Vocabulary and Listening - Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London. It is about the changes in the life of William Thacker, a simple bookshop owner, when he meets and falls in love with Hollywood star Anna Scott.


Familiarize yourself with the following notes on cultural information and contextual vocabulary in the video.

chubbynice way of saying a little fat
flog your guts outworking hard
goggly eyesprotruding eyes, it refers to small glasses swimmers wear called “goggles”
limbsarms and legs
c'est la viea French phrase which means "That's life!" or "Such is life!" It is sometimes used as an expression to say that life is harsh but that one must accept it
squidgysoft, soggy
floppylimp, drooping and not able to keep a firm shape or position
chucklelaugh quietly to one self


Listening comprehension

Watch a scene from the film which shows a dinner conversation. In this scene, the characters (as shown in the pictures below) attempt to win the last brownie (cake) by telling a sob story about his or her life - it is a contest for the biggest underachiever. Answer the following questions while watching the clip.

Anna William Bernie Honey Max Bella

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Fill in the blanks below with the words provided in the box. Use the appropriate form of the words to make your choice grammatically correct.


Replace the underlined words/ phrases in the following sentences by finding their synonyms online (the first letter of the synonym is given to you).

1. manifestly
2. profoundly
3. fortunate
4. attest
5. essentially
6. awful
7. agonizing

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Extended Vocabulary

Complete the crossword with the synonyms in above exercise.

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