LEARN ENGLISH THROUGH MOVIES AND TV SHOWS

 

Are you tired of studying books?

 

Are you bored of the regular English classes?

 

Would you like to learn English in an easy and fun way?

 

Hey, guys, today I’m going to talk about how you can use TV Shows and movies to learn English. I’d like to thank to a good friend of mine from Switzerland who suggested me to write about this topic.

 

Let’s start!

 

Why you should use movie and TV shows to learn English

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The English that people use in the movies or TV is real English, they use trendy phrases and up-to-date slang. If you learn new words and phrases you’ll learn how to use them in their context too.

 

When you are learning English as a second language, you tend to speak in the same way that you speak in your native language, when you learn through movies and TV shows you learn about the way how you should speak and use your body language; as you know in every culture people use a different kind of body language.  To learn a language is not only about pronouncing words correctly, it’s about learning about culture and people.

 

Tips for learning English through movies and TV shows.

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  • I suggest that you choose a movie or TV show, according to your English level.

 

–       Kids programs and animated movies: if you just started to learn English, these programs will help you to have a strong foundation because the English they use is really simple and easy to grasp.

 

–       TV Shows about stupid humor like “Friends”, why do we call it stupid humor?

Because if someone makes a stupid mistake, they laugh and explain it to the audience, this kind of TV shows usually last like 20 minutes.

 

–       Action movies are very useful because they explain any hard word. For example, if a catastrophe is going to happen, they explain every detail about it.

 

–       Drama movies and TV shows use big words, because people are intellectual and smart. They won’t explain anything to you because they are sophisticated and if you like this kind of movies you should understand, this is high English.

 

 

–       Dark comedies are good because they play with the language. They use sophisticated English as well.

 

  • When you watch movies and TV shows you are focused on improving your listening skills, so first, I recommend that you watch them without subtitles, because when you use subtitles you are working on your reading skills.

 

  • After you watched it without subtitles, turn on the subtitles and write down the phrases and words that you are going to use in a real conversation and try to imitate the way the actors speak.

 

  • If you don’t understand 100% the subtitles write down what you don’t understand and use a dictionary.

 

  • Do you think that is hard work to be reading subtitles and writing down everything at the same time?

Well, I got another suggestion, you can download the subtitles and study them separate, take your time studying them. After you understand 100% try to watch the movie again.

 

  • There is another technique, you pick up a scene you like and study it, try to write down what they are talking about, later turn on the subtitles to see if you got it right, if you do this you’ll be improving your listening skills. Then, focus on the way they speak and try to imitate them, once you’ve mastered one scene; pick up another one and so on.

 

If you do this regularly, your English will improve a lot.

Well, guys, that was all for today, hope it helps you and if you like this article, please share it and subscribe.

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LEARNING ENGLISH THROUGH MUSIC

I always say to my ESL students that we need to enjoy the learning process, and learning through music is a great option.

 

Why to use music to learn English

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Trendy music has up-to date phrases and slang, the target are native speakers, so any expression you learn is usable if you pick up some good stuff, even though if you are busy  you can listen to some music and train your listening skills.

 

Pick up the right kind of music

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I recommend that you choose music that is mainstream, because if you usually speak with native speakers, you’ll have a common ground to talk about. Old music, on the other hand, could be useful; however, it could content some slang that is not useful anymore.

Fast-pace songs could be hard to understand, that’s why it is better to pick up songs that you’ll be able to understand and tell a story.

 

Tips for learning through music

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–          Pick up music you love, what kind of English are you interested to learn? American music has a lot of genres. For example: Hip-hop is not Standard American English, but if you are into the Afro-American culture that’s a good option. FYI pop music is mainstream and you  have available an array of cool songs, but at the end, it’s all up to you, just choose something you enjoy listening to.

 

–          Once you get your songs, download the lyrics and look up the words and phrases that you don’t understand.

 

–          After you studied the vocabulary, listen to the songs and pay attention to the pronunciation.

