Mar 27 2020


Did you watch cartoons when you were little? Have you ever seen Japanese cartoons and comics called anime? Many children and adults all over the world are now reading and watching these Japanese cartoons.

Anime cartoons usually have characters and creatures with very large eyes and a colorful design. In Japan, this style of comic books and cartoons is very popular. There is usually a story told in anime cartoons that can last for many years. Children all over the world love the anime creatures so much that they buy toys and clothing with the cartoon. One very popular anime cartoon is “Sailor Moon.” Companies like Disney distribute anime to the United States, and many big name actors are used as the voices of characters.

Brian and Dominique are talking about anime. Find out what they think in today’s English lesson.


Brian: Dominique, do you ever watch anime?
Dominique: No, the only type of anime I’ve ever seen… I don’t even know if it’s anime… is “Sailor Moon.”
Brian: Yes, that’s an anime. That Counts! Oh, that’s great! It seems like it’s getting more popular. I know Miyazaki is becoming more common in America and in the States. In fact, Disney now distributes a lot of his movies and has big name actors. I was watching one and Christian Bale’s voice like popped out at me.
Dominique: Really?
Brian: Yeah!
Dominique: Wow. I’ll have to check that out.
Brian: Yeah, and you should also check out manga. It’s the comic-book version of anime. It’s basically the Japanese comics. And those are really neat because Japanese comics are image based as opposed to American comics are very language based.
Dominique: That’s awesome, I’ll have to check that out.
Brian: Yeah, and you know, I always like the designs. There are some really creative monsters and creatures, like “Pokémon” has so many different creatures, and they all have their own design and which I find very unique and entertaining.
Dominique: “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”


Brian is asking Dominique if she has ever seen anime. He watches and reads anime and thinks it is getting more popular. He tells Dominique that directors like Miyazaki are working with big companies like Disney to share their cartoons with the United States. He tells Dominique to also check out manga. Manga is a type of comic book that is image based. In America, comics are usually language based. He loves the creatures in “Pokémon” and finds them entertaining.

Dominique doesn’t know a lot about anime. She has seen “Sailor Moon” but hasn’t heard of any other anime cartoons. After listening to Brian, she thinks anime is interesting and will check out some of his suggestions.

Do you like anime? What anime cartoon is your favorite?

Grammar Point

Brian is talking about anime, and he says, “I know Miyazaki is becoming more common in America and in the States.” He uses the present progressive tense.

The present progressive tense (also sometimes called the “present continuous”) is formed with the present tense of the verb to be + a main verb + -ing, as in, “He is constantly calling me,” or, “The neighbors are playing their music really loudly.”

To make a question in the present progressive tense, use the form to be + subject + main verb + -ing, as in, “Is she coming to the party?” or, “Are they feeling OK?”

We use the present progressive tense to 1) describe an action that’s continually repeated, 2) talk about an on-going action that’s happening right now, or 3) talk about an event in the near future.

When Brian says, “It seems like it’s getting more popular,” he uses the present progressive to describe an action that is happening right now.

Words like “always,” “constantly,” or “continuously” are often used with the present progressive to describe actions that are repeated, while phrases like “right now” or “at the moment” often indicate that an action is currently in progress.

Which is correct, “They’re dancing to the music,” or, “They danced to the music”?


  1. The only anime Dominique has seen is called ”__.”

  2. Brian tells Dominique to check out __.

  3. Another word for an animal or person is __.

  4. Which sentence does not use the present progressive tense?

See the full English lesson at English, baby!