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ESL MODULE 1 : LEARN ENGLISH BY LISTENING AND READING

UNIT 4 : MOVIE TRAILERS & VIDEO CLIPS

TITLE B : DUMB AND DUMBER

 

PRE-VIEWING EXERCISE:

MOVIE PLOT / SYNOPSIS:
Best friends Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) are a pair of deliriously dim-witted pals on a cross country road trip to Aspen to return a briefcase full of cash to its rightful owner, Mary Swanson (Holly), a beautiful woman who ends up being Lloyd`s dream girl. Little does Lloyd know that Mary is in Aspen trying to find her kidnapped husband. Soon, the two get mixed up in the crime, and their wacky exploits are leading the FBI straight to the crooks!

 

SYNOPSIS  KEY VOCABULARY:

Please write your own original sentence using the new words below.

 

delirious(ly) (adjective) : very happy,  very excited; an uncontrolled emotion

"There was a crowd of delirious baseball fans infront of our office yesterday."

 

dim-witted (adjective):  Lacking mental capacity  

"The dim-witted men joined the boys' camp out."

 

pals (noun): friends

"I met  my old high-school pals last weekend."

 

exploit (noun): A brilliant achievement; to use selfishly or take unfair advantage.

"The scientific discovery turned out to be quite an interesting exploit for the researcher. "

 

briefcase (noun):  A leather or vinyl case used to carry papers.

"Ms. Sanders carries work home in her briefcase."

 

rightful owner (adjective): Having a fair or proper claim

"Return this dog to its rightful owner."

 

kidnap (verb) :  To seize and keep a person unlawfully and usually for money

"The girls were kidnapped on their way home from school yesterday by men in black motorbikes."

 

crooks (noun):  criminals; thieves

"After robbing our home, the crooks were arrested by the police. "

 

 

VIDEO TRAILER:   DUMB AND THE DUMBER

Play the video trailer and listen carefully to the conversation.   Be ready to answer the exercises below. 

 


Dumb and Dumber Trailer by dhamby86 

 

 

TEXT COMPLETION EXERCISE:

 

Harry:  What are we gonna do?

Lloyd:  I got an ______. Go. _______!


Harry: What's her _______    _______?  I'll _____ it up .

Lloyd:  Starts with an S! ssss Slappy? nah, Swampy? Nah-

Harry:  Maybe it's on the ________.

Lloyd:  Oh, yeah! It's right here. [He reads the manufacturer's name, which is Samsonite] 

Lloyd:  Samsonite!  I was _____ off!   


Harry: _____, huh?

Beth: That's right!

Harry : They're  _____?

Beth: Uh-huh.

Harry: _____ of 'em?

Beth: Yes.

Harry: Ah... cool!


Lloyd: Hey wanna hear the most annoying sound in the ______? eEEeeeEE -------

Guys! Guys! Guys!


Harry: Oh look Frost!  ooooh


Lloyd : ______that plane!

Airport  Clerk: _____, you can't get in there!

Lloyd:  It's ok, I'm a limo _______. ooooh. Ugh! eeeeh


[man and woman walk by]
Harry: Oh!  look at the buns on.

Lloyd: Yeah, he must ______ out.


Dumb and ________.

For these guys, everyday is a ___ ______.


 

 

MOVIE  TRAILER'S   VOCABULARY:

Please write your own original sentence using the new words below.

 

Dumb (adjective) : a person lacking mental power / intelligence

"The dumbest thing I can ever do is  going to school without a pen."

 

Stupid (adjective): a person below normal intelligence

"That stupid dog cannot seem to know his way home after training him for 3 days."

 

Idiot (noun): an adult mentally inferior to a child of three

"I say, he is an idiot when he couldn't even remember his Lastname."

 

No brainer (informal): Something so simple or easy as to require no thought.

"It's a no brainer to solve math problems when you can use high tech calculating tools nowadays."

 

Buns (also butt) (noun): buttocks; The part of one's back on which one rests in sitting

"His buns needs a physical work-out to get it in shape."

 

 

VIEWING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE:

1) Cite the instances when they were displaying the character of a dumb person.

2) Cite the instances when they were displaying the character of an idiot.

3) Cite the instances when they were displaying the character of a stupid person.

4) Cite the instances when they were displaying a no brainer situation.

 
 

MATCHING  EXERCISE

Match the items on A with the items on B:

A                                                                                          B

crooks                                  1.  The ________  got my wallet while I was in the park watching the concert.

dumb                                    2.  The kidnappers  were quick enough to get away after they  ________ the princess.

idiots                                    3.  It is a _____ ______ to clean the house with our new vacuum cleaner.

no brainer                           4.  The _______ don't think before they do something, that's why they mess things up.

rightful owner                     5.  She thinks I am _________  but I think she is dumber.

kidnapped                            6.  There were  great _______  made  just to get more diamonds from Africa.

exploits                                 7.  The money bag was given to the ______  _____ after the police caught the thieves.

 

 

POST-VIEWING EXERCISE:

 

1) Have you ever met a person who seem to have a low IQ or poor mental power? 

     If yes, how did you manage to talk to  that person?

2)  Do you think using the words "stupid",  "dumb" and  "idiot" as  an expression when addressing someone is a good habit? 

     Why or why not?

3)  Have you ever called somebody "stupid or dumb" before?  If yes, why?

4)  Were you able to do some great exploits in your life?  Can you tell me about it?

5)  Have you ever found something valuable and returned that valuable to its rightful owner?  Can you describe what happened next?