Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

What is it about ?: Young Harry Potter, who lives and in turn is bitter by his uncles, the Dursleys, receives a mysterious letter at 11 years of age: an invitation for the next course at the College of Witchcraft and Wizardry Hogwarts. A world of adventure, secrets, magic and friendship to discover will open before him.

Why is it one of the best films to learn English ? : Who does not know the adventures of the young wizard? Whether with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or with the other 7 films that follow it (the last one is divided into two parts) you will hardly miss any part of the story: its pronunciation is not difficult to understand, it has actors with very accents. diverse and their argument is well known by all. PERFECT to get started in the struggles of this language to the sound of a fantastic adventure movie.

Technical data: genre: fantastic, adventures, children; author: JK Rowling ; director: Chris Columbus ; Main actors: Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint , Emma Watson , Robbie Coltrane , Richard Harris .

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

What is it about ?: Indiana Jones, professor of archeology at the University of the Pacific in California. Bored? Could not be farther from the truth. Dr. Jones likes to venture into ruined temples and other exotic locations in search of relics from the past. Now he faces the adventure of his life: finding the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Germany does.

Why is it one of the best films to improve your English level ?: Another saga worthy of mention, and not only because it is very useful when learning English. short dialogues, simple questions, direct answers … All the necessary ingredients so that you can follow its plot without difficulty. Not to mention its 3 sequels, where to the equation you have to add accents as varied as Sean Connery’s Scottish (in the role of Doctor Jones’s father) or the Indian English that you can hear in ‘The Doomed Temple’.

Technical data: genre: adventure, action; author: George Lucas , Philip Kaufman ; director: Steven Spielberg ; Main actors: Harrison Ford , Karen Allen , Paul Freeman , Ronald Lacey .

 

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (ET, the extraterrestrial) (1982)

What is your argument ?: A small alien is left alone and lost on Earth when his ship leaves without him. Luckily, young Elliott will find him and, with the help of his brothers, will protect him and try to get him back to his family.

Why is it one of the films that will help you the most with your English ?: The little alien who conquered us all with his childlike charm as he discovered our world. A movie loaded with simple questions and answers, often explained slowly (so that poor ET, and now you, could understand perfectly).

Technical data: genre: science fiction, fantasy, drama; author: Melissa Mathison ; director: Steven Spielberg ; Main actors: Henry Thomas , Dee Wallace , Robert MacNaughton .

Jurassic Park (1993)

What’s your story ?: Every child’s dream has come true: a theme park with real dinosaurs is about to open on a remote Pacific island! You imagine? Being able to see them running, bathing, even feeding. The only thing that could go wrong is for them to escape. But that’s not going to happen, is it?

Why is it one of the films with which to increase your English ?: We are again faced with a good portion of short dialogues, varied accents (but very easy to understand) and everyday situations (beyond being chased by a dinosaur) . The rest of the saga has the same characteristics, so the rest of the sequels (when it comes to learning English) are equally recommended. What’s more, if this ‘Jurassic Park’ from 1993 seems a bit old to you, you can start if you want by restarting the saga with ‘Jurassic World’ (2015). Although, in the opinion of this writer, the original films are much, much better …

Technical data: genre: science fiction, adventure; author: Michael Crichton ; director: Steven Spielberg ; Main actors: Sam Neill , Laura Dern , Jeff Goldblum , Richard Attenborough , Ariana Richards .

 

The best movies to learn English: intermediate level

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

What’s your story ?: Look, we don’t want to do spoilers of any kind. Let’s say this is the movie that puts the final climax to more than 20 years of the Marvel saga and its superheroes. 20 years that conclude in this spectacular finale full of epic, nostalgia and creeps.

Why is it one of the films to increase your English ?:Why do we mention the last movie of this third wave and not the previous ones? Not because the rest are bad (not at least when it comes to learning English: dialogues full of simple and everyday vocabulary, slow dictions, short sentences …); but because it is in this film when the cast of actors increases to infinity. A variety of actors and accents that does increase the difficulty somewhat, but at the same time helps your ear to get used to different and very varied accents (essential since in the world not only speak with the perfect Oxford pronunciation ). From the British English of Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), to the Australian accent of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), passing through the American of Robert Downey Jr.

Technical data: genre: science fiction, fantastic, action; author: Jim Starlin , Stan Lee , Jack Kirby ; director: Anthony Russo , Joe Russo ; Main actors: Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans , Mark Ruffalo , Chris Hemsworth , Scarlett Johansson .

Notting Hill (1999)

What’s It About ?: Love Story Anywhere: A well-known American star meets a single British bookseller from Notting Hill. The rest is better that you discover for yourself when you see the film.

Why is it one of the best films to learn English ?: A great film to compare the differences between the British (Hugh Grant) and American (Julia Roberts) accents through very everyday dialogues (day-to-day; the kind that are from really useful). Of course, with a slight rebound in difficulty given the speed of some of the conversations that make it an idea movie to get into the intermediate level.

Technical data: genre: romance, comedy; author: Richard Curtis ; director: Roger Michell ; Main actors: Hugh Grant , Julia Roberts .

