Movies (films) to Improve Your English Listening | English Tips

Movies (films) to Improve Your English Listening | English Tips

Neighbours… making noise in the pool.
Okay. (coughs) Oh dear. Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max.
In this video I’m going to talk to you about movies that could help you improve
your English, particularly your listening skills. This sentence is actually from a
movie, and if you know which movie that is, you’re amazing and I think you and I
would get along. If you know which movie it is, write it in the comments. I was
actually going to do one video on movies and TV shows, but when I was preparing
the notes I realised that it was going to be very long. So I’m going to do two
videos: one on movies and one on TV shows. First of all, don’t forget to click the
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I’ve started making short pronunciation videos for Instagram and Facebook. Okay,
let’s get started. I actually wanted to start by mentioning that there are some
people who say that watching movies or TV shows isn’t the best way to improve
your English listening. Firstly, you can’t do something else at the same time, and
secondly there are lots of moments in movies where no one’s talking. I agree
with that, but if you enjoy watching movies or TV shows, and you find it
useful, then I think you should do it. People learn in different ways. Likewise
whether you want to watch with subtitles or without subtitles is your choice, and
it will depend on your level. If you, say, find it very easy
watching with subtitles, then maybe you should try it without. I’d
also like to say that I personally believe that TV shows are better than
movies for learning English, but I’ll explain why in the next video.
Firstly, let’s talk about movies. Just so you know, you can also use the word “film”.
“Film” is more commonly used in the UK. In the US and Australia we use “movie” more
often, but you can use either word. When we talk about film festivals, however, we
have to say “film festival”. I’ve never heard “movie festival”. In this video I
don’t want to give you a list of movies. I don’t think that’s very useful because
your English is not going to improve very much if you just go and watch five
to ten movies that I recommend. In addition, movies that I like won’t
necessarily be movies that you like. As I’ve said in other videos, an important
part of successful language learning is staying interested – not getting bored,
in other words. Plus there are a lot of movies to choose from. So what I’m going
to do is give you guidelines for looking for movies. I will, however, also put a
list of movies in the description in case you really have no idea what to
watch. In my video on TV shows I will give you some more concrete
recommendations, because I think it’s a bit more difficult to find English-language
TV shows that are right for you. When I say guidelines, I’m basically going to tell you which types of movies
are generally easier to understand. I know it’s good to challenge yourself, but
unless you have a very advanced level, a lot of movies are probably just going to
frustrate you and make you sad. So, which movies are easier?
Firstly, normally dramas are easier to understand than comedies.
That’s because comedies often have puns and cultural references, which aren’t
always easy for non-native speakers to understand. I remember going to the
cinema in France and understanding basically everything
until there was a joke. Everybody else laughed – not me. This is just a
generalisation, though. Some comedies aren’t too difficult to understand.
Newer movies also tend to be easier than older movies. This is a big
generalisation, but because language evolves and changes over time, the
language in, for example, old black-and-white films tends to be a bit
different to modern-day English. Secondly, and I know this sounds a little silly,
but sound quality is also a lot better than it used to be. Movies with regional
accents are also obviously harder. For example, The Full Monty,
which is set in Sheffield, England. Or Dallas Buyers Club, which is set in
Dallas. The Scottish accent is also famously considered to be a difficult
accent. Even I have to sometimes watch Scottish movies with subtitles. I
normally find Irish accents a little easier, but I do remember watching one
movie that I found very difficult to understand. I’ve also been told that the
Australian film Animal Kingdom is quite difficult. In Australia we don’t really
have regional accents, at least not to the same extent as in the UK and the US,
but some people have quite strong accents. That’s a topic for another video.
It’s definitely good to get used to different accents, as I’ve said before,
but if you’re watching something with the aim of
improving your English, it’s not very useful if you barely understand anything.
And to finish up, science fiction and fantasy films are also often quite
difficult. Normally because of vocabulary. Often they’re using words that aren’t
even English. So in summary, the easier movies are normally dramas, that aren’t too
old, that don’t have strong regional accents, and are not science fiction or
fantasy. If you want to watch some movies in English, but you’re not sure what to
watch, I sometimes just go on Wikipedia and I look for movies that have won
Oscars. There are also YouTube channels that
have lots of trailers. I’ll put some links in the description.
If you have a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, then you
probably already know that it’s quite easy to search for films on those
platforms. And they also often make suggestions based on what you’ve already
watched. As I said there will be a list of movies in the description. They’re
not necessarily the BEST movies in the world, but I think that they’re
relatively decent and not super difficult to understand. Remember, though,
that it’s OK to watch movies that aren’t considered very good.
I’ve personally watched lots of movies that many people would probably label as
crap. But the most important thing is that you find them entertaining. Do you watch movies to work on your English? Let me know in the comments. And it would
also be nice to know what your favourite movies are. Please hit the thumbs up if
you liked this video, and don’t forget to share it with your friends. See you next time.

