haven’t signed up, you can do that now on the Premier Skills English homepage.

5 ways film can improve your English

Rich: Films can really help you improve your English, but we think that to get the most out of watching films in English you have to be an active listener.

Jack: That’s right. You can’t just sit in the front of the screen with a big tub of popcorn and hope that your English will get better.

Rich: But, it’s good to do that sometimes! 

Jack: Of course! I do it most Friday nights! Films can be really motivating - if you enjoy something you will learn. But, we want to help you with your English and we have five tips that we think will help you get more out of watching a film in English.

Rich: Let’s go!

Jack: Tip number one: Take control when you watch.

Rich: When you are watching at home there are so many things you can do. You can turn subtitles on and off. You can watch and rewatch and you can often even change the speed of the film.

Jack: Students always ask me about subtitles. Watching a film with subtitles will focus you on reading skills and vocabulary while having no subtitles will test your listening skills. 

Rich: And if watching without subtitles is difficult that is when you can take control even more. Listen again or if you’re watching online like on youtube, you can slow down the speed and then afterwards you can put the subtitles on if you want to.

Jack: Tip number two: Search for the script

Rich: It’s easy to find scripts online. IMSDB.com is a good website to find scripts. You can then print off sections of a script. Maybe your favourite scenes in a film and practise them.

Jack: You could try to learn one of the parts of a film or read it back when you are watching the film. That could be good fun!

Rich: The script always gives you more information than subtitles, too! 

Jack: Tip number three: Keep a film diary.

Rich: When you watch a film you could have a diary or notebook next to you. While you are watching you could write down interesting phrases and vocabulary.

Jack: And when the film has finished you could write your review of the film in your diary. You could even post your review online and see what other people think and join a discussion.

Rich: I think that’s a great idea. Right, tip number four: Check out websites about film.

Jack: There are lots and lots of websites about film. There is even one that is specifically for English learners. It’s called Film English and is a site that you should tell your English teacher about.

Rich: But other sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB can also help you learn more about film.

Jack: That brings us to tip number five: Become a film buff

Rich: If you love movies you can learn so much about them online. When you are looking at the websites we just told you about you can find out about the types of films you like, the actors and directors you like and so much about the language of film.

Jack: And talk about films with friends in English. You often watch films with friends and family. If you watch a film in English, why not speak about it in English when it’s finished? 

Football Phrase

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week? 

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was last-gasp equaliser. This phrase means a goal that is scored in the very final moment to make the scores level. 

Rich: It was a difficult one but some of you got it right. Well done to Liubomyr from Ukraine, Lakerwang from China, Zanko from Egypt, and Ahmed Adam from Sudan. What’s this week’s football phrase?

Jack: This week’s football phrase is * ******* ******. It is a phrase that is used to describe a team that has won lots of games in a row or consecutively. You might say for example Liverpool are on a six-match ******* ****** which means they have won six matches in a row. You can also say the same when a team loses lots of matches in a row. You could say West Brom are on a bit of * ****** ****** at the moment.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below.

Jack: Don’t forget to sign up for our Premier Skills English Live Lessons on the Premier Skills English homepage. Just hit the live tab.

Rich: If you have enjoyed this podcast or found it useful, leave us a rating or review and that will help other people find us. Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. Do you know the words in bold?

I think we’ll stick with the Black Panther.

It’s sci-fi, isn’t it? I’m not into sci-fi that much.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Do you know what they all mean? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to the descriptions.
Can you match the words to their definitions?
Rich is not a big fan of action movies or superheroes.

Vocabulary

Film Genres

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about the types of films or genres of films they like. Take a look at these example sentences from the podcast: 

A:  It’s sci-fi, isn’t it? I’m not into sci-fi that much. 

B: I think it's more of a fantasy drama

It's a comedy or maybe a romantic-comedy all about a teenager who wants to be a professional footballer.

Do you know what the types of films are in bold? What's your favourite film genre? 

Activity 2: In this activity, try to match the descriptions to each type of film.
Do you know film genres?
This is a western. Do you know any other film genres?

Grammar

The Passive 

In the podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about the passive. We often use the passive when speaking about films. The structure of the passive is the verb to be + the past participle.  You can use the passive in all tenses; you just need to change the verb to be. Here is an example from the podcast:

Bend it Like Beckham was made in 2002.

