Topic: Celebrities


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Celebrities. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

15 minutes of fame A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. Jane had her 15 minutes of fame when she appeared on the nightly news broadcast.
e.g. I had my 15 minutes of fame when I took that interview.
infamous well-known for being bad: known for evil acts or crimes
e.g. an infamous traitor
e.g. a city infamous for poverty and crime
limelight public attention or notice thought of as a bright light that shines on someone
e.g. She is a very private woman who never sought the limelight. [=who has never sought to be famous]
shoot for the stars To set one’s goals or ambitions very high; to try to attain or achieve something particularly difficult.
e.g. My parents always taught me to shoot for the stars when I was growing up—that I could be anything I set my mind to!
star in something to be a featured actor in a play, movie, opera, etc. Roger starred in an off-Broadway play last season.
e.g. Mary always wanted to star in her own movie, but it was not to be.
class act To say that someone like an athlete or entertainer is a class act, means that they are very good at what they do.
e.g. Her career is just beginning but she’s already a class act.
down to earth Someone who is down to earth is not a dreamer but a realistic and practical person who has sensible reactions and expectations.
e.g. Don’t ask Suzy for help. She’s fun, but not very down to earth.
going places To say that someone is going places means that they show talent and ability that will no doubt lead to a successful future.
e.g. Even in college, it was obvious that Paul was going places.
high and mighty Someone who is high and mighty behaves in a haughty manner as though they were superior to others.
e.g. “Don’t get all high and mighty!” said my grandmother to my cousin. “Everyone helps with the housework in this house.”
larger than life A person who is larger than life attracts special attention because they are very impressive or unusually remarkable in their appearance, behavior or personality.
e.g. He was a larger-than-life character, both onstage and behind the scene.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Who is your favorite celebrity?
  2. Would you like to be famous? Why or why not?
  3. Which celebrity do you most admire and why?
  4. Have you ever met a famous person?
  5. Why are so many people obsessed with celebrities?
  6. What do you think of the paparazzi?
  7. Do you think the society needs to protect the private lives of famous people?
  8. Do you think anyone can become a celebrity?
  9. Do you think fame makes people happy?
  10. “Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.” Do you agree? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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