Learn English Language through Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Wow… it has been a really long time since I have done one of these videos! Today, we are talking about some of the vocabulary from the famous Beauty and the Beast (the original movie, not the new one!). This is a great opportunity for you to learn some new vocabulary that can help you understand the new movie when you go see it in the movie theaters!


When you learn English vocabulary it is really important to review what you have learned. Here are the vocabulary and expressions for those of you who want to quiz yourself later! If you copy and paste this table into a word processing program like Microsoft Word you can print it and fold it in half to make kind of a flash-card thing for yourself!

The prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. Spoiled = act rudely or in an entitled way because of being treated too nicely and given too many nice things by your parents.
An old beggar woman came to the castle Beggar = someone who is poor and asks other people for money.
The prince sneered at the gift To sneer at someone = to look down on someone, to look at someone like you are better than them.
The old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress Enchantress = a woman who can use magic, a witch
And as punishment she transformed him into a hideous beast. Hideous = very ugly, not nice to look at.
Beast = a (large and dangerous) wild animal.
He would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. To be doomed to do something = to have to do something until you die.
Never part of any crowd, ‘cause her head’s up on some cloud. To have your head in/on a cloud = to be naïve, unrealistic, not in touch with reality.
Look there she goes that girl is so peculiar Peculiar = strange
So I’m making plans to woo and marry Belle. Woo = to date with someone, to ask someone to date/marry you. An old word for “picking up” or flirting with someone.
Gaston, you are positively primeval. Primeval = very old fashioned/like something from ancient times (because he tells her women shouldn’t read, learn or think)
That crazy old loon (Belle’s father) he needs all the help he can get. Loon/loony = short for “lunatic,” which means “crazy.”
It’s just that I’m not sure I fit in here. To fit in = to be able to be friends with other people and be around other people.
…And rude and conceited, oh Papa he’s not for me. Conceited = someone who is too proud of themselves, thinks too highly of themselves.
I don’t mean to intrude but I’ve lost my horse Intrude = to go to someone else’s place without being invited.
I’ll strike up the band To strike up a band = to make the band play music.
You know Belle, there isn’t a girl in town who wouldn’t want to be in your shoes. To be in someone’s shoes = to experience someone else’s life.
We’ll have 6 or 7… strapping boys like me! Strapping = handsome
…You had to invite him to stay, serve him tea…
I was trying to be hospitable
To be hospitable = to take care of someone well and in a welcoming way at your home.
Hello? Someone here? That’s funny, I was sure there was someone. Funny = strange, odd.
He shouldn’t have trespassed here! Trespass = intrude or go onto someone’s property without their permission or okay.
The castle is your home now so you can go anywhere you like except the West Wing,
It’s forbidden.
Forbidden = you cannot do something either because of a rule or an agreement. If you do something forbidden you will be punished.
You’ve got to pull yourself together. Looking so down in the dumps. To pull yourself together = to recover your physical/emotional health
Down in the dumps = depressed
When she comes in, give her a dashing debonair smile. Dashing = handsome, like a hero
Debonair = confident, stylish, charming
So, you want me to throw her father into the asylum unless she agrees to marry you. Asylum = a hospital/care center for people with mental illness.
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined. Coarse = rough, unemotional
Unrefined = no manners, rude
There never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo Woe = sadness, distress
Bittersweet and strange Bittersweet = a happiness or pleasure felt along with sadness
He’ll wreak havoc on our village if we let him wander free. Wreak havoc = destroy things, cause destruction
Take whatever booty you can find, but remember the beast is mine. Booty = treasure, valuable things

After you have finished studying all of these vocabulary make sure that you watch the original movie! Then you can try all of the new words that you have learned and try to understand them in the full context of the movie.

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