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Going to the Movies

An Intermediate Level Conversation



Mary and Diane are in line in front of a movie theater. The movie theater has six different movies. They want to see a good movie.

Mary: I have no idea which movie is good. Do you?

Diane: Let's take a look at the posters.

Mary: We can't leave the line together. You go and I'll stay here in the line.

Diane: Okay. I'll be right back.

Diane returns shortly after she looks at the posters.

Mary: Which ones are being featured?

Diane: Altogether, six movies are showing now. I think I would like to see "The Public Enemies".

Mary: Why? Who're the actors?

Diane: Johnny Depp. I'm a big fan of him. But I don't know the actress.

Mary: I too like Johnny Depp. But why do you want to see this movie?

Diane: Because I've heard about the screen play and his acting. They both got excellent reviews.

Mary: Well. I have no choice. I'll take your word for it.

Diane: Good for you! You'll have no regrets.



the movies: idiomatic noun. Americans use "the movies" for the word "cinema", as a place where they see a film

go to the movies: idiomatic verb. To go to the cinema to see a film

line: noun. A cue of people lined up waiting for their turn to buy a product or service

in line or on line: adverbial phrase. Being in a cue of people

in front of: prepositional phrase (see prepositions). Before something, somebody or a place. In front of the building, in front of my husband

movie theater: compound noun. A place where we see movies

be right back: verbal phrase. To come back immediately

take a look at: prepositional verb and idiomatic verb. To view an object to get an idea

poster: noun. A large picture that advertises a product, such as a movie (in this conversation)

I would like to: verbal phrase. A polite way of saying "I want to" It takes a verb in the infinitive form at the end "I would like to + verb...". " I would like to have a Coca Cola."

feature: transitive verb. To display a product for entertainment; expose a product to the public for information or entertainment purposes. "They feature a funny show this week. Let's go to see it."

act: intransitive verb. To play a role, to perform (in this conversation)

actor: noun. A male professional performer who earns a living out of acting

actress: noun. A female professional performer who earns a living out of acting

screen play: compound noun. A written story for producing a film

be fan of somebody: To favor a famous person

review: noun. A written piece of evaluation of a product or service with all necessary information about it. "The reviews for this novel are excellent." "The reviews for this play are not very good, so I will not see it."

have no choice: idiomatic phrase. It means "I have no other alternatives to consider so I have to accept what is available." "I don't like this restaurant, but we have no choice." This sentence means: "I don't like that restaurant, but there are no other restaurants around here, so we have to go that one."

ticket: noun. A receipt of purchase of a service or show, for example, movie ticket (in this conversation)

I take your word for it: Idiomatic phrase. It means "I believe you." "I believe what you're saying."

Good for you: Idiomatic phrase. Americans use this phrase to praise someone to show appreciation for his or her behavior, performance.

have no regrets: verbal phrase. To feel good about something we have done


I'll: I will. A contraction, or a sound that is not pronounced. The spoken form of 'I will'. In spoken English, the sound 'wi' is omitted from pronunciation so 'I will' sound like 'Il'. See the video pronounciation lesson on Letter L






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