How to learn a language online

How to learn a language online

wayne parry

LEARN ENGLISH ONLINE FOR FREE (PART TWO)

 

STEP NINE :          TO WATCH MOVIES IN ENGLISH

EXAMPLE:            THE MOVIE WORLD BEYOND HOLLYWOOD

 

Movies from the English speaking world are quite complex in that they are intertwined. British film productions are often financially backed by Hollywood and vice versa which means it’s difficult to determine whether a film is really American or British. To add to the confusion, many American films are produced in Canada or Australia. In recent years, New Zealand has produced some incredible fantasy movies but most are funded with American money. So the origins of many of these movies can become confusing.

For obvious reasons, movies from the United States don’t need to be included here as they already receive immense exposure on a global scale. But what about movies in other English speaking countries? Here’s a brief list of some new releases.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Harry Potter (all its sequels)                          One of the world’s most well-known film series

The Queen                                                        Drama based on the events of Princess Diana’s death

Robin Hood                                                       Fictional period drama about the life of Robin Hood

The Phantom of the Opera                             Based on the musical of the same name

War Horse                                                         Drama about a boy and his horse during the 1st World War

The King’s Speech                                          True story about King George and his speech therapist

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy                                 Spy thriller about European espionage

Casino Royale                                                   One of the many James Bond sequels

Bridget Jones’s Diary                                       Classic look at contemporary London

This is England                                                 Upfront and close up look at modern England

Wallace & Grommit                                          Award winning animation

Fish Tank                                                            Drama about a teenaged girl growing up in poverty

Albatross                                                             Teenage aspiring writer on the Isle of Man

Albert Nobbs                                                      Period drama of a man who is really a woman

Anonymous                                                        Drama about the hypothesis that Shakespeare was a fake

Anuvahood                                                         Comedy set in the ghettos of London

Attack on the Block                                           Sci fi thriller about aliens that invade London

The Awakening                                                 Thriller about an author of supernatural hoaxes

Blitz                                                                      Crime movie based in South East London

Cuckoo                                                                Thriller about a girl who thinks she is going mad

The Deep Blue Sea                                          Romance drama set in 1950’s London

The Eagle                                                          Epic drama set in Roman occupied England

Horrid Henry                                                      Comedy about a young mischievous boy

Hysteria                                                               Victorian era drama about women’s sexuality

Jane Eyre                                                           Period drama set in Victorian England

Johnny English Reborn                                  Comedy about a British spy

Ironclad                                                              Action movie about Rochester Castle in the 13th century

Love’s Kitchen                                                  Drama that revolves around restaurants in England

Outside Bet                                                       Drama about a group that invests in a race horse

Perfect Sense                                                   Thriller about a man who suffers from schizophrenia

Retreat                                                                Thriller about a couple stranded on an island

Wuthering Heights                                           Contemporary remake of this classic English novel

Wake Wood                                                       Horror movie set in a remote English village

The Veteran                                                       Action crime movie set in South London

Swinging with the Finkels                              Comedy about swinging

Screwed                                                             Action drama about a soldier who becomes a prison guard                          

 

AUSTRALIA

Tomorrow When the War Began                   Friends camping discover Australia has been invaded

Bran Nue Dae                                                    Comedy musical focusing on Aboriginal culture

Beneath Hill 60                                                  War movie about the soldiers who fought in the trenches

Red Dog                                                              The story of a dog that wanders the desert

Animal Kingdom                                               Crime movie set in Sydney

Mary and Max                                                     Animation about a girl who has a penpal in New York

Beautiful Kate                                                    Drama about a son who goes back home

The Black Balloon                                            Drama about a teenaged boy and his disabled brother

Balibo                                                                  True story about Australian journalists killed in East Timor

The Boys are Back                                            A man who is faced with the new challenge of being a father

The Tunnel                                                         Horror movie set in the tunnels beneath Sydney

Blame                                                                  Thriller about a group of vigilantes seeking revenge

The Eye of the Storm                                        A dying matriarch and her control over her two children

Face to Face                                                      Drama about work confrontations

Sanctum                                                             A group of explorers become trapped in a crevice

