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Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Date: Jul 13 2021

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

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

When movies first came out, they didn’t have sound. So stars like Charlie Chaplin became famous by using their hands and eyes to act.

Over the last 17 years, Rowan Atkinson has become famous with a similar technique. Although his movies have sound, his character, a child-like man named Mr. Bean, speaks very rarely.

Since so many of Mr. Bean’s jokes are non-verbal, the movies are just as funny when translated into other languages. Listen to Kevin tell Beren about Mr. Bean’s success abroad.

Dialog

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

Kevin

Kevin

Beren

Beren

Kevin:  So I heard that, like, Mr. Bean’s movie’s on like the top charts of Chinese films…movies in China.

Beren:  Mr. Bean?

Kevin:  Yes.

Beren:  I heard he died like five years ago.

Kevin:  No. He’s been making movies. Rowan Atkinson, right?

Beren:  Yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Kevin:  Do you like him?

Beren:  He’s funny. He has his moments...slightly charming in a really obnoxious way. Did you like the first movie?

Kevin:  I thought it was entertaining. I mean the guy made a career of like, just being silent.

Beren:  Totally, it’s like the old silent film comedies, very physical comedy, lots of visual gags. I could see it being big in a foreign market for some reason.

Kevin:  I guess.

Beren:  Yeah. Maybe. I don’t know.

Kevin:  I mean, it definitely has, like, a niche market, I guess. I don’t know what you would call it. He’s interesting.

Beren:  Yeah yeah. He’s uniquely British.

Kevin:  And I love British humor.

 

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Discussion

Kevin read somewhere that Mr. Bean’s Holiday, the follow-up to 1997’s Bean, is doing extremely well in China. This surprises Beren because she thought that the actor who plays Mr. Bean was dead. Obviously, she isn’t a huge fan.

But Beren admits that while Mr. Bean can be somewhat annoying, he is entertaining at times. His work reminds her of silent films. It’s a style that she can understand being popular in other countries.

Do you prefer physical comedy or intellectual humor? Physical comedy is universal, but sometimes there’s nothing funnier than a pun in your native language.

 

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Pearl.lee

Pearl.lee

China

I LIKE MR BEAN'S MOVIE,I HAVE SAW HIS MOVIE MANY TIME,IT IS ALWAY WELCOME IN MY FAMILY.HE BRING THE PHYSICAL HUMOR SO MANY. BUT I AM NOT SEE THE MR BEAN'S HOLIDAY YET,I WILL IN AFTER DAYS.

08:15 AM Nov 16 2007 |

star12358

China

his movie is killing me.

you know all are so funny!

07:40 AM Nov 16 2007 |

Sophie yang

China

I like his movies,funny and interesting.I like "Johnny English" which he starred in very much!

07:16 AM Nov 16 2007 |

jade meng

China

so many people know MR Bean very much.i like his movies too.

07:03 AM Nov 16 2007 |

puppys2black

Philippines

yes,his very funny guy.he's quite good and clever to act the funny face. so much interesting movies his act.he made laughing and more exciting.

I  agree that mr.bean is the best comedy actor…!Laughing

05:53 AM Nov 16 2007 |

puppys2black

Philippines

I like very much Mr.bean movie suitable for all children not only for adult.
best comedy and very Funny…
I Like him very much…..!

05:36 AM Nov 16 2007 |

lily zeng

lily zeng

China

Mr. Bean is so funny. I remenber the first time I have seen it when I am a sophermore, that term we have the class about philosoph, it's so dull and dry as dust, so in the break time ,tne teacher let's see the Mr.Bean, it is very funny and interesting, he can make us can't help laughing just by the gesture and action. it can make the class vivid.

04:58 AM Nov 16 2007 |

sophie teo

sophie teo

China

I think he is very innocent~~

03:00 AM Nov 16 2007 |

misscandy

misscandy

Myanmar

i like Mr. Bean very much since i was young. i always see his movies again and again. i wanna see him outside.

01:59 AM Nov 16 2007 |

sari darma

sari darma

Indonesia

im his big fan!

11:32 PM Nov 15 2007 |

simonguan

simonguan

Germany

he is so funny guy.

09:56 PM Nov 15 2007 |

simonguan

simonguan

Germany

funny guy and company with me from my childhood.

09:55 PM Nov 15 2007 |

nguyenvanhoc

Viet Nam

Hi to all people.

04:04 PM Nov 15 2007 |

moni17

moni17

Venezuela

you knw what my suprise when start to seen sex on the city? mr. been was the men who likes her wooo he is nice!!

03:28 PM Nov 15 2007 |

to be there

Morocco

Mr bean is i funny character .He has a great physical involvment in his acts .his silence adds to the comic touch of his scenes .i appreciate his absurd but very comic reactions …

11:51 AM Nov 15 2007 |

Nazmun

Bangladesh

Mr.Bean is so funny but made me feel bad when i see him, his face is funny.Yell

11:45 AM Nov 15 2007 |

Nazmun

Bangladesh

Mr.Bean is so funny but made me feel bad when i see him, his face is funny.Yell

11:45 AM Nov 15 2007 |

Nazmun

Bangladesh

Mr.Bean is so funny but made me feel bad when i see him, his face is funny.Yell

11:44 AM Nov 15 2007 |

wang-qun

wang-qun

China

i love him very much

he is very funny

i can learn something from him

thanks Mr.bean

11:38 AM Nov 15 2007 |

zhaoxiaqi

China

l ‘ve seen his movie at univercity
he is very fun and very cool

10:44 AM Nov 15 2007 |

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