It's important to know when to use the passive and not to use it too much. One important thing is to think about is the person or thing that does the action in the sentence. We can call this person or thing the actor in the sentence. A passive sentence doesn't include the actor unless it's at the end of a sentence; often after the preposition by. Let's look at an example:

Nick Hornby wrote Fever Pitch.

Fever Pitch was written by Nick Hornby.

In this example, we can see that the actor is Nick Hornby. In the first sentence, the actor is also the subject of the verb. The sentence is active. In the second sentence, the actor is at the end of the sentence and the subject of the sentence is Fever Pitch, here the sentence is passive. We use the passive because the actor (Nick Hornby) is less important than the subject (Fever Pitch).

There are many other reasons to use the passive and if you have signed up for our Activity Week: Learning English - Football & Film, there is a specific lesson all about using the passive when talking about films.

Activity 2: In this activity, take a look at some sentences about film and football and try to use the passive in the correct form.
Do you know how to use the passive?
When was the last time you went to the cinema?

Learner Training

5 ways film can improve your English

In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack spoke about films and how film can help you when learning English. Think about the advice they gave you and what you do when you watch films in English. Do you use subtitles? Do you want to understand everything that the actors say? How do you do this? Look at the five ways watching films can improve your English. Do you think watching films can help your English?

  1. Take control when you watch. You can watch and rewatch, you can sometimes slow down the speed of the film and you can turn subtitles on and off.
  2. Search for the script. You can find film scripts online and print them out. Use them to practise your favourite scenes in films or to play the role of your favourite actors.
  3. Keep a film diary. Use a notebook to write down new words and phrases while you are watching and write a review of the film when it has finished. 
  4. Film websites. Search for websites that are all about films. These websites can be specifically for English learners or for general use.
  5. Become a film buff. Learn more about movies and become an expert. Learn about your favourite types of film, your favourite actors, photography and special effects.

Did you find these tips useful? Can you think of any other ways that films can help your language skills? When and where do you watch films in English? 

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Vocabulary

Football Phrase

Every week in the podcast, we have a new football phrase for you to guess. Last week's football phrase was last-gasp equaliser.  This phrase means:

A goal that is scored in the very final moment of a match to make the scores level.

Many of our listeners made a guess and well done to those of you who got it right! Congratulations to the following listeners:

  • Liubomyr from Ukraine
  • Lakerwang from China
  • Ahmed Adam from Sudan
  • Zanko from Egypt

Try to guess this week's football phrase and we will mention you on this page next week! You can find the football phrase near the end of the podcast.

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about films and gave you some advice about how to use film to improve your English.

What was the last film you saw? Was it good?

Is the cinema popular in your country? How often do you go to the cinema?

Can you think of a connection between football and film?

Remember to write your guess for this week's football phrase, too!

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pooty68's picture
pooty68
22/03/2018
EG
7
points

the football phrase is * ******** ******


pooty68's picture
pooty68
22/03/2018 19:17
Egypt
Arsenal
7

the football phrase is * ******** ******

Rich's picture
Rich
22/03/2018
ES
248
points

Well done, Pooty68! You are spot on with the football phrase and welcome to Premier Skills English!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
22/03/2018 21:46
Spain
Liverpool
248

Well done, Pooty68! You are spot on with the football phrase and welcome to Premier Skills English!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Tasveer Hussain
22/03/2018
PK
8
points

A nice knowledge with expert comentry


Tasveer Hussain
22/03/2018 02:15
Pakistan
Arsenal
8

A nice knowledge with expert comentry

Emir Veličanstveni's picture
Emir Veličanstveni
20/03/2018
BA
1449
points

Hello everyone, My favorite genre is horor. I like horor films and one of my favorite form that genre is The Hills have eyes. And my favorite film ever is Reservoir dogs. It's quite old film, bit it's definitely one of the best films ever, and of course when Quientin Tarantino is one of main actor it can't be bad film. I think film that can shows connection between football and film is definitely Green Street Hooligans. It's my favorite film in that genre. I think this week's footbal phrase is * ******* *****.


Emir Veličanstveni's picture
Emir Veličanstveni
20/03/2018 23:05
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arsenal
1449

Hello everyone, My favorite genre is horor. I like horor films and one of my favorite form that genre is The Hills have eyes. And my favorite film ever is Reservoir dogs. It's quite old film, bit it's definitely one of the best films ever, and of course when Quientin Tarantino is one of main actor it can't be bad film. I think film that can shows connection between football and film is definitely Green Street Hooligans. It's my favorite film in that genre. I think this week's footbal phrase is * ******* *****.

