People often ask me about more and more effective ways of learning English in our daily lives. No one can stop you if you have the will and potentiality of doing so. I’ve seen people learning from the trivial things that they come across in their daily lives. To be precise, we are surrounded by things that we can learn from in our day to day activities. No teacher or a tight routine work will be able to make you learn the same if you don’t possess the desire for doing so. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing there is always a possibility of learning something new. Will you believe me, if I say people can learn English by listening music and watching movies too? Today it is time to discuss some unique and very common ways of learning English easily from our everyday affairs.
Today it is common to come across people sitting busy with their smartphones and watching movies, listening songs. Just think of it as a tool to learn English from it. I mean learning English through songs and music.
Can English be learned from songs and music?
Well, first of all, there is an effect called the “Mozart Effect”. Scientific evidence demonstrates that it helps second language learners to improve their mental abilities like learning through listening to classical music. Researchers are working on how music can improve acquire skills in grammar, vocabulary as well as spelling.
A lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and expressions are contained in the songs and music that we listen to in our everyday life. In most cases, the listeners are native speakers and the language used in the songs include common and colloquial expressions provided the right music for the right person is chosen.
You as a listener have surely noticed that many of the words and expressions are repetitively used in the songs. This helps you easily remember them and often they stick in your mind. The tunes and lyrics often penetrate our thoughts and play with them. All these would help you memorize those words and expressions easily and thereby learn English through songs and music.
Understanding of English language, its rhythm and beat depend on the sound knowledge of pronunciation. Listening to music also helps you focus on the sound pattern of different words and expressions to get familiar with the language.
We easily remember emotional things. Music enkindles our emotions. It is a path to achieve heavenly delight. It strengthens our mood and mental wellbeing. So, make it functional.
Listening to English music gives you a touch of English culture and an idea about the thoughts and feelings of the people who speak English. Familiarity with English songs and artists makes it easier for you to grab the language easily.
In most cases, people find it boring to spend an extra time in their language studies. But when you are listening to some English songs you can take it with you outdoors or play it during your every day works like cooking, jogging etc. Also by listening to a song of your choice makes you listen to those particular words, expressions time and time again allowing you to be more and more familiar with the language. Believe me, learning English will never be boring anymore.
Be careful while picking the right music for you
You have to be careful on this issue.
Don’t choose songs that contain words or expressions that are difficult to make out.
It would be wise to select a song or music that serves a commonly used language.
Don’t go for a fast song. In the beginning, you need to be slow.
Several videos, as well as audio sharing sites containing huge libraries of songs and music, are available on the internet. Some of them are available with subtitles too.
A good many numbers of online libraries for lyrics are available on the internet. They may help you clearly understand the pronunciation of the songs if you haven’t made it out yet.
Another thing to remember is that in most cases singers don’t pronounce words properly. Keep yourself away from doing so and practise pronouncing words clearly.
In the beginning, you may like video songs based on stories making it easier for you to understand. Go for it.
After having done with the songs and music study the words and vocabulary that you came across while going through the lyrics. Give it a thought and try to sing the song from your memory. You should find that you have already taken a grab of some new words and expressions unknowingly. Note them down immediately and include them in your everyday speech. It will work.
Learning English with movies also works
English is a language that belongs to a different culture from ours making it difficult for us to understand. The same thing happens while we sit for watching a movie. We often face difficulties understanding what the characters are saying. Some of the very common ways to learn the English language through movies are here.
Wait to learn this but never forget to enjoy the movie.
The first question uppermost in your mind is why one would learn English through movies instead of textbooks. After all, it is a matter of entertainment right? So is it worthy of learning English while watching a movie and having fun?
The reason for doing so is
First of all, you will come across colloquial English instead of a textual one. While going through a textbook you won’t learn the English that you hear from others. In an English class you might have learned to say “work like a dog”, “it’s a half past eight” etc. all these expressions are absolutely correct but how many times have you heard people saying these? Unlike what you find in your textbooks the English that you find in movies is very colloquial and helps improve your speaking skill.
Secondly, watching movies gives you opportunities to learn English words in context. If you like romance movies you will begin to learn words and expressions related to the context very rapidly after watching a couple of movies at the very least. Whereas, in a classroom environment or in traditional academic English learning system, you learn a common general vocabulary list and their meanings as well. There is no harm in this approach but in this process, you might fail to apply when and how to use them practically.
Thirdly, it is commonly said that English is 30 percent of what we say and 70 percent of what is expressed or how we say it (expressions like sadness, happiness, anger, smile etc. including the tone in which the words are said.). Undoubtedly these expressions say much more than the words we say. You can have the opportunity to read the expressions of a dialogue chiefly while watching movies.
Tips for Learning English easily with movies
Choosing a movie that interests you might help you. We tend to remember interesting things. So, you will be bored if you choose a boring movie and find it difficult to pay attention.
You should choose a movie in accordance with your English level. For instance, beginners in English should start with animation movies specially made for children for the English used in these movies is very easy to understand.
Don’t choose old English movies at a beginning level as the English used in such movies is found very complicated and difficult to understand even for scholars. The English used in such movies used to be practised centuries ago.
Prefer for a film with subtitles and when a word interests you go for it, note it down and look up the word in your dictionary. As the word troubled you and made you feel interested it will stick in your mind for long. But in my opinion, if you are watching the movie for the first time turn the subtitle on because it is a difficult task and quite challenging to watch a film without subtitles and understand it for the first time. But turn it off if you are watching the same once again. Believe me, this time you might try to test yourself to see how much you make it out without subtitles.
As I said in the beginning that watching a movie is a matter of entertainment. So there are two options for you. If you want to have an uninterrupted fun don’t pause the movie at the slip of a word or an expression. Go along with the subtitles and learn that way. You will need to keep on playing and pausing the film if you want to have a better idea of what is said on screen.
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