Friday, 29 March 2019

Thursday, 28 March 2019



British vs American Vocabulary

Here are some of the main differences in vocabulary between British and American English. This document is intended as a guide only. Bear in mind that there can be differences in the choice of specific terms depending on dialect and region within both the USA and the UK.



                     


anti-clockwise
counter-clockwise
articulated lorry
trailer truck
autumn
autumn, fall
barrister
attorney
bill (restaurant)
bill, check
biscuit
cookie
block of flats
apartment building
bonnet (car)
hood
bonnet (clothing)
hat
boot
trunk
car park
parking lot
caravan
trailer
chemist's shop
drugstore, pharmacy
chest of drawers
dresser, chest of drawers, bureau
chips
fries, French fries
cinema, the
movies, the
clothes peg
clothespin
coffin
coffin, casket
crisps
potato chips
crossroads
intersection; crossroads (rural)
cupboard
cupboard (in kitchen); closet (for clothes etc)
diversion
detour
drawing-pin
thumbtack
drink-driving
drunk driving
driving licence
driver's license
dual carriageway
divided highway
dummy (for baby)
pacifier
dustbin
garbage can, trash can
dustman
garbage collector
engine
engine, motor
estate agent
real estate agent
estate car
station wagon
film
film, movie
flat
apartment, flat, studio
flat tyre
flat tire
flyover
overpass
gear-lever
gearshift
gearbox (car)
transmission
Girl Guide
Girl Scout
ground floor
ground/first floor
handbag
handbag, purse, shoulder bag
high street
main street
holiday
vacation
hood (car)
convertible top
jam
jam, preserves
jug
jug, pitcher
juggernaut
18-wheeler
lift
elevator
lorry
truck, semi, tractor
mad
crazy, insane
main road
highway
maize
corn
maths
math
motorbike
motorcycle

motorway
highway, freeway, expressway,
 interstate highway, interstate
nappy
diaper
naughts-and- crosses
tic-tack-toe
pants, underpants
underpants, drawers
pavement
sidewalk
pet hate
pet peeve
petrol
gas, gasoline
Plough, the
Big Dipper, the
pocket money
allowance
post
mail
postbox
mailbox
postcode
zip code
postman
mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier
pub
bar
public toilet
rest room, public bathroom
railway
railroad
return (ticket)
round-trip
reverse charge
collect call
ring road
beltway, freeway/highway loop
road surface
pavement, blacktop
roundabout
traffic circle, roundabout
rubber
eraser
rubbish
garbage, trash
rubbish-bin
garbage can, trashcan
saloon (car)
sedan
shop
shop, store
silencer (car)
muffler
single (ticket)
one-way
solicitor
lawyer, attorney
spanner
wrench
sweets
candy
taxi
taxi, taxi cab
tea towel
dish towel
telly (informal), TV
television, TV
third-party insurance
liability insurance
timetable
schedule
tin
can
toll motorway
toll road, turnpike
torch
flashlight
trousers
pants, trousers
tube
 (train)
subway
underground
 (train)
subway
vest
undershirt
waistcoat
vest
wallet
wallet, billfold
wellington boots
rubber boots, rain boots
whisky
whisky/whiskey
windscreen
windshield
zip
zipper

Thursday, 22 November 2018

My Fair Lady (1964)



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Sunday, 18 November 2018

This month´s film

Colette


Unconventional country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette has married a charismatic egomaniacal man of letters, 14 years her senior, known by the single name, Willy. Through his auspices, Colette is introduced into the fecund world of the artistic demimonde in Paris where her creative appetite is sparked. Ever quick to capitalise on talent, Willy permits Colette to write her novels only if she does so in his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy a famous writer and Colette and Willy the first modern celebrity couple. Although they are the toast of the town, lack of recognition for her work begins to gnaw on Colette. Their marriage starts to internally combust - but emotionally and artistically, she cannot break free of him. On a downward slide, Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife but Colette is developing resources of her own. Set at the dawn of the modern age, COLETTE is the story of a woman who has been denied her voice by an overbearing man, and who goes to extraordinary lengths to find it; a battle of the sexes at the very beginning of the modern age, when seismic shifts were taking place in the roles of men and women. More than a century after the publication of her first novel, Colette is still one of the best-selling, and beloved, French authors. Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, and Fiona Shaw.







Trailer



Monday, 22 October 2018

This month´s film

The Wife





After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

    

Trailer     




Monday, 8 October 2018



NEW DOCUMENTARIES

  • BLUE is a film about how the oceans are broken, and what can be done to fix them. Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. And by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered.


  Watch the video trailer     click HERE


  • ONLY THE DEAD is the story of what happens when an ordinary Australian journalist is transplanted into the Middle East by the reverberations of 9/11 and embarks on a journey that courses through the deepest recesses of the Iraq war. The invasion of Iraq has ended, and the Americans are celebrating victory in 2003. All the while however, alone and in secret, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most vicious Al Qaeda leader the world has ever seen, is planning the real war. He lays out his plan in a letter to Osama Bin Laden: the suicide truck bombings; the bloody horrors of the civil war; the televised beheadings. He carries out his grand design to perfection, bringing the country to its knees… and he does it all on camera. And then, when he’s finally ready to “go public” as he foretold Bin Laden, what does Zarqawi do with the film that will shock the world & change the war forever? He gives it to Michael Ware. Of all people. A hard-drinking, hard-running, maverick Australian reporting for American news outlets. The tape Zarqawi gives him, sets our correspondent off on an epic voyage seeking the truth. 
Watch the video trailer         click HERE



  • THE ANIMAL CONDITION chronicles three and a half years of recent Australian history, when animal welfare grew from a fringe issue to a national focus. Four young people take an investigative road trip around Australia. Unafraid to ask questions they speak to all sides, from politicians to activists, farmers, Indigenous Australians, philosophers, scientists and immigrant-workers. Views on the subject change with each new encounter, leading to questions about society that go beyond the treatment of animals.
Watch the video trailer          click HERE


  • SHERPA. In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavor is multiplied. This stunning documentary, shot by high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk, explores the unequal relationship between cashed-up foreign expeditions and their guides. It is also a story of family and tradition, as exemplified by Phurba Tashi Sherpa, an experienced climber at the heart of this commanding film.

                                    Watch the video  trailer        click HERE


  • WINSTON CHURCHILL, WALKING WITH DESTINY. When the Swastika flew over continental Europe only England, under Winston Churchill and with her back to the wall, remained defiant. Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness; his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism; and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940 but without him the War most certainly would have been lost.
    Focusing on the years 1940 and 1941, the film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.
    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
Watch the video  trailer            click HERE