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    Developing communication skills by watching films.

    Is watching English films a good way to learn conversation English?

    When I watch a film I learn how to speak something in that particular context.

    For eg.

    If someone comes in by opening the door, at that time I want to go out. So, I ask him "keep the door open for me ".

    I saw in a film the phrase "Hold the door for me".

    So I could use this instead of saying "keep the door open for me".

    Like this many thing.


    I want teachers to tell whether this is good way to learn or not because they know the right way of how to guide a non native speaker to get fluency in English.

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    Re: Developing communication skills by watching films.

    Hello

    Both "Hold the door for me" and "keep the door open for me" (if said in the same context) convey exactly the same information. Neither is better than the other and native speakers will use both.
    My own opinion is that films and television series in English are excellent tools that aid in the learning process. They fulfill a number of needs, but do not supply everything you will need to know to become fluent.
    Also, when watching and listening, try not to use subtitles. I know it's difficult, but even if you feel totally lost, your mind is still absorbing many things. Hearing English and how it flows is important in developing pronunciation skills later on.
    Best of luck,
    John

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    Re: Developing communication skills by watching films.

    [QUOTE=david11;829483]Is watching English films a good way to learn conversation English?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I do not know whether it is true, but some famous people have claimed that

    they have learned English simply by watching movies and TV shows.

    (2) As you know, some people (I am NOT one of them) "have an ear for

    languages." They seem to learn languages without too much trouble.

    (3) Maybe they imitate children. They simply let the language "wash over

    them" and take it into their minds. Many of us adults are so concentrated on the

    grammar and vocabulary that we make learning another language a difficult job instead

    of a pleasant and rewarding experience.

    (4) Why don't you try for, say, five months watching movies and TV shows that

    really interest you. Don't try to understand every word. Don't analyze the grammar.

    Pay attention, too, to the facial expressions of the actors. (P.S. Most "actresses" now

    prefer to be called "actors" along with the men.) After five months of constantly

    watching movies and TV, you may be astonished by the improvement in your English

    fluency.

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    Re: Developing communication skills by watching films.

    [QUOTE=TheParser;829547]
    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Is watching English films a good way to learn conversation English?

    NOT A TEACHER



    (. Many of us adults are so concentrated on the

    grammar and vocabulary that we make learning another language a difficult job instead

    of a pleasant and rewarding experience.

    .

    It's true.

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