How to improve your English with MUSIC and MOVIES!

How to improve your English with MUSIC and MOVIES!


To be, or not to be
– that is the… Hi. James from engVid. Just practicing my Shakespeare. Well, not really. I just wanted to
show you acting. Acting, being an actor can be
a good way to learn English. And today I want to show you two fun ways to
practice English doing things you already love to do. Okay? So, let’s go to the board. Mr. E is saying: “I
sound like Madonna!” That’s not here yet, but that’ll be the second
one, but today or right now this part of the lesson is about movies, acting. What we want you to do or what I want you to
do is go find a movie you love in English. I’m sure there’s… If you’re watching me, I’m sure you’ve watched
some English television program or movie. I mean, I’m speaking a lot of English
so I know you’re used to it. What I… What I want you to do is pretend you are an
actor in a movie, and we’re going to take a few steps to get there. So the first thing is: Pick a movie that you
love watching, because some of you watch it again and again. Star
Wars, yeah, yeah? Or Harry Potter, if that’s still
out there, or Bond, James Bond. Right? Any of those movies. Okay, so you pick your movie. The second thing I want you to do is go through
the movie and watch the scenes you love the best when the actor
says something like: “Punk, do you feel lucky, punk?
Well, do ya?” And then pick a couple
of those scenes. All right? The third thing I want you to do is
go to this part, and it’s i-m… It’s www.imsdb.com. It’s where you get scripts. Now, right now you’re probably
going: “What’s a script?” Well, in music the words in the
music are called lyrics. Okay? So when you’re looking at the words
in a song they’re called the lyrics. But when you’re looking at the words
in a movie, it’s from a script. And one actor has his part in a script,
another actor has her part in a script. And these are the
lines they say. This particular website
has amazing amount… An amazing amount of movies with scripts, so
you can go and find any of the latest ones, like of Jason Bourne, or I’m trying
to think of something that came out. I don’t know when you’re going to see this, so
just say Harry Potter, maybe Ironman. Okay? Go check it out, you’ll see the
scripts, you can go and look at it. The reason why I asked you up here is to pick
out scenes is you can go to the scene on the script where it may say: “Car chase scene”,
“Gun scene”, “Kissing scene”, and you can look at it, and all of the words
the actors say are there. Because I know sometimes you don’t know
what the actor is actually saying. Sometimes we have what’s
called relaxed speech. In relaxed speech, they might say: “What do you
want?” and it comes out: “Whatda ya want?” And you’re like:
“What?” It’s English. Now, we have a video on relaxed speech, you
can go and check it out, and it will explain: “Whatda ya want?” and other ones.
Okay? So, the lines that will be there, you might
notice a big difference between what the actor says and what is actually written for what
you should explain or you should understand. Okay? This is good, it’s going to help
you with your ears as well. There’s a thing you can
pick up from listening. Okay? So we want to look at
the scripts and then listen. Now, watch the movie at
your favourite part. So now you’ve got the script in your hand,
you’re going to watch that part. Read. Here’s the funny thing, a lot of times people
read when they’re watching a movie, like they read the subtitles-you know the
little words?-and they think: “My listening is good
because I understand.” No, you’re reading, but it does help because
it helps you put a picture, a word picture to the words you’re hearing. And we’re much better
with pictures. Think of it this way: Have you ever walked up
to someone and said: “I remember your name, but I don’t remember your face.” No, you don’t do that. We always remember faces
and we forget names. Those kind of words and sounds are hard to
remember, but the picture we always keep. Seeing a word picture or a word “dog” and
then seeing a dog is easier to remember dog and the picture of
the dog together. So now you get to look at the words, and
see them, and see the person saying it. It’s easier for you to remember,
or another word is recall. Okay? So watch that
a couple of times. Watch how they say it, watch
their mouths and read the words. Try to get it at the same speed so
as you’re reading, they’re talking. Cool? Now, here’s the fun part. I want you to repeat the
script with the movie. So if we were doing this now, if I
were saying: “How are you, brown cow?” You would be reading: “How are you,
brown cow?” and you try and copy me. So if I went: “How
are you, brown cow?” you’d have to say: “How
are you, brown cow? How are you, brown cow? How are you, brown cow?” And so you can match me. The funny thing about trying to copy someone
is that you stop thinking in your language, and as you’re trying to copy your accent will
drop off, especially when you’re trying to match their speed. And you’ll notice that your accent is gone
and you sound more like an American, or an Englishman, or I don’t know,
a person from Vietnam. Be careful which
language you pick. I might say: Pick
American/British actors first. You don’t want to
sound like a Russian. Okay? Russian is very good, I like them a lot, they’re
good people, but if you’re trying to learn English accent like American,
it’s not good way to start. Okay? So after you get good at the English and
Americans, then pick your French accent. Yes, you can be a lover. Or an Italian accent. But first, English and American. Okay? So try and match the speed
and the way that the other speaker or the actor is speaking. Okay? Now, copy the actor as much as possible, maybe even
a gesture, because sometimes using your hands… Like when some people, they talk
like this, they start acting like… And the accent comes out because
they know it’s a different culture. I know it’s crazy,
but just try it. It’s fun. What’s the
worst that can happen? You watch your favourite movie. Now, there are a couple of things I want
to talk about very quickly on this. Number one, share the fun. You can have a friend get another part of
the movie and you can talk to each other. -“Hey, Johnny, what’s going on?” -“Yeah, Beany, I haven’t
seen you in a while.” -“Johnny, I told you,
don’t call me B-…” See? And you can
have fun together. Laugh, watch a movie, have some fun, work on
your English, getting rid of that accent. Okay? Cool? And the second thing is: Look for
