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.
Many people tell me that they are not able to improve English despite watching three movies a day. Watching movies will never help them in learning English due to reasons stated later in this article.
You listen to the actual conversation of anchors, celebrities, politician, authors, business tycoons, and other famous people which can be helpful in everyday conversation, and they use neutral accent which you can easily understand. However, in movies, you often listen to the native pronunciation of Americans and English people which is difficult to understand for a beginner.
Why you can't improve English while watching 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.
- Moreover, movies are meant for entertainment not to teach you English.
Now, what should you do to improve your command of English? You should invest this time listening and watching talk shows, debate shows, and celebrities' interviews as shared above.
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