The Top 5 Christmas Movies for Learning English
If you’re learning English abroad in an English speaking country over the Christmas period, you might find yourself off for a few days.
As this is a festive period, there will always be lots of fun activities to take part in. But this can also be an expensive and exhausting time, so watching a Christmassy movie is a great way to take a break from the spending and the festivities.
Beside, one of the best ways to learn about Christmas is to watch one of the many popular Christmas Movies, which will show you what the holiday is like and the sorts of values that it represents for Americans.
In addition, watching English movies is a great way to practice your English! Below are a few of my favourite movies to watch:
1. Home Alone: Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It’s part of our Movie House Christmas Season.
Plot summary: Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season.
2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a 1989 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik.
Plot summary: The Griswold family plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
3. A Christmas Story: A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark.
Plot summary: In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
4. Elf: Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum.
Plot summary: After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced tovaluate his priorities.
5. Love Actually: Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis.
Plot summary: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Let us know which movie do you like the most?
The Christmas words that you will see in 5 Christmas movie above
- Jolly: Happy, joyful (used a lot at Christmas or to describe Santa)
- Sleigh: the carriage that Santa drives with Reindeer
- Deck the halls: to decorate the house for Christmas
- Stocking: a big sock that is hung at Christmas, which Santa fills with presents
- Merry: Happy (also common at Christmastime)
- Gather: to get together
- Kegger: a party with large barrel(s) of beer
- Attic: the top part of the house between the top floor and the roof, often used for storage or as an extra bedroom
- Supervision: watch over someone to make sure they behave correctly or are safe
- Twist: an unexpected change in a movie/series
- To burgle: to rob (usually a house)
- White picket fence: a barrier of wooden posts painted white (common of American homes)
- Hick: a person who lives in the country, as opposed to the city
- Orphanage: a place for children without parents
- Elves: a small, magical creature that looks like a human, but with pointed ears. They are believed to help Santa make presents
- Carol: a Christmas song
- Stumble upon: to find something by chance
- Buddy: friend