Lost In Translation Movie Trailer - The Proverbial Issue

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LOST IN TRANSLATION is the second feature film by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson bring humor and credibility to two characters lost in Tokyo’s culture and lifestyle.

The phrase “lost in translation” is used when something translated into another language loses some of the original meaning. Figuratively, it refers to a word, phrase or basically anything removed from its original context, and that cannot be fully understood or lost part of its contents.

e.g.The film “The Hobbit” lost so much in translation. The book is far better.
Some proverbs seem universal but many idioms really lose in translation.
I was totally lost in translation with all the baseball hand gestures.


  • What is culture shock? Have you ever experienced it?
  • When people from other countries think about your culture or country, what do they usually think of?
  • What is considered rude in your country?
  • What advice would you give to people coming to your country to live temporarily?
  • Do you agree with the saying "when in Rome, do as the Romans do"?

B)Watch the clip and answers the questions.

1. Who is Bob?:
 an actor
 a movie producer
 a businessman

2. Why is the girl (Scarlett Johansson) in Japan?:
  She came with her husband
  She came to visit a Japanese photographer
  She's a photographer

3. What does she do?:
  She's a photographer
  She's a model
  She doesn't know yet

4. Why is Bob being paid 2 million dollars?
  To produce a whisky commercial
  To endorse a whisky

  To make sure the whisky is effective

5.What did she study?

6.What is 25 years?
  Her age
  The years he’s been married
  The years he has lived in Japan

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