English class movie a big hit

English class movie a big hit

Judging from first two words in the title, "I fine" (it should be "I'm fine"), you won't learn a lot of English from this movie about an English class, but you will laugh.

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If you are wondering about the image, when pronounced with a 'Thai' accent, "I fine" is "Ai fai" and means "you're a buffalo" in trendy Thai jargon.

English class movie a big hit

Judging from first two words in the title, "I fine" (it should be "I'm fine"), you won't learn a lot of English from this movie about an English class, but you will laugh.

The romantic comedy, "I Fine, Thank You, Love You", the latest film from GTH, grossed 29.17 million baht in ticket sales on its opening day – the second-highest ever for a Thai movie.

The plot centres on a teacher, Pleng, who is asked by a Japanese student leaving for the United States to tell her boyfriend Yim she wants to break up with him.

Yim then blames Pleng for perfecting his girlfriend's English skills and nags her to teach him to speak English, so that he too can go to the US and get his girl back.

The tutor initially does not want to teach Yim, a factory worker, but she later agrees to help him. As the English lessons continue the two start to learn about each other and gradually fall in love.

Leading cast members of this film include Sunny Suwanmethanon, Preechaya "Ice" Pongthananikorn and Japanese adult video star Sora Aoi.

Much of the humour centres on the Thai students' hilarious and unsuccessful attempts to grapple with the English language – pronoucing "H" for example. (That's "eɪtʃ")

"I'm fine. How are you?" comes out as "I fine and who am I?". "I'm good and I'm glad to meet you guys" is understood as "I'm a cook and use gas to heat your fries."

Ultimately, however, it's the love story that holds things together. You can learn your English here at the Bangkok Post learning channel.

Adapted from a story by our online reporters.

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Vocabulary

  • accent: a way of saying words that shows what country, region, or social class someone comes from - สำเนียง
  • blame: to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening - ตำหนิ
  • break up: when a boyfriend and girlfriend end a romantic relationship; to end a relationship -
  • cast: the actors in a film, play or show - คนแสดง
  • centre (verb): to be or make somebody/something become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place - มุ่งความสนใจไปยัง
  • comedy: a (type of) film, play or book which is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action - ความตลกขบขัน
  • gradually: slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย
  • grapple: to try hard to find a solution to a problem - ต่อสู้ดิ้นรนกับ
  • gross: being the total amount of something before anything is taken away - ทั้งหมด, ยอดรวม
  • hilarious: very funny - ตลกขบขัน
  • humour: the ability to find things funny, the way in which people see that some things are funny or the quality of being funny - ความตลกขบขัน
  • image: any picture, especially one formed by a mirror or a lens - จินตภาพ ภาพลักษณ์
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • jargon (noun): words or expressions that are used by a particular group of people or profession and are difficult for others to understand - ภาษาเฉพาะกลุ่ม, ภาษาเฉพาะวงการ, ภาษาเฉพาะอาชีพ
  • judge: to form an opinion about somebody/something, based on the information you have - คาดคะเน
  • nag (verb): to keep complaining to somebody about their behaviour or keep asking them to do something - ถากถาง,จู้จี้,ค่อนแคะ,หาเรื่องจับผิด
  • perfect: to make something perfect or as good as you can - ทำให้สมบูรณ์
  • plot: the series of events that form the story of a novel, play, film/movie, etc. - เนื้อเรื่อง
  • romantic (adj): connected or concerned with love or a relationship - เกี่ยวกับเรื่องรักใคร่และการผจญภัย
  • skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
  • title (noun): a name, especially of a book, a move, an event or award - ชื่อเรื่อง, ชื่อหนังสือ, ชื่อเรียก
  • trendy: very fashionable - ซึ่งเป็นที่นิยม
  • tutor: a teacher, especially one with special duties - ครูพิเศษ, ครูสอน,
  • ultimately: finally, after a series of things have happened - ท้ายที่สุด, ตอนสุดท้าย, ในที่สุด
  • wonder: to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it - สงสัย

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