Language students around the world use foreign language channels to help them learn the language of their choice. From French and Spanish to Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese or Russian, to name but a few choices, it is possible to find channels in just about any language.
So how does this help to learn? It is well known that hearing a language spoken by natives within a natural context is the best way to learn, as it is far more likely to get the pronuciation right this way. In addition, many different responses to certain questions, situations, etc, as well as new words and phrases not included in textbooks can be picked up.
This is why many students choose to spend a year in a different country to learn languages. Watching native TV shows is the next best solution.
Even if subtitles are provided, it is best to have a good dictionary handy, as well as a notepad and pen, especially when first starting to learn. Whenever words or phrases that are not already familiar come up, the show, or whatever is being watched, can be paused and the relevant words and/or phrases can be noted down and looked up.
Taking the time to record one’s own attempts to pronounce newly found phrases and comparing them to the original heard in the show will ensure getting it right eventually. This may sound like a lot of effort, but it will work extremely well and will ultimately be worth it if the student is passionate enough about learning the language.
This naturally works almost as well if the show is in English and the subtitles are in a different language. It is not as helpful with the pronunciation, for obvious reasons, but will certainly bring up a lot of new phrases or words to add to one’s vocabulary.
Speaking from experience, it really does make a difference to be around individuals speaking a language as their native tongue or watching TV channels, listening to radio stations etc., when learning a language. Translating the lyrics of songs can be most educating while at the same time being entertaining, too.
Whoever said that watching soap operas could not be educational certainly didn’t know about this benefit of watching free Internet TV. When all that learning is getting too much for one day, it is always possible to catch a classic movie, catch up with the latest episode of one’s favourite show, watch the home team’s match or simply relax with one of the many music stations also available with the free Internet TV channels.
To put it in short, whatever the point of interest, whether for education, work or leisure, Internet TV has what it takes to provide all a person could possibly want at the click of a mouse.
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