1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
When you were a child, you probably had a fantasy of being someone else. Maybe, you fantasized about being your favorite comic-book character, like Wonder Woman or The Tick. Do you still dream about being a super hero? Many people share this dream. In fact, so many people like to dress up in comic-book costumes that there is a large network of comic-book fans. These fan can go to Comic-Con.
People share the hobby of cosplay at Comic-Con. Cosplayers study their favorite characters and then spend time sewing costumes. Some people think that cosplay is juvenile, but many love this escape from their day-to-day lives. They can meet friends at Comic-Con and forget about their worries for a short time. And they get to share their creativity with others.
Gary is confused because there are many people wearing costumes in town. Listen as he and Jessica talk about cosplay in today’s English lesson.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Gary: I didn’t know that Halloween was happening already.
Jessica: Is it?
Jessica: They were probably going to the Comic-Con convention that’s happening right now.
Gary: Oh! Those were cosplayers.
Jessica: Yes, they were. One of my friends is really into cosplay, and she makes her own costumes and is very creative when it comes to the characters that she dresses up as.
Gary: I’ve actually heard a lot of people say that they think these people should just grow up, but it seems more like a fun way for people to celebrate something that they like.
Jessica: Yeah, it may seem juvenile, but I really think it could be cool. Maybe, we should check out Comic-Con.
Gary: When does it close?
Jessica: I don’t know. Let’s go right now.
Gary is confused because people are dressed up in costume, and it isn’t Halloween. Jessica tells him that these people are cosplayers, and they are going to the Comic-Con convention. One of Jessica’s good friends loves cosplay. She studies her favorite comic-book characters and then sews fantasy costumes. Jessica thinks that she is very creative.
Gary can understand why people might like cosplay. He thinks it would be a healthy way to escape normal life for a short time. He and Jessica agree that cosplay is a little childish, but they don’t have a problem with this. In fact, they think it sounds like fun and decide to go check out Comic-Con.
Have you ever gone to Comic-Con? If you could be any comic-book character, who would you be?