Tag: comedy

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: A “down under” undersea cartoon adventure. After tragedy makes Marlin (a clownfish) an overprotective father, his only surviving son (Nemo) rebels, and is captured off Australia’s Barrier Reef by a Sydney dentist. While Nemo and new fish-friends in the dentist’s aquarium plan Nemo’s escape, Marlin and his unlikely helper, Dori (a bluegill), […]

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Mix beauty-salon gossip, family love, a protective mother, a pretty wedding, a new baby, the Easter rabbit, Christmas lights, a funeral, and a big dog, and the result is “the funniest movie ever to make you cry.” While most people celebrate when Shelby (Julia Roberts) becomes pregnant, her mother worries (due to […]

Bend it Like Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: No one plays soccer like Beckham, and a young woman shouldn’t play soccer at all—at least, not according to two traditional moms in this British comedy. Our past and heritage certainly affect our future, so how can we honor our parents and still reach for our dreams in this multicultural […]

Patch Adams

Patch Adams, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: In a mental hospital, Patch learns (from fellow patients) that “if you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution,” and this inspires him to apply his brilliant mind to the field of medicine. In medical school (1970s), fun-loving Patch tries to inject comedy and compassion into the medical profession, believing that […]

Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Are old lions still dangerous? Two formerly-lion-like bachelors (Hub and Garth) end up taking care of a deserted nephew (Walter) and a “used” lion. Little by little the stories of their amazing lives (and endless supply of cash) unfold—filled with adventure, romance, exotic lands and treasure. But is it all true? Like all […]

Last Holiday

Last Holiday, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Georgia Byrd is a “typical” (though “plus-sized“) African-American saleswoman. She works hard, but isn’t appreciated. She loves a co-worker but is afraid to let it show. She’s a great cook, but won’t eat her delicious meals for fear of getting too fat. At Christmastime, her doctor tells her that a brain disease will […]

The Sand Lot

The Sand Lot (1); www.EFLsuccess.com Story: How do kids spend the summer in America? In this film, you’ll see July 4 fireworks and a local fair (tiny, moving amusement park), but you’ll mainly see the guys play baseball by the hour on a neighborhood sand lot (useless piece of land). Childish pranks and scary stories about […]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: What would you do if you could live the same day over and over? A selfish TV weatherman is trapped, reliving a cold February day—will he use this “extra time” to achieve personal goals, to improve himself, or to help others? Once he takes the focus off himself, his eyes become open […]

Paulie

Paulie, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Paulie is a parrot (鹦鹉) whose mouth keeps getting him in (and out) of trouble. Separated from the little girl he loves, Paulie flies across the USA, and (along with lots of laughs) lets us experience several aspects of American culture, including a look at life for immigrants, Hispanic people, senior citizens, […]

Air-Bud 3–World Pup

Air Bud (3)–World Pup, www.EFLsuccess.com Story:  Josh is a teenage basketball star, until he joins his high school soccer team to get closer to a beautiful “football” player from England. As you watch this cute film, you will learn from his mistakes as he falls in love, but you will also be amazed at his dog […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • July English Corner

    Welcome back to the English corner and this time I’ll give you some tips on how to improve your speaking. Many internationals are so concerned with making mistakes in their spoken English that they are very reluctant to practice speaking. A better objective is to focus on fluency rather than accuracy. That is to say, just speak regardless of whether or not you make mistakes. I know it’s difficult, because I went through the same experience when I learned Chinese in Shanghai. Practice as much as possible. Take advantage of English Corners, conversation partners, etc., and take classes that are specifically designed to help improve conversational skills. This month, try to overcome your fear of speaking, and don’t forget to check out next month’s EFLsuccess.com English Corner.  © Mark Peter, M.A. Used with permission.


    Mr. Peter was Michael’s colleague at the Agape English Language Institute of Limestone College (Columbia, SC). Throughout his career, Mark has taught English at many schools and universities, in the US and in China.
  • Jul 18

    “Contentment consists not in adding more fuel but in taking away some fire; not in multiplying wealth, but in subtracting men’s desires.”
    –Thomas Fuller (1608-1661; American inventor)


    Note: A quote’s original source is not always known, and authenticity has not been verified. To find out about an author, type the name into a search engine (like Google or Baidu). One of my favorite quotations websites is: www.quotationspage.com. 48

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