About 20 years ago my two sons found Pokemon. It was a TV programme and, additionally, they could buy packs of cards with pictures of these strange Japanese characters. They were, as small boys are, besotted by these creatures and would take the cards to school to show friends the rare ones they had found. They then took me to the cinema (I drove) to see Pokemon the Movie. It was great. Within 5 minutes I was fast asleep and remained so until they woke me up at the end to take them home. Then, as fashions and fads do they left Pekemon behind and moved on to Beyblades…
We have the same feeling about Pokemon, Philip! But I think it was less than 20 years, because I remember quite well at what age my children were addicted to this stupid cartoon! I was luckier than you because I’ve never gone to the cinema. However, every Wednesday morning, they were glued to the TV! One day, while they were watching the cartoon, I didn’t stop to criticise the quality of this one. My son who was really fed up with my unpleasant comments said: “Mummy you can say what you want, we don’t care, we DO love Pokemon!” The… Read more »
After surfing on the Internet, I will add, with the pace where go things, it could be more judicious to hunt the terrorists rather than Pokemon!
Besotted: Try three syllables,
Bee like the insect
Head (like the thing that sits on your neck)
What a strange language English is :)
That would be:
/bɪ/ as in sit /sɪt/ (a short vowel)
/ˈsɒt/ as in hot /hɒt/
/ɪd/ as in bid /bɪd/
And of course with the second syllable stressed.
You can listen to the pronunciation here.
So much better than my humble and clumsy explanation, many thanks.
I still rather like my Head, though without the H :)
Thank you to both of you for your explanations!
Read them is a good thing, but to memorise the pronunciation, the best way is to listen and listen again, and again to the Macmillan Dictionary! There is not only the visual memory which works! ;-) (in-joke) (use and reuse the new words to memorise them perfectly!)
And what about the preposition used after “besotted”?
Philip used “besotted by these creatures”, but the Macmillan dictionary recommends “besotted with” like “to be in love with”.
“Besotted with” and “besotted by” are both correct.
“Besotted with” seems to be more common though.
I asked to my daughters what they were thinking about Pokémon Go. Marion (26 years old) answered : “Have you ever wondered to go out for a walk, but restrained yourself because you had more interesting things to do? Well, if you ever felt too lazy to go out just to walk, but would have liked it, Pokémon Go might be something for you. Of course, you have fun battling on your phone in front of public building, and cursing the other guys across the street battling against you. Of course, you can gather some friends to take over the… Read more »
I do not agree with this post because for me the game has allowed many people to get out of their homes, and have fun while doing sports.
For me Pokemon is a good series and a good game.