Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kristen Stewart: Dining out in London!



Kristen Stewart on Food, Drink, and places in London!

Places
Question: Do you like Traditional pubs or Modern Gastropubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer:  Oh, traditional pubs, definitely.

Question: What’s your favorite London hangout?
Kristen Stewart:  I’ve had some really good roast dinners … the “Swan & Edgar” (name of restaurant) in Marylebone.

Food and Drink
Question: Do you prefer a Sausage sandwich or bacon butty?
Kristen Stewart:  Bacon butty. 

Question: How do you feel about beans on toast?
Kristen Stewart:  I love beans on toast.

Question: What do you like for dinner?
Kristen Stewart:  Chicken or lamb.

Question: What’s your pub drink?
Kristen Stewart:  It’s a pound

Question: How do you take your tea?
Kristen Stewart:  With milk and a little bit of honey

British and American Expressions

A hangout =  a place to relax, talk, eat, drink, to get together with people informally
(British/American Expression)

A bacon butty = bacon on a bun
(British Expression)

Modern Gastropubs = restaurant in a pub
(British/American Expression)

a pound = a drink that costs one pound to purchase in a pub
(British Expression)


 
Practice Idea
Kristen Stewart in London, has changed some of her American tastes to British tastes.  This interview style is short and brief to attain lots of information quickly.  Moreover, the questions are simple and not too ‘deep’ in nature.  This type of information is comfortable for everyone to talk about. Try this out with your friends.  It is a good and fun way to find fun and delicious differences in personal tastes and cultures.  Also, it is a nice way to practice or review questions concerning people’s preferences.
Have fun! And talk, talk, talk!

Speaking Style
Question 1: Do you like Traditional pubs or Modern Gastropubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer 1:  Oh, traditional pubs, definitely.

Question 2: Do you prefer a Sausage sandwich or bacon butty?
Kristen Stewart 2:  Bacon butty.

Question 3: How do you take your tea?
Kristen Stewart 3:  With milk and a little bit of honey.

Question 4: How do you feel about beans on toast?
Kristen Stewart 4:  I love beans on toast.

Question 5: What do you like for dinner?
Kristen Stewart 5:  Chicken or lamb.

Question 6: What’s your favorite London hangout?
Kristen Stewart 6:  I’ve had some really good roast dinners … the Swan & Edgar in Marylebone.


Practice Speaking Style

Question 1: Do you like pubs or nightclubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer 1:  Oh, nightclubs definitely.

Question 2: Do you prefer a burger or pizza?
Kristen Stewart 2:  Pizza.

Question 3: How do you like your coffee?
Kristen Stewart 3:  With a little bit of cream.

Question 4: How do you feel about sushi?
Kristen Stewart 4:  I love sushi.

Question 5: What do you like for breakfast?
Kristen Stewart 5:  Just toast and juice.

Question 6: What’s your favorite California hangout?
Kristen Stewart 6:  I’ve had some really good Italian dinners … Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica.


Twilight - Final Trailer



Snow White and the Huntsman - First Trailer


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Enjoy and see you next week!




Alex
Celebrity English

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Robert Pattinson: Secret Guilty Pleasures

                                                                    Robert Pattinson


Question:  What are your guilty pleasures?
Robert Pattinson Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.


We all have our bad habits.  Often we are secretive about them except with our friends.  Of course in Robert Pattinson’s case, he is a mega-star and is accustomed to sharing information in an interview situation. 


Guilty pleasure 1: beer
"If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing."

Robert Pattinson wants to ‘cut out’ or stop drinking’ beer. 

To cut something out  = to stop doing something (common/informal 
                                                                                                                       expression)

This response is straight forward.  However, there is an unspoken
idea between the speaker and listener regarding this guilty pleasure:

If I could just cut out beer, _____________. That’s one thing.
                                           (Unspoken idea)    
If I could just cut out beer, I would be healthy. That’s one thing.

The listener can guess the result of ‘cutting out beer’ from the topic/idea of the question: ‘guilty pleasures’. Robert and the interviewer share this common knowledge without saying the idea of 'being healthy'.

