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How To Talk About Your Favourite Comedian

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Who is your favourite comedian?

All of us love a good laugh. Whether it’s a funny YouTube video or a stand-up comedian, all of us like to be amused. There are so many different types of comedy that caters to different kinds of people.  How many of you have a favorite comedian? We all do, right? We all would love to talk about them too.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your favourite comedian so much. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*Your favorite stand-up comedian has just come to your city, you are telling your friend, X, about him, and convincing X to go with you to see him perform*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we suggest to guarantee you a smooth conversation.  

                        Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. Who is your favourite comedian? – Ellen Degeneres, Vicky Kaushal, Kenny Sebastian
  2. Where is he/she performing? – Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi etc.
  3. What type of humour does he/she specialise in? – Jokes, Satire,* Slapstick* humour
  4. What is your favourite thing about him/her? – Singing voice, political puns,  etc. (could be anything unique about the comedian)
  5. What forum does he/she use? – Talk show, Reality TV show, Game show, YouTube videos etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your favourite comedian.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the dish you like. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Punch line*
  2. Genre*
  3. Personality
  4. Props*
  5. Creativity
  6. Laughter
  7. Audience
  8. Rapport*
  9. Performance
  10. Humour
  11. Platform
  12. Improvisation*
  13. Set*
  14. Wordplay*
  15. Trope*

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Slapstick comedy*
  2. Humorous personality
  3. Comedy as a platform (to express ideas)
  4. Talented improvisation
  5. Well-executed set
  6. Clever wordplay
  7. Effective trope use
  8. Open mic events
  9. Audience rapport
  10. Quality entertainment
  11. Comedy scene
  12. Stylistic device use*
  13. Funny punch line
  14. Paid/unpaid gigs*
  15. Surprising twists

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up the comedian you like, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

‘Do you know Kenny Sebastian? He recently performed a stand-up set at the Egmore Museum Theatre.’

Express your excitement over the comedian this could be why you brought him/her up in the first place.

Kenny Sebastian is so funny, I always end up laughing until I can’t breathe when I watch him perform!

Talk about why you like that particular comedian – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. I love how Kenny Sebastian always sings a funny song as part of his set.
  2. I really like how X is so talented at onstage improvisation.
  3. My favourite part of Y’s performance is how he uses comedy as a platform to express his political views.
  4. I think it’s interesting how Z’s stand-up sets always have an element of slapstick comedy.
  5. A’s jokes are so relatable, I love watching her.

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should watch the comedian, for example :-

  1. I know how much you love slapstick comedy, you should definitely check Kenny Sebastian out, he’s great at slapstick!
  2. You and Y share a lot of the same political views, you should check her out.
  3. I heard you were looking at ways to improve your improvisational skills, you should watch X, he is great at onstage improvisation.
  4. Z’s humour is really dark, it’s just your type!
  5. A is performing clean comedy* at an open mic near 5th Avenue, you should take your son and check it out, kids love him!

A model answer would be as follows :-

Do you know Kenny Sebastian? He recently performed a stand-up set at the Egmore Museum Theatre. He is so funny, I always end up laughing until I can’t breathe when I watch him perform! There is never an empty seat at his show, and the laughter never stops. I love how Kenny Sebastian always sings a hilarious song as part of his set. I know how much you love slapstick comedy, you should definitely check him out, he’s great at slapstick!

Meaning of starred (*) words

  1. Satire – The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s actions.
  2. Pique – Arouse interest.
  3. Punchline – A punch line (punch-line or punchline) concludes a joke; it is intended to make people laugh
  4. Genre – A style or category of art, music or literature.
  5. Props – A portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or film.
  6. Rapport – A close and harmonious relationship between people for good communication.
  7. Improvisation – create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation.
  8. Set – A group of jokes put together for a performance by a comedian.
  9. Wordplay – The witty usage of the meanings of words – For example in puns etc.
  10. Trope – A recurring theme.
  11. Stylistic device – Something said that has more than one meaning.
  12. Gig – A job, especially one that is temporary or that has an uncertain future.
  13. Clean comedy – Comedy that is generally free from objectionable material.
  14. Slapstick comedy – Slapstick is a style of humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of normal physical comedy.
  15. Hilarious – Funny


How To Talk About Your Favourite Song

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Do you have a favourite song?

