Listening to how a language is spoken in a fluent manner is invaluable for a beginner. By listening to other people speaking the language you get a good idea of how certain phrases and words are used as part of a sentence. A conversation between two people, on any topic really, can immerse you in the situation and get you attentive to what is being said.
Television shows can be helpful here. There are a lot of television shows that are English-speaking which one can use to get a real feel of the language while it is being used during interesting and unconventional conversations. Below we list a few TV shows you can watch to better your understating and listening skills while having fun at the same time!
Downtown Abbey (2010 – 2015)
If you are a British history enthusiast or would like to know more about British heritage and culture, then this is the show for you! It is a drama based during the 1912 – 1915 period. The characters speak in the standard English language (Received Pronunciation English) which makes the show a good source for you to perfect your accent. You will also hear some idioms being used every now and then.
Doctor Who (1963 – present)
If you are a fan of science fiction, you probably already know about this show. The situation comedy (sitcom) has been running for over 50 (fifty) years and it centres around Time Lord (the Doctor) in his fights to save the world from evil. Today, it is has become a part of British folklore and is a great source for both adults and children to listen to the English language in practice while supporting the Doctor on his quests!
Have I Got News for You (1990 – present)
This show is a bit different to the ones mentioned above. It is a panel show with guests discussing current events and since all guests have different opinions you will hear a mix of different talking styles which will enrich your learning even more.
The Crown (2016 – present)
As you can assume from the title, this show is all about the British monarchy. Although it is centred around Queen Elizabeth II and her emerging years as Queen, the series includes other members of the Royal Family as well as some politicians who have ruled over the years. By watching this show you will not only learn a ton about the history of the monarchy, but you will also get to hear the English language in its purest and correct form.
Watch television shows with English subtitles or captions. It is much better to read and listen to English at the same time.
Do not pause to read or research a word you did not get or understand. This will break the flow of the episode and you will miss the story.
Only watch one episode at a time. This makes it easier for you to remember and digest the new vocabulary you came across in that episode.