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Rich
21/03/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Emir

I love Reservoir Dogs! It's one of my favourite films although it is a little bit gory like many of Tarantino films. I love the soundtrack, too! I'm not such a fan of the horror genre. I'm a very jumpy person and I often jump if I hear a balloon bang or a car backfire in the street!! Good work on the football phrase!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
21/03/2018 09:28
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Emir

I love Reservoir Dogs! It's one of my favourite films although it is a little bit gory like many of Tarantino films. I love the soundtrack, too! I'm not such a fan of the horror genre. I'm a very jumpy person and I often jump if I hear a balloon bang or a car backfire in the street!! Good work on the football phrase!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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TatkaNatka
17/03/2018
RU
152
points

Hi,

I really appreciate the tips about watching films in English and thank you very much for the site where I can find movies in English. One day I wanted to watch a film about Princess Diana,  but couldn't find it in the original version and watch in Russian. I hope that I can find it in English. Now I am looking forward to a new Russian film is called " The Coach". It's about football. I suppose it is devoted to the future World Championship 2018 in Russia. It seems to me that the film is about small Russian town where the football is developed and how hard to overcome all the difficulties connected with it.......

I often go to the cinema and last time I watched a romantic film "the Ice" about a figure skater who becomes famous again. After the terrible injury, she couldn't even walk, she was a wheelchair and lose even a hope to get better. But not her coach. She always believes and does incredible things to help her sportsman. The end was happy. I can watch this film again and again. It let me hope for the better time.


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TatkaNatka
17/03/2018 16:26
Russia
Arsenal
152

Hi,

I really appreciate the tips about watching films in English and thank you very much for the site where I can find movies in English. One day I wanted to watch a film about Princess Diana,  but couldn't find it in the original version and watch in Russian. I hope that I can find it in English. Now I am looking forward to a new Russian film is called " The Coach". It's about football. I suppose it is devoted to the future World Championship 2018 in Russia. It seems to me that the film is about small Russian town where the football is developed and how hard to overcome all the difficulties connected with it.......

I often go to the cinema and last time I watched a romantic film "the Ice" about a figure skater who becomes famous again. After the terrible injury, she couldn't even walk, she was a wheelchair and lose even a hope to get better. But not her coach. She always believes and does incredible things to help her sportsman. The end was happy. I can watch this film again and again. It let me hope for the better time.

Rich's picture
Rich
21/03/2018
ES
248
points

Hi TatkaNatka,

The best films are those that you can watch again and again!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
21/03/2018 09:34
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi TatkaNatka,

The best films are those that you can watch again and again!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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kwesimanifest
16/03/2018
GH
4473
points

This week's phrase is * ******* ******


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kwesimanifest
16/03/2018 06:50
Ghana
Manchester United
4473

This week's phrase is * ******* ******

Rich's picture
Rich
16/03/2018
ES
248
points

Well done! Have you seen our activity week about football and films this week? As our leaderboard champion, it would be great to know what you think!

You can find it on the live tab on the homepage or click here:https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/live/activity-week-learn...

Thanks

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/03/2018 08:20
Spain
Liverpool
248

Well done! Have you seen our activity week about football and films this week? As our leaderboard champion, it would be great to know what you think!

You can find it on the live tab on the homepage or click here:https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/live/activity-week-learn...

Thanks

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Snaapi Seb
14/03/2018
FR
69
points

Hi !

The last film i saw is "The Disaster Artist", a comedy. It is the first movie i watched without any subtitles. It was good and i understood (almost)everything.

The movie was directed by James Franco and it deals with the disaster story of Tommy Wiseau. The Room (directed by T. Wiseau) is one of the worst film in the history of movie industry. "The Disaster Artist" is a kind of biopic and it's show us how T. Wiseau made "The Room" with any experience whatsoever.

Yes the cinema is very popular in my country. I used to go to the cinema twice a month but it's expansive...

I don't think there is any connection between football and film but i believe that football could be a good subject of movies. I recommend you this movie : https://en.unifrance.org/movie/34221/petits-princes


Snaapi Seb
14/03/2018 13:19
France
Manchester United
69

Hi !

The last film i saw is "The Disaster Artist", a comedy. It is the first movie i watched without any subtitles. It was good and i understood (almost)everything.