 

–          When you are familiar with the song, try to learn some verses and the chorus by heart, and use your new vocabulary in a daily conversation.

If you get bored, try to learn another song. The key is never stopping of learning with the music you love.

 

–          After a while, you’ll learn a lot of words and phrases, from time to time make a playlist and play the songs to refresh your memory and remember what you’ve learned.

 

 

Well, guys, that’s all that I wanted to share with  you, my dear readers and if you liked this article please share it and subscribe.

HOW TO KEEP MOTIVATED LEARNING ENGLISH

Is it difficult for you to learn English regularly?

Would you like to speak English fluently, but you don’t feel motivated?

Do you get bored easily trying to learn English?

 

Today I’d like to share with you guys some tips about how you can stay motivated learning English as a second language.

 

Learn about things you like

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It’s very important that you enjoy the learning process, because if you get bored you won’t learn anything.

Think about your interests: sports, food, books, etc.

For example, if you enjoy cooking, you can learn vocabulary about food in order that you can express yourself natural and confident when you talk about this kind of topic that is familiar for you.

 

Take a break

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Now that you are learning things you like, it is normal to get bored sometimes, that’s why you need to take a break.

I try to keep learning Portuguese reading books or articles I like, but when I get bored, I watch a movie, listen to music, etc. The key is to keep learning doing different things.

Sometimes I get bored as well, so I take a break and come back the next day to learn.

I try to learn regularly because if I stop my routine, the learning process will be slower.

 

Set small goals

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If you’d like to speak English fluently, first you have to know that  you need to take small steps to get there.

When you are familiar with the vocabulary related to your daily activities, you learn to speak fluent and confident.

Please, pick up a topic that you would like to master and learn everything about that; it could be about your work, hobbies, transportation, etc. Once you mastered a topic, choose another one and so on.

After a while you’ll see how your English improves and you’ll speak fluent and confident.

 

Don’t give up

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Some people start learning a language very motivated, but after a while they give up, because they notice that when they want to talk they make mistakes. Please don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Many ESL students are good at reading, but they are not able to speak, your main goal should be speaking fluently.

Learn from your mistakes, learning a language is about making mistakes. The more you practice that more learn to speak correctly.

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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH READING SKILLS: READING ALOUD

 

Is it difficult for you to read aloud?

How can you improve your reading skills?

What kind of books should you start reading?

 

Many ESL students struggle with this aspect of the English language, some of them have never read an entire book in English, and if somebody asks them to read aloud an article they don’t feel confident doing it. That’s why I’d like to share with you some good tips.

 

 

Pick up something to read

 

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I recommend that you read something you like and you’ll enjoy reading.

If you are interested in celebrities, self-help, technology, etc. You can start reading books, magazines about that. The key is to make the learning process enjoyable.

Would you like to improve your pronunciation?

Well, in that case you need to choose books or magazines that are also available in audio.

 

Suggestions to improve your reading

-Pick up a topic and start to read aloud the first 2 or 3 paragraphs; mark the words that you don’t understand or you don’t know how to pronounce.

-Keep a dictionary handy or use an online dictionary and look for the words that you don’t understand.

Now you understand 100% of the information. Next we’re going to work on your pronunciation.

Did you mark the words that you don’t know how to pronounce?

-OK, right now, play the audio book or magazine. Please listen carefully, notice how the reader pronounces, stresses and links the words.

 

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-Write down the phonetic pronunciation of the words that you didn’t know how to pronounce.

-Now, play it again, but you are going to focus on the first lines of the paragraph.  Play it over and over and follow the reader until you read at the same pace. If you’d like to know if your reading is good, use your phone or other device to record yourself, so you can see what you need to improve.

After you’ve mastered the reading of the first lines, please keep going with the rest of the information; If you covered the whole article or topic, try to read it aloud, and record yourself one more time, you’ll see how you’ll have improved.

I recommend that you do this exercise everyday for 30 minutes or 1 hour.

After 1 month you’re going to see how your English reading skills will have improved.

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