Monday, 30 August 2010

film collections a valuable resource

A quick post about a sometimes forgotten reservoir of language practice material (well someone I was speaking to at work hadn't thought of it). I don't collect a lot of films, but sometime I buy them, particularly as these days sometimes buying a DVD is about the same price as renting it. When learning a language you may find that you have immediate access to a number of films with soundtracks and sub-titles in that language. Perhaps if not directly, then via borrowing films (I have a friend who literally has stacks of DVDs taller than me laying around.

Even if you don't like dubbed sound you may have watched a number of films in the past that were dubbed in your mother tongue, so now you can watch them as they were intended :).

I admit this has not helped me hugely for Thai,  although I did have the Eye trilogy which I originally purchased because I like that type of film and  because the soundtracks have some Mandarin (also have lots of Thai). The real reminder for this came from starting German and I came across a number of films with German soundtracks.

Will this help much? Well bizarrely there are those that don't seem to rate listening activities as much use, I find them incredibly useful. Besides if you are just replacing watching a film in your mother tongue with one (or the same one) in your target language what can go wrong (no you won't go blind or lose the power of speech :0). Another advantage with tapping the reservoir is that you may try and enjoy some films that you never thought you would (perhaps one you borrow from a family member).


  1. Hi Chris... German?! Is that your secret project? :)

  2. No not the secret project ;).

    My youngest son likes learning German at school so I have started learning to help him.

    Its the European language I most wanted to learn anyway so a good chance to start.

    Just watched "2001: a space odyssey" in German, not much dialogue but very interesting.

  3. Hey, what a good idea, Bakunin. Let's all choose one language to learn secretly. We won't know what language the others are learning. We won't know anything because it'll be a s e c r e t. Maybe I need to spell that backwards, terces. Then, one day you suddenly announce that you're fluent in another language. And everybody will be like, Wow! And then... I'd better stop here. Can't give away all the details or it won't be no terces.