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The Wonderful World of Watching Series in English

Judit Martos
31/10/2012

Watching series in English is one of the most enjoyable things you can do to improve your English. It not only enables you to improve your listening skills, but also to learn new vocabulary and expressions.

There are two big advantages to following a series as opposed to watching films. Firstly, an episode is shorter than a film so it is easier to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Having said that, you will get so hooked on the series that you won’t be able to stop watching it and will end up being a couch potato! Secondly, it is a great way to monitor your listening progress. As the series progresses, you will get used to the characters’ accents and learn the vocabulary that frequently occurs in the episodes and, consequently, you will notice real progress in your comprehension skills.

There are different ways to watch series in English. If you have a great level, you can just watch the series without subtitles, but if you are having trouble following the plot, you can add the English subtitles. If you don’t feel comfortable enough using English subtitles, you have the option of using the Spanish ones. You can choose whether to use them during the whole episode (or season) or just for some minutes until you get used to the accents. You can even try using them for 10 minutes during one episode, then removing them for a few minutes and then putting them back. This is a good way to test yourself and see how much you can understand without them.

In the following document 'The Wonderful World of Watching Series in English' you will find some series which I wholeheartedly recommend. There is a mix of fantasy, drama and comedy. If you have already watched them or you don’t find them appealing, I’m sure you will find other ones which will suit you better. Nevertheless, we would be happy to hear your suggestions so as to share them with other English students.

We hope to see you on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin talking about your favourite series.

Have fun!