Tips to Learn English through Movies and Films 关于从电影中学英文的一些提示

1.    选一些你已经知道的电影。

如果您是一个初学者,或者程度还不是很高,最好选一部你事先已经看过的电影。为什么要怎样?因为这样就比较简单,你已经知道电影的情节,主要内容。这一次看的时候,你就可以集中在语言上而不需要注意故事情节如同看一部新的电影那样。


2.    看影片中的字母

看影片中的字母,这不是作弊,因为你还是在听剧场里的英文对话。如果你的英语程度比较低,那就看有中文字幕的电影,直到你能够不看中文字幕,只要听英文就可以。如果你的英文程度比较可以,那就给自己一个挑战,锻炼一下自己,就去看一部英文字幕的英文电影。你不一定要逐字来读或者听,因为这样做的话,就会太累了。你只要在对话说得太快的时候,或者在对话里用了一下俚语的时候,你有点听不懂的时候,看一下字幕来帮助你理解。


3.    不必要求高大全

如果你不能确定你可以看完整个一部英文电影,而且全部都看懂那部电影,那就不要去看!选择一部相当来说是比较短而且也不要去看一部需要知道历史背景的电影,和一部不了解文化背景就很难看懂的电影,因为这样的电影就会使你无法集中思想来学语言了。


4.    把它分段

如果您觉得看整一部英文电影太累,那就把这部电影分段来看。每次就只看三十分钟。看完一段,就做一些其他的事情,喝一杯饮料啦,吃点什么啦,查一查邮件啦,随便做些什么都没有什么关系,只要你还是能够记住那些分段所讲的内容。在你竭尽全力要听懂电影里的话语的时候,看一部英文原版电影可能有很大的压力,甚至会令人感到沮丧。这就是为什么我们建议把一整部电影分成小段来看的原因。这是行之有效的建议。


5.    仔细听,然后重复他们所说的

无论是在网上看一部录下来的电影或者是看 DVD 电影,其优点就是随时可以暂停,而且还可以从新看没有听懂的部分,这是在上课的时候无法做到的,因为你不可能让老师多次为你一个人重复一句话。回到你没有听懂的那个部分,然后你大声地多次重复说你原先没有听懂的那一句话,同时看看字幕上是怎么告诉你的。按照你听到的说出来,这是学习正确发音的好方法。这也是在教室里不容易做到的事,因为在教室里,当着所有的同学面,你一个人大声多次说一句话,不仅妨害上课,甚至有点傻;但是在你自己的房间里,你不会感到难为情,重复多少次都无所谓,可以重复到完全学会。


6.    看你喜欢看的电影

不喜欢看故事片?那就不要看!不喜欢多角恋爱电影?那也就不要看!事实上有成千上万部电影随你挑,你一定能挑到你喜欢的电影。就挑选一种你喜欢的类型电影(比如:爱情片、恐怖片),就是你可以学到一些你想学的东西。但是如果你强迫你自己看一些你丝毫不感兴趣的电影来作为学英语的途径,与其这样辛苦,倒还不如回到课堂里去学英语为好。


7.    集中看一个国家的电影

众所周知,世界上有很多国家都使用英语,当你要学英语的时候,最好能选定一个国家的英语,因为不同国家的英语都会有些不同,而且发音也有区别。挑选你想要学的那个国家的电影,至少在开始的时候选那个国家的,等到你有信心了以后再去看其他国家的电影。大部分非英语为母语的学者宁可从美国电影来学英语,因为大家对美国的文化比较了解,而且对美国音也比较熟悉,这就比其他国家的英语电影容易听懂。


8.    作电影笔记

是否听到一些你喜欢的单词和短语?是不是想要学会使用?把这些单词和短语记录下来!当你在看电影的时候,一旦听到一些有用的单词或者短语,暂停这个电影的录像,把这些单词和短语记载电影笔记里。这样你就记录了确实是真实生活中使用的短语,你可以用来练习,也可以在与朋友交谈中使用,当然我们是不会要学坏词语的。




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1.    社群网战(2010)
主演:傑西·艾森柏格, 賈斯汀·提姆布萊克,安德魯·加菲爾德。
为什么说这是一个学习英语的好电影:这里一部由艾倫·索金所写的小说改编而得奖的电影。他的很自然诙谐的对话,使他的电影容易理解而且受到大众欢迎。因为几乎所有的人都知道“脸书”,你就会感到电影里所讲到的内容与你的日常生活有联系。当然,你也可以在其中获得有关电脑、科技和社交网络的很多英文词汇。


2.    饥饿游戏(2012)
主演:珍妮佛·勞倫斯,連恩·漢斯沃
为什么说这是一个学习英语的好电影:这部电影有很好的观感,如果在语音上没有听清,你可以在画面上获得。虽然电影里的动作很快,但是不像其他的科幻电影有那么多的复杂名称,其中的对话相对来说是比较容易理解的。电影里的对话显然是北美口音,所以都能听清楚演员所讲的。他们的对话不是很快,而且基本都是容易理解。虽然这是一部武打电影,但是情节是很吸引观众的,这就使之成为一部学英语的好电影。每一个人都适合欣赏这部电影,电影很巧妙地把武打、爱情、喜剧、和幻想结合在一起。



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3.    玩具总动员
主演:提姆·艾倫,湯姆·漢克斯
为什么说这是一个学习英语的好电影:动画片诸如“玩具总动员”应该说是为儿童的,因此情节和词汇都不复杂。虽然这是一部儿童电影,但是你不会觉得是在看儿童电影,导演增加了一些大人的幽默,因此吸引不少大人也来欣赏。



来源:http://www.fluentu.com/english/blog/learn-english-movies-films-modern-american-classics/



讨论问题:

  1. 在这篇文章里,有哪一些地方使你感到兴趣?
  2. 你觉得哪一些建议对你是有用处的?
  3. 另外还有那些电影你已经看过了或者喜欢的,觉得这些电影对你学英语有好处?
  4. 哪些美国电影你想要在电影院里看,或者看那些电影的 DVD?

