Studying With TV and Movies

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Dalton( ダルトン) BrownEnglish
March 12, 2019
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Everybody wants to sound more natural in their second language

and one of the best ways to improve is through mimicking! Here is a powerful routine I learned in college.


Pick a movie, preferably one that you haven't seen, and follow this pattern.
Note: It also helps if the movie involves everyday life and conversations, as opposed to a fantasy or sci-fi movie with difficult vocabulary.

  1. Watch it once or twice in your target language with NO subtitles. This is to understand the basic plot and events. Make sure you are paying very close attention to how things are being said, not just what is said. Keep a notebook nearby so you can write down interesting things you hear or don't understand.
  2. While following the next few steps, try to imitate what is being said in the movie. Record yourself speaking the same lines as the actors / actresses - then compare your recording with the movie. Carefully listen to intonation, stress and pronunciation of each sound. If it is a single word that you need help with, check out forvo.com to hear other natives saying the same word.
  3. Watch it again, this time WITH subtitles in your TARGET LANGUAGE so you can pick up some information you may have missed.
  4. Watch it once more with subtitles in your NATIVE language to make sure you have complete understanding of all of the specific information.
  5. If you want a bonus round, you can watch it one more time without any subtitles. I guarantee you will understand so much more than you did the first time.

Following this method will make you so familiar with certain lines and phrases that you essentially develop a mental dictionary of correct pronunciation that you can access at any time. You will go from perhaps only picking out certain words and phrases to understanding the vast majority of what is being said - and also have records of your pronunciation improving over a short period of time.


Even if you don't want to watch TV or movies - recording yourself is a very effective tool for phonetics studies. I often ask my friends to read a passage out of a Japanese book I'm reading while I record it - then I later record myself and compare the two.

Recording yourself can be a little embarrassing for some people, but in my experience, it is one of the quickest ways to improve your speaking abilities.


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Dalton( ダルトン) Brown

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はじめまして!I’m Dalton! I’m a university student in the US and a certified TEFL and TESOL teacher. I speak Japanese and therefor specialize in Japanese - English teaching. I have worked almost entirely with Japanese students, so I am very familiar with all of the common mistakes that Japanese speakers make ~ but I would be happy to work with anybody who wants to learn! I have taught English in 6 cities across Japan(園部、京都、東京、倉敷、富士市、名古屋) where I fell in love with helping students grow. Being confident in English opens you up to so many opportunities, and I want to help you reach whatever you’re working for. Outside of teaching, I’m a personal trainer - so I know a thing or two about building motivation. I have read dozens of books on productivity and learning, so please feel free to ask me about study tips! Hobbies: Parkour, Music Production, Guitar/ Bass, Skateboarding, Public Speaking, Video Games, Filming/ Editing Videos, Cooking, Flying, Sailing (etc) but most importantly… LEARNING. I am friendly, open minded, energetic and excited to grow with you. I hope that I can create a valuable experience for you and help you reach your English learning goals. I like to focus on functional conversation practice, and will create lessons and homework for EACH individual student. Have an amazing day!
Flag
English
globe
United States
time
9
Speaks:
English
Native
,
Japanese
B1
はじめまして!I’m Dalton! I’m a university student in the US and a certified TEFL and TESOL teacher. I speak Japanese and therefor specialize in Japanese - English teaching. I have worked almost entirely with Japanese students, so I am very familiar with all of the common mistakes that Japanese speakers make ~ but I would be happy to work with anybody who wants to learn! I have taught English in 6 cities across Japan(園部、京都、東京、倉敷、富士市、名古屋) where I fell in love with helping students grow. Being confident in English opens you up to so many opportunities, and I want to help you reach whatever you’re working for. Outside of teaching, I’m a personal trainer - so I know a thing or two about building motivation. I have read dozens of books on productivity and learning, so please feel free to ask me about study tips! Hobbies: Parkour, Music Production, Guitar/ Bass, Skateboarding, Public Speaking, Video Games, Filming/ Editing Videos, Cooking, Flying, Sailing (etc) but most importantly… LEARNING. I am friendly, open minded, energetic and excited to grow with you. I hope that I can create a valuable experience for you and help you reach your English learning goals. I like to focus on functional conversation practice, and will create lessons and homework for EACH individual student. Have an amazing day!