I know we said that we would be talking about sex this week, but we’re going to talk about the theatre and theatre vocabulary instead. We hope you won’t be too disappointed!
A book recommendation from Francisco from Úbeda – Books for reading, episode 177.
For level B2 I strongly recommend reading:
Terry Deary´s Horrible Histories collection (20 amusing and short books)
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (various books, aimed to children but worth reading)
That stuff helped me a lot, it´s aimed to (at) teenagers in general, but it´s appropriate for Spanish B2 students.
Another brilliant writer: Paula Hawkins: “The girl on the train” and “Into the water”. Both written in an intelligible style.
Cheers! – Francisco.
Comment from Ana on the website:
Hello Craig and Reza, I’m Ana from Mexico
I have a wonderful book to recommend, Three dark crows by Kendare Black the genre is fiction but the story is very interesting – I love it, also is very easy to read. (It is also….)
Comment on the website from Marcelo
Just to tell you my current experience reading books in English.
Some time ago I bought “My Friend Muriel” (by Jane Duncan), a shabby yellow paperback.
At last I started to read it. Maybe there are a lot of Scottish words and also old ones, but I think I’m able to understand the core (núcleo) of the writing and that is rewarding.
Besides, I can write, paint and even sneeze on it, for it’s very old to be resold. (note that Marcelo’s uses ‘for’ and not ‘as’ or ‘because’).
Libros GRATIS en inglés para descargar: http://www.mansioningles.com/Libros.htm (Books without copyright restrictions:
Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes etc)
Voice message from Emiliano from Argentina
Study phrasal verbs in context. Don’t make long and unconnected lists of phrasal verbs.
Write down phrasal verbs in a notebook and try to learn news ones each day.
Try to use 2 or 3 phrasal verbs in an email or a business meeting.
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The most complete structure in English to be studying?
‘Aye’ meaning yes in Game of Thrones (Aye aye, sir – naval response = I understand, and will comply.)
Aye = Yes, that is correct.
Aye Aye = I understand, and will comply.
The naval equivalent to the aeronautical difference between “Roger” (received) and “Wilco” (will comply).
Though – sin embargo ‘ I thought it was easy; I was wrong though.’ http://www.inglespodcast.com/55
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The Theatre – suggested by Gabby from Peru
Theatre (UK) or theater (US)
To put on a play
The set / props
To learn your lines
Scene – small part of a play (or film/TV programme)
Act (noun) – a group of related consecutive scenes
Eg. I love Act 3, Scene 2 of “Othello”
Soliloquy – monologue when a character says his or her thoughts aloud
Rehearsal / to rehearse
Dress rehearsal – final rehearsal(s) with complete costumes, props, set, etc.
The orchestra pit
Front row seats
A standing ovation
Take a bow
To bring down the house
A good/bad review
Amdram – amateur dramatics
To break a leg – good luck
Ad lib – spontaneous words not in the script
Cast – the actors
Casting – selecting the actors
Off stage – opposite of on stage
Green room – area where actors get ready backstage
Stage directions – script instructions of position and movement for actors
Cue – an indication, spoken or visual, in a particular place
To Prompt/a prompter – person offstage who whispers the forgotten lines
Playwright – person who writes plays (eg. Shakespeare)
Understudy – actor who prepares in case s/he has to substitute another actor
Stage fright – when an actor is nervous about performing
Thespian (old-fashioned) – actor
To upstage someone – to perform more memorably than another famous actor (eg. the unknown actor playing a minor role upstaged Helen Mirren playing The Queen)
Stage hands – those technicians who help set up the stage
Footlights – lights at floor level on the stage
Spotlight – the big main light focused on the most important actors on stage
The wings – the sides just beside the stage. Waiting in the wings – waiting just offstage ready to enter the stage (often used metaphorically)
eg. When Lenin died, Stalin was waiting in the wings, ready to quickly take centre stage.
Craig’s recurring nightmare about not knowing his lines and having to get up on stage.
What’s the difference between reoccur and recur?
Recur – to happen repeatedly or after an interval.
Reoccur – to happen again.
There is a small difference. An event that reoccurs repeats at least one time, but not necessarily more than that. An event that recurs is an event that repeats many times.
‘The sunrise recurs.’
‘I think the ice-age will reoccur eventually.’
Have you ever been involved in a theatre production?
Do you enjoy going to the theatre?
Should theatre try to reflect real life?
Can theatre really affect society and the way we look at things?
If someone wrote a play about your life, which famous actor would you choose to play the role?
Do you agree with what Shakespeare wrote in his play As You Like It:
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Are you involved in the theatre, like Gabby.
Do you have any recurring nightmares that you don’t mind telling us about? Which famous actor or actress would you choose to be you in a film or play?
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