Forrest Gump (このタイトルをクリックしてください)

Today’s movie is a personal favorite, and a request from students.  Forrest Gump.  It won 6 Academy Awards, including; best picture, best director, and best actor .  It was the highest grossing film (興行収入第1位)of 1994.  Here is the opening scene.


My name’s Forrest.  Forrest Gump.

Do you want a chocolate?

I could eat about a million and a half of these.

My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re going to get.

Those must be comfortable shoes.

I bet you could walk all day in shoes like that and not feel a thing.  I wish I had shoes like that.

(Woman) – My feet hurt.

Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes.

Where they’re going, where they’ve been.

I’ve worn lots of shoes.

I bet if I think about it real hard, I could remember my first pair of shoes.  Mama said they’d take me anywhere.

First Key phrase.  My Mama always said, or Mama said.  Do you have many “rules of life” that come from your mother?  I have many of these. 

My Mother always said, “Every crow thinks hers is the blackest.”

Next is similes.  Similes are comparisons of two different things, often using “like” or “as”.  They are very helpful in conversational English to express your point.

My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. 

Eat like a horse.

Run like the wind.

As American as apple pie.

As black as coal.

They fought like cats and dogs.

This dress  fits like a glove.

And it seems to me you lived your life, Like a candle in the wind.” – “Candle in the Wind,” Elton John

and perhaps the most famous simile of all:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Good luck in using similes to describe your life.