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  1. What is the meaning of "likely to happen, expected to happen, going to happen " in English? It is going to rain,he is likely to fail the exam,they are expected to be late for school. I don't understand what these phrases mean.please help me with my English.

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  3. Thank you for your efforts.
    I totally agree with you people learn by different ways. For me I enjoy to watch stars of English on YouTube like you. I think you all should win Oscar and stand over the red carbt as well.
    Keep up a good work.👍

  4. Hi Max, thank you for this lesson!
    I think the movie is called "Dirty Dancing".
    I normally watch movies first in German and then in English.

  5. I definitely prefer watching TV series over movies. I'll give a try to your movies by the way, I already watched some of them in Italian. Thanks for your efforts 😉

  6. Hello Max How have you been?
    I like to watch a serie of Documentary called (Unreported world) it's a very interesting serie it's a available in youtube…..

  7. You are "amazing" and I think you and I would get along , Hello Max, Thanks for being amazing and your nice video

  8. Thanks Max!
    I carried a watermelon?! (1987)

    P.S. : I was two years old in '87. OH MY… 🙂

  9. Hello I am from Iraq Ask your advice as a beginner in the English language What lessons to show in learning
    E Tips;
    listening practice;
    phrasal varbs??!

  10. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that line on your shirt was originally Baby Houseman's line from the movie Dirty dancing. I remember that movie quite well. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze(may he rest in peace) made an excellent pair. They actually worked together in another film prior to that one which was called "Red Dawn". As for my favorites, there are too many to list but if the more obscure, the more esoteric, and the more odd they are, the more I enjoy them. Anything involving David Lynch usually ranks high on my list. I noticed that you had "Crossroads" listed in your speech bubble. Were you referring Britney Spears' film from 2002 or Ralph Macchio's film from 1986?

  11. I have found that watching movies is very helpful with improving your knowledge once you have a basic understanding of the language.

  12. Really useful. Sometimes I try to watch british tv shows but I have to give it up 'cause I can harldly pick up a word. Thank you!

  13. Hi, Max.. I love this video of yours. Since before until, I have been struggling with the English language. I tried to make some improvement on myself. Since, I am a Filipino, i can understand the language easier except for those high words that I often forgot the meaning. About the improvement, I thought of five categories which I think can help you with your video. First, READING. This category is about reading books that you like. As for me, I love reading about supernatural stories. And I often searched in wattpad for a writer whom I can read the story as the way they want to talk or tell. I mean, on how the writer talks normally when speaking since it is easy to grasp the idea and you can normally pause as if you're the one telling the story. Second category, Writing. I tried to write stories. Anything that just came on my mind though it was not that easy from the start. Sometimes, if you can't write, i just write whatever comes on mine just for a start. Third category, Listening. Just like you suggest on this video, I watch movie with the kind of accent I want to adapt. The kind of accent that is easier to understand and want to copy. Normally, since I love watching cartoons, I preferred Naruto series since there are translations and the accent is okay for me. These first three categories are for my gathering of datas. The fourth and fifth are for my implementation of what I gathered. The fourth category is speaking. This one, I find it hard to find someone to talk to since I need a native speaker to help me on this. I want an environment who can I join to. If you have a suggestion on this, I would appreciate it. So what I did was to practice speaking or relaying the things I want to talk about. As if I am telling a story or doing some acting just to practice what I learned. And lastly, translating. Since, I am a Filipino, most of what I watched were Tagalog. I tried to translate it into English. I hope this helps since I did not last on this improvement I made since I find it difficult if I just do this alone.. hehehe.. Keep it up. I will follow your YouTube account and if I have suggestions, I will give some comments..

  14. I used to be a huge fan of Spice Girls when I was a teenager, so I can see why you enjoyed this movie because the same has happened to me. 😊

  15. Other than movies I watch english tutorials mostly for listening practice and the selection obviously your videos! They are interesting to follow. I would like to mention that I watched a couple of movies in order to develop my Enlgish. One of them is "Love comes softly". But I don't know I am not much able to follow the description of National Geo or Discovery channel ! Good to know the genre of movies like drama, comedy etc. I prefer to comedy dramas. Max, your ear ring is amazing! Waiting for more videos. Do you upload videos like "Catch a train in Australia" ? Many people may like travelogues. Thanks for helping me to improve my english through writing comments.

  16. Hi i m from india i am very weak in english i understand what speaker said but problem come how to speak ……..

  17. This is the best english channel I have ever found…It is so useful and your english is so clear… And you? You are so beautifuuuuul 🙂 greeting from Slovakia.

  18. Oh Gosh! U r amzing n awesome
    I love u miss max
    ur videos help me improving my accent very much
    I appreciated ur job
    ur brilliant
    for record i have a que here which is if some one ask me a que or make with me a conversation how can i open or start the conversation like Well….or Alright….. and continuing talking? Are there other ways to do that? Can u explain that in a video please if u dont mind?!!
    With love n regards

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