If you’re like us, since quarantine started, you’ve spent most of your weekends (okay, every weekend) at home watching something on Netflix. Fortunately, we have some tips that will allow you to relax on your couch and practice English at the same time!

Listening is how you learned your first language

No one learns their first language by memorizing grammar charts or vocabulary lists. From the moment we’re born, we listen constantly, and by listening, we learn. You can mimic this process as you learn English by watching programs on Netflix, listening to podcasts, and finding interesting videos on Youtube! When you practice listening by watching a movie or television series, you expose yourself to different accents, dialects, and regional slang. Programs on Netflix are also full of examples of when to use phrasal verbs, tricky tenses, and situation-specific vocabulary and phrases, so you’ll learn new grammar and vocabulary without having to study.

How to practice English using Netflix:

First, decide if you want to practice actively or passively. If you want to practice actively, be sure to take notes on new vocabulary and phrases! If you find the program you’ve chosen challenging, don’t hesitate to use English subtitles. Your practice session will still be helpful! Subtitles are especially useful if you’re watching a documentary that uses technical vocabulary or a program where the characters have unfamiliar accents. To make your practice session more active, listen closely, and don’t be afraid to press pause and go back if you miss an important word or phrase!
If you’re in the mood to study in a more passive manner, you don’t need to worry about taking notes. Choose a program on a familiar subject or with characters who have familiar accents. Use context clues to help with new words and focus on understanding dialogue. You can always use subtitles if you find them useful.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:
Movie

1) Get Out— “Get Out” is director Jordan Peele’s first horror movie that depicts a black man visiting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time.
2) Marriage Story- This Neflix original film shows the messy divorce and subsequent changes in the lives of a theatre director and actor.

Series

1) She’s Gotta Have It – This series follows the life of Nola Darling, an artist, activist, and native New Yorker. Based on Spike Lee’s iconic film of the same name, this series will make you laugh, think, and compel you to keep watching.
2) Grace and Frankie—Grace and Frankie are two women in their late 70s who receive shocking news from their husbands, causing them to form a close-knit bond despite their drastically different personalities.
3) Rick & Morty—This cult-classic series follows a grandfather and grandson duo who go on intergalactic adventures.

Documentaries

1) 13th – This documentary, named after the 13th amendment of the United States constitution, exposes the racist nature of the US prison industrial complex.

Follow @keeptalkingco on Instagram to see our weekly Netflix recommendations and daily English-learning tips! Be sure to check out our post from last Saturday for some Netflix recommendations that focus on systemic racism in the United States.

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