One of the most fun ways to learn English is by watching movies. It’s a great way to improve your English listening and speaking skills. It’s also an excellent way to learn new English words and phrases.
With movies, you are exposed to English used in real-life conversations. You see and hear people speak in a natural way. And, if the story is good, you are motivated to understand what the characters are saying.
Watching movies can really be a fun way to learn! We’ve listed down some tips on learning English with movies for you. Here, have some popcorn.
1. Choose a movie you will enjoy. If you don’t like the movie, it will be very difficult to watch it until the end. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!
Check movie reviews to see what people think of the movie. If you’re taking English lessons online or face to face, ask your teacher and classmates for recommendations.
You can also read the movie’s synopsis. This way, you already know the story.
2. Pick a movie that matches your English level. Are you a beginner? You can start with animated movies, like Finding Nemo or Inside Out.
Animated films are easier to understand, especially if they are made for children to enjoy. They often show a lot of action to help you understand what is happening.
3. Use the subtitles—by turning them off. Subtitles are helpful, but you want to learn English by listening, not by reading!
Here’s what you can do. Watch the movie with subtitles first. Then watch it again without the subtitles. Or watch parts of the movie with subtitles. Then play them back with the subtitles turned off.
4. Repeat the actors’ lines. Movies can help you learn English pronunciation and intonation. The best way to do this is by copying what the people in the movies say.
Play the scene with a short line you want to repeat. Then try to say the line the way the actor said it. Repeat it several times.
Record your voice, if you want. Or take a video and be a star, even for just a few seconds!
5. Take note of the things you learned. Write them down in a notebook or in an app on your phone.
Check your notes regularly. This way, you’ll remember the new English words and phrases you learned faster.
6. Practice speaking. Try to use the words and phrases in daily English conversations. Use them to form your own sentences and express your own thoughts.
As your English improves, challenge yourself with more difficult movie dialogue. Shakespeare (or Quentin Tarantino) is waiting!