Secrets of Selfridges (2014) B1

It might seem at first sight that the film tells a story of yet another popular shopping spot in London. However, it’s also about fashion, innovative advertising approaches, and women’s rights in a heavily layered society. The documentary is full of interviews which makes it a great listening exercise. These conversations are mostly well paced … Continue reading Secrets of Selfridges (2014) B1

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The Crown, season 1 (2016) B2

Whether you’re interested in the life of modern royal families or not, this series may shed some light on the other side of their glamorous life. As the series focuses on the life of the British Royal family, the language our characters use reflects their context and the time that is depicted in it. Therefore, … Continue reading The Crown, season 1 (2016) B2

Cinderella (1950) B1 

Everyone will see something different in this story and everyone can find a grain of truth and some kindness in this fairy tale. This well-known story may teach you how to be patient and persistent, grateful for what you have, as well as caring and brave. And surely it teaches you to never stop dreaming, … Continue reading Cinderella (1950) B1 

The Notebook (2004) B2

What was love like when there were no social media or even mobile phones? What was it like to actually write a letter using a pen and a sheet of paper? Not even type it but write? This film takes us back to the 1930s and we often cannot even imagine how different everything was … Continue reading The Notebook (2004) B2

Inside Einstein’s Mind (2015) B1

How much do you know about the greatest mind of the 20th century? How did he solve the riddle of the universe? Was anyone helping him? You’ll find the answers to these and many other questions in this documentary. The narrator speaks slowly and distinctly and other speakers also sound clear, which makes this film … Continue reading Inside Einstein’s Mind (2015) B1

Downton Abbey, season 1 (2010) C1

What could be your goal in life? Can it be your family estate? In fact, it can: rephrasing the main character’s words, it becomes another family member. As the events take place in the early 20th century, be sure the language corresponds to the setting. You will hear words like ‘His Lordship’ and ‘Her Ladyship’ … Continue reading Downton Abbey, season 1 (2010) C1

Suits, season 6 (2016) B2

There comes the time to pay for everything you’ve done or not? For some it may be a sad time, for others – a world of new opportunities. This isn’t that black and white though, but you’ll definitely find this season enriching in many senses. In terms of English, up till episode 12 you’ll do … Continue reading Suits, season 6 (2016) B2

Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service (2014) B2

You think you know it all about spies because you’ve seen all Bond films? Even if you say ‘yes’, watch this documentary for some scary and funny adventures from the life of spies around us. As code breakers and intelligence officers open up about their everyday work, you’ll hear well-paced stories and dialogues, but you’ll … Continue reading Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service (2014) B2

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) B1

A magical story of Kubo is your perfect choice for a family viewing. Inspired by Japanese legends, it unveils some of the scariest and most guarded secrets of the human soul. It also reminds everyone out there that whenever we think we are alone, we aren’t: there’s a powerful force behind each of us and … Continue reading Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) B1

The Prince of Egypt (1998) B2

This story is your perfect choice for the festive Christmas time: it links the past with the present and gives hope for a better future. You will hear a lot of singing, especially at the beginning, and it might be a good idea to switch on the subtitles. One of the most famous songs from … Continue reading The Prince of Egypt (1998) B2