Guilty pleasure 2: compulsive eating
"And I’m, like, a compulsive eater." 
Robert’s second guilty pleasure is ‘compulsive eating’.

like,  =  similar to/for example

Robert uses ‘like’ to introduce the 'compulsive eater' idea.   The word ‘like’ gives him time to think of an answer.  There is a pause in voice between ‘like’ and ‘a compulsive eater’.  The use of ‘like’ sounds casual.
 
Conversational Speaking Pattern and Practice

Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 1
If I could just cut out pop, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always eating ice cream.  I’m going to be so overweight when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 2
If I could just cut out candy, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a chocoholic.  I’m going to be so chubby when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 3
If I could just cut out smoking, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always playing video games online.  I’m going to be so out of shape when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 4
If I could just cut out gambling, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a compulsive shopper.  I’m going to be so poor when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Until next week enjoy the Robert Pattinson's fan sites and new movie trailers!




Robert Pattinson Fan sites:

Trailer One Breaking Dawn
 Trailer Two Breaking Dawn

 Trailer Water for Elephants



Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lady Gaga’s First Job

Lady Gaga
                                                                                Lady Gaga




Question: What was your first job?

Lady Gaga Answer:  I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible. So I used to waitress across the street from where I grew up. And I used to take all the money I made waitressing so that I could go watch jazz downtown.

Talking about the past and our first job experience is quite common in North American conversation topics.  Usually people tell stories about their first jobs and often complain about the experience.  Lady Gaga takes a different approach.

Lady Gaga talks in a casual fashion to answer the question.  She uses the casual verb ‘got’ (=obtain).  Lady Gaga also uses past simple to explain the answer.  This style can feel casual and more common for American English.

The flow of her conversation is smooth and detailed in that she gives the listener the reason ‘why’ she waitressed without being asked.  Lady Gaga lengthens her answer rather than giving a simple answer.  The answer also ties into what she does now.  All of her money was for the purpose of ‘watching jazz’ downtown.  So, along with a smooth information flow, Lady Gaga reveals how goal oriented she was from a young age toward music.  This Lady is definitely in a class of her own in everything she does. 

Speaking Pattern

Simplified Pattern for general/casual conversation

Answer:  I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible.


Ex1.  I got a job when I was 17 because I was saving money for college.

Ex.2  I got a job when I was 15 because I wanted to buy a car.

Ex.3  I got a job when I was 16 because for extra spending money.

Ex.4  I got a job when I was 18 because my parents wanted me to.


Until next week enjoy some music from LADY GAGA!



Born this Way


Edge of Glory


Lady Gaga official website  http://www.ladygaga.com



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Alex
Celebrity English

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Beyoncé: Clothes and Hairstyles

                                                            Beyoncé



Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?

Beyoncé Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?

Beyoncé Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

 
Talking clothing and hairstyles with American R&B recording artist Beyoncé. 

Speaking Style Answer 1

Beyonce uses a common grammar pattern but puts the Object at the beginning creating two sentence styles.

Common grammar pattern
I can never have enough T-shirts.
(S)               (V)                 (O)

Beyonce’s style
T-shirts.  I can never have enough. 
(O)           (S)             (V)
Beyonce’s answer sounds natural in conversation because all of the elements of the sentence are in the answer.  This speaking style emphasizes T-shirts and then Beyonce follows with a second sentence.  The second sentence, with the use of the word ‘favorite’, also implies an idea of ‘one item only’ and gives more information to the listener. 

Speaking Style Answer 2
Beyonce uses common English to describe her favorite hairstyle.  The word ‘still’ in the answer reflects the idea of ‘over the years’ (asked in Question 2).  She then follows with a second sentence to give more detail or the ‘why’ she likes the high ponytail. 

Clothing and hairstyles are pretty popular topics but here are some more to try out!
Enjoy!
                                             

Example Speaking Styles


Speaking Style Answer 1

Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Ex.1

Question 1:  What’s one item of jewelry you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Earrings.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple hoop earring.

Ex.2
Question 1:  What’s one kind of food you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Ice cream.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is chocolate.

Speaking Style Answer 2

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

Ex.1
Question 2:  Of all the skin care brands you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still L’Oreal.  It’s silky and accelerates skin recovery.

Ex.2
Question 2:  Of all the cars you’ve driven over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a mustang.  It’s cool and fast.

Until next week let's enjoy some popular music from Beyoncé!


Beyoncé performing Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)



Beyoncé performing Best Thing I Never Had




Alex
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