Someone once said that music brings magic to life. There’s something special about the way music affects each and every one of us. We’re all into different kinds of music – pop, rock, hip hop, rap etc. The list is endless. However, the one thing we have in common, is that we all have a favourite song that we want to tell everyone about.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your favourite song. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*Your favourite singer has just released a new song and you love it! You can’t wait to tell your friend about it*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we suggest, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.  

                        Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is the name of the song? – Cheerleader, 7 rings, 21st century girl etc.
  2. Who is the artist/who sang the song? – AR Rahman, Ariana Grande, BTS
  3. What genre does the song belong to? – Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Alternative etc.
  4. Why do you like the song? – Catchy rhythm, interesting tune, relatable lyrics etc.
  5. Where did you hear the song? – Radio, TV, YouTube etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your favourite song.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the song you like. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Genre
  2. Lyrics
  3. Rhythm
  4. Tune
  5. Artist
  6. Album
  7. Record
  8. Voice
  9. Soundtrack
  10. Harmony
  11. Melody
  12. Chorus
  13. Verse
  14. Bridge
  15. Hook*

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Unforgettable hook
  2. Touching lyrics
  3. Catchy melody
  4. Deep bass track
  5. Snappy chorus
  6. Melodic verse
  7. Talented artist
  8. Interesting genre
  9. Simple tune
  10. Memorable soundtrack
  11. Phenomenal* voice
  12. Appealing tune
  13. Lengthy soundtrack
  14. Diverse genres
  15. Combined instruments

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up the song you like, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

‘Beyonce released a song recently, it’s called Lemonade, I loved it!’

Express your excitement over the song this could be why you brought the song into the conversation in the first place.

‘The tune of the song is so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head!’

Talk about why you liked the song – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. The song had a great instrumental backing which I really liked.
  2. The lyrics of the song were very relatable for me.
  3. The rhythm of the song is so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head!
  4. I love the chorus of the song, it’s so melodious.
  5. The musician’s voice is so beautiful, I could listen to her song all day!

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should hear the song, for example :-

  1. As a rock music lover, you absolutely have to hear this song.
  2. I heard you were looking for songs for your college play? This would be a perfect fit.
  3. Since you liked the song ‘Cherries’ by Backstreet Boys, I’m sure you’ll like ‘No Place’, also by them.
  4. You look sad, try listening to this song, it might cheer you up.
  5. This song reminded me of you, I think you should hear it.

A model answer would be as follows :-

‘Beyonce released a song recently, it’s called Lemonade, I loved it. I heard it on the car radio on my way to work. The tune of the song is so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head! The song had a great instrumental backing which I really liked. The lyrics of the song were also very relatable for me. Beyonce’s voice is so beautiful, I could listen to her all day! As a rock music lover, you absolutely have to hear this song, it’s one of the best songs in the entire genre.


Meanings of starred (*) words

  1. Pique – Arouse interest.
  2. Hook – A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to “catch the ear of the listener”.
  3. Phenomenal – Remarkably good.

How To Talk About Your Favourite Food

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What is your favourite food?

I think we can all agree that #foodislife. When it comes to food, there are so many varieties we can choose from. From Italian Pizza to French Croissants, Shepherd’s Pie to Belgian Waffles, even Hyderabadi Biriyani! The list is endless. It can be really hard to pick a favourite food, but I’m sure we all have one, and we all talk about it too.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your favourite food. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’ve just joined a new job, and as part of the ice-breaking session, your manager asks you and your co-workers to talk about your favourite food*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we have  guarantee you a smooth conversation.

                        Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

Where did you come across the food? – Mom made it, sampled it at a party, restaurant etc.

What is the flavour of the food like? – Sweet, Spicy, Sour, Tangy* etc.

What type of cuisine is it? – French, Mexican, Italian etc.

Why do you like the food? – Flavour, texture, nutrition etc.

