English for beginners – A touching Christmas video

English for beginners – A touching Christmas video

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A Polish Christmas advert about a grandfather who learns English touches hearts around the world

Forget the John Lewis Christmas advert — this year's tear-jerker comes from Poland.

Two and a half million people from around the globe have watched this year's advertisement from Allegro, an online auction website.

It features a grandfather, who orders an "English for beginners" set from the website.

He then sets about becoming fluent, sticking Post-It notes around the house with English words on.

The elderly gentleman even practices loudly on the bus, bemusing those around him.

He seems particularly keen to learn how to introduce himself, and say "I love you" and "you are perfect".

For those wondering why he is putting so much effort into learning English, the reason soon becomes clear.

His son appeared to have moved to England, and married an English woman.

The two have a child together, the old man's granddaughter.

At the end of the advert, we see him introducing himself to her: "Hi. I am your grandfather".

The advert has touched people around the world.

Read some of the comments:

“Real tears were shed watching this.”

“Hi I'm just silently sobbing at this ad.”

"My gosh... that was a beautiful ad.. I got tears in my eyes."

Another said: "I'm not crying, you're crying."

A spokesperson for Allegro told BuzzFeed: “For years, we’ve strived to make both Allegro - the largest e-commerce platform in the CEE region - as well as our communication to customers bring joy, touch the heart and cause a smile.

"Such is this ad: about a grandfather who overcomes obstacles to reunite with his loved ones living abroad. Many Polish people share the same experience. Nearly one million Poles have decided to leave the country in search for a job, mainly heading the United Kingdom. Despite the relatively close distance between the countries, family ties tend to weaken. Therefore, Christmas for many is a difficult time in which we yearn for more.

"But the story we are telling is all-purpose and can be easily understood by any other nation or community who can easily link the happy ending of a smile and tears of emotion to their daily human experience."

source: The Telegraph

Vocabulary

tear-jerker

könnyfakasztóan megható

tofeature

ábrázolni

to bemuse

ámulatba ejteni

keen

buzgó

to wonder

kíváncsinak lenni valamire

reason

ok

to introduce

bemutatkozni

to touch

megérinteni

to shed tears

könnyeket ontani

to sob

zokogni

to strive

törekedni valamire

to overcome obstacles

akadályokat legyőzni

family ties

családi kötelékek

to weaken

gyengülni

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