MOVIES HELPING YOUR SPEAKING
Tired of reading all those grammar books and practicing the exercises to make your speaking better? Well, take a break and watch a movie. Of course an English speaking movie.
Watching films and movies can help you with your speaking skill a lot. It’s not only fun but teaches you the real words that people use with the real pace and accents. Watching movies in English will also give you cultural insight. You’ll be able to learn more about places you are interested in.
If you go there, you’ll not only know English, but also understand the culture and history. By listening to the dialogue, you’ll be able to listen to and perfect your English pronunciation…
What movies you should choose:
Choose movies that you already know and have some ideas about. Why? Because you already know the plot and the story and this time you don’t have to focus on trying to know what the story is about you just concentrate on the language itself.
Use subtitles while watching. No, it’s not a matter of cheating. It’s just making sure you understand the movie well. If you are of a lower level use your language subtitle and if you are an advanced level challenge yourself with English subtitles this way if you miss something by reading the subtitle you can get the idea.
Be careful don’t read the subtitles too much because it makes you tired and may lose the interest of watching the movie instead.
Start with small and easy movies. Don’t choose movies that are deep and need too much understanding of the language. Start slow.
Take a break. If watching the whole movie is tiring for you break the movie into 30 minutes. After the half hour stop watching, move around, eat something or do anything you would like to do and then start watching again.
Repeat some parts out loud. The advantage of recorded movies is that if you don’t understand a section you can go back again and listen to it. With teachers in your classrooms you don’t have that opportunity. So, for the parts that are hard for you to understand look at the subtitles and repeat them out loud.
Choose movies that are interesting for you. Watch the movies that are your tastes. If you don’t like action movies then don’t watch them. If you don’t like dramas don’t force yourself to spend time watching them. Whatever you choose to watch match it with your interest and taste.
Have a partner to watch the movie with. It’s not only more fun to watch a movie with a friend you also get to see your friends. It’s possible that if you don’t understand something you can ask each other about it. Or even after the movie is finished you can grab a coffee or tea to talk about it.
Here are some movies that you can watch to improve your listening and speaking and at the same time enjoy:
“The Social Network” (2010)
Favorite quote: “I invented Facebook!”
“The Hangover” (2009)
Favorite quote: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
“The Hunger Games” (2012)
Favorite quote: “Here’s some advice, stay alive!”
“Toy Story” (1995)
Favorite quote: “Woody to Buzz Lightyear: This town ain’t big enough for the two of us.”
“Cast Away” (2000)
Favorite quote: “Chuck (Hanks) to Wilson (the ball): “Don’t worry Wilson. I’ll do the paddling. You just hang on.”
“(500) Days of Summer” (2009)
Favorite quote: Tom: “Either she’s an evil, emotionless miserable human being, or…she’s a robot.”
Favorite quotes: Edward to Bella: “You’re my life now.”
“The Break-up” (2006)
Favorite quote: Gary to Brooke: “Is that how you want to play it Brooke? Because I can play it like that. I can play it like Lionel Richie, all night long.
” Forrest Gump" (1994)
Favorite quote: Forrest Gump to a stranger at the bus stop: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”
There are still many more interesting movies that you can choose to enjoy watching and at the same time learn the English language in a relaxing form.