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Do you watch television shows in your target language? How do you think it has helped you?

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I'm thinking of adding a couple Portuguese language channels to my cable. I think it would be nice to be able to watch shows in Portuguese, and discover programs that people in the Portuguese speaking world watch. It would be nice just to have it in the background when I am not actively watching TV as well.

What is your experience with watching shows or movies in foreign/target languages? What sorts of skills did you pick up that you might not have expected? Did it give you more confidence with the language?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
wildfood
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Listening is a skill in itself and must be cultivated. My cable company finally added SAP audio (Secondary Audio Programming) last year and I can listen to many programs in Spanish. Last night I stumbled across WWE in Spanish for the first time! Anyway, it has helped my listening skills immensely.

2 years ago

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Yes definitely! It is one thing to be able to listen and decipher a short sentence on Duolingo (but no small feat, as I could not do that at first without listening to the turtle speed a couple times!), and an entirely new thing to stay on track while watching a TV show! The nice thing if you are learning Spanish is that there are so many resources (and people!) available to practice, that there is no excuse in not learning it ;)! Spanish soap operas are really good too, and pretty easy to find. And they only last a couple months usually so there's always a new one coming up.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Back in the old days, the spanish announcing table at WWF events got broken more often than things actually in the ring. I never bothered listening in Spanish but I always wondered how the commentary went when that happened.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna_Elsa_J.

I don't watch TV, but I listen to music in English (I'm learning it at school) and Ukrainian. But I watch a TV show half in Polish half in Ukrainian, so I'm half in, half out. Does someone know a good movie or TV show in Ukrainian and it's available online (especially legal, like on official TV station's site)?

2 years ago

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Music is a really good way to listen to the language as well, and lyrics tend to be simpler than dialogue. And watching a TV show half and half is something I had not thought of! That way you are sure to understand the show, and then can more easily put together the pieces in the target language in the other half of the show

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna_Elsa_J.

Sometimes our TV has nice ideas. Parts in Ukrainie or when Ukrainians talk to each other are in Ukrainian and in conversations with Poles they use Polish so you know what's up. And usually there's someone that don't understand so they translate and we've got Ukrainian lessons without learning XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Langret
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When I was a child I used to watch a lot of Cartoon Network and it was only available in English in my country(Bulgaria). This helped me a lot with my language learning and at the age of 12 I was able to understand most of what they were talking on TV. At the age of 15 I started watching movies in English without Bulgarian subtitles. Nowadays I watch YouTube videos in English every day and I feel that I am learning a lot of new words effortlessly. Soon I started watching some YouTube videos in Spanish and I am learning new words from each video. Watching TV in foreign language is always fun and it is a great learning tool. :)

2 years ago

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Yeah I think it is a really great idea to find something that really interests you in the target language so that it keeps you going even when it is hard. In your case, cartoons were it! :D And Youtube videos are nice because they are short and catch your attention, and you can find videos on almost anything!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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I listen to Portuguese and Brazilian radio apps on the iPad. When I first started listening to Portuguese radio, my wife asked me if I was listening to something in Russian. I said I was probably speaking Portuguese wrong.

2 years ago

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ARainhaRuvia
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lol! that's a good idea I haven't thought of. I have been using my morning bus rides to play duolingo. The radio app might be a good change of pace though, especially after work when I don't feel like thinking anymore! :P As with learning anything, it's important to balance the tedious parts with something new and fresh every once in a while.

The first time I heard Portuguese on the radio I thought it sounded almost Japanese. I also noticed all the shhh and jhh sounds which you don't hear too much in Spanish. I thought it was weird at first but I've gotten used to it. Now actually I think it makes it sound nice.

2 years ago
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