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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

* Audio courtesy of elllo.org

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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