October 18, 2007

Learning English By Watching Films

As a learner of English, I tend to learn English through watching original English films. The most important thing is that I am interested in watching films into which I can put my soul. Therefore, as I watched English films, my attention was very difficult to be distracted. That is to say, I would devote myself to listening, speaking, and the content of the films.

Referring to listening, I will listen in general without subtitle for first time to catch the main idea, and then repeat several times till get 80% information, later on, check the information by subtitles. As regards speaking, during watching films, I will repeat the classical sentences and imitate the sound. Still, through films, I can know more about the culture background and the custom of that country.

In addition, vocabulary plays a crucial role. I tried to improve it through two methods. One way is to recite the vocabulary books. I found that it can be remembered instantly, meanwhile, be forgotten in two days. For instance, if I recite 10 words in a day, only 5 words can be remembered in the following days. If I never use them, 10 words will not be recalled any more. Another way is that reading the articles to learn the vocabulary. I usually find the articles I interested and scan the content, at the beginning, I guess the meaning of the words, and then, check them in the dictionary. Finally, I felt that the words from context gave me deeper impression than the vocabulary I recited. By the way, the latter way, I recommend, for which can keep the words in my mind for a long time.


In conclusion, mastering English needs the skills, such as the improvement of the listening and speaking by watching vivid films and enlargement of the vocabulary by reading the articles. Still, methods are diversity; persistence of them is paramount.

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