Watching movies in English
Here at Avalon School we always recommend watching movies in English.
Why should you watch movies in English to learn the language? Because it’s one of the best ways to improve your English conversation. You can learn English and have a great time.
What are the benefits of watching movies in English? Well, there are many positive benefits. Let me explain:
Watching movies in English allows you to learn real English in real situations. You can learn many new ways to say something and express yourself in daily life. Not only pronunciation, but body language is also very important.
Many British English speakers don’t use the word ‘movie’ but prefer the word ‘film’. The word ‘movie’ is from American English, but it is becoming very common in British English. You can use ‘movie’ when speaking about entertaining films like action films and science fiction films. For example, you can say ‘action movie’ and ‘sci-fi movie’. However, you should never use the word ‘movie’ when speaking about very serious films!
The great thing about watching movies in English is that you can learn exactly when you should use a particular word. You can see in which situation or context you can use it.
A good example is ‘get’. ‘Get’ has more than 200 meanings, so understanding exactly how people use it in real life will help you in everyday conversations.
When having a conversation in English, it’s often difficult to understand what people are saying when they speak fast. This is because not all sounds are pronounced in natural speech. So watching movies in English can help you to understand English speakers better.
Watching movies in English helps you learn new words and improve your vocabulary. This includes natural English such as slang, idioms and colloquial expressions. These are difficult to learn from course-books. Hearing new words or expressions, and understanding them in context, will allow you to use them correctly in your conversation.
Here are some more useful tips you should know before watching a movie in English:
If you’re not really familiar with the subject of the film, you should use the subtitles in English. Getting good at listening takes a bit of time, so be patient.
The subtitles help you to follow the conversations better so you don’t miss any words. When you feel more confident with your listening you can watch the same movie again without subtitles.
A good practice that our teachers always recommend is not to focus too much on single words. Let me explain. If you don’t understand every word in a sentence, it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that you understand the general meaning of what the actors are saying.
When you are watching a film and you hear a word that you don’t understand, don’t stop the film to translate it! Stopping the movie will mean that you won’t enjoy it as much. Remember the point above: IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD, DON’T WORRY!
Instead, make a note of the word you think is important. After you have finished watching, you can then look it up and find the translation. This is a really good way to learn new vocabulary and have fun at the same time.
5 GREAT MOVIES TO LEARN ENGLISH
Here you can find a few movies that might be interesting to watch. There isn’t a bad movie or a good movie for improving your English. The most important thing is to enjoy watching a movie in English. So whatever you like is perfect.
This is a very nice romantic comedy set in London. The main actors are Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. It is a complicated love story between a famous actress, played by Julia Roberts, and a book shop owner, played by Hugh Grant. While watching this movie you can see many different places in London and get used to the British accent.
This is a classic Hollywood movie. Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, is a guy who lives in Alabama, U.S., and starts to run all over the country. He meets many different people during the trip and he has many incredible adventures. But I can’t tell you too much! It’s a really nice movie that we recommend you watch.
ALADDIN – THE CARTOON
Dive into this magical adventure and enjoy the many adventures of a young hero, a genius, and a princess. The story is set in Arabia and has amazing special effects. You can experience the desert and other incredible places. You will enjoy this cartoon, as it is not only for kids but for adults too. The English is not difficult and you will have fun watching it.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Will Smith plays a father struggling to give a better future to his son. This movie shows that there is always hope in life and even if you are struggling, you must never give up. The film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, who struggled with homelessness. Thanks to this movie, Will Smith was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3
This is a comedy fantasy movie set in The British Museum, which is only a short walk from our school. Ben Stiller stars as Larry, who works as a night security guard in the amazing British Museum. The unusual thing is that during the night the museum is “full of life”. I’ll leave you to guess how! The movie was also filmed at the British Library, so you will probably recognise many of the places in it!.
If you want to improve your English speaking and listening skills, watching movies in English is definitely a good idea!
Always remember that any movie is good to watch to practise your English. The most important thing is that you enjoy watching it.
You might also find one of our other blogs useful: which English books should I read to practise my English?
By Michele Orbolato