Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Children of Men

Children of Men

Date: Aug 08 2007

Themes: Pop Culture


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.

Humans become more removed from nature all the time. What if at some point, women just became infertile and no one could figure out why? Doesn’t that sound terrifying? Well, it does to Marni, but to Mason it sounds cliché.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Mason:  I finally got around to seeing Children of Men...

Marni:  Me too!

Mason:  So far behind the times...

Marni:  I know. But what a fantastic film. Did you agree?

Mason:  The story was kind of mediocre. Honestly, I could take it or leave it.

Marni:  I loved the story! I loved the whole concept of civilization dying out because women are infertile.

Mason:  Honestly, I read a lot of comics, I read a lot of stuff like that, and those story lines are kind of passé...

Marni:  Played out.

Mason:  It’s definitely happened before. But the way that the movie was actually shot…

Marni:  Those long sequences! Mind blowing!

Mason:  It was so engrossing. I felt like I was there.

Marni:  I felt tense the entire time I was watching it.

Mason:  What I don’t understand, because the guy who directed it…

Marni:  Alfonso Cuarón.

Mason:  Yeah, who did Y Tu Mamá También...didn’t he do one of the Harry Potters?

Marni:  Yeah, he did the third one.

Mason:  How did he do this? Where did it come from in his body of work?

Marni:  On the DVD there’s all this extra footage of his motivation to do this and it’s a beautiful piece. I recommend everyone see it.



Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!


Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >


Even though Children of Men came out quite a while ago, Marni and Mason both just recently saw it. Since Mason reads comic books, the story line wasn’t all that impressive to him (he’s read a lot of similar stories). But both agree that the movie looks really cool.

It’s shot in extremely long sequences with no breaks. This technique made Mason feel like he was in the movie and it made Marni feel tense. The director of the film had done some cool movies before it, but nothing with such long sequences. Mason asks Marni how he decided to do that and why. She says that the director’s motivations are explained on the special features of the DVD.

When is the last time you felt like you were actually in a movie?



Log in to Comment




I haven’t seen this movie…

09:42 AM Feb 15 2009 |

angel he


it is good !

07:58 AM Aug 17 2007 |




it's a good movie. so much is clear!

04:58 PM Aug 15 2007 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i haven’t seen ‘children of men’ yet,but i’m going to.while i was watching ‘v for vendeeta’i really felt,i was a very part of it,and at the last scene i cried hard!

06:13 PM Aug 14 2007 |



Moldova, Republic Of

I saw the movie and it’s a good one :)

12:42 PM Aug 14 2007 |




...I don’t know this movie

04:47 AM Aug 14 2007 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

lovely/of course i loved it

12:24 PM Aug 13 2007 |

angel he



05:13 AM Aug 13 2007 |




ı dont know

01:40 PM Aug 11 2007 |

Johnny bai

Johnny bai


i saw this film. i think it's a amazing film, especially when the baby was born, fire was stop, everybody  were looking it, and you can feel that  the world and human beings still have a hope.  

08:38 AM Aug 08 2007 |



I never saw it..

05:40 AM Aug 08 2007 |

Likes (60):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast