While you can always hire an English tutor to learn the language, watching films is also a great way to get better at it. So, in this guide, we will talk about why English is important in today’s world, and what are some of the best movies to enhance your language skills. We have also picked some amazing tips and resources for you. These tips and resources will help you in learning English through films even more conveniently.
Importance of English in Today’s World
English is an international language and having a good command over English increases your probability of getting a job of your choice. You can grab an opportunity in an MNC, within Singapore or even abroad. The English language is also popular when it comes to media and internet, so learning English is vital to socialize with peers and having a good command over English definitely gives you an edge over others.
5 Amazing Movies to Watch and Learn
1. The King’s Speech
Released in 2010, the King’s Speech instantly happened to be one of the biggest films of the year. The movie stars Colin Firth as King George VI. The movie is based on King George as he tries to get rid of stuttering.
A ‘stutter’ is basically a speech difficulty when an individual talks with repeated words or sounds.
“King George VI: Listen to me. Listen to me!
Lionel Logue: Listen to you? By what right?
King George VI: By divine right, if you must. I am your King.
Lionel Logue: No you’re not. You told me so yourself. You said you didn’t want it. Why should I waste my time listening?
King George VI: Because I have a right to be heard! I have a voice!
Lionel Logue: Yes, you do. You have such perseverance, Bertie. You’re the bravest man I know. You’ll make a bloody good King.”
2. Harry Potter
Released between 2001 and 2011 in the form of 8 series, Harry Potter has been an all-time favorite movie of most of us. The entire series is about Harry Potter who is a wizard and the movie encapsulates all of his magical and mysterious adventures. Harry Potter movies are a must-watch if you want to learn English. Hogwarts is the magical school which is attended by all main characters.
Harry: Excuse me. Who are you?
Hagrid: Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Of course, you know all about Hogwarts.
Harry: Sorry, no.
Hagrid: No? Blimey, Harry, did you ever wonder where your Mum and Dad learned it all?
Harry: Learnt what?
Hagrid: You’re a wizard, Harry.
Harry: I– I’m a what?
Hagrid: A wizard! And a thumpin’ good ‘un, I’ll wager, once you’ve been trained up a bit.
Harry: I think you’ve made a mistake. I mean, I… can’t be a… a wizard. I mean, I’m… just… Harry. Just Harry.
Hagrid: Well, “Just Harry”… did you ever make anything happen? Anything you couldn’t explain when you were angry or scared?
3. The Shawshank Redemption
Released in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption is a classic film based on a book by Stephen King. People have loved the movie for its unexpected climax and it is known to be one of the best films ever made. The movie revolves around an educated man who has been imprisoned for life for an alleged murder.
Andy Dufresne : [referring to Andy using an alias to launder money for the warden] If they ever try to trace any of those accounts, they’re gonna end up chasing a figment of my imagination.
Red: Well, I’ll be damned. Did I say you were good? Shit, you’re a Rembrandt!
Andy Dufresne: Yeah. The funny thing is – on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
4. Love Actually
Released in 2003, Love Actually is a classic romantic comedy. People love to watch this movie during winters as it is a film based on Christmas. The movie revolves around 8 different stories, all set in the city of London. This movie is a must watch to improve your English skills as there are many characters in the movie with different accents and personalities.
Sam: There’s this big concert at the end of term and Joanna’s in it. And I thought, maybe if I was in the band and played absolutely superbly, there’s a chance that she might actually fall in love with me. What do you think?
Daniel: I think it’s brilliant! I think it’s stellar! Apart from the one, obvious, tiny little baby little hiccup.
Sam: That I don’t play a musical instrument.
Released in the year 2010, Submarine is one of the independent film that won many accolades. Also known as ‘indie film’, the film is set in Whales and is a coming-of-age film, which basically means it is a film about teens as they grow up. This is a great movie to watch if you wish to pay attention to distinct regional accents, that too in English.
Oliver Tate: Ask me how deep the ocean is.
Jordana Bevan: Shut up.
Oliver Tate: Come on, just ask me.
Jordana Bevan: Why?
Oliver Tate: ‘Cause I know the answer.
Jordana Bevan: Oh! Do you?
Oliver Tate: Yes, I do.
Jordana Bevan: How deep is the ocean?
Oliver Tate: I’m not gonna say.
Jordana Bevan: I’m broken-hearted.
Oliver Tate: The ocean is six miles deep
Keep These Things in Mind While Learning English Through Movies
- Pick a movie that interests you
- Decide on a movie that matches your current level of English
- Have a dictionary handy
- Repeat phrases in your head, especially short ones
- It is okay if you miss upon something
If you love watching movies, you should definitely include the ones mentioned above in your to-watch list. What’s more? These movies will also help you in improving your English.