1.         Choose movies you already know.

If you’re a beginner or a lower level, it’s best to choose a movie that you’ve already watched before. Why? It’s simple because you already know the plot (the main story). This time, you can focus on the language itself instead of trying to follow a new story.

2.         Use Subtitles.

Just because you’re using subtitles, it doesn’t mean that you’re cheating because you’re still hearing English audio. If you’re of a lower level, use subtitles in your own language until you feel more comfortable watching the movie without them. If you’re of a more advanced level, challenge yourself a little bit and step out of your comfort zone and watch a movie with English subtitles. You don’t have to follow with them word for word as this can be quite tiring, instead just use them to get the gist (the idea) of something if the speech becomes too fast or the language is too colloquial (casual language) that you can’t understand what the characters are saying.

3.         Start off Little.  

Don’t know if you can handle watching an epic all the way through in English and understand it? Don’t watch it! Choose movie that is relatively short and avoid any movie that involves a deeper level of understanding of history or culture as its likely going to consume your thoughts and you won’t be able to focus on the language as much.

4.         Break it up.

If you find watching the movie in English tiring, break it up a little. Watch the movie in 30 minute parts. After you’ve watched one part, do something else. Grab a drink, eat something, check your inbox, whatever, it doesn’t matter as long as you can remain focused during the parts. Watching a full movie in only English can be really overwhelming and also frustrating especially if you’re straining yourself to understand, which is why it’s a good idea to watch it in smaller parts.

5.         Listen and repeat.

The beauty of watching a recorded movie online or on a DVD is that you’re able to pause and go back if you don’t understand – something you can’t do with your English teachers in the classroom. Go back to a part you didn’t understand and say it out loud. Repeat it a few times and read what the subtitles say. Verbally repeating something you hear is a great way of perfecting a natural sounding accent, this is something which is a little bit more difficult in a language classroom as it leaves us feeling silly sometimes – in your own bedroom or lounge, there’s no need for shame, repeat as much as you like until you get it right!

6.         Watch Movies you Enjoy.

Don’t like drama? Don’t watch them! Don’t like lovey dovey romance? Don’t watch them! There are literally thousands and thousands of movies out there and there’s something for everyone’s taste. Choose movies with the genre (kind of movie e.g. romance, horror) that you prefer as you’re more likely to take something away from it and learn. If you force yourself to watch movies that aren’t the slightest bit interesting to you in terms of story, you’re going to struggle and you may as well head back to your English language lessons if that’s the case.

7.         Focus on Movies from One Country.

As you know English is spoken throughout the world in different countries but when you’re trying to learn English it’s better to stick to one area as the language tends to vary as does the accent. Choose the country which interests you most and start with these movies (until you become more confident at least). Most ESL learners prefer to learn English from American movies because they’re more familiar with the culture and the accents tend to be easier to understand compared to other English speaking countries.

8.         Keep a Movie Journal.

Heard a phrase or word you loved? Want to be able to use in the future? Write it down! While you watch your movies, pause the video when you hear something that you might find useful in the future and write it down in a journal.  This way you’re collecting ‘authentic’ real-life phrases that you can practice and use on your English speaking friends in the future (as long as they’re not offensive of course).



1.  The Social Network (2010) Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield.

Why it’s a great movie for learning English: This is an award winning movie written by Aaron Sorkin. He’s famous for his natural dialogue and funny lines, which makes this movie really enjoyable to watch and of course it’s easy to follow too. Also, almost everyone understands and knows Facebook and you will automatically be able to relate to the movie and not to mention, you’ll also be able to pick up a lot of great English vocabulary related to computers, technology and social networks.

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2.  The Hunger Games (2012) Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.

Why it’s a great movie for learning English: This is a very visual movie and what you miss in the dialogue, you’ll be able to be filled in by the visual action. While the actions are fast, the language is relatively easy to understand unlike other Sci-fi and futuristic movies which use complex terminology. The accent is a clean North American one so you’ll have no problem understand what the characters say. The characters don’t speak too fast and it’s fairly easy to understand what’s going on. It’s also an action filled movie and has an interesting plot, which makes it even better to learn English through. This movie has something for everyone as it cleverly includes action, romance, comedy and the future all in one movie.

3.  Toy Story (1995) Starring: Tim Allen and Tom Hanks.

Why it’s a good movie to learn English: Animation movies such as Toy Story are usually written for and aimed at a younger audience which means the story and vocabulary used is not complicated. Even though the movie is mainly for kids, it doesn’t feel like it and the director has made it attractive for adults too by including a little bit of adult humor in it too.

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4.  Forrest Gump (1994) Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field.

Why this is a great movie to learn English: This is a perfect movie to learn English as the speech is slow due to Forrest Gump’s mental problems. The language is simple and uncomplicated and it’s really easy to follow. It will also teach you some important parts of US history and culture and its involvement in the Vietnam War and the popular hippy movement in the 60’s. This is a favorite movie among many people around the world and if you ever get into a conversation where you’re discussing movies, this is a great one to talk about as almost everyone has seen it.


Source:  http://www.fluentu.com/english/blog/learn-english-movies-films-modern-american-classics/


Discussion Questions:

1.    What is interesting to you about this article?

2.    What are some of the tips that you could apply?

3.    Are there other movies that you've seen or favor that, you think, would be good for learning English?

4.    What American movies are you looking forward to seeing in the theater or on DVD?

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