One of the biggest difficulties that we find in the English language learning process is understanding when someone talks to us, also called listening. There are many different accents in English and if you live in a multicultural society you have to “train your ear” to every English accent that you can find and of which we can mention: British, American, Irish, New Zealander, Indian, French, Chinese, German, etc.
At the beginning it can be frustrating because you’re not able to understand the majority of what someone is saying to you, and because of not understanding several words you miss the whole meaning of the sentence. However, the more you listen to the accent and the way the person talks you’ll understand more.
And, why are we talking about this? Well, in this post we’re going to introduce a series of online resources that you can use to improve your understanding skills (listening) while you watch your favourite series, shows and films. How come? Watching them in English!
Joost content is organized into three main categories: show, music and film. Under shows there are different categories like Sports, Animation, Comedy, Culture, and etcetera. You’ll be able to find series as charismatic as He-man.
In the music category there are video clips and also reports about your favourite artists. Last, there are several sections under films but it has to be noted that the films are usually old, a luxury for lovers of the classics.
Link | Joost
In Hulu content could be divided between series and movies. There is a huge quantity of offered series, including: Human Target, House, Ugly Betty, Lost, Family Guy, White Collar, The Office, Naruto, Chuck, Heroes or 24. Talking about the movies, there is also a big variety of old and new films.
Hulu also offers a classification (depending on the channels): family, sports, music, comedy, drama, videogames, etc.
A very interesting Web page but with just one big disadvantage: its content can only be seen in the US. Therefore users from other countries will have to wait for the time being.
Link | Hulu
Another great website to watch online TV is CastTV; the content is clearly organized in TV/movies, Music Videos, Top Videos and there’s even a section with the commercials from the 2010 Superbowl.
An interesting feature from CastTV is the section about Top Viral Videos or videos that have become famous on the Internet. It’ll allow you to keep up to date about what is being watched on the Internet.
Link | CastTV
In this amazing website you’ll find every series you’re dreamed about; practically every known and not so well known series are here and surely you’ll like some.
You’ll be able to find television series such as: 24, 90210, American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Californication, Chuck, The Closer, Cold Case, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, Family Guy, FlashForward, Friends, Ghost Whisperer, Heroes, The Hills, House, Lost, Medium, Naruto, NCIS, Numb3rs, Oz, Prison Break, Rome, The Simpsons, Smallville, Supernatural and a very large etcetera. There are in total more than 100 series so you won’t get bored with watching TV in English and improving your listening! :)
Link | TVgorge
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