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Talking About Films – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 15, 2014 , No comments

Do you like watching films and going to the cinema? Listen to two people discussing a film that they saw in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English. You can learn and practise useful English vocabulary to describe a film.

Man: So you went to see it? What did you make of it1?

Woman: I wasn’t sure at first, but in the end I really liked it.

Man: I’ve been thinking about going to see it, but some people say it’s overhyped2.

Woman: No, it’s worth seeing. I just think a lot of people find the story a bit too convoluted3.

Man: So what, is it hard to follow?

Woman: No, not really, there are just a lot of twists and turns4. I thought it was really interesting, and really well-acted as well.

Man: Who’s in it?

Woman: Jim Rodgers, Katherine Lamb, a few other people.

Man: I don’t like Jim Rodgers. He always plays the same character, and he’s so wooden5.

Woman: I quite like him…

Man: Yeah, I wonder why. Must be his acting ability!

Woman: Shut up! Anyway, definitely go see it.

Man: Is it still on6?

Woman: I don’t know, have a look online.

  1. What did you make of it? = What did you think of it?
  2. Overhyped = people have said a lot of good things about something, but it isn’t as good as everyone says.
  3. Convoluted = Too complicated and confusing
  4. Twists and turns = when something unexpected happens in a story, or a story changes direction suddenly.
  5. Wooden = emotionless
  6. Is it still on? = Are they still showing it?

Can you match the words and phrases with the same meaning?

1. difficult to understand >a) shut up
2. showing [on TV or at the cinema] b) hard to follow
3. you should go to see it c) he was in…
4. be quiet d) on
5. he acted in… e) it’s worth seeing

Correct the mistakes

  1. The story was full of turns and twists.
  2. She can’t act at all: she’s so plastic!
  3. How did you make of the film?
  4. Who played in the film you saw?
  5. The story was great, really convoluted!
  1. b
  2. d
  3. e
  4. a
  5. c
  6. turns and twists twists and turns
  7. plastic wooden
  8. how what
  9. who played in… who was in…
  10. Convoluted is negative, so it doesn’t make sense to say you liked something convoluted
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