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DUNE by Frank Herbert
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Answer these questions. Listen to Alita offer her answers to these questions. Report what you heard.

What kind of books do you like reading? Has it changed over time?


Well, I’m totally into self-help books. Learning new stuff about myself, figuring out how to be the best version of me, it’s all super interesting. Those books can be a real eye-opener! But I’m also a sucker for a good science fiction story. Spaceships, other worlds, all that futuristic stuff – it just gets my imagination going wild.

My all-time favorite has to be “Dune” by Frank Herbert. It’s such a crazy, epic story with politics, a totally weird desert planet, and those giant sandworms… It’s just the coolest!

I guess my taste in books has kind of changed over time. When I was younger, I was more into adventure stuff, things with nonstop action. But now I find I like those deeper books, ones that make me think, you know?

What impact do books have on you and people in general?

Books have this amazing power, you know? With self-help books, it’s like… you get this whole toolbox of ideas for improving yourself. They give you a chance to step back, see things differently, and figure out what really matters to you. It’s pretty inspiring!

And with sci-fi books like “Dune,” they can totally blow your mind. They open up your imagination to all these crazy possibilities, different ways of living, and questions about the future. They make you wonder, ‘What if…?‘ It’s kind of like mental exploration.

I think books are important for everyone. They help you grow, they spark your imagination, and they make you think about the bigger picture. Plus, reading is just plain relaxing and fun, which is always a bonus!

What is your favourite film adaptation of a book?

Ooh, that’s a tough one! There are some good ones out there… But I might have to go with the newer “Dune” movie – the one by Denis Villeneuve. I know a lot of people were big fans of the older version, but I think the new one is incredible.

They did such a great job with the visuals. The world of Arrakis feels so real and alien at the same time. Plus, the acting is awesome, and they nailed the whole epic feeling of the book. It really takes you on this wild ride through the story. I loved it!


part one


Study these words.


Watch the first part of the video.


Answer these questions.

  • When was DUNE published and by whom?
  • When is the story set?
  • Why aren’t there any computers or robots in this universe?
  • What special powers do humans possess?
  • What is the most essential resource?
  • Where can it be found?

part two


Study these words.


Watch the second part of the video.


Answer these questions.

  • Who is the key figure in the DUNE story?
  • What happens when Paul arrives on Arrakis?
  • What did Frank Herbert spent five years on?
  • Who is Jessica and why is she important?
  • Who are the Fremen?
  • How did Frank Herbert incorporate a sense of scale in the book?
  • Can this book’s message be relevant in today’s world?
  • Would you like to read it or watch the film (if you haven’t already laughing)?



Read this dialogue. Alita is talking to Kat about the impact science fiction books have on our daily lives. Who do you agree with?

Alita: So, what do you think about all this sci-fi stuff anyway? I know you’re not as into it as I am.

Kat: Honestly, it all just seems so unrealistic to me. Cool lasers and spaceships are fun for a movie, but come on, it’s not like we’re actually gonna be zooming around in flying cars anytime soon.

Alita: True, maybe not the flying cars, not yet, anyway. But sci-fi has a way of inspiring stuff that seems crazy until it…well, isn’t. Think about video calls! Remember how that felt like some futuristic thing out of “Star Trek”? Now we’re zooming each other every day.

Kat: Okay, okay, you got me there. One example doesn’t change my mind.

Alita: Alright, how about this – remember those old sci-fi movies where robots walk around and talk? Now we’ve got Boston Dynamics robots doing backflips and Alexa telling us the weather.

Kat: I suppose… but those are still kind of gimmicky, right? I mean, we’re not exactly living on Mars yet!

Alita: Gimmicks are the first step! And don’t forget about medical stuff. Remember those sci-fi books where they heal people with lasers and weird machines? Now we have robotic surgeries and 3D-printed organs – that stuff used to sound nuts! Sci-fi shows us the ‘what if’ and then scientists start working on making it real.

Kat:Alright, maybe you’re onto something. Maybe sci-fi isn’t just about entertainment.

Alita: Exactly! It’s like this massive brainstorming session for the whole world. It pushes the boundaries and makes us ask, ‘Hey, why can’t we do that?

Kat: Hmm, I might need to borrow one of your crazy sci-fi books sometime. You’re starting to make me curious.

Alita: Anytime! And hey, I’m telling you, you’ll want to start with “Dune”!


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