What kind of meal is it? – Starter, Main Course, Dessert, Appetizer etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your favourite food.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the dish you like. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Cuisine
  2. Recipe
  3. Taste
  4. Palate*
  5. Flavour
  6. Aroma
  7. Texture
  8. Mouthfeel*
  9. Culinary
  10. Seasoning
  11. Garnish*
  12. Accompaniments*
  13. Beverage
  14. Meal Course
  15. Cutlery

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Detailed recipe.
  2. Rich and heavy meal.
  3. Secret family recipe.
  4. Well-done/rare/medium/very rare cuts etc.
  5. Well-balanced seasoning.
  6. Well-executed garnish and presentation.
  7. Sharp, complementing flavours.
  8. Childhood memories.
  9. Flawless dish construction.
  10. Light and fluffy dessert. (Could be used to describe mousse, cakes etc.)
  11. Smoky meat. (Could be used to describe Barbeque, grill etc.)
  12. Creamy food (ice cream, mac ‘n’ cheese, melted chocolate etc.)
  13. Crunchy texture
  14. Greasy and oily.
  15. Unpleasantly bitter or tart*

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up the food you like, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

‘As asked, my favourite food is Fish & Chips’

Express your excitement over the dish this could be why you brought the dish into the conversation in the first place.

‘My mom makes the best fish and chips, she uses a secret family recipe that’s been passed down for generations!’

Talk about why you liked the dish – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. The dish was flawlessly constructed, all its components were cooked to perfection.
  2. The dessert was light and fluffy, perfect after the filling main course.
  3. The meat was very well done, not undercooked, not overdone, but roasted just right.
  4. The pudding had a very crunchy texture that gave me an interesting mouthfeel, it was delicious!
  5. The dish reminds me of my childhood, it fills me with nostalgia.*

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should try the dish, for example :-

  1. I know you have a sweet tooth* so you have to try this pudding, it’s simply sublime.*
  2. You’re always complaining about how vegetarian dishes are so limited in variety. Well, I just discovered this new paneer dish that will have your mouth watering, you must try it!
  3. The roasted pork they serve at that bistro down the street is brilliant! I love it’s crunchy skin and juicy texture, you should try it sometime.
  4. You have to try out that new pizza joint, they have all sorts of pizzas, even dessert pizzas!
  5. You should try my mom’s Fish and Chips, I can promise you it will be the best Fish and Chips you’ve ever had!

A model answer would be as follows :-

My favourite food would definitely have to be ‘fish and chips.’ My mom makes the best fish and chips, she uses a secret family recipe that’s been handed down for generations. She cooks the fish just right, so it almost melts in your mouth when you take a bite. She also seasons it to perfection, it’s neither too spicy, nor too bland. She used to make it for me when I got home from school sometimes. Ah, those were the best days! Whenever I eat fish and chips, I am reminded of my childhood, although nobody makes it as well as my mother! I would love to bring some homemade fish and chips to work sometime, I can guarantee you all will enjoy it.


Meanings of starred (*) words

  1. Tangy – Having a strong, sharp flavour.
  2. Pique – Arouse interest.
  3. Palate – a person’s ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours.
  4. Mouthfeel – the way an item of food or drink feels in the mouth, as distinct from its taste.
  5. Accompaniments – Highly flavoured seasonings of various kinds offered with certain dishes.
  6. Garnish – A small amount of food used to decorate other food.
  7. Tart – sharp or acid in taste.
  8. Nostalgia – Desire to revisit the past.
  9. Sweet tooth – a great liking for sweet-tasting foods.
  10. Sublime – Perfect.
  11. Bistro – A bistro or bistrot, is a small restaurant, serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting with alcohol

How To Tell Someone They’re Being Annoying

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How to tell someone they’re being annoying without being rude?

Have you ever come across someone who has the most annoying habits ever? Have you ever gotten so exasperated* you just wanted to scream? Well, that’s something we’re all guilty of. But how do you tell someone they’re being annoying without coming off as rude?

Look no further! Here at FluentLife, we tell you how to do exactly that in three simple and easy steps. Read on to find out how. Happy Learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

You’re sitting next to a partner in class, but they won’t stop tapping their pen against the table and it’s really distracting.

(or)

You’re trying to come up with new ideas during a brainstorming session, but your co-worker won’t let you contribute to the discussion.

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we guarantee you, to have a smooth conversation.  

