Let’s go to the movies

She has a bun in the oven

Movies are an important part of almost every culture on the planet. They’re made for entertainment, but we can also learn about languages and cultures from them. In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about famous movie quotations that are part of pop culture and may be used in regular conversation. They also talk about some of their own favourite movie memories. Which of the movies talked about in this episode have you seen?

Maura Harp

Maura: Sometimes people might even use a movie quotation that’s not really well known or is more obscure and you’re like “What are you saying?” and they’re like “Oh, it’s from this movie.” But there are some that almost everyone does know, and so when you use one of these lines, people know that you’re referencing that movie and you’re kind of making a joke.
Harp: Exactly. And the one that I always think of is “I’ll be back.”
Maura: I love that one. So, the movie line “I’ll be back” is from The Terminator. And it was Arnold Schwarzenegger in that movie who says, “I’ll be back.” So that’s why when we say it we put a little accent on it.
Harp: Yeah, definitely. If you can hear both of us when we’re saying this, we’re definitely trying to have an accent.
Maura: So, this one I think is really popular because it can be used so easily, any time that you’re meeting with people. It could be at work—only if you’re with close colleagues that know you very well—or it could be at a party. But for whatever reason, you leave the room and you’re going to come back in a few minutes, you can use this line. You can say, “I’ll be back.”
Harp: I love the way you say it. It’s so funny.
Maura: See, I also like to use this line with a very straight, serious face like Arnold Schwarzenegger did in The Terminator.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Mmhmm A fuzzy memory
Back in the day La-Z-Boy
To curl up To go to the movies
Quote vs. quotation A line
The Princess Bride Dumb and Dumber
A flashback Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie
I’ll give you that To laugh your head off

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast,Image: Irene Haider

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