LEARNING ENGLISH BY MOVIES
Watching movies is an effective way to improve your English skills especially speaking and listening skills. Usually, movies are not for English learners, actually, they’ve been made for native audiences so the language and the accents are real. They talk so fast and they use native accents and they’re also full of English idioms and phrases.
This is not a good idea to use movies as the only way to learn or improve your skills; you should watch movies besides the other main educational activities. It’s better to put it on your free time schedule.
Which movie is appropriate for you? Choosing a movie on your level is hard, if you’re a beginner you should choose a movie which you have seen it before or some children movies which use simple language( such as Pixar animations). If you’re an advanced, you can challenge yourself and watch movies which use complex language.
You may be tempted to use subtitles at every level. If you like watching subtitled movies, you can listen to the conversations as you read subtitles. However, it may be difficult to do both of them simultaneously.
The best suggestion is to watch the movie with your native language subtitle, then for the next time watch it without any subtitle, it could make it more interesting for you.
When you decide to watch the movie without subtitle, you may have to play some parts again or turn the subtitle on for that specific part you didn’t understand, IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL! Don’t be afraid.
www.eslnotes.com is a website which has listed the name of popular movies and also their complicated phrases and idioms you may have no idea about them. It will be helpful if you read the list of these phrases and words before watching the movie.
Overall, watching a movie will help you with these:
1) Listening: you’ll hear the conversations by native actors and also real accents, common idioms, and phrases. Sometimes they talk so fast that you may don’t understand what they’re talking about, but you’ll at least become familiar with native accents.
2) Speaking: hearing native conversation will improve your speaking skill. You’ll learn how to link your sentences and when to put stress on your words and sentences. You’ll know how to manage your intonation.
3) Pronunciation: we all know that sometimes pronouncing some words is really difficult but when you constantly hear those words it will seem easier to you.
4) Words: you’ll learn new phrases and idioms by watching movies. The best way is to write them in a special notebook and review them monthly.