Do you remember the time when in your childhood it was a fun to keep secrets from your friends by speaking in a different language? How did you grab the new language? By listening repeatedly to your friends speaking it, right?
Yes! You are smart enough to make out my point. People, especially students find learning English the most boring task on earth. They do have their English classes in school which they never pay attention to. Why so?
Learning from watching and listening to something can be a good remedy. It’s called the “Audio Visual Effect”. When you watch something else you concentrate on what you are listening to. This process helps your mind to grab the information contained and remember it. Let me tell you, you need your memory to learn a language.
Linguists opine that watching a TV show in a foreign Language can make learning that language easy for someone. Experiences reflect that watching it over and over again with subtitles in a native language makes the task easier. It makes the listener remember the words and phrases quite easily.
The process is coined as “passive learning” which is backed by science. Studies reflect that learning a language from a TV show involves both active and passive learning that in turn benefits one in improving cognitive activities as well.
Experts say there are approximately four ways of learning a non-native language from a TV show.
The first is to engage yourself in a show to the limit. Now you might contradict me for such a statement. Find out a popular show of the day (in English or the language you want to learn) so that it may grab your interest and try not to miss a single episode. You’ll find the show being talked among your classmates. Be a part of it to increase your devotion. It would inspire you to do more and you’ll feel the magic.
Second, researchers show that a nap for an hour can strengthen the memorizing ability of the brain. People having a sound sleep performed much better during the learning process in comparison to the people with less sleep. So, it would be better to schedule your learning practice with TV before bedtime.
Next, it would be effective if you choose a show with subtitles. It would make you look down and find the spelling of a particular word in written form when you hear a new one. You need to both hear a word and see the spelling of that word in written form if you want to learn a foreign language.
Fourth, there are examples of TV shows that have repetitive storylines. Repetitive storylines do catch the viewer’s attention more effectively than a general TV show. Reality shows or shows showing daily life problems catch your attention quite easily and may help you in this regard.
Some of the shows share a common problem and then try to find out a possible solution. This process might help you to relate yourself to the problem discussed in a different language making you gain a command over the language as well.
Linguists opine that it’s good to be involved in a formal language course or training to learn grammar and syntax besides watching TV shows. Like you in your childhood children might naturally perform better in learning a foreign language but don’t worry if you are an adult.
You can take advantage of the social media too in this regard. Follow the latest news to broaden your horizon and share your views on the latest events on social media. You’ll get comments and replies making you feel confident. You’ll feel free to express yourself.
When Anastasia Lopez, a Spanish girl married her husband Cadman, who is from Germany, she could not speak German. She said, “in three months of watching a reality show in German I started speaking fluently”. They now speak in German at home to keep secrets from their parents and in-laws just as you did in your childhood.
So how may I conclude?
Where there is a will there is a way. None even no barrier can stop you from learning a language if you want.
Take care. Have a good time with your friends. Bye …
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