                        Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is the annoying habit? – Table tapping, chewing loudly, talking loudly etc.
  2. Why don’t you like this habit? – It’s distracting, impolite, unbecoming* etc.
  3. How can (anyone) stop this habit? – Cease tapping, talk softly etc.
  4. Why is (anyone) doing this habit? –  Gotten used to it, Helps them concentrate etc.
  5. When do they perform this habit? – In the classroom, while eating, talking etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a habit you dislike.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the habit. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Tendency
  2. Instances
  3. Habit
  4. Listening skills.
  5. Pet Peeve*
  6. Forgetfulness
  7. Repeated performances of habit
  8. Understanding
  9. Responsiveness
  10. Communication
  11. Relationships
  12. Cues*
  13. Uncomfortable/Discomfort
  14. Stress
  15. Body Language

Similarly, given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Distracting tendency to continue a habit.
  2. inadvertently* irritating.
  3. Clash of personalities.
  4. Unaware forgetfulness.
  5. Unresponsive to criticism.
  6. Poor communication skills.
  7. Lacking empathy
  8. Uncaring attitude.
  9. Ignoring body language cues.
  10. Lack of awareness for others’ requirements
  11. Behaviour
  12. Inconsiderate actions.
  13. Kindly request (a change/modification of habit)
  14. Reaction to remarks.
  15. Ignoring speech cues.

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by talking about a particular instance when you were particularly ticked off by your other person’s actions.

‘Hey, I don’t mean to be rude but I thought I’d just say something about your pen tapping in class.’

(or)

‘Hey, please don’t take this the wrong way, but it would be really nice if you could let me give my input during the discussion as well’

Express your discontent over the act.

‘It’s really distracting, I’m not a big fan of it.

         (or)

‘I would like it if my opinions were acknowledged during group discussions’

Talk about why you dislike the particular act , be specific– here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. I find myself unable to concentrate in class because of your constant toe-tapping.
  2. Please pay more attention to what I have to say because it’s hard for me to talk to you otherwise.
  3. You keep interrupting me without ever letting me finish what I’m trying to say.
  4. You constantly invade my personal space, I don’t like it.
  5. You keep talking in class, I can’t hear what the teacher is trying to say.

Give your partner suggestions on how he/she could do things differently – here are 5 examples

  1. Please stop tapping your pen in class, it’s distracting and I can’t concentrate.
  2. I’d prefer it if you let me finish before you start talking.
  3. Wouldn’t it be nice if we heard what other people also have to say?
  4. Could you talk a little softer, I find myself unable to understand what the teacher is saying.

A model answer would be as follows :-

Hey, I don’t mean to be rude, but I just thought I’d bring up something I’ve noticed in quite a few of our conversations. You keep interrupting me while we talk . I would like to  finish what I’m trying to say. I’d prefer it if you let me finish what I’m saying before you start talking.


(or)

Hi, please don’t take this the wrong way, but there’s something I’d like to say. You keep tapping your pen against the table during class, and due to the sound, I can’t concentrate. Please stop your pen-tapping so I can pay attention. Thank you very much.


Meaning of starred (*) words

  1. Exasperate – Frustrate.
  2. Unbecoming – Inappropriate
  3. Pique – Arouse interest.
  4. Cue – A hint or indication about how to behave in particular circumstances.
  5. Inadvertently – Unintentionally

How To Talk About Your Favourite TV Show

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Do you have a favourite TV show?


There are some TV shows that are timeless* classics. Shows that resonate* with us, that strike a chord within our hearts and keep us wanting more.

We all like different kinds of shows/web series’, from romance to horror and thriller to drama. However, if there’s one thing we all have in common, it is that we all have a favourite TV show, and we all love talking about it.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand what it is that makes the show you love, so interesting. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

You’ve just started a web series on Netflix that all your friends have been raving about.

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we have  guarantee you a smooth conversation.

                        Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. How did you come across the TV show? – Youtube advertisement, Friend’s recommendation etc.
  2. What do you like about the TV show? – Comedic dialogue, interesting characters etc.
  3. What is the TV show about? – Psychotic killer, daily lives of friends, courtroom drama etc.
  4. Who is your favourite character? – Main character, Comedic relief sidekick etc.
  5. When do new episodes get uploaded – Daily, Weekly, Bi-Weekly etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a TV show you like.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the TV show. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Plot
  2. Protagonist/Antagonist*
  3. Cast
  4. Acting skill
  5. Story Arc
  6. TV Show reviews by websites, critics etc.
  7. Director, Producer etc.
  8. Theme song
  9. Plot Twist
  10. Soundtrack
  11. Dialogue
  12. Screenplay/Direction*
  13. Cinematography*
  14. Similar TV shows
  15. Cliffhanger*

Similarly, given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Realistic acting.
  2. Well-written and well-executed dialogue.
  3. Cohesive* plotline.
  4. Ensemble* cast.
  5. Generally positive/negative reviews.
  6. Visually aesthetic.
  7. Three-dimensional characters.
  8. Anachronisms* and logical plot-holes.*
  9. Memorable soundtrack.
  10. Emotionally connecting scenes.
  11. Skilful screenplay and direction.
  12. Novel* use of existing cliches and tropes.
  13. Interesting protagonist-antagonist dynamics*
  14. Critically acclaimed success.
  15. Catchy theme song.

