Recommending arts and media

Complete First Unit 8

Student A – The person recommending

Find out about your partner’s tastes and try to think of something that they have never tried but might like.

Possible topics

Animation

Comics

Dance

Literature

Magazines

Movies

Music

News sources

Non-fiction

Online content

Radio

Theatre

TV

Visual arts

Possible questions to ask

Are you interested in…?

Do you like…?

Do you prefer to…or…?

Do you spend a lot of time…?

Have you ever…? How was it?

How do you feel about…?

How… are you?

What do you like about…?

What do you think about…?

What is your favourite…?

What kind of… do you…?/ What sort of…do you…?

What things… you when you were a child?

Would you describe yourself as…?

Would you prefer to…or…?

Would you say that you…?

Language for recommending

… is one of the best…

… will blow you away.

… would be worth a try.

I couldn’t recommend… more.

I highly/ thoroughly recommend…

If you like…, you’ll love…

The best… for you would be…

You should rush out and…

You shouldn’t miss…/ You mustn’t miss…

You won’t be disappointed if you…

You won’t regret…

Positive adjectives

action-packed

addictive

amazing/ brilliant/ exceptional/ terrific/ fantastic/ excellent/ superb/ outstanding

astonishing

attractive

award-winning

captivating

charming/ enchanting

classic

delightful

distinctive/ unique/ original

dramatic/ moving

exciting/ gripping/ thrilling

faultless/ impeccable/ perfect

fun

funny/ hilarious

genuine

impressive

intriguing

luxurious

memorable/ haunting/ unforgettable

realistic

satisfying

sophisticated

stunning

subtle

tasteful

thought provoking

uplifting

(good) value for money

well-regarded

 

Negative recommendations

… didn’t meet my expectations.

…. wasn’t (at all) what I expected.

…is best avoided.

Don’t bother (with)…

I didn’t find it very…

I wasn’t too keen on…

I wouldn’t (really) recommend…

I wouldn’t bother with…

I’d be in no hurry to…

You should avoid…

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Student B – The person being recommended to

Tell your partner about your tastes, listen to them recommend things that you haven’t tried, and react honestly on whether you think that you would like that thing or not.

Explaining your tastes

I ((absolutely) love…

I (absolutely) detest…

I (really) enjoy…

I (really) hate…

I (simply) adore…

I can’t get enough of…

I don’t (really) mind…

I don’t have any strong feelings about… one way or the other.

I especially like…

I follow…

I loathe…

I’m (really) fond of…

I’m (really) interested in…

I’m (really) into…

I’m (really) keen on…

I’m a great fan of…

I’m a… fanatic.

I’m a… geek.

I’m mad about…

I’m obsessed with…

My (all-time) favourite… is…

My favourite genre of… is…

My least favourite…

My most hated…

 


Negative reactions

… doesn’t sound like my kind of thing.

… sounds a bit…

annoying/ irritating

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

bland

boring/ dull

cheesy

childish/ juvenile

clichéd

confusing

disappointing

disgusting/ revolting

forgettable

low brow

melodramatic

monotonous

nothing special

notorious

only suitable for…

over the top

overlong

overpriced

predictable

pretentious/ over intellectual

repetitive

ridiculous/ silly

sentimental

tasteless

unbelievable/ unrealistic

unoriginal

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Brainstorming stage

 

Without looking above, brainstorm positive and negative expressions for describing, recommending and reacting to art and media below. Phrases from several sections above can go into each column below.

 

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Look above for any positive and negative expressions you missed

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