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2017-03-28 12:49:00

Good afternoon!

 

I hope you enjoyed Naoko's blog about La La Land. It really made me want to watch it!

In today's blog I'd like to give you some advice on learning English from watching films.

 

Here are 3 reasons why films are a great way to study!

 

1) Unlike from textbooks and language CD's, you can learn natural, conversational English. New vocabulary is in context (前後関係), so it's much easier to remember.

 

2) You can pause, rewind and replay films as much as you need. This means you can learn at your pace without getting stressed or feeling like you've missed something important.  

 

3) Watching films is really fun and it gives you a chance to learn about other countries' culture and everyday life.

 

So, here are some tips for studying from films!

 

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- Choose a film for your level. For beginners I recommend animations or romantic comedies, as the English will be easier. For advanced students choose a genre you like, but remember that science fiction or medical dramas will be pretty tricky!

 

- It's ok to use subtitles! For beginners, Japanese subtitles can help you understand the plot, while you learn new phrases and words. Advanced students should challenge themselves with English subtitles. When you really feel confident, try 10 minutes without any!

 

- Repeat short phrases you hear during conversations. Keep a notebook to write anything down you think might be useful. But! Don't write too much as it's important to listen too!

 

- Break up the film into 20 or 30 mintute parts. This gives your mind a break, and allows you to review any notes you've taken. Don't worry about missing things! The key is to enjoy the film and learn a few new words and phrases.