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Improve English by Movies

Improve your English listening and speaking experience by watching and listening movies
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Created by Yusuf Katı
Last updated 2/2017
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Let’s go back to our childhood and think about primary school for a moment.

I am talking about the time when we were six or seven years old.

The question here is,

What was the first thing they taught us at primary school? First thing they taught us was Writing and Reading, right?

Why it wasn’t Listening and Speaking? Of course, listening and speaking were the core abilities that we were accepted to a primary school.

And we all know that none of us teach our children how to pronounce vowels, consonants and words like the lessons we get in a language learning school?

But how did we learn to speak and to understand what we hear when we were a child?

In my opinion, one of the reason is that we hear words many times.

When we hear the sound of a word many times, we will have enough sound information in our memory and then our brain will send the right command to our speaking organs how to produce that sound. Make sense?

Did you think about this, sometimes we pronounce a word wrong and somebody else tells us the correct spelling, maybe we can’t pronounce that word correctly after hearing it once, but in most cases we will be able to pronounce that word correctly after 3-5 times we hear that word, and we are doing this just by hearing.

Sometimes we feel the need of a little bit of time, just after the full pronunciation of a word, to clearly identify that word. Why this happens is that, our brain trying to match the sound we heard with an existing sound information in our memory. But we did not put that sound information in our memory. In most cases we will be expecting the pronunciation of a word, just like we saw that word on a paper.

In this course we are going to use some digital tools to improve our listening experience and as a result of listening we are also going to improve our speaking skills.

We are going to use movies. If you feel that listening a movie is an advanced stuff for you, you can use video files or audio files at your level.

Who is the target audience?
  • Language improvement can only be seen after the method used as described in this course.
  • Finishing the course only, makes no language improvement.
  • This course itself doesn't teach grammar or vocabulary or pronunciation
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the steps on how to choose a movie for language learning
Learn how to use software programs for listening the sound effectively
Learn the steps on how to correct pronunciation
View Curriculum
  • If you want to watch and listen movie content, I think you need to have at least pre-intermedia level. But, this is not a rule or standard.
  • You can apply this method to the audio files or video files at your level. For example, leveled books like Penguin Readers or Oxford Bookworms. Some of those leveled books include audio files.
  • Dictionaries and grammar books needed when the steps applied.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 03:34:26
01 About Learning
4 Lectures 24:06

Some hardware that may possibly increase your productivity.

Preview 07:30

In this video I will share some of my opinions about our language learning during our childhood.

Preview 05:32

In this video I will share some of my opinions about our natural learning process.

01 03 Natural Learning

In this video I am going to talk about the important benefits of reviewing.

01 04 Reviewing
02 Choosing a Movie
4 Lectures 25:05

Benefits of using movies for language learning.

02 01 About Movies

How to select a single movie and an example movie to start off.

02 02 Single Movie

How to select movie series and an example movie series to start off.

02 03 Movie Series

How to find movie subtitles and how to use them separately and along with listening the audio.

02 04 Subtitle Files
03 Digital Data
6 Lectures 27:36

In this video I am going to explain what a video file is and what it consists of.

03 01 Video File

In this video I am going to explain two audio terms; Frequency, Sample Rate.

03 02 Audio Terms

In this video I am going to explain three image terms; Pixel, Resolution, Dimension.

03 03 Image Terms

In this video I am going to talk about Bit and Byte.

Preview 04:55

In this video I am going to talk about Bit Rate.
Preview 02:56

In this video I am going to show you, how to view the properties of a video file or an audio file using a free program called MediaInfo.

Preview 03:44
04 Watching a Movie
2 Lectures 11:22

In this video I am going to talk about the strategy when you are watching a movie

04 02 Watching Strategy

In this video I want to talk about movie watching options for your language learning goals.

04 03 Watching Options
05 Extracting Audio
4 Lectures 25:56

In this video I am going to talk about WAV audio file format

Preview 02:26

In this video I am going to explain how to extract audio from discs and video files.

05 02 Convert from Disc and File

In this video I am going to show you how to download and install VSO DVD Converter Ultimate.
05 03 Install VSO DVD Converter Ultimate

In this video I am going to show you how to use VSO DVD Converter Ultimate.

05 04 Using VSO DVD Converter Ultimate
06 Listening Audio
3 Lectures 41:29

How to download and install Adobe Audition.

06 01 Adobe Audition

Learn how to understand fast speech in a movie using an audio editor.

06 02 Zoom, Stretch, Amplify - Part 1

Learn how to select and listen 2 seconds or 2 minutes duration of a movie.

06 03 Zoom, Stretch, Amplify - Part 2
07 Word Playlist Building
3 Lectures 45:20

How to get the mp3 file of any dictionary word.

07 01 Audio Pronunciation Files

How to add pronunciation files to a playlist and how to review them later.

07 02 Playlist and Repeating Playlist - Part 1

How to add pronunciation files to a playlist and how to review them later.

07 03 Playlist and Repeating Playlist - Part 2
08 Resources
1 Lecture 00:00

In this chapter I collected website links and information about some resources, note that these are only the links to their website or the information about those products.

08 01 Using Resources
1 page
in Field - Harry Potter 1
2 Lectures 12:32

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Want to learn a language in a way that the children learn their own native language in every single corner of the planet?

One way to learn a language is to live in a place where that language is spoken as a native language. Now we have internet and we have the opportunity to listen native speakers in our computers. How? Those native speakers are speaking in hundreds of movies, aren’t they like that? 

Movies are not made to teach language, so what could be the advantage here, that means if we can understand the movie speech we can understand the spoken language.

Is it easy, it is not, obviously it is hard. You know every success is in the hard way, there is no easy way to succeed.

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