Have you ever thought about learning English by watching movies? Is it even possible? Yes it is. I have done it and now I have no problem with understanding spoken English at all. So I decided to share my experiences and several tips with you. If you like spending time by watching movies or series this article is just for you.
If you like movies with dubbing because it’s too difficult to read subtitles because they are too fast then you have to leave your comfort zone. It’s not difficult at all. It may be at the beginning but it’s only matter of exercise. If you try you will succeed and you will not even realize you are reading subtitles. If you can read subtitles without an extra effort it’s time to use it for your language improvement. It’s recommended to select movies that you have already seen. Or better a movie you know well so you won’t focus on the story. But it’s important to still enjoy the movie. If you enjoy the movie, you also enjoy the learning. So prepare the movie, some food and let’s get started.
You don’t have to focus on all sentences in English. Just focus on short sentences such as responses or jokes. If you find any sentence entertaining just repeat it loud and realize what it means in your language. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of people are doing this not realizing it. Just because it’s funny. It’s important to try pronounce it in the exactly same way like they did in the movie. If you will do this often results will come. You will repeat more and more sentences and they will be longer and longer. If your progress isn’t as fast as you expected, don’t worry. There are still plenty of movies you can watch. You can watch movies you haven’t seen before. This will teach you how to understand the language and think about it in same time. When you feel you can understand everything it’s time to go to next level.
Series are more suitable for this because they’re not as long as movies. It’s simple. Just watch an episode of any series in original language without subtitles and try to understand as much as possible. Then watch it again, this time with subtitles and catch everything you didn’t understand before. If you don’t understand enough to enjoy it then you have to try it again later. At the beginning it’s important to select movies with simple English that is easy to understand. Later you won’t recognize any difference. Maybe you will find your favorite dialect of English. I prefer British English and focus on British movies. Understanding of specific dialect also helps with understanding their humor.
Watching movies won’t teach you everything. You won’t improve your speaking or writing comprehences a lot. But it’s powerful tool to master listening. There isn’t better way to practice your English than live conversation but if you don’t have enough opportunities to talk in English and if you also like watching movies, then give it a try. Post in the comments your experiences with improving listening by watching movies. Which movies or series do you find best for practicing listening?