Kings of Mykonos                                             The hilarious sequel to Wog Boys – set in Greece

Charlie and Boots                                             A son takes his father on an unforgettable road trip

Closed for Winter                                              A woman discovers how her sister went missing

Australia                                                              The epic Baz Luhrmann movie

Dying Breed                                                        A horror movie set in Tasmania’s wilderness

Rogue                                                                  Horror movie about a crocodile

Daybreakers                                                       Australian vampire movie without the Australian accents

 

NEW ZEALAND

Boy                                                                        Fictional story about a young boy and his tales

Matariki                                                                Set around a market place in Auckland

Under the Mountain                                          Fantasy movie set in Auckland

The Strength of Water                                      Maori movie set in a seaside town

The Ferryman                                                    Thriller movie set on a yacht headed for Fiji

Black Sheep                                                       Bizarre horror movie involving killer sheep

Perfect Creature                                                Horror movie where humans and vampires coexist

Out of the Blue                                                   True story about a massacre

Perfect Strangers                                              Thriller about a woman who meets the man of her dreams

Predicament                                                      Crime movie set in 1930’s New Zealand

 

IRELAND

The Guard                                                           Comedy about a town police station

The Eclipse                                                        Ghost thriller involving a widower and a writer

Hunger                                                                 True story about hunger striker Bobby Sands

Garage                                                                 A middle aged man accused of a crime with a teenager

The Wind that Shakes the Barley                   Movie about the Irish War of Independence

Inside I’m Dancing                                           Two disabled men and their aspirations

Omagh                                                                Events about the Omagh bombing

 

SOUTH AFRICA

District 9                                                               Sci fi about aliens that invade a fictional Cape Town

The World Unseen                                             Two women who fall in love in 1950’s South Africa

Mr Bones (1 & 2)                                                 South Africa’s highest grossing films (comedy)

Son of Man                                                           The story of Jesus as an African fable

Tsotsi                                                                    Story of a delinquent in Johannesburg’s slums

 

NIGERIA

Tango with Me                                                     Romantic drama

Two Brides and a Baby                                     Drama about a planned wedding that goes wrong

Ghetto Dreamz                                                   Gangster movie set in the slums of Lagos

Anchor Baby                                                        Drama about Nigerian illegal immigration in the USA

The Figurine                                                       Thriller movie about a cursed traditional figurine

Osuofia in London                                            Comedy about life in Nigeria

 

THE REST OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD

Better Must Come                                          Jamaican movie about the struggles in the 1960’s

Mirror Boy                                                         Nigerian movie about a Gambian boy who returns home

Sinking Sands                                                Ghanian movie about a teacher and her love life

Made in Jamaica                                            Movie about Jamaican dancehall music

A Sting in a Tale                                              Comedy about life in Ghana

Roots Time                                                      Another documentary style musical move from Jamaica

 

 

 

 

STEP TEN :           TO MAKE FRIENDS ONLINE

EXAMPLE:            SKYPE

 

It goes without saying that if you communicate with native speakers, your level of that language will improve. There are many great websites where you can find a language exchange partner. Some of the best ones are The Mixxer and My Language Exchange. Here are their links.

 

The Mixxer http://language-exchanges.org

My Language Exchange http://mylanguageexchange.com

 

 

STEP ELEVEN :           TO WORK IN AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY

EXAMPLE:                    INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

 

A job interview can be scary in anyone's language. There are some useful clips on YouTube for interview techniques and they can show how to use English effectively for successfully communicating during an interview.

 

 

 

 

STEP TWELVE :           RELATIONSHIPS

EXAMPLE:                    CULTURAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ENGLISH SPEAKERS

 

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy is asked about his opinion of the differences from audiences in Canada, the USA and other English speaking countries.

 

 

By following some (or all) of these twelve steps, it should be possible to study a language without opening a text book or even leaving the house. Of course, it's important to learn the grammar but that can be picked up online as well. The most important thing about a language is its culture and by following the language online, especially through YouTube, it's possible to pick up enough enough motivation to want to keep learning the language. Good luck! 

 

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