language or I say sound patterns. “Whatda ya” is “What do you?” How we have some words that have certain
patterns that are repeated again and again. By watching the movie again and again, that part,
you’ll start learning these sound patterns and you’ll notice you don’t
have to say each word. How do I know you’re not a
native English speaker? You say to me: “What are
you doing, teacher?” instead of: “Whatda
ya doing, teacher?” See? A sound pattern. And you can take that:
“Whatda ya” for many things. Cool? All right. I promised you one fun way, and I’m
sure you’re enjoying watching your movie. You’re looking forward
to the second one? Let’s do it. [Snaps] All right, so we did movies and you were an
actor, and I want to add on something a little different now. I want to sing. Life is a mystery, you probably
don’t know what I’m doing. It’s my horrible
Madonna rendition. Madonna, don’t be angry. Okay, I just drop that. Anyway, the second way to get really good
at sounding like a native spinger… Spinger? Spinger. Speaker is to sing. Why? With the acting, a lot of movies
are based on everyday events. I don’t care if it’s Star Wars or somewhere
else, they still talk about eating, going to the washroom, and
problems and relationships. So a lot of the normal vocabulary and
verbiage we use, they use in the movies. They have to. If they started talking about
exponential quantum… And that’s all, people would stop
watching, they wouldn’t understand it. So that’s a reason… A good reason to go to movies. It gives you a lot of useful everyday
phrases that you can take and use. Singing is different. I want to do this for
a different reason. It’s the difficulty
with language. Saying: “I love you” is easy,
but: “I love you” is hard. It makes you really, really take time to
exaggerate the sound and learn the sound. Because when I say: “learn”,
I have to shape my mouth. I’m more conscious of what I’m doing or I
know what I’m doing, and because of that I can repeat it. Ah, yeah. See? When you go: “Ohhhh”, then you can
make a perfect “oh” any time. Say: “Uh”, and you have no
idea what you just did. So, let’s go to the board. Sing for your supper. We like to say over here: “Sing for your supper”
is if you want to eat, you got to do something, you got to work. And this one’s going
to be a bit more work. Still going to be fun, though. The first thing I want you
to do is think about all… Think about all of those
songs, English songs you sing. And I love it because I have a lot of students,
and I find it amazing how someone who can talk like this all the time suddenly when
they get a song they sound like this: “I’m singing in the rain”. You’re like: “Where
are you from, man? You don’t sound like…” They drop their accent because
they copy the singer. And because it’s difficult to sing what the
singer is doing, they actually learn something new, they change what
they’ve been taking in. They become much more
flexible with language. So get one of your
favourite songs. Right? Pick one or two you want to work with, because
yes, as much as it’s fun, it’s going to be work. Okay? Now, you can go to
www.YouTube.com. There’s a good chance you’re watching this
on YouTube right now if you’re not watching on engVid, so you can watch it on engVid-hi-and
if not, you’re going to have to get off and go to YouTube. And you can still see me,
we can continue from there. Okay? Cool. But go to www.YouTube.com. I recommend it because I
know a lot of them… They have a lot of
songs with lyrics. Lyrics, they are the
words in songs. When I said scripts are the words in movies,
well, the lyrics are the words in songs, all those words you’re singing. So they have a lot of videos that will have
the lyrics, so you can watch a video and see the words come up. Okay? Number three:
Listen first. Huh? In the movie I said
listen and read. When it comes to music you have to listen
because they really change the sounds of the words and you kind of have
to know what they are. I’ll give you a good example. Have you ever heard or been to a bar, or what
have you, and you hear your favourite song and it’s like: “Jump! Jump! Everybody, jump! [Makes noise] Jump! Jump!” You know that: “[Makes noise]”
because you don’t know the words. It’s in your own language and you have no idea
what the guy said, so you’re like: “Jump! Jump! Yeah, [makes
noise], yeah, yeah. Jump! Jump!” Hey, in English, I don’t care
what language, it’s the same. Okay? So you have to listen
first to get the language. Remember we talked
about sound patterns? You got to get that sound pattern so when
you can see it on the paper you can say: “Oh, jump up and do-”
that’s what they’re saying. Okay? So listen first. Okay? And as I said, singing is
more difficult than talking. Okay? And next I want you to read the lyrics,
just like what we did with the movie. Okay? So almost what we did with the
movie before we’re going to do after. Listen to him, copy, or her, and
then try to sing with them. Okay? And then karaoke time. I don’t think you know this, but YouTube
has a karaoke version of songs. That’s right. You can put the song up, just
the music, and sing to it. So we can do karaoke time, you can practice,
practice, practice, then put the music on, and then try to
sing it yourself. And if you don’t like the way you
sound or your friends are like: “Please stop, please. Oh,
for the love of God, stop”, go back and practice
from one to three again. Okay? It’s a lot of fun, especially, once
again, you can do this with friends. All of you get together,
karaoke time. You get to practice
your English. You might find some new language or vocabulary
you’ve never seen before, and you can work with that. Cool? So, I’ve given you two ways, singing
for your supper and being an actor. Right? Don’t sound like that,
you sound like a ponce. Don’t ask me what “ponce” means. It’s just not cool. You can use both of those ways to
have fun while you’re watching… You’re on YouTube or you’re watching television,
you can have some fun and practice at the same time. Cool? All right. So, anyway, I would
like to say thank you. As always, I appreciate the fact you’re here,
listening, and that I can contribute something to make your life a bit better. And I’m going to say: Look, if
you liked it, please subscribe. And somewhere along here, they move it
all the time, is the subscribe button. And finally, if this was
a benefit to you… Or do you remember I said you
can do this with a friend? You know you’re going to get your friend to
practice with you, get them to watch the video. You learn something, pass it on. Anyway, thanks again, and
thanks you from me and E. [Laughs] Have a good one. Chow.