The movie was directed by James Franco and it deals with the disaster story of Tommy Wiseau. The Room (directed by T. Wiseau) is one of the worst film in the history of movie industry. "The Disaster Artist" is a kind of biopic and it's show us how T. Wiseau made "The Room" with any experience whatsoever.

Yes the cinema is very popular in my country. I used to go to the cinema twice a month but it's expansive...

I don't think there is any connection between football and film but i believe that football could be a good subject of movies. I recommend you this movie : https://en.unifrance.org/movie/34221/petits-princes

Rich's picture
Rich
22/03/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Snaapi Seb

Watching without subtitles is a great way to improve your English! I had heard of this film 'The Room' being the worst ever.  Here's a link that you might find interesting:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/09/from-the-room-to-geostorm-h...

Thanks for your link. I will have to use subtitles though, my French is not that good!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
22/03/2018 11:14
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Snaapi Seb

Watching without subtitles is a great way to improve your English! I had heard of this film 'The Room' being the worst ever.  Here's a link that you might find interesting:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/09/from-the-room-to-geostorm-h...

Thanks for your link. I will have to use subtitles though, my French is not that good!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
13/03/2018
SD
2602
points

Correct me.

Last film I saw was yesterday and really it wasn't very good. It was a little boring. Lots of investigations and talks, no almost action. I think it was kinda Sci-Fi or something. Not really my kind of thing.

Cinema was very popular in our country, but nowadays it's not that popular becsuse the Internet has allowed people to download their favourite movies or watch them online at home. Even here in the Red Sea state where people were obsessed by Holywood and Bolywood cinemas, they aren't going to the cinema anymore. Btw, I haven't been to the cinema before because I prefer to watch films with just a friend or two. However, I always prefer to watch the world's most favourite game with a crowd of the beautiful game fans at a café!

I think a good connection between football and cinema would be the former French international and Man United player Eric Cantona.

Football phrase, "* ******* ******"


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
13/03/2018 11:06
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Correct me.

Last film I saw was yesterday and really it wasn't very good. It was a little boring. Lots of investigations and talks, no almost action. I think it was kinda Sci-Fi or something. Not really my kind of thing.

Cinema was very popular in our country, but nowadays it's not that popular becsuse the Internet has allowed people to download their favourite movies or watch them online at home. Even here in the Red Sea state where people were obsessed by Holywood and Bolywood cinemas, they aren't going to the cinema anymore. Btw, I haven't been to the cinema before because I prefer to watch films with just a friend or two. However, I always prefer to watch the world's most favourite game with a crowd of the beautiful game fans at a café!

I think a good connection between football and cinema would be the former French international and Man United player Eric Cantona.

Football phrase, "* ******* ******"

Rich's picture
Rich
22/03/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Ahmed Adam

Sorry for taking so long to reply! Not much to correct. Great work!

The Last film I saw was yesterday and really it wasn't very good. It was a little boring. Lots of investigations and talking, and almost no action. I think it was a kinda Sci-Fi or something. Not really my kind of thing.

Cinema was very popular in our country, but nowadays it's not that popular because the Internet has allowed people to download their favourite movies or watch them online at home. Even here in the Red Sea state where people were obsessed by Hollywood and Bollywood films cinemas, they aren't going to the cinema anymore. Btw, I haven't been to the cinema before because I prefer to watch films with just a friend or two. However, I always prefer to watch the world's most favourite game with a crowd of the beautiful game fans at a café!


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Rich
22/03/2018 11:19
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Ahmed Adam

Sorry for taking so long to reply! Not much to correct. Great work!

The Last film I saw was yesterday and really it wasn't very good. It was a little boring. Lots of investigations and talking, and almost no action. I think it was a kinda Sci-Fi or something. Not really my kind of thing.

Cinema was very popular in our country, but nowadays it's not that popular because the Internet has allowed people to download their favourite movies or watch them online at home. Even here in the Red Sea state where people were obsessed by Hollywood and Bollywood films cinemas, they aren't going to the cinema anymore. Btw, I haven't been to the cinema before because I prefer to watch films with just a friend or two. However, I always prefer to watch the world's most favourite game with a crowd of the beautiful game fans at a café!