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by talking about a new TV show you discovered.

‘So I saw a Youtube ad the other day for a TV show called ‘The Princess Switch.’ Intrigued, I decided to check out the first episode.’

Express your excitement over the TV showthis could be why you brought the movie into the conversation in the first place.

‘The first episode had me hooked immediately. It was hilarious, I couldn’t stop laughing.’

Talk about why you liked the TV show – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. I loved the main character, he was a perfect combination of witty and sarcastic with a dash of good humour.
  2. The theme song of the TV show is so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head!
  3. The TV show featured an ensemble cast with great chemistry between them, the scenes were very emotionally connecting.
  4. The plot of the show was cohesive and well-planned, it was fast-paced, but did not seem rushed.
  5. Each episode of the show ends in a thrilling cliffhanger which always leaves me wanting more.

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should watch the TV show for example :-

  1. I know you don’t usually watch media adaptations of books, but you have to check this show out, it’s better than the book!
  2. Your favourite actress, Emma Watson, is acting in this show. I know how much you adore her, she plays the main character and she’s brilliant at it!
  3. I heard you were looking for a good soundtrack to recreate for your school play? I suggest the soundtrack from X, you should also check the movie out while you’re at it.
  4. This is the funniest TV show I’ve ever seen, we should all watch it together for next week’s sleepover at Samantha’s place.
  5. I think you should watch this TV show because I know how much you love thriller and horror genres, and this show is a perfect combination of the two.

A model answer would be as follows :-

I stumbled across this ad for a web series on Amazon Prime while watching YouTube videos last week. The premise* seemed interesting so I decided to check it out. I was hooked on to it instantly. The dialogue was hilarious, and the characters had a great sense of chemistry between them. The plot looks really promising with lots of potential. The theme song though, was by far the best part of the entire show, it was so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head! Each episode of the show ends in a cliffhanger, which always leaves me wanting more. I know you don’t usually watch media adaptations of books, but you have to check this one out, it’s exceptionally* brilliant!


Meanings of starred (*) words

  1. Timeless – Not affected by the passage of time.
  2. Resonate – Evoke emotions.
  3. Pique – Arouse interest.
  4. Protagonist – Main character.
  5. Antagonist – Main character’s adversary
  6. Screenplay – The script of a film including acting instructions and scene directions.
  7. Cinematography – The art of photography and camera work in filmmaking.
  8. Cliffhanger – A suspenseful end to an episode or serial.
  9. Cohesive – Following a proper order or sequence.
  10. Ensemble – Cast comprising of multiple principle actors with a roughly equal amount of screen time.
  11. Anachronism – A chronological inconsistency in a movie.
  12. Plot-Hole – A general inconsistency in the narrative
  13. Novel – New.
  14. Protagonist-Antagonist Dynamics – The connection between the hero and the villain.
  15. Exceptional – Extraordinary.

How To Talk About Your Favourite Movie

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Do you have a favourite movie?

There are some movies that are timeless* classics. Movies that resonate* with us, that strike a chord within our hearts and keep us wanting more.

We all like different kinds of movies, from romance to horror and thriller to drama. However, if there’s one thing we all have in common, it is that we all have a favourite movie.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.


Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand what it is that makes the movie you love, so interesting. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

You’ve just seen the latest blockbuster* movie at the theatre, and can’t wait to tell your mom about it. 

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we are guarantee you a smooth conversation.

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. Where did you watch the movie? – I bought the DVD, I saw it at the theatre etc.
  2. How did you come across the movie? – A friend told me about it, I saw a billboard ad for it, I saw a youtube video about it etc.
  3. What was your favourite part of the movie? – Climax, Denouement*, Plot twist etc.
  4. Who is your favourite character from the movie? – Protagonist, Antagonist, Supporting character, Comedic relief sidekick etc.
  5. What do you like about the character? – Bravery, Benevolence*, Cleverness, Skill etc.


Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a movie you like.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the movie. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

  1. Plot
  2. Protagonist/Antagonist*
  3. Cast
  4. Acting skill
  5. Climax
  6. Denouement
  7. Director, Producer etc.
  8. Plot Twist
  9. Soundtrack
  10. Movie Reviews on websites, by critics etc.
  11. Movie length
  12. Similar movies
  13. Dialogue
  14. Screenplay/Direction*
  15. Cinematography*

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Realistic acting.
  2. Well-written and well-executed dialogue.
  3. Cohesive* plotline.
  4. Ensemble* cast.
  5. Generally positive/negative reviews.
  6. Visually aesthetic.
  7. Three-dimensional characters.
  8. Anachronisms* and logical plot-holes.*
  9. Memorable soundtrack.
  10. Emotionally connecting scenes.
  11. Skilful screenplay and direction.
  12. Novel* use of existing cliches and tropes.
  13. Interesting protagonist-antagonist dynamics*
  14. Critically acclaimed success.
  15. Box office hit/Blockbuster

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture


Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by talking about a new movie you discovered.
‘I went to the theatre last Sunday to see the latest MCU movie, ‘Captain Marvel’

Express your excitement over the movie – this could be why you brought the movie into the conversation.

‘It was a wonderfully fast-paced* movie with constant plot twists that kept me on edge the entire time.’

Talk about why you liked the movie – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. The movie, in terms of visuals was fantastic. The screenplay was very well-handled, I consider this the director’s magnum opus.*
  2. The movie featured an ensemble cast with great chemistry between them, the scenes were very emotionally connecting.
  3. The soundtrack was one of my favourite parts of the movie, it elevated my entire movie-watching experience to a whole other level.
  4. The protagonist and antagonist were twins separated at birth, it was interesting to see the dynamics that played out between them.
  5. The plot of the movie was cohesive and well-planned, it was fast-paced, but did not seem rushed.

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should watch the movie, for example-

  1. I think you should watch this movie because I know how much you love thrillers and horror films, and this is a perfect combination of the two.
  2. I know you don’t usually watch movie adaptations of books, but you have to check this one out, it’s better than the book!
  3. Your favourite actress, Emma Watson, is acting in this movie. I know how much you adore her, she plays the main character and she’s brilliant at it!
  4. The cinematography in this movie is exceptional! You don’t have to be a hardcore movie buff* to appreciate it.
  5. I heard you were looking for a good soundtrack to recreate for your school play? I suggest the soundtrack from X, you should also check the movie out while you’re at it.

A model answer would be as follows :-
I went to the theatre last Sunday to watch the latest release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was enthralling! The perfect combination of action and suspense with a little bit of romance thrown into the mix. My favourite part was the climax, which involved a huge and bloody battle between the forces of good and evil. My favourite character saved the day again, I love how bravely and heroically he is written.The visuals were stunning, you’d love it. I know you’re a fantasy lover so you’d enjoy this film particularly well. Your favourite actor, Tom Hanks, stars in this film as an international super spy. You should definitely check this movie out, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

Meaning of starred (*) words
Timeless – Not affected by the passage of time.
Resonate – Evoke emotions.
Blockbuster – a movie, book or work of great commercial success.
Denouement – The final part of a play, book or film in which matters are finally resolved.
Benevolence – Kindness.
Pique – Arouse interest.
Protagonist – Main character.
Antagonist – Main character’s adversary.
Screenplay – The script of a film including acting instructions and scene directions.
Cinematography – The art of photography and camera work in filmmaking.
Cohesive – Following a proper order or sequence.
Ensemble Cast – Cast comprising of multiple principle actors with a roughly equal amount of screen time.
Anachronism – A chronological inconsistency in a movie.
Plot Hole – A general inconsistency in the narrative.
Novel – New.
Protagonist-Antagonist Dynamics – The connection between the hero and the villain.
Fast Paced – Developing quickly.
Magnum Opus – The masterpiece of a person’s career.
Movie Buff – A person who loves movies and is knowledgeable about them.
Enthralling – Capturing one’s attention.

How to talk about your favorite video game?

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What is your favorite video game?