Grease (1978)

Why is it one of the best films to improve your English level? Sandy and Danny have enjoyed an incredible vacation together but, when they meet again and by surprise in high school, the relationship is not the same, anymore that Danny’s attitude has radically changed.

Why is it one of the best movies to improve your English level ?: Its plot, dialogue and songs only make it suitable for intermediate levels. But who is able to resist hearing ‘Tell me more’ again?

Technical data: genre: musical, romance, comedy; author: Jim Jacobs , Warren Casey ; director: Randal Kleiser ; Main actors: John Travolta , Olivia Newton-John .

 

Casablanca (1942)

What is your argument? The Second World War has raged throughout Europe and people of all nationalities go to Casablanca, Morocco, seeking refuge. Getting in is easy; get out, not so much. Especially if your name was on the Gestapo lists …

Why is it one of the films that will help you the most with your English ?: Classic among classics. Its slow dialogues make it a great work to learn English, although certain phrases and terminology can make things a bit difficult for you. Hence, it is an excellent film with which to go from level B1 to B2.

Technical data: genre: drama, romance; author: Murray Burnett , Joan Alison ; director: Michael Curtiz ; Main actors: Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Paul Henreid .

 

The best movies to learn English: advanced level

The King’s Speech (2010)

What’s it about ?: The stuttering of the King of England George VI is a problem for him in the performance of his duties. It requires the help of Lionel Logue, an expert speech therapist, to vocalize correctly. Be careful, it is based on a true story.

Why is it one of the best movies to learn English ? : What better way to learn English than a movie where the king himself is taught to pronounce this language correctly? With this film you will learn perfect pronunciation and intonation; plus a couple of exercises to practice your fluency. Although if what you are interested in is learning to vocalize correctly, you cannot miss these resources with which to improve your English pronunciation .

Technical data: genre: drama, historical, biographical; author: David Seidler ; director: Tom Hooper ; Main actors: Colin Firth , Helena Bonham Carter .

My Fair Lady (1964)

What is it about ?: During a rainy night in 1912, Colonel Pickering bets his friend, the snob Henry Higgins, that he will not be able to teach a street florist to speak English correctly and pass her off as a high-society lady in a term of only 6 months. Spectacular performance by Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway.

Why is it one of the best films to improve your English level ?: Although some of its dialogues are very easy to follow, others are a real tongue twister. However, and as with ‘The King’s Speech’, you will learn many tricks to improve your pronunciation, to differentiate various British accents, and a large amount of vocabulary thanks to the songs of such a great classic.

Technical data: genre: musical, romance, comedy; author: George Bernard Shaw ; director: George Cukor ; Main actors: Audrey Hepburn , Rex Harrison , Stanley Holloway .

 

Billy Elliot (2000)

What is it about ?: It is 1984 in the United Kingdom and police and miners face each other on the street every day. One of these miners wants to enroll his son Bolly in boxing classes; but what he really wants is to learn to dance ballet. And he will fight for his dreams.

Why is it one of the best films to improve your level of English ?: Only for the most expert ears. The strong accent of the north of England of its protagonists makes it a real challenge, not to mention the large number of expressions and phrases that they use.

Technical data: genre: drama, comedy; author: Lee Hall ; director: Stephen Daldry ; Main actors: Jamie Bell , Julie Walters , Gary Lewis , Jamie Draven .

Downton Abbey (2019)

What is your argument ?: The Crawley family and their great servants are going to receive in the next few days the most important visit of all: that of the kings of England.

Why is it one of the films that will help you the most with your English ?: If in our article on the best British series to learn English we recommended Downton Abbey, how could we not do it with its film? The same arguments in defense of this film as those given then: British English of the highest school thanks to the great interpretation and diction of its actors (not to mention Maggie Smith). Amen of a cult vocabulary (on the part of the nobility) and at the same time popular (on the part of the servants).

Technical data: genre: drama; author: Julian Fellowes ; director: Michael Engler ; Main actors: Hugh Bonneville , Michelle Dockery , Maggie Smith , Joanne Froggatt , Kate Phillips , Imelda Staunton , Simon Jones , David Haig , Tuppence Middleton .

Anyway, although these films will be of great help to you, especially to improve your level of oral English, it is advisable that you follow a series of steps so that this method is really effective 

Guide to watching the best movies to learn English properly

  • Pick a movie . If possible that you already know or have seen. Well, that way you won’t get lost in the argument.
  • Put the movie in English with English subtitles . As time goes by, try to see them without subtitles to see if you can understand everything without the help of the text.
  • Don’t treat it like a marathon . We repeat: this is a method to learn English in a fun way. Fun, not boring! So it’s better for you to watch half an hour or a full hour of a movie in English every day than to swallow 7 hours in just one day.
  • Write down each word that you don’t understand and look it up in the dictionary. So you already know; Have a paper, pencil, and dictionary handy. Although it may seem tired, take note of each and every word that you do not understand. You will appreciate it.
  • Check the meaning of the new words. After a few days of watching the movie, read the list of terms you wrote and try to use them in a sentence.
  • Practice your pronunciation . Repeat out loud some of the phrases the actors say, and try to imitate their intonation.

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