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Sleepless in Seattle

Date: Mar 02 2000


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.

Plot: A man’s wife dies from cancer.  He feels like he’ll never fall in love again, but his son has a different idea.  The boy finds a woman on the other side of the country, and arranges a meeting between she and his dad.  Will it work out?
Clip: Annie (Meg Ryan) has just returned from Seattle where she went to meet Sam (Tom Hanks) for the first time.  She saw him with another woman, and immediately went back home.   She meets her friend, Becky, when she gets back to her apartment, and waiting for her is a letter from Seattle.  


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



Annie:  What’s this?   (holding up a letter)  This is from Seattle, Becky.

Becky:  So I mailed your letter.

Annie:  (Annie starts reading the letter)  Dear Annie, Thanks for your letter, it was great.  You sound neat.   We’re very excited about meeting you in New York on Valentine’s Day and seeing if we’re MFEO.  See ya soon, Sleepless in Seattle.

Becky:  MFEO?

Annie:  Made For Each Other.

Becky:  It’s cute.  It’s like a little clue.

Annie:  AHHHH  (Annie screams, frustrated)

Becky:  So he can’t write – big deal.   Verbal ability is a highly over rated thing in a guy.   And our pathetic need for it is what gets us into so much trouble.

Annie:  I am going to run back to Walter’s arms (her ex-boyfriend) if he’ll still have me.

Becky:  What about the letter?

Annie:  It means nothing.  It was written before I went out there – before the ho.  The only thing is, she didn’t look like a ho.  She looked like someone we’d be friends with.


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There is a lot of emotion in this conversation – it helps to see the movie to understand what Annie (Meg Ryan) is feeling.  Both women are middle-aged so there’s less slang, but they’re very good friends so the speech style is very casual. Sleepless in Seattle is one of the best love stories I’ve seen.  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are a very believable couple and they both do a great job in this movie.  If you’re looking for something romantic to watch with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, this is the movie for you. —Doc



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Sweet, romantic movie which warms yours heart.

08:33 AM Jan 19 2008 |



I have seen this movie before. It's indeed romantic. I like it.

06:57 AM Jun 01 2007 |

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