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English at the Movies? 为何不是English at the Films呢?

English at the Movies, or English at the Films?

到底应该是English at the Movies还是English at the Films?

This week we answer a question from Quyunh.

本周,我们将回答Quyunh的提问。

Question:

提问:

Our reader Quyunh writes, "May I know what is difference between a film and a movie ? You have a program named 'English at a movie' why not 'English at a film' ?"

我们的读者Quyunh写道:“我能请教一下film和movie这两个单词的区别吗?你们有一档节目叫做“English at a movie”,那为什么不是叫“English at a film”呢?

Answer:

回答:

Dear Quyunh,

亲爱的Quyunh

Thank you for writing in with two good questions.

感谢你来信中提出的两个好问题。

Film and movie mean the same thing. The word you use may help others guess where a person lives or is from.

Film和movie这两个单词意思一样。而你用哪个单词可能更方便别人猜出来你住在哪或者家乡在哪。

First, let's look at the word film. One definition is the special material used for taking photographs. But you can also see a film in a theater. Used this way, film and movie mean the same thing.

首先让我们看下film这个单词。它的其中一个意思是用于拍照的特殊材料(即胶片)。但是也有在电影院里看电影的意思。在这种情况下,film和movie这两个单词的意思就一样。

And as a verb, to film means to record something with a video camera.

而作为动词,to film意为用摄像机录制。

Here is an example:

以下是一个示例:

Do you want me to film the ceremony so you can remember it?

“你想让我把典礼拍下来,以便你能记住它吗?”

Now let's turn to movie. The word – a noun - comes from the phrase "moving pictures."

现在我们再来说movie这个单词。这个词汇是一个名词来自“动图”这个短语。

Movies -- and films -- are recordings of moving images that tell a story.

Movies和films都是指讲述一个故事的动态录像。

Here are some example sentences with the word movie:

以下是使用movie这个单词的一些例句:

Do you want to go to the movies tonight?

“你今晚想去看电影吗?”

If you go to Hollywood in California, you might see a movie star.

“如果你去加州的好莱坞,你可能就会看到电影明星。”

In the United States, it is common to say "the movies" for when you talk about going to a movie theater.

在美国,当我们谈论去电影院时,通常会用“the movies”。

Here is an example for you:

以下是示例:

Do you know what's playing at the movies this weekend?

“你知道这个周末电影院里上映什么影片吗?”

Stephen Follows is a writer, producer and film data researcher who lives in England. He wrote that people who work in the film industry use 'film' more than 'movie.'

现居于英格兰的斯蒂芬·弗鲁斯是一位作家、制片人和电影数据研究员。他写道,电影业内人士更多使用film而不是movie。

People who live in the U.S., he found, usually say 'movie', while those in Britain use both. 'Film' is still popular in Europe and parts of Africa, but 'movie' is best in the Americas, as well as in Japan and India.

他发现,美国人通常用movie,而英国人两个单词都用。Film在欧洲和非洲部分地区仍然很多人用,但是movie在美国、日本以及印度则是用的最多的。

So -- that is why we say "English at the Movies" and not "English at the Films!"

所以,这就是我们为什么说“English at the Movies”,而不是“English at the Films”!

And that's Ask a Teacher!

这就是今天名师答疑的全部内容啦。

I'm Anne Ball.

安妮·鲍尔报道。

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