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English Lessons for The Simpsons

Updated on May 8, 2012

The Simpsons - Brazil

This is a series of English lessons to accompany the hit US sitcom. They are designed so that you can learn English vocabulary and grammar but have fun at the same time. I publish all my video lessons on my website, but I plan to paste many onto these squidoo pages because I think that learning through TV shows is the most valuable resource for foreign language acquisition. I currently teach English on Skype, but I appreaciate that there are many students out there who can't afford expensive private tuition, and so I hope they find these lessons useful for self study. To anyone in this position, I would recommend just finding some foreign friends on Skype and discussing these episodes.

The Simpsons is just one TV show for which I make lessons. The IT Crowd, Sherlock Holmes and The Office are also available, and will be coming to squidoo soon....

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Comprehension

1) Where does Homer want to go next year?

2) What are the three travel tips for Brazil?

3) Why does Homer tell Bart to forget every word of Spanish?

4) What's the first site which they see?

5) Why did the government paint the slums bright colours?

6) Why does the woman selling juice pretend to know Ronaldo?

7) Why is Homer happy when he first finds out he is being kidnapped?

8) What's written on top of Homer's taxi?

9) How much money do Homer's captors want?

10) What is 'Stockholm syndrome'?

Match the two columns to make well known expressions from the episode

An unlicensed

fare

A charming

taxi

Taxi

money

A statue

slums

Travel

of Christ

The city

show

A kid's

tips

Ransom

neighbourhood


Fill in the sentences with the expressions in the correct form

1) The ??????? were full of rats.

2) You should never get into an ???????

3) Homer wasn't able to afford the ???????

4) Lisa told Homer some excellent ??????? for going to Brazil.

5) Marge thought that the ??????? was unsuitable entertainment for Bart.

6) Homer was delighted to find out that the ??????? was free!

7) Marge thought that the city slums were a ???????

8) Homer and Lisa were impressed by the????????? when they first arrived.

Discussion questions:

1) What do you think are the three most important tips for tourists coming to visit your city/country?

2) Have you ever been to Brazil? Would you like to go? Why (not)?

3) Many stereotypes are used in the show. What is the stereotype of Brazilians and American tourists in your country?

4) Have you ever seen any Brazilian TV shows? What were they like?

5) Have there been any famous cases of kidnapping in your country? How much was demanded in ransom money? Was it paid?

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Answers

1) Antarctica

2) Only drink bottled water. Don't get in any unlicensed taxis. Remember that winter in Brazil is summer in America and vice versa.

3) Because they speak Portuguese in Brazil.

4) The statue of Christ.

5) So that the slums don't offend the tourists.

6) To distract the Simpsons while her children rob them.

7) Because the taxi fare is free!

8) Hostage

9) $ 50000

10) A psychological term used when hostages identify and sympathise with their captors (kidnappers).

An unlicensed taxi

A charming neighbourhood

Taxi fare

A statue of Christ

Travel tips

The city slums

A kid's show

Ransom money

1) city slums

2) unlicensed taxi

3) ransom money

4) travel tips

5) kids show

6) taxi fare

7) charming neighbourhood

8) statue of Christ

Which TV shows would you like to learn English with?

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      Jane 19 months ago

      Hi, I'm desperately looking for tips how to teach English with the Simpsons. Pity that YouTube link is no more available. Do you think I should make students see a whole episode or just an extract? Thanks. Jane

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great motivating teaching approach!!!Thanks for sharing!!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Very entertaining and motivational teaching approach..

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      This is such a great idea. LOVE it! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      MR BEAN

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I agree with you that learning a language from TV shows is the best way to go. I'm trying learn French and Spanish now. Great lens!

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      skypelessons 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: Thanks for all the encouragement Edutopia. Its nice to have some feedback after all the hard work.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      The Simpsons makes a great show to learn English with since there is a wide spread of vocabulary on it and it ranges from very basic to rather complex.

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      skypelessons 5 years ago

      @ssutherland35: Thanks very much! I usually set 1 video lesson for homework (to be retold the next class) as well as some 'old school' English File/Cutting edge topics. They work very well in tandem. Video lessons was the only way I could get my students listening to a some regular and modern English.

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      ssutherland35 5 years ago

      Very creative! This is an interesting approach.

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      skypelessons 5 years ago

      @SecondHandJoe LM: Thanks for stopping by, Joe! Plenty more lessons coming so keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Interesting method to teach English! Enjoyed the lens and the Simpsons! Thanks, 'liked' it.