Top Gun | Learn Real English

Top Gun | Learn Real English

Learn To Sound Like a Native With Top Gun

Learn to sound like a native speaker with the 1986 & 2022 ‘Top Gun’ movies, starring Tom Cruise.

Study English as we watch Maverick and Goose team up against Iceman in the Navy’s top flight school, called Top Gun. We tackle some of the most useful vocab and idiomatic phrases in our videos to help you understand this movie like a native speaker.

We also explore some of the cultural history of ‘Top Gun’ and explain how it is viewed in America. You’ll never look at ‘Top Gun’ in the same way.




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Video Vocab | Top Gun

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Portrait of Iceman & Maverick With a Fighter Jet & an American Flag Draped Behind Them

Did you have any difficult understanding the video? Don’t worry, there’s a lot of difficult phrases in there. We made a vocabulary list to help give you a better understanding of the slang, idioms, and difficult words used throughout the video.


➣Nouns 名詞


Superior in ability or qualities compared to the rest of a group or society.

I’m in JAL’s elite flier program.



◆Closeted homosexual

A gay person who wants to keep their true sexual orientation a secret.
*also see ‘in the closet.’

My friend is a closeted homosexual because he’s worried that his family won’t accept his lifestyle choice.

*「in the closet」も参照願います。


◆Term of endearment

A word or phrase expressing love or affection.

She whispered sweet terms of endearment as she gently kissed me.



◆Carbon copy

A person or thing identical or very similar to another.

She is a carbon copy of her mother, in looks and personality.



◆Ulterior motive

A hidden reason.

I can’t prove it, but I believe the owner of the bank has an ulterior motive for helping us.



➣Adjectives 形容詞


Related to or involves sexual arouse between people of the same sex.

The story was very homoerotic and made some of the audience uncomfortable.




In good physical shape with well-developed muscles.

There’s a group of buff guys that hang out at the beach and lift weights.




Wildly unreasonable, illogical, inappropriate, or silly in a humorous way.

Donald Trump makes a lot of absurd statements.



➣Interjection 感動詞・間投詞


A way of verbally citing a particular phrase or adding emphasis to a questionable term.

She said she couldn’t come, because she was quote-unquote ‘busy.’


彼女は、” 忙しい”を口実に、来られないと言った。

➣Phrasal Verbs 句動詞

◆Dogged by

Something that causes a person or group worry, embarrassment, or concern, generally about their reputation or essential character.

The church has been dogged by accusations that they abused members.



➣Idioms イディオム

◆(To be) in the closet

A person who is hiding that they are gay.

Many men who are in the closet won’t come out because they worry their families won’t accept their sexual preference.



◆If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

To avoid attempting to correct, fix, or improve what is already sufficient or working.

I was thinking about upgrading to Windows 11, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.



◆Cut the chatter

Shut up.

We better cut the chatter or someone is gonna hear us sneaking around.



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