Have you ever watched English movies to learn English?
I come across so many participants who have been watching movies to learn English.
However, they find it hard to learn English by watching movies.
We all love watching movies. So, watching movies should be convenient way to learn English easily.
Have you ever thought why it is difficult to improve English by watching movies?
Why You Fail to Learn English through Movies
- When you watch a video, you are engrossed in different flavors of the film like action, romance, comedy, etc. and learning takes back seat.
- Actors, actresses, villains, and other characters are your center of attention, not the way they use their language.
- If you like an action movie, your whole concentration would be in the fight scenes, and likewise, some people will concentrate on romantic scenes if they want the same.
Hence, watching movies to learn English is not a good idea.
Moreover, movies are meant for entertainment not to teach you English. I am not saying you should not watch English movies to improve English.
Here are the Top 11 Reasons You Fail to Learn English Speaking.
Suggested Listening Practice to Improve English
Let me suggest an alternative way to learn English.
It is equally entertaining and interesting.
I have experimented with this for long.
It works well for all professionals and job seekers since it doesn’t distract you much unlike movies.
You should invest this time listening and watching talk shows, debate shows, and celebrities’ interviews.
Listening is one of the best media to maintain the atmosphere to learn English.
Hence, I always suggest my participants to listen to talk shows, debate shows, celebrity interviews, and other similar programs.
Interestingly, I never told anybody to watch movies to improve English.
I still remember one of my students who had been watching three movies a day for three months.
He came to me and said, “I have been watching English movies for three months, and there is no improvement.”
He was depressed.
One of his friends told him to watch English movies to learn English.
Later, I came to know that his friend was never good at speaking or understanding English.
I am not saying that watching movies is a bad idea to improve English.
However, it doesn’t benefit beginners much.
You need a little guidance to learn English through movies.
I have explained this process later in this post.
A person who has learned English by watching movies can give you a piece of advice you need the most.
If someone suggests you watch English movies to learn English, ask for the right process if are impressed with her or her English.
Otherwise, watching movies may not help you in learning English due to reasons stated above.
English Listening Practice for Beginners
You can listen to the actual conversation of anchors, celebrities, politician, authors, business tycoons, and other famous to learn and improve English communication skills.
However, in movies, you often listen to the native pronunciation of Americans and English people which is difficult to understand for a beginner.
A beginner needs to continuity or momentum to learn anything.
When you fail to understand English movies, you might want to give up easily.
In my opinion, you should start with talk shows, debates, and interviews.
Have you noticed most of the teachers on YouTube never speak the kind of English you experience in English movies.
In movies, the characters speak English naturally and beginners always have trouble understanding them.
Hence, you should deliberately listen to speakers who speak English slowly.
Here are two videos where you can understand the speakers easily:
Being a beginner you can also watch English videos with subtitles. When you watch a video with subtitle, you train your ears to understand English. Here are two sample videos
You can also listen to speakers from your country that are good at speaking English. Here are two videos for you:
English Listening Practice – The Second Step
Once you are able to understand people who speak English slowly and people from your country who are good at speaking English, you can start watching motivational speakers.
You can listen to audio books using Audible.
You can also watch English debate shows, talk shows, interviews, speeches, and other programs.
Next, you may watch English movies also to improve English.
Please take that watch a genre that you don’t like much (with subtitles) so that you can focus on improving English.
In nutshell, you can watch movies to comprehend the English language better
But, please take care that you watch English movies of those genre that you don’t like much.
Here are the best movies for learning English.
You will be able to concentrate on learning English and it will really help you develop the grip of the English language.
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