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English Conversation – Movies

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 05:03 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English Conversation lesson about movies. There are some common terms and idioms that we use when discussing movies and a list of conversation questions that people might ask eachother when talking about this subject.

Audio discussion about movies

Listen to discussion about movies

Transcript of audio discussion

Vocabulary we might use when talking about movies

  • The big screen – this is a slang way of referring to the movie cinema.
  • Entertaining – something which entertains; amusing and interesting.
  • Intense – containing strong emotions/feelings or extreme in nature.
  • Thought-provoking – something that makes you think hard.
  • Hilarious - something which is extremely funny.

Idioms we might use when talking about movies… 

  • Waste of time – giving your time to something that turns out to be useless.
  • Frame of mind – a temporary psychological state
  • All-time favourite – something that is your favourite thing in your whole life.

Questions about Movies 

  • What are the movie genres that you like?
  • What is your favourite movie? Why do you like it?
  • Are there any kinds of movies you dislike? If so, what kinds? Why do you dislike them?
  • What is the scariest/funniest/most romantic movie you have ever seen?
  • What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  • Who is your favourite actor or actress? Why?
  • Is there a movie you could watch over and over again?
  • Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction movies?
  • Do you like documentaries?
  • Do you prefer to watch movies at home or at a movie theatre?
  • How often do you go to the cinema?
  • Do you think there should be more movies made in your country?
  • What kinds of movies are popular in your country?
  • What do the popular movies in your country show about your culture?
  • Is the movie industry in your country strong? Why or why not?
  • Do you think there is too much violence in movies? Does it affect children?
  • Have you ever cried in a movie?
  • Do you choose a movie based on its plot/story or the actors?
  • Are most of the films you watch in English or your native language?
  • Do you like Hollywood movies? Why or why not?
  • Do you think it is right for Hollywood movies to be the movies that are seen most around the world?
  • Do you think that movies from different countries can teach us about other cultures?
  • Do you think movies have made society more violent?
  • What makes a great movie for you?
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3 Responses to “English Conversation – Movies”

  1. leszek says:

    Do you think movies have made society more violent?

    • Jo says:

      Hello leszek,

      Yes, in my opinion movies have made society more violent.

      I read an article in the news a few weeks ago which said that by the age of 18, the average person has seen 40,000 characters killed on TV!

      Research has shown that the more we see violence and death on television, the more normal it seems to us. I think this must have an effect on how violent people are.

      Best wishes,

      Jo

  2. Thiva says:

    Yes Jo, You are absolutely correct. I strongly admit what you said. Because now most of the people are trying to imitate themselves as the hero does in the film.


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