Watching Movies, A Great Way to Improve Your English


My name is Sara and I am an English teacher.

As someone whose native language is not English was a hard task for me to learn and improve my English, especially my listening and pronunciation. One of the best things that helped a lot in this case was watching movies.

At first, I would just watch each movie once and sometimes even using the subtitles to understand everything but then I realized that when watching a movie with subtitles, rather than concentrating on what was being said, I was following the subtitles; so I stopped. Then I started watching movies with English subtitles and it helped a bit more with my vocabulary and even pronunciation. Slowly I found a way to watch movies which benefited me the most.

It is really possible to watch movies and learn English at the same time? Yes and follow this process that I used!

  1. I watched the movie once completely without any subtitles to get the gist of the movie.
  2. Then I divided the time of the movie into 5 minutes; so for example if a movie was 2 hours (120 minutes), I divided it to 24 parts each 5 minutes.
  3. For each 5 minutes, I used to listen to each sentence and try to write down whatever was being said and when my 5 minutes finished, I used to check it with the English subtitles to see how much of it I got right.
  4. Then I looked up the words or slang (movies are one of the best resources to learn current slangs) that I didn’t know the meanings of.
  5. After that I watched the 5 minutes again and repeated after each sentence or word and tried to imitate exactly the same sounds and pitch(how they used their voice to say the words)
  6. After finishing the first 5 minutes, I would move to the second 5 minutes and repeat the process.

Below you can download “Still Alice”. Still Alice is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease shortly after her 50th birthday.


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