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
29/03/2018
SD
2602
points

No problems at all, I know you're both busy preparing materials for the ongoing course. Thank you for finding space to squeeze me in. I really need these corrections.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
29/03/2018 04:19
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

No problems at all, I know you're both busy preparing materials for the ongoing course. Thank you for finding space to squeeze me in. I really need these corrections.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
13/03/2018
SD
2602
points

Oops! I misread the last question! The connection between films and football is they are both popular and existing to watch. People who take part at the grand stages of these events are superstars and celebrities. And one more thing, films and football are topics of discussion between the fans.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
13/03/2018 15:19
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Oops! I misread the last question! The connection between films and football is they are both popular and existing to watch. People who take part at the grand stages of these events are superstars and celebrities. And one more thing, films and football are topics of discussion between the fans.

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maajk
12/03/2018
PL
31
points

I think that the football phrases are * ******* ****** and * ****** ****** :)


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maajk
12/03/2018 14:17
Poland
Arsenal
31

I think that the football phrases are * ******* ****** and * ****** ****** :)

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Liubomyr
12/03/2018
UA
2462
points

I think that the phrase '* ******* ******’.


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Liubomyr
12/03/2018 12:50
Ukraine
Watford
2462

I think that the phrase '* ******* ******’.

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Regims
11/03/2018
ID
249
points

last month, i was watched horor film from indonesia, Pengabdi Setan. me and my familly was going to Depok city, where the popular cinema nearest with my home. couldnt called always but as much as possible we spent our time last week in a month to watches film in Depok Mall.

obviously, like other teeneager in USA and London i really hate football. i do not understand even the basic knowledge, rules, fan talking, i couldnt like it (LOL) so i think there is no connection beetwen it


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Regims
11/03/2018 16:30
Indonesia
Manchester United
249

last month, i was watched horor film from indonesia, Pengabdi Setan. me and my familly was going to Depok city, where the popular cinema nearest with my home. couldnt called always but as much as possible we spent our time last week in a month to watches film in Depok Mall.

obviously, like other teeneager in USA and London i really hate football. i do not understand even the basic knowledge, rules, fan talking, i couldnt like it (LOL) so i think there is no connection beetwen it

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Minh Hoang
11/03/2018
VN
276
points

I've just seen the Game of thrones season 4 this morning. It's one of the best series film I've ever seen. There were a lot of new words and phrases that we can learn too. I am looking forward to seeing the last season this August.
About the cinema, it's very popular in the big city, but in the small ones like my hometown, it's not really. And another problem is the price of a ticket is quite expensive to a normal person in my country


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Minh Hoang
11/03/2018 04:26
Vietnam
Liverpool
276

I've just seen the Game of thrones season 4 this morning. It's one of the best series film I've ever seen. There were a lot of new words and phrases that we can learn too. I am looking forward to seeing the last season this August.
About the cinema, it's very popular in the big city, but in the small ones like my hometown, it's not really. And another problem is the price of a ticket is quite expensive to a normal person in my country

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giovi
15/03/2018
PL
286
points

Hi Minh Hoang.
If you like watching GoT, you'll probably enjoy watching Vikings. Vikings is based on real events and facts. There is less fantasy, but it's at least as gripping as GoT. I am finishing 4th Season and going to watch 5th.


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giovi
15/03/2018 23:48
Poland
Manchester United
286

Hi Minh Hoang.
If you like watching GoT, you'll probably enjoy watching Vikings. Vikings is based on real events and facts. There is less fantasy, but it's at least as gripping as GoT. I am finishing 4th Season and going to watch 5th.

Minh Hoang's picture
Minh Hoang
02/04/2018
VN
276
points

Thanks Giovi, maybe I'll try after finish GoT :)


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Minh Hoang
02/04/2018 11:07
Vietnam
Liverpool
276

Thanks Giovi, maybe I'll try after finish GoT :)

giovi's picture
giovi
10/03/2018
PL
286
points

Dunkirk was the last film I saw. It was the most boring film I've ever seen. I've been waiting for action's development but it never happened! Have you seen that film as well? The cinema is quite popular in my country but I don't go there very often. Maybe once for a three month. I reckon the film entitled Goal is one of the most popular sport drama film. Every football fan should watch that film.
I suppose this week's fooball phrases are: a ******** ****** and a ******* ******.


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giovi
10/03/2018 18:47
Poland
Manchester United
286

Dunkirk was the last film I saw. It was the most boring film I've ever seen. I've been waiting for action's development but it never happened! Have you seen that film as well? The cinema is quite popular in my country but I don't go there very often. Maybe once for a three month. I reckon the film entitled Goal is one of the most popular sport drama film. Every football fan should watch that film.
I suppose this week's fooball phrases are: a ******** ****** and a ******* ******.

