9 Modern American Classics for Learning English with Movies-Part 3

7. “Twilight” (2008)

Twilight – New Moon

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Story: Bella Swan, a teenager, has always been different from other teenagers. She never cared about being a part of the cool group of girls. When her mom remarries, Bella chooses to live with her dad in a small town in Washington. It’s a boring rainy town and nothing interesting ever happens until she meets a mysterious and very good-looking guy called Edward Cullen.

Edward is like no other guy she’s ever met–he’s handsome, intelligent and witty. He’s different because he’s a vampire and hasn’t aged since 1918. Bella and Edward fall in love and it’s like a modern day story of Romeo and Juliet and forbidden love.

Why this is a great movie for learning English: This movie is aimed at teenage and young adult audiences and uses everyday English. The language is typically American and the accents of the characters are clear and easy to understand. This movie is based on author Stephanie Myer’s series and if you’ve already read the popular series in your own language then you’re going to understand the movie plot even more.

Favorite quotes: Edward to Bella: “You’re my life now.”


8. “The Break-up” (2006)

Learning English with Movies

Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.

Story: Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) meet at a Chicago Cubs game. They’re attracted to each other immediately and Brooke loves Gary’s humor. They begin dating and soon buy a condo together. Gary is a bus tour operator and Brooke manages an art gallery. Their backgrounds are very different, and after living together they find out that they have different interests.

They decide to break up, but they can’t agree on what to do with their condo. They decide to live together as roommates. Gary goes back to living like a single guy, throwing parties and inviting women around to the home. This breaks Brooke’s heart (makes her sad) even more. Brooke decides to quit her job and travel around Europe. On her return, Gary understands the mistakes he’s made and tries to win back her heart. This is a story full of laughs which the whole audience will enjoy.

Why this movie is great to learn English: This movie is full of everyday slang language which is used in many social situations. You’ll learn language related to communicating with a partner and also some common lines used in an argument. It’s a funny movie that is easy to understand and the humor that’s used is simple and clear which will allow even non-native English speakers to understand the inside jokes.

Favorite quote: Gary to Brooke: “Is that how you want to play it Brooke? Because I can play it like that. I can play it like Lionel Richie, all night long.”


9. Forrest Gump (1994)

Learning English with Movies

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field.

Story: Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is waiting at a bus stop where he begins telling his past story to some strangers waiting for the bus. His sad story begins with him as a child when he had a problem with his legs and had to wear braces. He suffered a lot from other kids bullying (making fun of him) him.

Finally he meets Jenny as a young girl (Robin Wright). He falls in love with Jenny and they become the best of friends. One day while he’s running away from the kids bullying him, his leg brace breaks. He suddenly discovers he’s very fast at running, which wins him a scholarship to college (even though he’s not very smart).

After graduating from college he signs up for the war and heads to Vietnam to fight. There he saves many friends’ lives and he’s awarded a medal of bravery. At the same time Jenny is having problems back home. She has become a drug addict and is very sick. When Forrest returns he meets Jenny again and asks her to marry him, but she says no. Forrest is so upset he goes for a run. His run turns into a marathon and lasts three years.

Why this is a great movie to learn English: This is a perfect movie to learn English as the speech is slow due to Forrest Gump’s mental problems. The language is simple and uncomplicated and it’s really easy to follow. It will also teach you some important parts of U.S. history and culture.

You’ll learn about the United States’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the popular hippy movement in the ’60s. This is a favorite movie among many people around the world and if you ever get into a conversation where you’re discussing movies, this is a great one to talk about as almost everyone has seen it.

Favorite quote: Forrest Gump to a stranger at the bus stop: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”


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