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Date: Jun 28 2005


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Do you ever watch movies and suddenly feel better about your own life? That’s what happened to Steph when she saw the movie Barfly.
You can see the reason why when she talks with Kyle in the following lesson.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.




Kyle:  Hey, Stephanie, what did you do last night?

Steph:  I watched a pretty depressing movie actually.

Kyle:  What movie?

Steph:  It was called Barfly. It made me feel really good about where I am in life.

Kyle:  I’ve never heard about that movie, but I thought of barfly. Isn’t that someone who just hangs out in bars?

Steph:  Exactly. That’s why it was so depressing. The two main characters, they literally just stayed at the bar the whole movie.

Kyle:  Did they ever leave?

Steph:  Well, one time, the guy tried to go out and get a job and he was unsuccessful. And then one time the girl tried to go out and get a job and, the same result, ya know.

Kyle:  Well, I guess if you spend all your time at a bar, uh, you don’t have to get an apartment then, huh?

Steph:  Yeah. Well, they had an apartment, but I don’t know how they paid for it. They were total losers.

Kyle:  Well, different strokes for different folks.

Steph:  Yep.



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This movie was seriously depressing. It was based on the life of its writer, Charles Bukowski.
The main male character is a writer, who is a serious alcoholic. He hooks up with a woman, played by Faye Dunaway, who is also an alcoholic.
It was depressing to see them ruin their lives. On the other hand, watching them, made me feel good about my own life. I guess that’s what movies are for.



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it means a person who can not leave the bar.Smile

01:51 PM Nov 18 2007 |

Hyeon Ju Bang

South Korea

it's not talking about funny movie. it's very good studying though.


I learned what did "barfly" mean :)

08:52 PM Oct 15 2007 |


johnSuper Member!

United States

cool lesson

01:41 AM Jul 01 2005 |

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