Learn English  
  Blue Level  
  Red Level  
  Yellow Level  
  Green Level  
  Purple Level  
  Orange Level  
  Violet Level  
  Video Lessons  
  American Speech  
  How to Learn  
  U.S. Citizenship  



June 3, 2015



In many countries around the world, the word "cinema" is used when talking about the entertainment provided by film viewed in a theater, but in the United States, Americans generally prefer the word "movie" over "film" or "cinema."

  • Let's go see a movie.
  • Barb and Don went to the movies.

The word "cinema" is used for films or movies that fall into the category of art.

  • Our local cinema is showing Fellini's 8 1/2.
  • Tyrone is studying cinema in college.
  • He's a cinema major. (Or...He's a film major.)
  • I'm reading a very interesting book about the history of French cinema.
  • Kate and Edward share a love for bad cinema.

The word "cinema," or various forms of it, is also commonly used in the name of a business that shows movies:

  • Cinema 18 has 18 screens.
  • We saw a movie at Cinema Six.
  • The Cineplex charges only five dollars for matinees. (A matinee is movie that is featured early in the day at a reduced cost.)
  • Cinema City shows movies 24 hours a day.

The word "cinematic" is an adjective:

  • Better seating improves the cinematic experience.
  • The release of three new Star Wars movies promises new cinematic adventures.
  • Tyrone has learned a lot about cinematic techniques from his professors.

film makerHe's always wanted to be a film maker, so he studied cinema in college.



Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.






© 2015 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.