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Tennesse (David’s nickname) talks about movies and a few he liked recently.

Country: Tennesse and Todd from the U.S.

Time: 1:02

Level: Advanced

Normal speed

A bit slower

Audio Script


TODDTennessee, you were talking about how you like movies.



TENN: Yes, I'm a big movie buff.


TODDOK. What kind of movies do you like?

  TENN: I kind of like… I like most genres of movies, it's just, what I look for is a good story and good characters is the main thing…so even if I like the genre, if like whether it be science fiction or historical drama, if the, if the story isn't good then, uh then I, I don't like it at all.

TODDOK. Off the top of your head, what's a movie that you really liked?


                             TENN:  Uh, well, the Lord Of the Rings they've been doing, I really have enjoyed.

TODD TODDUh-huh. Did you read the books?


  TENN: Oh, yes! That was one of the first uh, adult books I read when I was uh, in elementary school.
TODD TODDOK, well, what is the last movie you saw?  
  TENN: …Last movie I saw, Pirates of the Carribean.
TODD TODD: You like pirates?  
  TENNOh, yeah! Yeah I used to, you know, when you're a kid, you know, pirates is the thing to beYo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

TODD: OK. Alright. Thanks Tennessee.


  TENN: OK. 

Vocabulary Notes

Movie buff

“I'm a big movie buff”

A 'movie buff' is someone who is really interested in movies and watches a lot of them.  We can put the word buff after many nouns to show that the person is interested and knowledgeable about that topic, like car buff or sports buff.  Notice the following:


  1. He was a big movie buff when he was younger
  2. I have nothing to contribute in a conversation with movie buffs.

“I like most genres of movies”

A 'genre' is like a category or a type of something.  For movies, horror, comedy and romance are examples of genres.  Notice the following:


  1. Her favorite genre is romantic comedy.
  2. What kind of genre do you like to read?
Off the top of the head

“Off the top of your head, what's a movie that you really liked?”

To give an answer 'off the top of the head' is to say the first answer that comes to your mind.  When we answer like this we don't think about our answer or the question for a long time, instead we give our first response.  Notice the following:


  1. He can answer most history questions off the top of his head.
  2. Can you give me an example off the top of your head?

Used to...

Yeah I used to… you know, when you're a kid...

Used for saying what was true or what happened regularly in the past, especially when you want to emphasize that this is not true anymore or does not happen now. Notice the following:


1.   I didn’t use to like him, but now we’re good friends.

2.   I used to enjoy gardening, but I don’t have time for it now.

The thing to be

“When you're a kid, pirates is the thing to be”

The 'thing to be' is something that is popular right now.  We can use the phrase 'the thing' in front of many verbs to show what is popular now.  Notice the following:


  1. Tacos are the thing to eat in Mexico.
  2. iPads are the thing to have this year.

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