Writing reviews- examples in real contexts

In this video you can find real examples of positive comments and adjectives to describe theatre plays and musicals. Many of these adjectives could be used as well to describe films or even books.

The pictures of the billboards were taken in London’s West End only some days ago to illustrate the language related to this topic in real use. Bear in mind, however, that these are all examples of rave reviews (extremely positive reviews), as they want to attract potential audiences.

pdf file of the slides here.

Some of the flyers we’ve used:

Remember you can use some of these tips to improve your writing tasks:

Películas para aprender inglés- Films to learn English

This is a completely subjective list of films that may be helpful to improve your level of English: whether because the actors and actresses’ accents are clear and nice (or I especially like them anyway), or because the subject matter of the film and the language involved is easy to understand.

The films selected are arranged in chronological order. The ones with this symbol next to the title are the ones I especially recommend in terms of language level and accent.

The Great Dictator (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

To Be or Not To Be (1942)

Roman Holiday (1953) [*****]

Sabrina (1954)

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Charade (1963)

Mary Poppins (1964)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Take the Money and Run (1969)

Radio Days (1987)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Peter’s Friends (1992)

In the Name of the Father (1993)

The Remains of the Day (1993)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) [*****]

Gattaca (1997)

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

The Full Monty (1997)

Shakespeare in Love (1998) [*****]

Notting Hill (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Billy Elliot (2000)

Moulin Rouge! (2001) [*****]

The Others (2001) [*****]

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) [*****]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2002) (and the whole Harry Potter saga) [*****]

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

V for Vendetta (2005)

Match Point (2005) [*****]

The Queen (2006)

The Prestige (2006)

Black Swan (2010)

The King’s Speech (2010) [*****]

(subtitled in English: http://dotsub.com/view/4a4e083a-f6cb-4db5-8554-91d4ffd1ec2b)

The Iron Lady (2011)

The Impossible (2012)

(subtitled in English: http://dotsub.com/view/4a5f5631-6a6a-4990-a103-6855ca346901)

Hitchcock (2012)

The Imitation Game (2014) [*****]

(subtitled in English: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/imitationgame.html)

Hidden Figures (2015)

Suffragette (2015)


(First published October 2013, last update November 2018)

Películas para aprender francés- Films pour apprendre le français

Les quatre cent coups (1959)

Jules et Jim (1961)

Foutaises (1989): Court-métrage de Jean Pierre Jeunet, réalisateur de Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, dont la première partie s’inspire de Foutaises.


Sous-titrée français ici

Le dîner de cons (1998)

Bande annonce sous-titrée ici

Le fabuleux destin d’ Amélie Poulain (2001)

Les Choristes (2004)

Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (2004)

La môme (2007)

Odette Toulemonde (2007)

Bienvenue chez les ch’tis (2008)

Entre les Murs (2008)

Rien à déclarer (2010)

Le prénom (2012)

Intouchables (2012)

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? (2014)

Le Petit Prince (2015)

Plus d’info, et liens pour regarder des films:

(Publicado Abril 2013, última actualización Noviembre 2018)

Ver programas TV otros países por internet

Aunque muchas cadenas de televisión limitan poder ver sus programas a los países donde emiten, hay algunas formas de poder verlas online desde cualquier país. Algunas cadenas de noticias, por otra parte, permiten ver sus canales online a través de YouTube. He aquí una selección:

  • http://www.freeintertv.com: Buscador que aloja emisiones en streaming (en directo) de multitud de países y cadenas de televisión, entre ellas, las más populares (BBC, ITV, TF1, Arte, ZDF, RTL, RAI…). A diferencia de otras páginas de emisión en streaming, esta (de momento) no limita el tiempo de visionado, ni obliga a registrarse y abonar un importe. Se puede ver tanto en ordenador como en dispositivos móviles.

Algunos canales emiten en directo en YouTube:

Guía programación TV Reino Unido aquí.

(Publicado 16.12.2013, última actualización 15.3.2020)

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New Year’s Eve & Auld Lang Syne

Do you know “Auld Lang Syne”? It’s a Scottish folk song, which is traditionally sung in English-speaking countries at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, to welcome the New Year. It features in such classical films as It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner 1989), among others:

Despite its popularity, however, apparently only 3% of British people actually know the full lyrics to it, according to a recent survey. You can read more about this here, or listen to the news report below:

You can listen to a rendition of the song by Rod Stewart and other stars like Kylie Minogue (with lyrics) below:

Happy New Year 2018 to everyone! 

#WomeninSTEM- Joan Clarke

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