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Does watching movies help?

Elf
Posts137Likes82Joined3/9/2018LocationLagos / NG
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Do you think watching movies of different languages help in learning?

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Hobbit
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Yes and No. But I lean strong into "No" knowing what I know now and having watch hundreds of hours of Spanish media. 


I don't have anything against movies, as a matter of fact I love Spanish and Latin American film, but I prefer to watch a series. Why? There is enough time to get used to the actors voices, their vocabulary, the plot, etc. that a movie can't give you. I'd watch a movie strictly for enjoyment and a series for learning, if that makes sense. 

¡Hagámoslo ya!

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Elf
Posts137Likes82Joined3/9/2018LocationLagos / NG
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Jeremi.Kress wrote:

Yes and No. But I lean strong into "No" knowing what I know now and having watch hundreds of hours of Spanish media.

I don't have anything against movies, as a matter of fact I love Spanish and Latin American film, but I prefer to watch a series. Why? There is enough time to get used to the actors voices, their vocabulary, the plot, etc. that a movie can't give you. I'd watch a movie strictly for enjoyment and a series for learning, if that makes sense.

This actually makes sense.. series give more time :ok_hand:

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Ranger
Posts436Likes220Joined4/9/2018LocationCaracas / VE
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I think you could re-watch movies/series you have already seen in your mother language and try to watch them in your target languages just to see how it goes.

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Ent
Posts835Likes505Joined18/3/2018LocationBellingham / US
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TemitopeAkinyede wrote:
Do you think watching movies of different languages help in learning?

Absolutely. They are great for listening practice, once you've reached an intermediate level.

I'm reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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Hobbit
Posts29Likes23Joined4/9/2018LocationChicago, Illinois / US
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I think movies are great tools. I taught English at a university in Indonesia, and none of the Indonesians I met who were fluent in English had learned in a classroom - they'd picked up the language from American movies and TV shows. 

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Dwarf
Posts70Likes20Joined3/9/2018LocationBuenos Aires / AR
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yes, watching movies helps a lot as you are exposed to a certain accent, vocabulary and also you can pick up cultural nuances and knowledge

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Hobbit
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For sure. Even if you understand the language, I always use subtitles because you will learn something new. You can always learn some new accents, vocabulary, etc.

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Hobbit
Posts24Likes7Joined5/9/2018Locationmaryland / US
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yes i believe so

Mariam Irshad

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