All of us like a bit of a relaxation period where we want to escape reality and just indulge ourselves in a different world. That different world is provided by video games.

 Playing video games is a great pass time. There are many kinds of games that cater to different games, such as arcade, shooting, free roam, sports etc… and all of these games could be played on various platforms like consoles, PC and mobiles. I am certain most of you have a certain favorite game that you can play all day long and not get bored of.

However, often we do come across difficulties conveying exactly what we intend to tell our peers.

Read on to know how to convey why you really love that particular video game so much to your peers. Enjoy the learning experience!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we are going to cover to stir up a smooth conversation

Content: What is it that you are going to talk about?

  1. What is your favorite video game? – PUBG, Modern Combat, Need for speed.
  2. What genre does it come under? – Action, Racing, Arcade.
  3. Who is the developer of the game? – Tencent, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games
  4. What is your favorite thing about the video game? – the graphics, compatibility, genre etc…..
  5. Where can play this game? – Mobile, PC, Gaming consoles etc …

Choosing contextual vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you are talking about can be very important when it comes to fiving depth and clarity to what you are trying to say, as well as piquing your peer attention. In this case context you are talking about your favourite video games.   

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the show you like.

  1. Genre
  2. Compatibly
  3. Creativity
  4. Graphics
  5. Cinematics
  6. Game play
  7. Story
  8. Orientation
  9. Visual appeal
  10. Plot
  11. Quality
  12. Age limit

Similarly given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting.

  1. Realistic Graphics
  2.  Smooth Gameplay
  3. Interesting plot
  4. Easter Eggs
  5. Free Roam
  6. User friendly interface
  7. Expansive gameplay
  8. Futuristic Interface
  9. Life-like display

Organising the content: putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up your Video Games, this could be done in many ways. One such way is demonstrated below.

“Do you know Player Unknown Battleground or as it is popularly called as PUBG? There is an upcoming tournament of the game near our area.”

Express your excitement over the Video Games- this could be a reason why you brought up the Video game in the first place.

“PUBG is an extremely engaging and exciting video game! There is not a single match that has bored me. Every fight in the game fills me with excitement and I always enjoy the thrill of fighting in a team with other oppositions. It always teaches me to stay vigilant and improves my attention.”

Talk about why you like that particular game- here are a few examples of things you could say;

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should start playing that video game, for example:

Model Answer:

Do you know Player Unknown Battleground or as it is popularly called as PUBG? There is an upcoming tournament of the game near our area. And I would very much like it if we both could make it there!

PUBG is an extremely engaging and exciting shooting video game! There is not a single match that has bored me. Every fight in the game fills me with excitement and I always enjoy the thrill of fighting in a team with other oppositions. It always teaches me to stay vigilant and improves my attention. And the fact that you can play it on mobile platform makes it an extra bit better. I love how realistic the display of the game is. I really enjoy the team aspects of fighting as it replicates a life like battlefield experience.

My favourite part of the game is that you can engage with various people from around the globe through only a single interface. I am a big fan of shooting games and this is the epitome of shooter games. I know how much you love shooting games, that’s why you should start playing PUBG. I know you really like to play team matches and this game offers that team playing experience. I also heard that you really like “counter strike” and this game is similar to that and it’s on a mobile platform, so it makes it easier for you to play without any hustle. Trust me it would be an enjoyable experience for you if you start playing this game!

How To Talk About Your Favourite Book

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       HOW TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK

Am I doing this right?

All of us have read books, right? Whether we’re avid bookworms or casual readers, we all have that one book that we absolutely love. But, if there’s one thing we love even more than reading the book, it’s talking about it. Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say. Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand exactly what it is that makes the book you love, so interesting. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

You’ve read a book that you unequivocally* adore, and can’t wait to tell your friend about it.”

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through.

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?


Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

1. Where did you get the book from? – Barnes & Nobles, Crossword, StarMart etc.
2. How did you come across the book? – A friend’s gift, an accidental find, mother’s old book etc.
3. What was your favorite part of the book? – Climax, The scene where the protagonist died, the denouement etc.
4. Who is your favourite character? – Protagonist, Antagonist, Love interest, Main character’s little sister etc.
5. What do you like about character X? – Bravery, Charm, Beauty, Heroism etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary
Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a book you like.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the book. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the end of this article that you could also use!

