From “The Wizard of Oz”
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This clip shows how Dorothy kills the wicked witch at the end of The Wizard of Oz. It’s a very famous line from the movie: “I’m melting!” If you ever hear someone joking around and saying, “I’m melting!” then you know it’s from this movie.
I think everybody learning English should watch The Wizard of Oz because there are so many idioms and references that come from it. It’s also just a great movie; it’s a classic.
Witch: The last to go will see the first three go before her. And her mangy little dog, too! How about a little fire, scarecrow?
Scarecrow: I’m burning! I’m burning!
Witch: Don’t throw that water! (Screams) You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting, melting. Oh what a world, what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness! I’m going! Oh! Oh!
Guard: She’s dead. You killed her.
Dorothy: I didn’t mean to kill her. Really, I didn’t. It’s just that he was on fire.
Guard: Hail to Dorothy! The wicked witch is dead!
Everyone: Hail! Hail to Dorothy! The wicked witch is dead!
Dorothy: The broom: may we have it?
Guard: Please. And take it with you.
Dorothy: Oh, thank you so much. Now we can go back to the Wizard and tell him the wicked witch is dead!
“The last to go will see the first three go before her.” – Oh no! It means Dorothy will have to watch her friends die, and then she will be the last to die.
to be mangy = Dogs get a skin disease called “mange” so a “mangy dog” is an ugly, sick dog. It’s not a nice thing to say about cute little Toto.
to be cursed = It’s pronounced with two syllables: cur/sed. “To curse” means to say bad words. To “put a curse” on someone means to put an evil magic spell on them. So “to be cursed” means just generally bad and evil.
a brat = An arrogant, spoiled child.
“Who would have thought…” = This is a common way to say something is unbelievable or surprising. Who would’ve thought you could learn English so fast! (This is what people will say to you after you use AutoMagic English lessons!)
“It’s just that…” = A way to give an excuse or explain why something happened. “I would have been on time to class, it’s just that the traffic was so bad.”
“a classic” = A movie, song, story, book, etc. that is popular for a very long time.