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The Movie Friends and IELTS

Friends is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series revolves around a group of friends in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original executive producers were Crane, Kauffman, and Kevin S. Bright, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.

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Friends received positive reviews throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The series won many awards and was nominated for 63Primetime Emmy Awards. The series, an instant hit from its debut, was also very successful in the ratings, consistently ranking in the top ten in the final primetime ratings. Many critics now regard it as one of the finest shows in television history, including TV Guide, which ranked it No. 21 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. In 1997, the episode “The One with the Prom Video” was ranked No. 100 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. The series made a large cultural impact, which continues today. The Central Perk coffee house that was featured prominently in the series has inspired various imitations throughout the world. The series continues in syndication worldwide. All ten seasons are available in standard definition on DVD and in high definition on Blu-ray. The spin-off series Joey was created to follow up with the series after the finale.

On the occasion about Friends, we also be prepared to talk about film topic. In part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, you might have to describe your favorite film (‘movie’ is American English). My advice is to look for your film on amazon.com. You will find reviews of almost any film, from The Godfather to Titanic.

The only problem is that the reviews are often quite difficult or too detailed. I recommend stealing a few ideas or a few bits of good vocabulary.

For example, here is some good vocabulary from a review of Friends:

- one of the greatest films ever made
– a masterpiece
– the actors’ performances are outstanding
– it’s compelling to watch

Make sure you can summarise the film’s plot (the story). Try to remember where and when you first saw the film. Explain how it made you feel and why you like it.

Here I give you some of Part 2 Question about film and movies. Hope you enjoy it:

Describe a film you have enjoyed.

You should say:
・What it was about
・When and Why you saw it
・What special features it had
and explain what you especially liked about it.

Answer 1:

A film I have enjoyed was “Independence day” which was about a fight against aliens. I saw it when I was in the second year of junior high school in 1996 because it was so popular that my friends invited me to see this movie.
It was not only an exciting SF movie but also an impressive drama describing family love.
I liked it so much because it was the first movie I saw in the theater, and I saw it many times as a learning material to study English.

Answer 2:

Well, there is one film I liked watching a lot and I would like to tell you about that. The film is called Friends and actually Friends is a well-known and famous throughout the world TV show about some friends. This is comedy with a lot of striking and humorous jokes.

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember when I saw it the first time, but I do remember I was at home and the film was broadcasting when it caught my eye because of some fascinating and amazing jokes, and stories and I ending up watching it.

What is it all about? Well, this comedy is about some friends and their daily life about relationships between them, about relationships with their parents about problems at work and at university and things like that, but actually the point is that everything is told and seen in a very funny way and I like it a lot. …

Then, the reason why I loved watching this film is that because the plot was really good because of .. actors and celebrities were really good and performed in a really good and positive way then and, what is more, I was at the same age as main heroes so I was able to understand their jokes and could laugh at myself together with them … and of course .. I liked watching this movie because of the way like everything was told and shown and everything .. was done in a very funny and comic way.

-> To compare: the second answer is much better than the first one.  So, remember: always use vague languages, good repetition and so on.. Don’t hesitate and try to lengthen your ideas. You will then see your improvements.

All the best to you!!

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