Learn English with movies!

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One of the best ways to improve your understanding of the English language is by watching movies. Movies are not only entertaining, but can also provide you with some common colloquial phrases and expressions as well as vocabulary and grammar in context.

TIPS on watching movies:

– Watch the movies with English subtitles

– Watch all movies in the same accent (American, British, Australian, etc.)

– If you really enjoy a movie, watch it more than once. Repetition is key to learning a language.

Here is a list of 10 fantastic movies to help you learn English:

1. The Wizard of Oz

Genre: family/ musical

Year: 1939

Dorothy, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas, is caught in a tornado’s path with her dog Toto. They magically end up on a journey to Oz, where she makes some special new friends.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Genre: family/ adventure/ comedy

Year: 2005

Charlie wins a tour at the famous chocolate factory run by a most unique candy maker.

3. Back to the Future

Genre: action/ sci-fi

Year: 1989

Marty McFly is sent back in time to the 1950s  in a time machine and needs to do what it takes to make sure his parents fall in love.

4. E.T.

Genre: family/sci-fi

Year: 1982

Elliot is a boy living in California who one day discovers an alien who he decides to befriend.

Elliot and his siblings keep the alien, E.T., a secret until their new friend falls ill and needs help.

5. Toy Story

Genre: animation/ adventure

Year: 1996

Andy has a room full of toys that he loves to play with, but what he doesn’t know is that these toys come to life when he isn’t home. His cowboy Buddy rivals the new toy, Buzz Lightyear, but soon this rivalry turns to friendship.

6. Finding Nemo

Genre: animation/adventure/comedy

Year: 2003

Nemo is an eager, young clown fish who gets lost in the ocean on his first day of school. His desperate father and a forgetful new friend Dory take a journey through the ocean in search of dear Nemo.

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer´s Stone

Genre: adventure/ fantasy

Year: 2001

Eleven-year-old  Harry Potter suddenly discovers that he is a wizard when he receives a letter inviting him to attend Hogwarts, a boarding school for witches and wizards. On the Hogwart´s Express train he meets two kids who will become his best friends at this unique school.

8. King Kong

Genre: action/ adventure/ drama

Year: 2005

A film producer from New York in the 1930’s brings his cast and crew to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter King Kong, a giant ape.

9. Forrest Gump

Genre: comedy/drama/ romance

Year:  1994

A film that chronicles the life of Forrest Gump, an intellectually disabled man, between the 1950s and the 1980s. A series of flashbacks brings you back to Forrest´s childhood  in the South with his “mama” and how his life progresses.

10. Spider Man

Genre: Action

Year: 2002

Peter Parker is a nerdy teenager that turns into a super-hero when he gets a bite from a genetically modified spider. Spider Man fights against crime with his amazing spider powers.



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