How to Learn English Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Collocations and idioms
Through English TV Shows
You can really boost your vocabulary skills with short TV clips or shows.
One of the best ways to hear real spoken English and improve your English listening skills is by watching TV series, soaps and films.
If you don't live in an English-speaking country then this is the best way to hear real English such as; collocations, colloquial expressions, idioms, slang and even regional dialects in real context.
To be confident in your listening abilities and understand native speakers, then you must practice with authentic audios like films, TV shows and dramas etc. .
In this lesson we will look at how you can use these types of listening materials correctly to help develop your listening skills.
The main problem with English films and TV shows is that they can be quite challenging at first.
Many students often give up when watching a film or TV show. This could be because it's hard to follow what's being said, or you are simply overwhelmed by the language.
However, TV shows or soaps are great because they really can help open up your knowledge of the language and help you learn lots of new ways to express yourself.
The best way to work with these types of listening is to start small.
Choose a scene from a TV show or film. You can find these on YouTube.
This way you don't overwhelm yourself.
With your chosen scene you should watch once all the way through without any subtitles and listen for the general idea or the main context.
Don't worry about understanding everything you will soon enough.
Once you have watched the scene all the way through answer these questions
After answering the questions, you can then focus on the language. It's now time to listen for more understanding.
What vocabulary can you hear?
What words do you understand?
Make notes on any words you hear and understand.You can pause the video as much as you like to allow you time to record any words or phrases. .
Then based on your notes and the vocabulary you have recorded, think, what more do you understand about the scene?
Can you summarise what is happening? Hopefully, this will help you gain further understanding of the scene.
The third time to you watch, you now want to try to catch the words and phrases you don't understand.
This time you can use the subtitles but in English of course.
Again you may want to pause the video to allow you time to record the vocabulary.
You can use the subtitles to help you to spell any new and unfamiliar words and phrases.
Now it's time to process the new vocabulary.
Now you don't want to reach for the dictionary just yet, you need to first try to understand the meaning of the new word or phrase through context.
So in what context was it used in the video? Can this give you a glue to the meaning of the new word or phrase?
Do this first, then you can check in the dictionary to clarify the definition.
Each time you watch the scene you build on your understanding of it more and more.
To consolidate further what you have learnt through the clip you could then either speak about it or write a short review using the new words and phrases you have learnt.
If you try to keep in mind this approach to listening to TV Shows or films you can make English listening much more manageable and effective.
Learning English through real English materials such as TV shows is great for your English development.
Here at Online English Skills we help our students take control of their English by teaching them to use real materials and effective methods.
If you are interested in learning and improving this way then take a look at our;
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