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THE KING'S SPEECH

Public speaking is nerve-racking at the best of times. But imagine having to speak to thousands of people if you have a speech impediment. That was what King George VI faced. And it’s the focus of a film The King’s Speech.

Colin Firth leaves audiences speechless.

BEST PICTURE BEST DIRECTOR TOM HOOPER BEST ACTOR COLIN FIRTH BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY DAVID SEIDLER

King George (played by Colin Firth) suffered from a serious stammer (also known as a “stutter”). As a result, he found it diicult to say without repeating the sounds several times. But because speaking to people is so important for a king, he hired speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush) to help him with his problem. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth (later more commonly known as the Queen Mother) and Guy Pearce as Prince Edward.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (203) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: learn about some words with more than one meaning. Plus, 10 expressions, 10 useful words for talking about the bathroom, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Monarchy – some interesting gossip. • Grammar – passives with “have”. • Driving – number plates. • Functional language – persuasion. • Humour – award ceremonies that go wrong. • History – crazy rulers. • Actors – Colin Firth. • Romance – chat-up lines. • Culture – museums from around the world. • Psychology – noise. • Language – clichés. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!