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It is possible to learn English by watching Dramas, but only to a limited degree. Dramas can provide us with useful input.

   Drama English differs from the English you find in newspapers and books, because written English and spoken English are quite different. In dramas you will find more slang and a great number of different accents. Exposure to these things improves your listening. Eventually, using natural language can help you to sound more fluent. Another good point about movies is that they offer ' authentic' English.

   Too many English textbooks use formal English that sounds quite unnatural, leaving students sounding like robots. This, in my experience, is a big problem with Chinese students of English.

    So, yes, dramas can be a useful study supplement. However, let me tell you something very important: Unless you manage them very well, dramas are not much use to the language learner! Unfortunately, people vastly overestimate the value of Dramas as a learning tool. They think you can just watch Dramas and learn. You cannot.

    And if you rely on Dramas as a major source of input for your learning, think again. Be sure it' s not just an easy excuse. Let me tell you how to use Dramas in a disciplined and systematic way.

   Sitting in front of a TV is passive. Being passive is not generally a good way to learn anything. You need to be more engaged in the learning by preparing for it, researching it, discussing it, taking notes, doing follow-up, etc. Interactive learning is more effective than passive learning. Unless you interact with the input you will forget it soon afterwards.

    Here are a few tips on how to approach a movie in an interactive way:

Research it online

 Identify the main idea of the Drama

 Take notes on the key vocabulary

 Discuss these ideas and words with your friend

 Watch part of the movie, then stop it and discuss

 Take more notes and use the new vocabulary in your discussion

 After the Drama is finished, follow up through discussion and further reading on the topic, etc.

   Let me make another point. Dramas can be difficult to understand. Sure you have an advantage with a Drama that you can see what is happening and you can stop/start it. However, the characters tend to speak fast and use a lot of slang. In some ways, Dramas are more difficult to understand than books. If they don't have subtitles, they can be hard to learn from.


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Comment by gigilee on June 26, 2011 at 8:41
it is my pleasure.^^
Comment by sanggee gultom on June 24, 2011 at 7:12

Hi gigilee....

vey nice blog. thank you so much for sharing ^^

Comment by gigilee on June 23, 2011 at 10:38
thanks for ur advice,i will have a try.^^
Comment by Mr_Night on June 23, 2011 at 9:34

Hey, gigilee, its a way for learning, as you said, Drama or movies in general, use the common speech which you can hear on the street or any where in the daily life, if you copied it in your mind then you will be able to understand whats going around you and react fast, coz in the drama show, the characters act and react with each others with those slangs and words that are common and widly used.


To add one more thing to this topic of yours, how about acting? i mean be a part in a drama show or so,, with friends and even alone. Lets say, write down some sentences ,some words that you can use,, live in a character  in a story and simply act for a time. I believe this will improve your speaking and reaction in English language. ( just an idea)


Nice blog.



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