Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Highlights and Popular Posts of 2013

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Justin Bieber - Mistletoe

Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe
 Christmas is almost here!  Trees are decorated, parties are happening and Christmas music is everywhere!   Justin Bieber’s song "Mistletoe" is back on the air and in the stores!  It debuted in 2011 and is still on many people’s Xmas music play list.  So don’t be surprised if you keep hearing this song wherever you go!

Check out the video and try to fill in the missing blanks below. Enjoy!

 "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber

It’s the most beautiful time of the year
Lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I'mma be under the mistletoe

I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday
But I can’t stop staring at your face
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I’mma be under the 1________

With you, shawty with you
With you, shawty with you
With you under the mistletoe

Everyone's gathering around the fire
2________roasting like a hot July
I should be chilling with 3________, I know
But I’mma be under the mistletoe

Word on the street 4________'s coming tonight,
5________'s flying through the sky so high
I should be 6________, I know
But I’mma be under the mistletoe

With you, shawty with you
With you, shawty with you
With you under the mistletoe

With you, shawty with you
With you, shawty with you
With you under the mistletoe

Aye, love, the 7_______followed the star
The way I followed my heart
And it led me to a 8________

Aye, love, don't you buy me nothing
'cause I am feeling one thing, your lips on my lips
That’s a merry, 9________

It’s the most beautiful time of the year
Lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I’mma be under the mistletoe

I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday
But I can’t stop staring at your face
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I’mma be under the mistletoe

With you, shawty with you
With you, shawty with you
With you under the mistletoe

With you, shawty with you
With you, shawty with you
With you, under the mistletoe, under the mistletoe

Kiss me underneath the mistletoe
Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh
Oh, oh, ohhh

Kiss me underneath the mistletoe,
Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh
Oh, oh, ohhh

Ok, now go through the video one more time and answer the Comprehension Questions below.  However to help you out, I have given you the meanings to some of the key slang terms from the song.

Justin Bieber - Christmas
 Slang Terms & Meanings from Justin Bieber

wanna = want to

imma be =  I am going to be.

a "shawty" = a pretty girl.

Comprehension Questions

(1)What is mistletoe?

(2)What usually happens under the mistletoe?
(3)Does Justin Bieber want a Christmas gift from his girlfriend?

(4)What does Justin Bieber want to do for Christmas?
(5)What are some of the Christmas activities that Justin Bieber feels he ‘should be’ doing?


Listening Answers
1. mistletoe 
2. Chestnuts
3. my folks
4. Santa
5. Reindeer
6. making a list
7. wise men
8. miracle
9. merry Christmas

Comprehension Answers

(1)A plant; see picture of Mickey and Minnie under the mistletoe below.
(2)Christmas custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss.
(4)He wants to be together with his girlfriend under the mistletoe.
(5)He should be: playing in the winter snow, chilling with his folks, making a list.

Next week Celebrity English will feature a Tom Cruise Christmas Memory! Sorry the video is not available to the general public anymore.  See you after Christmas!

Happy Holidays! 
Mickey & Minnie Under the mistletoe!

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Friday, 13 December 2013

What does the Hobbit say?

Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The highly anticipated second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy releases is roaring into theaters across the world!  The adventure continues with Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins!  With Dwarves, Elves, and a fierce fire breathing Dragon, the action is Epic!  The enchanting, swirling energy of The Hobbit has begun…I wonder what does the Hobbit have to say about all of this?

Question:  How do you feel about all of the excitement surrounding The Hobbit?
The Desolation Of Smaug_GOLD!
Martin Freeman:  I’ll never do a bigger film. There aren’t bigger films! This is the biggest film.  It was my one chance to do something that nearly everybody, at one point or another, was going to see. I've made other films that maybe I've loved more, but they haven't made a billion dollars.

Question:  The first scene you shot was the ‘Riddles in the Dark’ chapter with Gollum – just him and Bilbo trading riddles in a cave. Was that a good way to ease into the scale of the production?
 Martin Freeman:  It was. And I wasn’t having to imagine Gollum, he was there! Albeit with a slightly different face. Andy Serkis is better-looking, but the voice and the physicality is all there. But I felt very welcome. I didn’t feel like the new boy because there were so many of us, actors and crew. A lot of them were also on “Lord of the Rings”, but others weren’t, so there was a good mixture of old and fresh blood.’

Question:  How did the cast get along?  The Lord of the Rings group became pretty close.
 Martin Freeman:  We were a very different group than the original Fellowship. We didn’t get tattoos or anything, but we did go for a lot of great Japanese meals. We’re at different stages of life: we weren’t The Monkees.

Question:  You had to film the river scene in rushing rapids of water. Was it the most challenging scene?
The Hobbit River Escape
 Martin Freeman:  Probably from a physical point of view. There are always challenges to green screen. Smaug was challenging because you're having to imagine a dragon and you're working on a set where your massive feet are falling through the coins like quicksand, so you're just sinking everywhere. I'd say the water was sobering. For a few of us, I think we were like, OK, we're going underwater very fast.

Question:  Your life is probably going to change wildly. How do you feel about that?

