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I’m searching for what I really want in life

28/03/19

Cinema Thursday - Reading comprehension


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I realized that I’m searching, searching for what I really want in life. And you know what? I have absolutely no idea what that is.


Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), How I Met Your Mother, Season 8: Lobster Crawl

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Mi sono reso conto di stare cercando, cercando ciò che voglio veramente dalla vita. E sai che c’è? Non ho assolutamente idea di cosa sia.


Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), How I Met Your Mother, Season 8: Caccia all’aragosta

How I met your mother – this series was inspired by the time in which the two creators (Craig Thomas and Carter Bays) lived in NYC.
The storytelling and the structure of this series are very particular. However, we don’t want to spoil it in case you haven’t watched it yet! All we can say is that it all starts with Ted Mosby talking to his kids, telling them about his life and friends and obviously, about how he met their mother.

Perfect if you want to improve your American English. The dialogues in this TV series are very informal, rich of phrasal verbs, idioms, and jokes. We encourage you to watch it with subtitles in English, and if you find it too difficult, with subtitles in your own language. Keep in mind that this kind of exercise has to be always enjoyable for you, or else you might end up not doing it. We’re sure that as soon as you’ll get used to it, you won’t go back to watching dubbed TV series. Try and don’t give up!
Scroll down for a little reading comprehension exercise, remember, reading is good for both you and your English.

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How I met your mother – questa serie è stata ispirata dal periodo in cui i due creatori (Craig Thomas and Carter Bays) vivevano a NYC.
La maniera in cui la storia è raccontata e la sua struttura sono molto particolari. Ma non vogliamo ‘spolerarvi’ nulla nel cao in cui non l’abbiate ancora guardata! Tutto quello che possiamo dire è che inizia con Ted Mosby che racconta ai suoi figli della sua vita, amici e ovviamente di come ha incontrato loro madre.

Perfetta se vuoi migliorare il tuo inglese americano, i dialoghi in questa serie TV sono molto informali, ricchi di phrasal verbs, modi di dire e battute. Ti incoraggiamo a guardarla con i sottotitoli in inglese, e se la trovi troppo difficile con i sottotitoli nella tua lingua. Tieni a mente che questo tipo di esercizio deve sempre essere piacevole, altrimenti finisci per non farlo. Siamo sicuri che appena ti abituerai, non guarderai più le serie TV doppiate! Provaci e non ti scoraggiare!
Scrolla in basso per fare un piccolo esercizio di reading comprehension, ricorda, leggere fa bene sia a te che al tuo inglese.

reading comprehension

1 The series concerns the adventures of Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) narrating the story of how he met the mother of his children. The story goes into a flashback and starts in 2005 with a 27-year-old Ted Mosby living in New York City and working as an architect; the narrative deals primarily with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), womanizing-playboy Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), and news reporter Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). The lives of all characters are entwined in each others. The series explores many storylines, including a "will they or won't they" relationship between Robin and each of the two single male friends, Marshall and Lily's relationship, and the ups and downs of the characters' careers.


2 The show's frame story depicts Ted (voice of Bob Saget, uncredited) verbally retelling the story to his son Luke (David Henrie) and daughter Penny (Lyndsy Fonseca) as they sit on the couch in the year 2030. This future-set frame is officially the show's "present day" and How I Met Your Mother exploits this framing device in numerous ways: to depict and re-depict events from multiple points of view; to set up jokes using quick and sometimes multiple flashbacks nested within the oral retelling; to substitute visual, verbal or aural euphemisms for activities Ted does not want to talk about with his children (sexual practices, use of illicit substances, vulgar language, etc.); and even to add some elements of humor: in the episode "How I Met Everyone Else", Ted describes his dates with a girlfriend whose name he has forgotten, leading all characters to act as though her given name were "Blah-Blah"; later in the series, Ted remembers her name as Carol…


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