Learn English Language through Star Wars Episode IV

Hello Everyone,

Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out this Christmas? I am super excited! Star Wars is one of the most popular movies in history and is famous throughout the world. So! I decided that I wanted to make a video so that you all can learn some of the vocabulary from the Star Wars universe and enjoy the upcoming movies even more!

Did you know that originally George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, made movie 4, 5, and 6 before he made 1, 2, and 3? I started with 4 because it was the first one that came out, and because it shows you the movies in the order that Lucas released them.

 

After watching this video and studying the vocabulary, make sure to make the full movie so that you can review what you learned!

Here are the vocabulary and expressions for those of you who want to quiz yourself later!

Vocabulary and Expressions Star Wars IV
Vocabulary/Expressions Definitions
This is madness. Madness = craziness, crazy.
You are part of the rebel alliance and a traitor. Take her away! Rebel = someone who fights against something, usually a government or group in charge of a country/place.Traitor = someone who betrays/lies to a group of people.
Send an attachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally commander. To see to something = to make sure something gets done/finished.
What a desolate place this is. Desolate = a place with almost nothing and few/no living things.
You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done. Now come on, get to it. Chore= work that you need to do around the house. Example) My weekly chores are cleaning my room and doing my laundry.
Now don’t you forget this. Why I should stick my neck out for you is beyond capacity. To stick your neck out for someone = to risk your life for someone. This is originally from a long time ago when the punishment of death by having your head cut off was common.
Old Ben lives out beyond the dune sea. He’s kind of a strange old hermit. Hermit = someone who lives alone with little or no contact with other people.
I’ll make it up to him next year, I promise. To make it up to someone = phrasal verb meaning to do something good for someone to repay them for their help or sacrifice for you.
The imperial senate will no longer be of any concern to us. To be of concern = to be important, worth worrying/thinking about.
Fear will keep the local systems in line. To keep something/someone in line = to continue controlling something/someone. To be in line means to be controlled and follow the rules.
The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force. Insignificant = too small to be important.Force = in Star Wars this is an energy field created by all living things. It is the force that binds the galaxy together.
Mos Eisley space port. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Wretched = horribleHive = bee’s house. This means there is a lot of people.

Villainy = the action of a villain or a bad person.

We’ll be safe once we make the jump to hyperspace. Jump to hyperspace = to go at a really fast speed. This is a unique word used in the Star Wars series.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. Hokey (hokum) = fake, fantasy, not real.Is no match for = cannot win against. Example) You are weak, you are no match for me!
Why are we still moving towards it?We’re caught in a tractor beam, it’s pulling us in. Tractor beam = in sci-fi movies it’s a machine that pulls objects towards it.Pulling something in = phrasal verb meaning pull something closer.
Get me a scanning crew on the double, I want every part of this ship checked. On the double = quickly. This expression came from the military expression “double time” which also means to do something quickly (twice as fast as usual).
Hey down there, could you give us a hand with this? To give someone a hand = to help them.
Now look, don’t get any funny ideas, your old man wants us to wait right here. Don’t get any funny ideas = don’t think about something strange/weird. Don’t have any strange thoughts.
Don’t worry, Chewy, I think I know what he has in mind. To have something in mind = to be thinking about something/planning something.
Come here you big coward. Chewy come here. Coward = someone who gets scared easily. Scaredy cat, pussy, chicken.
Let’s get one thing straight, I take orders from one person. Me! To get one thing/something straight = to understand something.
I hope that old man got the tractor beam out of commission or this is going to be a real short trip. Out of commission = To be broken/not work/inactive.
Don’t worry, she’ll hold together. To hold together = will not break, will not fall apart.
I got him!Great kid, don’t get cocky. To be cocky = to be too confident that you will succeed, usually resulting in failure.
A precise hit will start a chain reaction, which should destroy the station Chain reaction = a series of events that happens one after another as a result of when something is done/happens.
Why don’t you come with us? You’re pretty good in a fight, we could use you.Come on, why don’t you take a look around. To take a look around = phrasal verb meaning to move around and look at things or to stand and look at everything around you. To become visually familiar with the environment around you.
They could use a good pilot like you, you’re turning your back on them. To turn your back on someone = to not help someone when they need you.
Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances. Evacuate = to leave/go out from somewhere, usually in an emergency.Triumph = victory, winning.


Report Card Summary:

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Genuine Language Usage: Because Star Wars attempts to use a lot of new vocabulary and expressions created specifically for the series, about 25% of the language content is not very authentic. However, 75% still is authentic so it got a B.

Educational Value: While I like to say that almost any listening practice is good as long as you can understand some of the contents, the problem with Star Wars is that too many of the expressions and styles of speech are old. By this, I mean that a lot of characters speak the way people spoke in the 1970s-80s so a lot of the language used here will not be useful to today’s ESL learners.

 

Fun Factor: There’s a good reason why Star Wars is one of the most popular movie franchises in history: it is a really fun and engaging movie series. Episode IV started that proud tradition rich with action, romance, adventure, comedy, drama and almost every other genre except for horror. This is definitely a movie worth watching!

-Adam

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