Martin Freeman:  I don’t know. It’s a hard question because it either implies that I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t, or “poor-me” if it does. I get to do a great gig and play Bilbo, but the price of that is another part of my privacy is gone. Which is a huge issue, a real downside. I like being private. People ask, “So why are you an actor, then?” That’s a fair question, but it shows that they don’t really understand the situation. I work in public. That’s for you. But you can’t have my private life as well.

 Until next week, enjoy the trailer or go see 
 The Desolation Of Smaug

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Language Learning Section

Some Common Casual Language from Martin Freeman at Celebrity English. 

Instructions: Write down the meaning of the words/expressions from the Martin Freeman.

one chance to do something =

a good mixture of old and fresh blood =

The Monkees =

green screen =

Massive =

Quicksand =

gig =

the price of =

huge issue, =

 a real downside =

“poor-me” =

private life =

Vocabulary Answers

one chance to do something = one opportunity to accomplish something.

a good mixture of old and fresh blood = (in this case)a combination of past (from the Lord of the Rings) and new actors (starting at the Hobbit).

The Monkees = an American pop/rock band (1966-1977 main).

green screen = (in film and video techniques such as chroma-key) a blue (or green) background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image.

Massive = very big or very large; huge.

Quicksand = deep, wet sand into which heavy objects sink easily.

gig = a job usually for a specified time; especially :  an entertainer's engagement.

the price of = an unwelcome experience, event, or action involved as a condition of achieving a desired end.
(Ex.the price of their success was an entire day spent in discussion)

huge issue,= huge: very big.  issue an important topic or problem for debate or discussion.

a real downside = real: in this case means 'very' (for emphasis). downside: the negative aspect of something, esp. something regarded as in general good or desirable. (Ex.a magazine feature on the downside of fashion modeling).

"poor-me”= someone who feeling sorry for his or her self.

private life = the social or family life or personal relationships of an individual, esp of a person in the public eye, such as a politician or celebrity.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Skyrockets!

Jennifer Lawrence Skyrockets_Celebrity English
This amazing Oscar winning actress continues to skyrocket with her recent box office sensation The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!  She is now one of the youngest A-List Celebrities in Hollywood!  But what is it about Jennifer Lawrence that makes her stand out from the crowd?  Why is Jennifer Lawrence So Successful?  And what is it about her that people love? 

Let’s take a look at this phenomenal lady!

Down to Earth...
“Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody's like, 'How can you remain with a level head?' And I'm like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky?’ I'm not saving anybody's life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I'm making movies. It's stupid.” ~ Jennifer Lawrence ~

Despite being an A-List Celebrity, Jennifer Lawrence still openly takes fan requests on her official website.

Unscripted & Funny!
How her co-workers describe her: Her "Hunger Games" costar Woody Harrelson: "She is one-of-a-kind, man. She is so herself. I love how she doesn't censor herself. She says the most outrageous.... Just incredible, the stuff she'll say."

Well known for being herself during interviews. Watch her meet one of her favorite movie stars for the first time! LOL!

Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

Lawrence graduated from high school two years early in order to begin acting.
For her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012), Lawrence worked out twice a day and practiced archery.

In Charge of her Destiny...
“There are actresses who build themselves, and then there are actresses who are built by others. I want to build myself.” ~ Jennifer Lawrence ~

Role Model for Hunger Games Fans
... I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?… In Hollywood, I'm obese. I'm considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I'll be the only actress that doesn't have anorexia rumors! I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I'm invincible. I don't want little girls to be like, "Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner!"

Family Oriented
Jennifer Lawrence and Parents_ET

Her "funny" family dynamic: "My mom is big funny," Lawrence said. "She's loud funny. And my dad is the opposite — the funniest person you will ever meet, but he never raises his voice. He's just really quick. Very subtle.... We definitely grew up funny." ~ Jennifer Lawrence ~

Lawrence is also well known for praising her parents their financial sacrifices to help her career and dream begin.

"I wouldn't be here without my parents, who took out a second mortgage to let me do this," she said. "My brothers told them 'let me go' and I lived without parents for a couple of years. They are my rock. They are always there." ~ Jennifer Lawrence ~

Also, brought her parents as her date to the 70th Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence supports several charities such as the Special Olympics and St. Mary’s Center charities.
JL Special Olympics support

Great Actress!
Rolling Stone calls Jennifer Lawrence "the most talented young actress in America”.

Donald Sutherland compared Lawrence to Laurence Olivier and also described her as an "exquisite and brilliant actor".

Film director David O. Russell has praised her effortless acting that make her performances look easy.

Jennifer Lawrence has won numerous Awards including an Oscar, Golden Globe, MTV, People’s Choice and so many more.  And as for her nominations they are too numerous to count!  

Have a great week! Check the phenomenal Jennifer Lawrence in Catching Fire! 

You might also check out  Lenny Kravitz: 
His favorites and The Hunger Games

See you soon!

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Some Common Casual Language from the Jennifer Lawrence Feature at Celebrity English. 

Instructions: Write down the meaning of the words/expressions from the Jennifer Lawrence feature. 
I will post the answers next week.

skyrocket =


level head

Why would I ever get cocky?