1. Plotline
2. Climax
3. World-building
4. Anti-hero
5. Antagonist (villain)
6. Denouement*
7. Dialogue
8. Descriptions
9. Prologue*
10. Epilogue*
11. Plot Twist
12. Love interest
13. Author
14. Pseudonym*
15. Genre

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

1. Three-dimensional characters
2. Detailed world-building
3. Intriguing plotline
4. Unanticipated plot twist
5. Great chemistry between characters
6. Interesting genre
7. Talented author
8. Realistic dialogue
9. Riveting* climax
10. Well-written anti-hero
11. Conflicting interests
12. Disappointing plot-holes*
13. Imaginative descriptions
14. A fast-paced read
15. Likeable villain

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by talking about a new book you discovered.
So I came across a book recently, called ‘Fairytale’, while I was at Barnes and Nobles the other day.

Express your excitement over the book – this could be why you brought the book into the conversation.
It was a wonderfully fast-paced* book with constant plot twists that kept me on edge the entire time.

Talk about why you liked the book – here are 5 examples of things you could say

1. I loved the main character, he was a perfect combination of witty and sarcastic with a dash of good humour.
2. The story was about a knight who saves a princess from a tower, an overdone trope* so I was initially a little skeptical about it, but was completely satisfied by the end.
3. The villain was a very well fleshed out, three-dimensional character with lots of depth and a dark and tragic past which appealed to my sympathetic side.
4. The fictional universe that the story was set in was a very well-built and descriptive universe, the imagery provided was vivid, and transported me into the book without being too florid.*
5. Overall, the book was an action-packed thriller fantasy, with a great sense of chemistry between characters and realistic dialogue that was easy to read and understand.

As you can see, in no particular order, I have included five elements in the above example. It is a skeleton of sorts that you could also use while talking about a book you like. It goes as follows – Protagonist, Antagonist, Plotline, Fictional Universe or Realism and Overall View of the Book. You could also use instances from the book to support your views. For example ‘I think the villain was really misunderstood because…’ or ‘The hero’s wit is particularly highlighted in his exchange with…’.

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should read the book, for example-

1. ‘I think you should read the book because you read a lot of other authors from the same genre’
2. ‘You would love this book because I know you love action-packed thrillers’.
3. ‘I know fantasy isn’t really your cup of tea but I have a feeling you will enjoy this book, it’s different from regular fantasy novels.’
4. ‘You’ve told me you don’t read much but trust me when I say you’re going to love this book, it’s an easy read that you can get through in no time.’
5. ‘You read X’s work right? This is one of her more underrated novels that you absolutely must read.’

A model answer would be as follows :-
I was at Barnes and Nobles the other day, you know the one by 5th Avenue? Yeah, I was there looking for a present for Y’s birthday when I came across this book called ‘Fairytale’. I picked it up and was immediately hooked, and couldn’t put it down again until I was done. The book was action-packed and fast-paced, with unpredictable plot twists that kept me on edge the entire time. The story was about a knight who saves a princess from an ogre. I know it’s an overdone trope, but I found it a refreshing take on the cliche. The main character was so snarky and funny, I loved it. The antagonist, in contrast, was dark and tragic, but I think he was misunderstood, he had a traumatic past. I won’t give anything away though. The fictional universe was pretty well-built and descriptive, realistic enough to constitute a proper society. I was satisfied with it, I hate undeveloped fictional worlds, it takes away the realism. Overall the book was brilliant, the characters had a great rapport* with one another, the climax was splendidly well-written and the denouement was more than pleasing. I recommend that you read this book because I know how much you like fantasy, and this book, in my opinion, is one of the best in the genre.

Meanings of starred (*) words used in the article
1. Unequivocal – Leaving no doubt.
2. Protagonist – Main Character.
3. Feisty – Lively, Determined and Courageous.
4. Penchant – Tendency to do something.
5. Pique – Arouse interest or curiosity.
6. Denouement – The final part of a play, film, or book where the conflict is resolved.
7. Fast-paced – A narrative that moves quickly.
8. Prologue – Introduction
9. Epilogue – A section at the end of the book that acts as a conclusion.
10. Pseudonym – A false pen name that an author writes under.
11. Riveting – Interesting
12. Plot-holes – Inconsistency or gaps in the storyline.
13. Trope – Theme
14. Florid – Excessively descriptive.
15. Rapport – Empathetic relationships between people.