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I will speak about my personal experience. I improved my English skills by watching TV series and films, but I was already at some stage in my English learning. I had a good knowledge of English Grammar and some vocabulary. But this way of learning is not going to give good results until it is given enough time, for example weeks, and in a continuous way, ...


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As an ESL, I’m more than happy to share my experience and tips. However, I would first like to humbly disagree that exceptions in English rules nullify the rules. It’s true that English, when compared to other Latin languages, seems to have more irrational exceptions which even local speakers cannot explain, but rules are rules and without them we’ll lose ...


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I've never been in a position similar, but I might suggest broading your reading. Reading of novels, of textbooks, of modern tales, of classic fiction. Largely we put together language, not as a forumula at the word level, but as a sequence of segments, cliches gliding into place - effectively we see catchphrase after catchphrase, and the more of these you ...


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It's definitely possible - my brother learned English mostly through cartoons. (Though it's definitely better supplemented by some formal learning.) As for whether it's effective... Depends on what you're comparing it to and what the circumstances are. Certainly it's less effective than full-immersion interactive learning such as listening/talking to ...


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To put simply YES. The best to learn any language is to hear it and to then associate what you have learned with your native language. It's very important to keep a few things in mind though. Do not watch a show that use lots of slang. This will not help you increase your vocab. Pick a few television shows that are rich in vocab. You want to make sure ...


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It's probably easiest to find something if you're sticking to a license you understand and can fulfill the requirements of. Both flickr and google images offer search functions delivering only images under a certain license: Flickr, Creative Commons Google advanced image search allows specifying the License for imaging. When setting up your deck in Anki, ...


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I'm a Spanish native speaker and I have been learning English for 6 years up to now. I usually watch TV Series or Movies in English, sometimes I watch them with subtitles and sometimes without them, but always subs in English. The reason I use the subtitles just only for these situations when they say some word that I can't understand or I don't know how to ...


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From my own personal experience, watching TV has greatly improved my listening skills in German. However, I've found it has had only a limited impact on my usage of the language. Like anything in life, the key is Practice Practice Practice. If you want to improve your listening skills in a language by all means, watch a TV series in that language! If you ...


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Watching television/films in your target language is great, especially if you don't get many other oppotunities to hear it used in a normal setting. But don't just start learning a new language through this medium. Without knowing the language well enough it will just be too many hours of mainly babble, which is not effective. However, if you know the ...


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People experienced in maintaining recall of huge decks of spaced-repetition flashcards will tell you that each card should only really contain a unit of information, not more. Work with how your brain interprets atomic information for each given case, but specifically for language reading and meaning are indeed completely separate things. Since you keep ...


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How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional life I am a software developer, too. It depends on what you mean by "success" here. You can think of "success" by making software in two ways: Making a lot of money from it Making an impact Point 1. is implicit because you chose this as a profession. Point ...


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While I've not read the book, I understand the concept similarly to how @BrotherJack expressed it. Fundamentals in the first 20 hours, and the rest is just practice. :) I think back to all the languages I learned: English, German, Italian, French and they all start the same. Alphabet and pronunciation(s) of individual letters; this allows you to properly ...


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The 'Learn, Practice and Do' methodology is generally recommended for this sort of thing as it does work, as long as you put in the time and practice. If, as you say, you have no time, then there aren't many solutions that will work for you. There aren't any short cuts to putting in the practice of reading and writing in English, as despite there being lots ...


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Watching TV shows or consuming any media in a foreign language does provide a number of advantages over more formal study methods. For instance: It provides the opportunity to passively consume a language whilst actively doing other things. This can be vital if you don't get much chance to be around native speakers. Since you're likely to choose shows that ...


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Improving your listening skills? Certainly (better with subtitles off). Helping with your language study? Again yes. Learning a whole language? No. Watching a TV series or many movies, will help you increase your listening skills, but being fluent in a foreign language is a much more complex matter. When you're fluent, you should have these abilities (I ...


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Well, it would be very hard to learn foreign language by only watching TV series, with exception when you have special gift for languages or the language is very similar to one you already know (for example, learn Ukrainian when you already know Russian). But, as the help for learning languages, watching TV series is the great help. It means the contact ...


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My very first English sentence was "He's dead, Jim." which was translated to "Hij is dood, Jim." in Dutch and was therefore super-simple to decode when I was 8. I ran downstairs and explained to my befuddled mother that I understood English. Proud to be a Trekkie ;-) I believe that I learned a lot of English and French from simply watching shows and reading ...



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