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1408 English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 19 2007

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

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.

Sometimes it’s fun to wonder about the people who used to live where you live or who used to work where you work, especially if you live or work in a really old building.

But what if those people are…in a sense…still there?

What if they’re haunting the building?

Marni and Kevin are walking along when they find an abandoned building. It reminds Marni of a scary movie she recently saw…

3. Watch - Watch the video without reading the dialog.

Dialog

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

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

Kevin

Kevin

Marni

Marni

Kevin:  Hey, what’s this here?

Marni:  I think it’s an abandoned restaurant.

Kevin:  It’s kinda creepy.

Marni:  It is kinda creepy! Old abandoned buildings always creep me out.

Kevin:  Yeah…oh…

Marni:  You know what this reminds me of…Have you seen that movie 1408?

Kevin:  No, but I’ve heard about it…Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, right?

Marni:  It’s a Stephen King story.

Kevin:  Oh, creepy.

Marni:  So it is…it’s scary. It’s about this abandoned, sort of, hotel room. The hotel itself isn’t abandoned, but the room is legend to be haunted. You don’t go in 1408…

Kevin:  Because what happened there?

Marni:  Just countless people have died in there, so they don’t allow guests to stay there anymore. And uh, it’s scary. It works. I liked it. I wasn’t sure, you know I like Stephen King, I’m a big fan, but sometimes…John Cusack, I wasn’t sure if he could pull off a horror film.

Kevin:  That’s what I think is so surprising.

Marni:  He does a really good job. It’s creepy. It’s definitely worth seeing.

Kevin:  Okay, cool. I’ll have to check it out.

Marni:  We should check this building.

Kevin:  Sounds good, let’s go.

 

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Discussion

Marni and Kevin agree that abandoned buildings creep them out when they find an abandoned old restaurant. Marni starts telling Kevin about a movie she saw called 1408.

The movie is based on a story by famous horror writer Stephen King. It’s about a hotel with a room in which people tend to die. The hotel doesn’t let people stay in room 1408 anymore.

1408 stars John Cusack, an actor who is best known for funny films like High Fidelity. Kevin is surprised that he would do well in a scary movie, but Marni says he does a great job.

Kevin says he’ll have to go see the movie…but only after he and Marni explore the abandoned restaurant.

Have you ever been anywhere you thought was haunted? Do you like to explore scary places?

 

Comments

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Ahshan

Ahshan

China

Frankly! I do not like to see the horrible flicks! cus they used to make me feel disgusting for a long time ,and there will be a dirty memory in my mind that can not mop away!

Creepy films are always as an reflection of nonsense!

04:09 AM Jun 06 2010 |

trayfeetha

Saudi Arabia

actually,I'm not a fan of horror movies. But I like this movie and it's story. 

03:59 PM Sep 06 2009 |

gosienka

gosienka

Poland

I love this movie. It's great. It's not a regular horror film, there's no much blood, corps or something, but it's scary. Especially this song of Carpenters and the clock ;) And it's good because during about 80 % of the movie there is only one actor – J.C. – on the screen – it's really hard to make movie interesting with just one actor – but here it works.

And about ending. This is the original ending, like in King's novel, but on some DVD releases is an alternative ending. So if someone hates this ending, can watch the different version :D 

06:07 PM Apr 19 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

yeah, it’s really good movie

10:26 AM Jan 08 2009 |

fatflower

fatflower

China

Hey,i have to say ,i hate this film。The prevue is so creepy that attract me to watch,but what a terrible story line,i don't know what's it exactly,sometimes the actor is here,sometimes he is there,no any connection,what the fucking ending.How a bad ending!

I hate some movies to pretend a deep-understood story,but for looking just a rubbish!

05:37 AM Jul 31 2008 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

well ,the movie is not that scary ,but what it reflects is meaningful …

01:15 PM Jul 29 2008 |

Dafi

Dafi

Malaysia

i have been seen this movie .it’s not too creepy actually..

11:40 AM May 25 2008 |

Hani44

Hani44

Saudi Arabia

Tanks alot good movieLaughing

12:23 PM May 15 2008 |

sameer3

sameer3

Yemen

Acually, I like historical movies more than horror movies but I don’t mind watching horror movies.DO You know what is the problem with horror movies?They are not frightent more than disgusting.

04:14 PM Nov 24 2007 |

thoman

China

eting worms?how disgust!it is need more bravenees to watch it.you are a unique girl.

06:39 AM Sep 26 2007 |

thoman

China

its so srangge to watch a scary movie,which was so psychological hurt to somebody.i do not like it very much.

06:34 AM Sep 26 2007 |

valerie8

valerie8

Philippines

i like horror films, they don't creep me out. what's scary for me is any scene with a man eating worms

04:03 AM Sep 24 2007 |

yoyo377

yoyo377

Morocco

Thx for ur movie, i like the type

09:46 PM Sep 23 2007 |

flower-cita

Peru

when i watched a horror film I can't sleep good I put very nervous..but the next day I fell normal hehe

06:23 PM Sep 23 2007 |

taggiz

taggiz

China

a good movie.

02:48 PM Sep 23 2007 |

ONUR73

ONUR73

Turkey

i decided to watch this film, because i like horror films

09:51 AM Sep 23 2007 |

dragstar

dragstar

Turkey

I can say that the horor stories work the left part of brain.They are very usuful.Because u wonder what will happen next and u concentrate.thanks

07:41 PM Sep 22 2007 |

haprog

Viet Nam

Does anyone give me a horror film. I like it but i don't know what is good or worth seeing. 

12:33 PM Sep 22 2007 |

Valeriya

Valeriya

Ukraine

I like horrow films very much!! But I have never seen this movie! And now I have no choice! I should to!

11:36 AM Sep 22 2007 |

yanyan5656

yanyan5656

China

i don’t like watching dracula movie cause it will let me feel scare sth or let me feel creepy

04:48 AM Sep 22 2007 |

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