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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Date: Jul 27 2021

Themes: Pop Culture


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.

Most people have a slight desire to get rid of all of their possessions and hit the road. Christopher McCandless gave in to that idea. Shortly after graduating from college, he gave everything he had away and traveled for two years.

He came to Alaska where he hunted to survive. Eventually, he accidentally ate some poisoned seeds and his adventures came to an end. He was found dead in an abandoned bus.

In 1996, Jon Krakauer turned McCandless’ story into a book called Into the Wild. The book was recently made into a movie with a soundtrack by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder. Listen to Marni and Amanda talk about it.


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.





Marni:  Oh my God, best book.

Amanda:  I know.

Marni:  Into the Wild. I actually just saw the movie.

Amanda:  You did?

Marni:  Yes. I loved the book and I loved the movie. Very different takes on a very classic story of yearning and loss and…it’s beautiful.

Amanda:  I agree and what I like is it could pretty much apply to anyone of any age because…

Marni:  Yes!

Amanda:  Just the storyline, like you said, of the coming of age and growing pains, and the general concept, it doesn’t matter when it takes place or who’s reading or watching the movie, anyone can appreciate it.

Marni:  Yeah. It was a true story, obviously, it was a real person who did this and I think it’s so interesting that so many people were attracted to his story. I read the book and I was just crying and I was so moved by it! I felt that way in the film too. I think Sean Penn obviously felt the same way. Brilliant director, it was beautifully shot...

Amanda:  I was actually real impressed with his directing skills because I don’t really think of Sean in that way.

Marni:  Oh really?

Amanda:  Yeah.



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Amanda and Marni agree that Into the Wild is a great book and movie because the story is something that anyone of any age can identify with. The story of traveling, meeting people and becoming wiser is, in a way, everyone’s story.

But, or course, everyone doesn’t die in a bus in Alaska or get sung about by Eddie Vedder. Into the Wild truly is a remarkable story and Sean Penn did a good job of directing it, even though Amanda didn’t really think of him as a director before.

Have you ever been on a long journey? Have you ever spent a lot of time in the wilderness?



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It really needs great courage to abandon all your possessions and let yourself into the wild. It is hard to do but I think it will be a good experience. Because there is only one life~! I am truly yeaning for this "into the wild"

05:04 AM Jan 06 2008 |




great lesson~!

04:29 AM Jan 06 2008 |




I've never heard about this movie. I'm going to looking for it right now. It seems a good movie and book too.

04:16 PM Jan 05 2008 |






01:13 AM Jan 05 2008 |



good film

08:28 PM Jan 04 2008 |



i like this kind of movies

08:27 PM Jan 04 2008 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied

read this lessons

01:32 PM Jan 04 2008 |


Cote D'Ivoire

i never heard or watched that movie but i think it was the best book .it talks about advanture of somebody who wanted earn money or survive in other world which he doesn’t know .
we can say his story is so moved but also the coming of age can relate to as their futur life.

09:35 AM Jan 04 2008 |




This is a great movie, even got good reviews from critics.

12:09 PM Jan 03 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

i have never seen that…it looks intersting

10:19 AM Jan 03 2008 |

eight days

eight days


If you want to know the real story,I suggest you read the book.The movie can't reflect the real story in some way.It add a short love story.But,on the other hand ,I was strongly attracted by the nature when watching the movie.It is a good movie.

10:16 AM Jan 03 2008 |




it sounds attractive. i can not wait watching it . what's  more i 'd like to enjoy the OST. i like pearl jam so much!

09:23 AM Jan 03 2008 |



great! want to see the movie at once!

02:47 AM Jan 03 2008 |

Lucy Hu


I havn't seen this movie,but souned wonderfil and worth watching.
I like traveling around the wprld,bit now it really is a dream,for I just left the college and got a job in a trading company.The job is really heavy,sometimes I had no time to enjoy my life.It really tired me before,so I learn to change ,to make work more effective,make life more interesting.New year,New resolution!

01:09 AM Jan 03 2008 |


bethaniartSuper Member!


I haven´t seen this movie yet, but I want. Traveling alone is a good experience because you have to face many difficult situations and you learn with it. It´s a pity Christopher´s story finished this way.

12:01 AM Jan 03 2008 |




Yes anyone can appreciate it .

10:59 PM Jan 02 2008 |



This movie sounds good, i'll see it soon : )

08:08 PM Jan 02 2008 |




I haven't seen this movie yet but I would like to see it… becouse it's my biggest wish to hit the road one day and I'm sure I'll do this! Laughing

But of course I'll be more careful with food Tongue out becouse I want to live a bit longer… Wink 

06:40 PM Jan 02 2008 |



Hi, the movie is a great one, like a bit of it.



04:21 PM Jan 02 2008 |



Viet Nam

sorry everyone ….... How can i watch this film .. ;)

04:14 PM Jan 02 2008 |

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