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Amin alhamli
10/03/2018
YE
36
points

In fact I don't see


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Amin alhamli
10/03/2018 09:19
Yemen
Manchester City
36

In fact I don't see

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baktislam
10/03/2018
ID
48
points

The football phrase is * ******* ****** or * ****** ******


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baktislam
10/03/2018 09:07
Indonesia
Liverpool
48

The football phrase is * ******* ****** or * ****** ******

baktislam's picture
baktislam
10/03/2018
ID
48
points

The last film I saw was "Stranger Things 2" written by Matt and Ross Duffer. It was a drama, horror, and fantasy film with a funny sense of humor. I was great movie, even I watched it 2 times to more learn the details of the expressions that pronounced by the cast.
Indeed, the cinema is popular for an urban people but it's not for a rural people, because Indonesia is archipelago state and Java Island is the central of all activities starting from business until government. Personally, I rarely go to the cinema because of nowadays many great movies can watched by streming online and paid-tv-channel, just sit at home and you can enjoy the movie.
Football and film have a some similiarities. The manager in Football like a director in film production. The manager select lineup player for the match, the director has the cast that choosen before the film production. Both of them is created and played for entertainment, but sometimes they can make somebody delighted, disappointed, or cried.


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baktislam
10/03/2018 09:03
Indonesia
Liverpool
48

The last film I saw was "Stranger Things 2" written by Matt and Ross Duffer. It was a drama, horror, and fantasy film with a funny sense of humor. I was great movie, even I watched it 2 times to more learn the details of the expressions that pronounced by the cast.
Indeed, the cinema is popular for an urban people but it's not for a rural people, because Indonesia is archipelago state and Java Island is the central of all activities starting from business until government. Personally, I rarely go to the cinema because of nowadays many great movies can watched by streming online and paid-tv-channel, just sit at home and you can enjoy the movie.
Football and film have a some similiarities. The manager in Football like a director in film production. The manager select lineup player for the match, the director has the cast that choosen before the film production. Both of them is created and played for entertainment, but sometimes they can make somebody delighted, disappointed, or cried.

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elghoul
09/03/2018
DZ
2261
points

Football phrase, on a bad, or good, run.


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elghoul
09/03/2018 17:19
Algeria
Arsenal
2261

Football phrase, on a bad, or good, run.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
09/03/2018
DZ
2261
points

The last film I saw in tv of course, cinemas are not open in the town I live in since 1970, is called ' La ritournelle' whose had been directed by Fitoussi. I liked the main actress and the plot. In fact it is a romantic comedy about a wife and his husband who were farmers struggling with life after their children left the family house.


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elghoul
09/03/2018 17:18
Algeria
Arsenal
2261

The last film I saw in tv of course, cinemas are not open in the town I live in since 1970, is called ' La ritournelle' whose had been directed by Fitoussi. I liked the main actress and the plot. In fact it is a romantic comedy about a wife and his husband who were farmers struggling with life after their children left the family house.

lakerwang
08/03/2018
CN
235
points

The last film I saw was 'Secret Superstar' produced by Aamir Khan who's very popular in China. I think every film he was involved in is good.
The cinema is very popular in China.But you know, Chinese goverment has been limiting the import of foreign films, so I have to watch more foreign films online.
I know a person who is related to both football and film. He's Vinnie Jones, and I have seen three of the films he starred in, 'Mean Machine', 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch'.
This week's phrase is '* ******* ******' or * ****** ******'


lakerwang
08/03/2018 16:43
China
Chelsea
235

The last film I saw was 'Secret Superstar' produced by Aamir Khan who's very popular in China. I think every film he was involved in is good.
The cinema is very popular in China.But you know, Chinese goverment has been limiting the import of foreign films, so I have to watch more foreign films online.
I know a person who is related to both football and film. He's Vinnie Jones, and I have seen three of the films he starred in, 'Mean Machine', 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch'.
This week's phrase is '* ******* ******' or * ****** ******'

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Liubomyr
12/03/2018
UA
2462
points

Really, Vinnie Jones is a best example the person linked both to football and film industry.


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Liubomyr
12/03/2018 12:56
Ukraine
Watford
2462

Really, Vinnie Jones is a best example the person linked both to football and film industry.

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