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Learning English by watching TV series and movies

Ever since I was a student, I've been fascinated by finding innovative and engaging ways to learn English. Over the years, I've discovered that one of the most effective methods is watching TV shows and movies in English. This approach is a powerful tool for reinforcing language skills. In this article, I will share some ideas and recommendations based on my personal experience and professional knowledge on how to learn English through TV shows and movies.

Why TV Shows and Movies Are Great for Learning English

  1. Original Vocabulary and Idioms – Rich sources for expanding conversational phrases, linguistic nuances, and vocabulary. They reflect the language in real situations, offering invaluable experience. Phrases like "break the ice" or "spill the beans" are pure English idioms that might confuse the uninitiated viewer if translated directly.
  2. Listening Comprehension Development. Understanding spoken English can be challenging due to different accents and speech rates. Regularly watching series helps you get used to these variations, significantly improving auditory perception.
  3. Cultural and Social Context. You gain insight into the cultural peculiarities and typical social interactions in English-speaking countries. This knowledge is critically important for mastering the language and helps with learning business English.
  4. The Pleasure Factor plays a key role in maintaining interest in the learning process. When learning is enjoyable and includes an element of entertainment, the likelihood of continuing to learn the language significantly increases.

How to Effectively Learn English With TV Shows and Movies

  • Method 1: Watching movies with subtitles in your native language is perfect for beginners. This method helps understand the plot through gradual absorption of English words and phrases.
  • Method 2: English subtitles are great for intermediate learners. This method helps match spoken words with their written form, aiding in vocabulary expansion and accurate interpretation.
  • Method 3: Watching without subtitles is a more advanced and very effective tool for honing listening skills. First, watch a scene with subtitles to understand the context, then rewatch without subtitles to focus entirely on listening.
  • Method 4: The imitation technique. Repeat after the actors, taste the words to catch the diction and melody. This also helps understand and assimilate the intonation in native speakers' conversation.

Recommended TV Shows and Movies for Different Levels

For beginners (A1, A2), we recommend cartoons like "Toy Story," "The Incredibles," or "Shrek," which have clear and distinct pronunciation.

Intermediate students (B1+) might enjoy "Stranger Things" or "Harry Potter," where a mix of everyday language and more complex plots are presented.

Advanced learners (B2+) can challenge themselves with series like "Peaky Blinders" or "The Crown," featuring linguistic accents and informal speech. 

Personal Views and Advice

From my own experience, immersing in the language through media is not just super productive but also highly entertaining. I remember being so captivated by a series that I spent hours watching it, not realizing I was significantly improving my language skills. Consistency, not intensity, shapes mastery. Diving into content that interests you can greatly enhance your language skills. Choose materials that appeal to you and revisit them for a better understanding of the language.

To sum up, learning English through TV shows and movies is a fantastic way to combine the useful with the enjoyable. It's a path that has worked wonders for me and many of my students.

So grab some popcorn, pick a movie, and start your exciting journey to mastering English! Remember, every episode you watch is a step towards language proficiency.

Enjoy watching and learning English with the Lingua Franca method!