Hey, seen any boring films lately?

Hey, seen any boring films lately?

In Sue and Craig’s opinion the Oscars 2021 are a bit of a wet weekend; rather dull, depressing and boring !

Chris is not really up to date with the current batch of films but listen out for what he says about them. 

Your language challenge is hearing 3 native speakers discuss films in a natural, unscripted way.

Listen out for the vocabulary they use to describe boring films.

What does Craig mean when he says:

 “it’s difficult to get behind the Oscars this year”.

“The oscars are perfect if you want to  doze off“.

 He finishes by saying that “the Oscars sum up 2020 in a nutshell“.

And so we turn to other films…

Listen as Craig talks about what makes a good film for him. Is it the sound track, the special effects to the plot ?

What does he say about Star Wars?

What is Sue’s favourite film ? Why does she say this?

What does Chris say about his favourite film. What does he mean when is says the film might be a bit “marmite”? How do you interpret the silence when he mentions the name ?

To go further into film vocabulary check out the Oscars of All Time Film Quiz. There is so much useful vocabulary to pick up. Which films would you choose?

 If you are a teacher try some of these ideas:

  1. Ask students to describe a film scenario and the other have to guess what it is. Pay attention to sequencing vocabulary, grammar tenses etc.
  2. A group of students could act out the dialogue from their favourite scenes. The others have to guess the film. 1000s of free film scripts are available at Simply Scripts.  
  3. Ask your students to draw up a list of their best films and explain way. The  quiz could help them to formulate ideas.
  4. Show a film clip and ask students to list as many emotions as possible.

You can check out other classic films on Craig’s Instagram page @EIGuiriCine


Covid-19 series part 5 : the “new” workplace, a dream or a nightmare?

Covid-19 series part 5 : the “new” workplace, a dream or a nightmare?

The lockdown is now being partially lifted in many countries and we are all adapting to the “new normal”. It’s not only office based jobs that have had to adapt to home working but also jobs which are traditionally more “people” based. It seems that overnight there has been a major attitude shift as a huge quantity of work tasks have been transferred on-line. But how easy is it to re-organise the working day to these new  Covid-19 conditions? Is working from home a dream or a nightmare for you ?

Listen to these 5 people talk about the ups and downs of home/remote working.

Stephen has had to adapt his car showroom to new Covid-19 guidelines. What does he say about the new regulations regarding test driving a prestige car ? 

Anne is a lawyer, who is conducting her legal work on-line. What does she say about assessing the body language of witnesses in a trial?

Philippe as a doctor is doing consultations on the phone. What does he say about his patients’ attitude to remote consultations? 

Victoria as a primary school teacher is having to find creative ways to engage her young students. What does she mean when she says her experience has been a “mixed bag”?

Cyann as a high school student is not a huge fan of on-line lessons. What reasons does she give ?

Before you listen take a look at some of these points that several business studies have identified as the biggest struggle people have with remote working. What is your experience?

Unplugging after work


Communication with colleagues

Distractions at home

Being in a different timezone to colleagues

Staying motivated

Finding reliable wi-fi

Do you have other reasons ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered


a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz

We have all seen the New York skyline in movies or even in real life. But do you know anything about the buildings, bridges and iconic constructions in that skyline?

New York City is famous for many things, but primarily it is known as the city of skyscrapers.  It all started with the religious cathedrals – its oldest “skyscraper” was the Trinity Church, which was 280ft tall at the time of its completion, in 1846.  Nowadays there are at least 132 buildings which are taller than 600 feet (183 m).

What is a skyscraper ? A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building having multiple floors (UK) or storeys (USA). When the term was originally used in the 1880s it described a building of 10 to 20 floors but now it is used to describe a building of at least 40 to 50 floors. Mostly designed for office, commercial and residential uses, a skyscraper can also be called a high-rise, but the term “skyscraper” is often used for buildings higher than 100 m (328 ft). For buildings above a height of 300 m (984 ft), the term “supertall” can be used, while skyscrapers reaching beyond 600 m (1,969 ft) are classified as “megatall”.

How many iconic constructions (skyscraper, bridges and statues) can you name ? This silhouette of the skyline can give you a clue….

Test you knowledge with this quiz, learn some new vocabulary and pick up some fun facts at the same time.

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York skyline is world famous, but how well do you really know it ?

After doing the quiz check out the podcast A Few Days in New York 


Animal Pet Day 11th April

Animal Pet Day 11th April

National Pet Day is April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion! So hug your hedgehog, bond with your bunny, and cut your kitty some catnip!

Which pets do you have ? Cats ? Dogs? Rabbits ? So many to choose from !

Which pets give you the most joy ?

Listen as Chris (a dog lover) and Sue (a cat lover) talk about the extraordinary pet facts…. they’re quite amazing !

Be sure to indulge your pets today !

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