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  1. you are a great teacher I've ever seen , thanks for teaching and sharing
    watching your channel is one of my motivations for learning English

  2. I speak with an accent like a mix of a russian and Sofia Vergara and I really need to improve my english, I would like to sound more like native speakers 🤦🏻‍♀️😁

  3. I'm so much in love with James's lessons😍They help me to improve my English. Best regards from Russia!

  4. 'Do you really think that because you have an idea it belongs to you?' beginning of the end of 2008's iron man Loved it!!

  5. I would like to be able to use The ABC channel "Good doctor" series for listening comprehension practice. First season ended last March and it's only 18 episodes each is almost an hour long. The show stars a handsome actor, Freddie Highmore and I only found the Spain AXN version which is not that bad but it doesn't work to practice with.

  6. Really with you I can understand English and i hope to improve my skills to learn

  7. Music-wise, one thing I do to practice my english and learning more vocab is choose some music which I have never read the lyrics before, listen to that and try to write the lyrics by myself, then I search for the lyrics and compare, after that, I sing w the lyrics the best way I can hahaha

  8. I suggest you to color the silent letter on the board, when you write . It would facilitate the student spelling

  9. Thanks dear teacher that’s lessons quite useful that better I have ever watched just I wish you give to information about details your lessons

  10. Hello, Awesome video!! I'm a native English speaker (Canadian) And I know this is great!! Just wondering what your approach would be for children to learn, expand their vocabularies and become better speakers. As well how can I improve my public speaking, speaking on the spot, giving speeches and having a successful job interview.
    Merci

  11. You're so funny and the way you show is also especial! This make me feel more interested in English and learn the way how to speak English with my emotion!! Thank you!!
    From_Vietnam

  12. Amount or number? Because movies are coutable. 😆 I paid attention to your lessons! By the way, thank you, you are a superb teacher 😊

  13. movie it's good but music destruct the mind to memorise anything and think very well cos the mind has small space to put manything important than music

  14. You are a great actor and more one thing that I like from English teachers is that they are good in acting that inspires me a lot

  15. Посмотришь комментарии и может показаться, что так много русских учат английский язык. По итогу в России дай бог один из 100 будет говорить на нем, а то и того меньше

  16. This remind me when I'm trying to sing "little girl" from Julian Casablancas, I always reed the lyrics at the same time I'm trying to sing, it is dificult, but I think it helps a lot, thanks for this video.

  17. You are a good teacher, ok, everybody knows It. But you can be a singer or an actor really easy 😅 you're the best 👏

  18. Hi dear sir . I'm an Indian I would like to say that your videos are so good In terms of other teachers because I get to learn a lot.

  19. Thanks for you're teaching. I'm so excited the way you explain and experience really I'm intereste you're lessons. Love from🇸🇴

  20. I watched 40 TV series, 40 documentaries and movies(didnt keep track of it) in 1.5 years of time. It did improve by vocabulary and listening skills but not speaking skills.

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