Learn English with films

The more you use English, the faster you’ll learn! Learn English with films — it’s great practice for listening to English pronunciation and melody, even if you don’t understand every word the actors say.

Here are some tips to improve English with films:

  1. Listen to a film like you listen to music. Don’t try to understand the words. Listen to the melody and how actors express their feelings. Hearing their tone will help when you practice speaking later.
  2. Watch a film you’ve seen before. Do you really like a film, but usually watch it dubbed in German or with subtitles? Watch it again in English! You already know the story, so you can relax and listen to the actors. If you know the movie well, you can also learn new vocabulary!
  3. Use subtitles to learn English with films. Watch a movie with subtitles, then again without subtitles. That way you understand the story, but you can still listen to the English melody.

Now tell a friend! After you watch, email, text or talk to a friend about the film. That way you can use your new skills!

Not sure where to start? See this list of 20 English films for learners of all levels.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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