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Date: Jun 08 2021

Themes: Food, Pets


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Rémy wants to be a chef, and luckily, he lives in the best culinary city in the world, Paris, France.

But there’s one problem.

Rémy is a rat.

And rats can’t be chefs. They aren’t even allowed in kitchens! Listen to Mason tell Amanda about how Rémy the rat makes for his favorite movie of the summer, Ratatouille.


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.





Mason:  Have, uh, seen the best movie of the summer yet?

Amanda:  Uh, Transformers, yes.

Mason:  Well I was uh…I was talking about Ratatouille...

Amanda:  No, but what a fun word to say!

Mason:  It is a fun word. A friend actually pointed out to me…It’s funny, on the posters they spell if phonetically because there’s probably a fair portion of Middle America that’s never really seen that word before and wouldn’t know how to pronounce it.

Amanda:  Nor would they know what it is, right?

Mason:  To be honest, I know it’s food…

Amanda:  Well, it’s a French dish, stewed vegetables, sometimes a side dish, sometimes served as a main course. I’ve never had it myself, but it sounds wonderful. Think about how many people probably ate it on opening night.

Mason:  And of course, the name is funny for the movie because the main character is a rat...

Amanda:  Oh, I hadn’t really thought of that…

Mason:  ...who wants to be chef, in France, and then they bring the dish in the climactic scene. Oh it’s so good. Beautifully animated like all Pixar stuff is. The story’s fantastic.

Amanda:  And isn’t it the first film since the Disney-Pixar merger? I think it’s the first one out of the gates.

Mason:  Since the merger?

Amanda:  Yeah, between Disney and Pixar.

Mason:  They joined?

Amanda:  Yes! I believe this is the first child since.

Mason:  I don’t know…

Amanda:  I thought. I could look it up on Wikipedia.

Mason:  You know, you might be right, and if so, I would say that Pixar has survived the crushing hand of Disney that they escaped from.

Amanda:  Fantastic.



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When Mason asks if Amanda has seen the best movie of the summer, she assumes he’s talking about Transformers.

But he means Ratatouille, a movie that Amanda informs him is named for a French dish of stewed vegetables. Mason points out that it’s the perfect name for the movie because it’s about a French rat who wants to be a chef.

Amanda asks if Ratatouille is the first Pixar film since the company merged with Disney. Mason says he doesn’t know, but that if it is, Pixar survived the merger.

Have you ever felt like a rat trying to become a chef? Have you ever wanted a job that seemed impossible to get?



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United Kingdom

I love is .. it is very interesting .. I hope everyone to watch the film .. the cortoons is very fuuny ..

02:05 PM Oct 10 2007 |


Costa Rica

I haven’t seen that movie, yet. Of course, there is something in that movie that calls my attention. That’s why I’m very anxious to see it.

01:34 PM Oct 10 2007 |


Russian Federation

very cute movie

12:43 PM Oct 10 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

i heard about this movie and i scheduled it but i never got to see it : S,, since it is all about cooking,, i know i would enjoy watching it :P

12:42 PM Oct 10 2007 |




well!well!well! even a rat  has such a great ambition ! why not?He could  be a chef but because I haven't seen  the movie yet,I can't tell if he will be what he wanna be.Cool

11:03 AM Oct 10 2007 |



It sounds very interesting a movie,I'm eager to watch it

09:26 AM Oct 10 2007 |


Russian Federation

Haven't seen it yet. Hope to watch it soon as a like cartoons, especially made by Disney and Pixar. Now after they mergered i hope they will create many funny cartoons and movies. And of course that is very useful and interesting to watch cartoons in inglish , killing two hares: having fun and improoving language :))

09:25 AM Oct 10 2007 |

usman rashid


really very interesting

08:59 AM Oct 10 2007 |




The idea that a rat become French chef is very interesting!! I want to watch this movie. "Transformer" is interesting to me ,too.

08:33 AM Oct 10 2007 |




nose of the little rat is funny Tongue out

06:57 AM Oct 10 2007 |




i like the little rat

06:55 AM Oct 10 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

I haven't seen the movie, but I think it will be a wonderful movie and exiting too. That because any animation produced by DISNEY company, should be a great big production,no dobt

06:50 AM Oct 10 2007 |



   I did not see the movie。  How about it??

06:18 AM Oct 10 2007 |



I’ve already watched Ratatouille with my students in the language laboratory. What a great movie!
A Brilliant Idea I must say _

05:06 AM Oct 10 2007 |




I love it.  Very interesting.

03:46 AM Oct 10 2007 |



I have seen the film Ratatouille and like it very much ,It not only have vividly picture and funny conversation but also inner meaning ,hope everyone have a  dream  and make it ture by yourself hard work.  It is a film worth seeing.

03:28 AM Oct 10 2007 |

kathy Le

Viet Nam

I'm gonna see Ratatouille. It sounds very funny. I have already seen  "Transformers", it is also fantastic.

01:42 AM Oct 10 2007 |

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