Chatterbox #75 – Let’s go to the movies

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?


Expressions included in the learning materialsmovies

  • 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

Sample transcript:

Maura: Let’s get started. Today we’re going to do a Chatterbox episode, and that is where Harp and I chat about some topic of interest.

Harp: Exactly. Sometimes we interview people, sometimes we talk about a cultural thing, sometimes we just chat in general.

Maura: We always chat.

Harp: Mmhmm. So today we’re gonna talk about movies. We’re going to start with talking about memories of movies.

Maura: And then we’re going to tell you some famous movie lines that many people will quote in regular, everyday conversation.

Harp: And then we’re going to finish with talking about our favourite movie quotes.

Maura: I’m excited for this episode because I love a good movie.

Harp: Me too. All right. Let’s get started with memories of movies.

Maura: You know, I have a fuzzy memory of first getting a VCR, which means when you could first watch movies at home. You could go to the video store and rent a movie and watch whatever movie you wanted, when you wanted.

Harp: You know, I have no memory of when the VCR first arrived at my house. But I do remember watching a lot of movies at home.

Maura: I was quite young, probably even six years old? I’m not sure.

Harp: Yes. No, I have no memory of that, but I loved watching movies.

Maura: Yeah.

Harp: And my favourites I watched over and over and over again with my VCR.

Maura: That is something that kids are famous for. When they love a movie, they just want to keep watching it over and over again, even though they’ve already seen it.

Harp: Mmhmm. Definitely.

Maura: Do you remember going to the movie theatre for the first time?

Harp: I do, but I don’t remember what movie it was. But I remember I was with my sister and I think two or three of my cousins, and we had to leave because one of us started crying. It wasn’t me, but someone started crying because it was scary, so we had to leave the movie theatre in the middle of the movie.

Maura: Aw, that’s not fun.

Harp: I really have no idea what movie it was though. I was very young.

Maura: Well, I hope it was a kids’ movie.

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast