English4Gamers – Episode 9 – Donkey Kong Country

Last Tuesday Richard published the 9th episode of English4Gamers. Unfortunately, I was a bit busy last week 😦 and I didn’t manage to share it with you. As always, I wrote a vocabulary list and I suggest that you read it before watching the video. This time, we decided to play Donkey Kong Country, a 1994 platforming videogame published by Nintendo. The game is set on an island and the protagonists are Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong. They must recover their stolen hoard of bananas stolen by the Kremlings (anthropomorphic crocodilians). You can test your listening skills with a fill in the gaps exercise.

VOCABULARY 

CROCODILE: croc-th

TO PICK: to take something with your fingers; to gather together; to collect.
They were picking strawberries last week.

TO DEFEAT: to win against someone in a fight, war, or competition.
We must be ready to defeat our enemies in battle.

TO ROLL: to move forward while turning over and over.
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BARREL: barrel

STORYLINE: the plot of a book, film, play, etc.

SUPPLY: the amount of something that is available to be used.
Ex. We have three months’ supply of tuna to eat.

RHINO: rhinoceros.
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TO SWITCH: to make a change from one thing to another.
Ex. After the bank robbery, the gang switched cars.

ROPE: a strong, thick string that is made by twisting many thin strings or fibres together.
Ex. She made a knot in the rope.
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TO SWING: to move backwards and forward or from side to side while hanging from something.
swing

WASP: a flying insect, often black and yellow, that can sting.
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BEE: a yellow and black flying insect that makes honey and can sting you.
bee

TIP: a useful suggestion.
Bob gave us some tips about travelling in Italy.

CAVE: a hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface.
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SWORDFISH: 12065772261888188981yves_guillou_swordfish_1.svg.med.png

Downloadable PDF version: English4Gamers Episode 9 Donkey Kong County

Fill in the gaps in the following sentences with the correct words:

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  1. R: I finished it _______________times.
  2. R: What kind of _______________ do we have here?
  3. R: Basically, you are versus _______________.
  4. A: How many_______________do we have?
  5. A: How can you _______________ enemies?
  6. R: Or you jump over them or you _______________.

  7. A: Is there a _________________?
  8. R: You are Donkey Kong. You live in this_______________. One day, this crocodile, the Crocodile King came to your island and stole all your bananas.
  9. A: Yeah … My secret supply of _______________ hidden somewhere … He’s found it and …
  10. R: It’s a _______________ hard game, I must say.
  11. R: When you _______________ three of them … oh … I’ve just failed … When you pick three of them you gain a bonus _______________ where you can get more lives.
  12. A: But it’s difficult. I cannot see _______________.
  13. R: This is the first _______________, you have to collect four of them.
  14. A: I don’t like _______________ … This is _______________ rain. I want a sunny day.
  15. A: No, the big one is a _______________.
  16. R: This is a _______________, right? Not a bee.
  17. A: Bees are really nice and _______________ actually.
  18. A: Did you just _______________ at the exit?
  19. A: I like that they’re _______________ together.
  20. R: This is our _______________ probably, who give you tips and …
  21. R: This is a _______________ – level.
  22. A: You have to take your _______________.

Downloadable PDF version (without answers):English4Gamers – Episode 9 – Donkey Kong Country – Fill in the gaps

Downloadable PDF version (answers):English4Gamers Donkey Kong Country Answers

 

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English for Gamers – Episode 0

As I told you previously, the intro is out :-). I hope you will like it:

This is the first video in English on Richard’s channel, that’s why we are speaking both English and Italian, but from tomorrow on, Italian will be banned ;-).

Up – Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato – Learn English with songs

Watch the video once, then try this game: Lyricstraining (You can choose between 4 different levels).

This is the lyrics:

I drew a broken heart
Right on your window pane
Waited for your reply
Here in the pouring rain
Just breathe against the glass
Leave me some kind of sign
I know the hurt won’t pass yeah
Just tell me it’s not the end of the line
Just tell me it’s not the end of the line

I never meant to break your heart
I won’t let this plane go down
I never meant to make you cry
I’ll do what it takes to make this fly
You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you’re feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I’m gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
That’s up

You drew a question mark
But you know what I want
I wanna turn the clock yeah
Right back to where it was
So let’s a build a bridge yeah
From your side to mine
I’ll be the one to cross over
Just tell me it’s not the end of the line
Just tell me it’s not the end of the line

I never meant to break your heart
I won’t let this plane go down
I never meant to make you cry
I’ll do what it takes to make this fly
You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you’re feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I’m gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
That’s up

Girl I know we could climb back to where we were then
Feel it here in my heart
Put my heart in your hand
Well I hope and I pray that you do understand
If you did all you have to say is
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I’m waiting for you
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

I never meant to break your heart
I won’t let this plane go down
I never meant to make you cry
I’ll do what it takes to make this fly

You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you’re feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I’m gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
That’s up

Elanguest YouTube Channel

Elanguest has a fantastic YouTube channel where you can find a variety of videos with subtitles.

For instance, this is a video on English vocabulary (topic: hotel). It is perfect for those who are willing to review their vocabulary before going on holidays abroad. In this video, you can read, see, and hear all the most common words related to this topic:

Another video that could come in handy is on shopping vocabulary:

Elanguest’s videos are not only related to English vocabulary. For example, this one is on Active and Passive forms and their uses in English (Grammar):

The topic of the following video is Present simple/continuous:

Learn English Through Stories

I found this channel on YouTube which I think could be extremely useful for beginners and intermediate students.
Besides, you have subtitles on each video which is great ;-).

This is a Level 1 video on London:

 

This is the channel’s link: Stories To Learn English

This is Beauty and the Beast (Level 1):

For more advanced English students, this is a Level 6 video. Pride and Prejudice:

“To dispense” – What does it mean?

To_dispense You can download or share this mind map also from biggerplate: http://www.biggerplate.com/mindmaps/AmtxUlrq/to-dispense .

In “My Reverie” , a 1938 popular song, you can hear “dispense with”.

This is the lyrics:

Our love is a dream, but in my reverie
I can see that this love was meant for me

Only a poor fool never schooled in the whirlpool
Of romance could be so cruel as you are to me
My dreams are as worthless as tin to me

Without you life will never begin to be
So love me as I love you in my reverie
Make my dream a reality
Let’s dispense with formality
Come to me in my reverie

Our love is a dream, but in my reverie
I can see that this love was meant for me
Only a poor fool never schooled in the whirlpool
Of romance could be so cruel as you are to me

My dreams are as worthless as tin to me
Without you life will never begin to be

So love me as I love you in my reverie
Make my dream a reality
Let’s dispense with formality
Come to me in my reverie
My reverie

Here you can find other examples: http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/ .

In this song, you can hear how to pronounce “to dispense with”:

I can see that this love was meant for me
Only a poor fool never schooled in the whirlpool
Of romance could be so cruel as you are to me
My dreams are as worthless as tin to me
Without you life will never begin to be
So love me as I love you in my reverie
Make my dream a reality
Let’s dispense with formality
Come to me in my reverie