English Vocabulary for Movies and TV
I’m all about the downtime.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I get a ton of joy from spending time with my students day after day, watching them grow, struggle and then grow a whole lot more. My connections with my students are some of the most important relationships I have. But, I’m a real sucker for chilling out and relaxing. To honour those moments in life when we get to hang out watching a movie or show, here are 10 must-know vocabulary about the big screen.
TO BE INTO / GET INTO SOMETHING: to enjoy or be interested in something, like a genre
I’m really into sci-fi movies and shows. How about you?
I started watching the movie you told me about, but I couldn’t get into it.
TO BINGE-WATCH A SHOW: to watch many episodes of a TV show in a short period of time
Last year, I found House Of Cards, and we binge-watched two seasons in a month!
I always wait for a show to have a few seasons before I start it so I can binge-watch it.
SHOW: a more informal way to say TV series; a set of related episodes for TV or radio
What’s your favourite show right now?
TV shows have changed a lot since I was kid. Nowadays, you can find tv shows with a budget of millions of dollars, starring famous Hollywood actors.
EPISODE: an installment of a longer TV series, often lasting 30 minutes or one hour
OMG! DId you watch last night’s episode of Game Of Thrones?
I haven’t had time to watch the last episode of Survivor yet so don’t tell me who got kicked off.
SEASON: a group of episodes shown consecutively in one period of time
I loved the first season of The Wire, though I had to watch it twice to understand who all the characters were.
I can’t believe that Survivor is starting its 35th season!
SPOILER: information that reveals too much about an episode or movie before you have seen it
A good movie review will give you an idea of what the movie is like without giving away any spoilers.
Spoiler alert! Jon Snow is killed in this episode.
TO CATCH: an informal way to say "watch" or "see" when referring to TV shows or movies
Did you catch last night’s The Daily Show? It was hilarious.
I’m hoping to catch a few films at this year’s film festival.
CLIFFHANGER: an ending of an episode or movie that is particularly suspenseful, which is not resolved until the next one in the series
Will Jon Snow survive? What a cliffhanger! How am I going to wait a week to find out?
I hate cliffhangers, but I love them too!
SEASON FINALE: the last episode of a show in a season
We’re having a little get-together tomorrow night to watch the season finale of Fargo.
The season finale of The Voice airs tomorrow night at 8pm eastern time.
CAMEO: a short appearance in a TV show or movie by someone famous
Did you know that Britney Spears actually made a cameo on How I Met Your Mother?
Try and spot George Lucas in Stars Wars: Revenge of the Sith. He makes a cameo!
- Robert Frost