Movies are great for learning English BUT you must use them correctly. Don’t watch all of an English movie. You will not understand it, and therefore you will not learn anything.
Only watch one scene or segment per week (maybe 2-3 minutes). Follow this method:
a) First, watch the scene with subtitles in your language. This will help you understand the general meaning.
b) Second, watch the scene with English subtitles. Pause. Use a dictionary to find new words you don’t understand. Write the new sentences in a notebook.
c) Listen to the scene a few times, with English subtitles. Do not pause.
d) Listen to the scene a few times, without subtitles.
e) Repeat a) – d) everyday for one week.
On the second week, go to the next scene/segment and repeat again. It will take you a long time to finish a movie. That’s OK, because you will improve your listening and speaking VERY FAST. This method is powerful– use it!
No woman wakes up saying: “God, I hope I don’t get swept off my feet today.”
Now, she might say, “This is a really bad time for me.”
Or something like, “I just need some space.” Or my personal favorite: “I’m really into my career right now.”
You believe that? Neither does she. You know why? Because she’s lying to you, that’s why. You understand me? Lying.
It’s not a bad time for her. She doesn’t need any space. She may be into her career… but what she’s really saying is,
“Get away from me now.” Or possibly, “Try harder, stupid.”
Well, which one is it?
60 % of all human communication is nonverbal– Body language. 30% is your tone. So that means that 90% of what you’re saying… ain’t coming out of your mouth.
Of course she’s gonna lie to you. She’s a nice person; she doesn’t wanna hurt your feelings. What else is she gonna say? She doesn’t even know you. Yet.
Luckily, the fact is, that just like the rest of us… even a beautiful woman doesn’t know what she wants– until she sees it.
And that’s where I come in.
My job is to open her eyes.
(Toby! Oh, my God! Is this what you’re looking for?)
Basic principles: No matter what, no matter when, no matter who.. any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet.
Just needs the right broom.
Swept off my feet: (idiom. fall in love very strongly) : sweep s.o. off his/her feet
Need some space: idiom. need time alone, need time away from other people
Into my career: idiom. focused on my job, concentrating on my job
Nonverbal: adj. Not speaking
Tone: n. intonation, pitch
Ain’t: v. (casual) am not, are not, is not) : ain`t (am not)
Wanna: v. want to
Hurt your feelings: idiom. make you feel upset or sad or hurt
That’s where I come in: idiom. that’s when I begin, that’s where I start
Open her eyes: (idiom. make her understand, make her realize
Sweep any woman off her feet: idiom. Make any woman fall in love with (him, you)
Needs the right broom: joke. needs the right technique (he’s joking about the different meanings of the word “sweep” here)
3 thoughts on “English with Movies: Hitch”
great post, thanks for sharing.
My favorite movie
I think you copy this lesson from AJ Hoge.