It's stupid.

She is one-of-a-kind.





My mom is big funny,

Very subtle

They are my rock. They are always there.

exquisite and brilliant actor

Vocabulary Answers

skyrocket =  to increase quickly to a very high level or amount; to shoot up abruptly <Ex. Prices are skyrocketing!>.

phenomenal =  very good or great : unusual in a way that is very impressive.

level head =  exercising or showing good judgment.

Why would I ever get cocky? =  conceited or arrogant, esp. in a bold or impudent way; excessively proud of oneself.

It's stupid. =  lacking intelligence or common sense; not smart.

She is one-of-a-kind. = someone or something that is unique and different from other things. <Ex. Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary person - absolutely one of a kind>.

outrageous =  exceeding the limits of what is usual; surprising.

archery =  the sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrow.

anorexia =  a serious physical and emotional illness in which an abnormal fear of being fat leads to very poor eating habits and dangerous weight loss.

obese =  very fat : fat in a way that is unhealthy.

My mom is big funny, = 'big funny' or 'big time funny' very or really funny.

Very subtle =  quite clever and indirect; not obvious.

They are my rock. They are always there. =   'rock': a firm foundation or support.  Her parents are a strong support for Jennifer Lawrence.  'to be there for someone': to be available to provide help and support for someone. 'there' in this case means in Jennifer's life when she needs them to help her.

exquisite and brilliant actor =  exquisite:  accomplished, perfected <Ex.an exquisite gentleman.>. brilliant: very impressive or successful. actor: a person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Hottest Shopping Day of the Year! BLACK FRIDAY!

Paris Hilton shopping
Paris Hilton with getting her shop on!

Black Friday is coming this week on Friday Nov. 29! 

Black Friday Shopping!

What is it?
-Prices will be slashed and bargain shoppers will be lining up early at their favorite stores.  
And even celebrities like Paris Hilton like to shop for a deal!

When is it?
-This American shopping tradition occurs the Day After Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November).  Not an official holiday but treated like one unless you work in retail.
-Generally 5am start time is pretty standard but some stores will open earlier or even be open all night from Thanksgiving Eve. Check the company's website for times.  

Where is it?

-Everywhere in America and catching on in other countries.
-At your favorite shopping store and at their website.


Who will be there?
-Friends, Family, Everyone!  One of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Expect long line-ups and chaos as people rush to get the best deals!

Why is it called Black Friday?
Black Friday Black and White
Black Friday – 2 ideas:
(1)Originally a slang idea/expression coming out of Philadelphia, USA:  Black Friday was used to describe the idea of huge numbers of people and vehicles jammed packed on the streets the day after Thanks Giving. Everything seems black, not moving, and people’s tempers rise bringing out the worst in them. There doesn’t seem to be any light or space.  The term had negative connotations.
(2)Currently, Black Friday, simply invokes an idea of bargain shopping.  It is considered the first day of the Christmas shopping season.  Retailers also claim that this is the first day of the year that their companies make a profit or are ‘in the black’.   So, for retail companies from January 1 to Nov. 22 the stores are considered ‘in the red’ or not making a profit.  These two expressions stem from older accounting practices where black pen ink was used for profit and red pen ink was used to show financial losses.  Thus we have the term Black Friday or the day of the year when retail stores feel they are profitable.

How to get ready for Black Friday!
-Check out your favorite Retail Store for Black Friday Advertisements online and in the local newspapers and flyers.  Moreover, social media like Face book, Twitter, Pinterest, You Tube, etc. is filled with Black Friday fun!  There are also tons of apps out there!  Just select a site you trust!

New to the United States? Here are some common 'Big Store Names' that everyone knows.

Also online you will find some Dedicated Black Friday Websites like:

Language Learning Section
Some Common Casual Language for talking about what you are buying or looking for on Black Friday.

For the Shopper that knows what she or he wants on Black Friday.
I am going to buy an Ipod.
I am gonna buy a flat Screen TV.
I want to get a new laptop.
I wanna buy a pair of sneakers.
I’m buying a new set of sunglasses.
I’m looking for a bargain on watches.
I’m looking for a deal on coffee makers.

For the shopper with an idea of what he or she wants on Black Friday.
I’m gonna look for a Christmas present for my husband.
I am looking for something new in the way of winter coats.
I am going to take a look at the appliances.
I am going to take a look at what they have in the way of golf clubs.
I might pick up an espresso machine if they have any good deals on.
I think I might buy some new blouses if I see any at a good price.

Didn’t find what you where looking for on Black Friday? No problem!  There is also Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday 2013_Calendar

‘Back in the day’ a lot of people weren’t very keen to shop online or use company websites.  So to fix this problem and capture email addresses, the retail community invented Cyber Monday in 2005.  Cyber Monday occurs every year on the Monday following Thanks Giving Day.  If you don’t believe me check out Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals.

Well that is all for this week!  Enjoy the shopping experience of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Oh yeah and of course Thanksgiving with Family & Friends!

Happy Turkey Day to you my friends! Gobble Gobble!
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