E2P27 | How to Use Movies to Study English

On the 27th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

How to use movies to study English

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7 Responses to E2P27 | How to Use Movies to Study English

  1. Michael at #

    This is awesome. A lot of students want to lean English by watching movies, but they don’t really know how to do it. This lesson is the perfect advice for that (so I shared it with my Facebook friends too!) Thanks Al

    • ALsensei at #


      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I’m glad you found this advice useful for your students.
      Great work on your podcast as well!


  2. Ryo at #

    Hi, I’m Ryo.
    I’m used to enjoy your video lessons imformed by your E-mails.

    ‘How to use movies to study English’,
    I always consider of it because to be able to enjoy movies without subtitles is one of my main reasons to study English.

    I choose movies in which one or some same actors are in a row.
    Because usually the English one same actor speaks sounds in same way.
    From my poor experience as a Japanese ESL learner, even when I can understand
    what DiCaprio says, you could not get what NSteve Buscemi is murmuring nevertheles they made out exactly a same sentense.
    The personal/regional difference in the accents and intonations are the serious issues for me.

    TVShows(I’m a ‘Parks and Recreation”s and ‘Game of Thrones’ fan) are a bit easier than movies, because long series of TVShows will gradually provide me more of the background of the story and detailed backbone of the charactors.

    Vocabularies do not matter yet because I’m still using English subtitles and Dictionaries(including Urban Dictionary(http://www.urbandictionary.com/).

    Anyway, it’s so long way to get to…

    • Ryo at #

      Sorry I made a mistake
      you could not get what NSteve Buscemi is murmuring
      → I could not get what NSteve Buscemi is murmuring

    • ALsensei at #

      Hello Ryo!

      Thank you for sharing your experiences here with us! I think you’ve listed some really helpful tips and insights for others.

      First, I agree that different intonations and regional accents are not easy to catch. Some actors are easier to hear than others, as you said despite them saying exactly the same thing. So, at first, try watching movies from the same actor to get used to him/her and then try others. Very good idea.

      Next, thank you for sharing a great resource with us, Urban Dictionary. For students who don’t know about it, it’s a site to look up the meaning of English slang words and phrases. Very good if you are watching TV shows and movies which have lots of slang terms.

      It sounds like you’re doing great! As long as you’re interested in the show or movie or actor, you’ll naturally be motivated to learn which I think is the best way to learn something and probably the most effective way. Thanks again for sharing and please let me know if you have any other comments or questions in the future.


  3. hyang at #

    Thank you for your podcast. I’m going to start to study English using by watching movies. So it’s perfect time to me. I gonna start with “Notting hill” How do you think about this movie?

    • ALsensei at #

      Hi Hyang,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you are interested in learning English and I hope this guide can be helpful to you.

      I have not seen “Notting Hill” but from what I know, it is a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Usually movies in this genre are good to use because the dialogue is similar to that in everyday life. Follow the steps that I outline and I think you can learn a lot from that movie.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes!