Learn to Speak Chinese by Watching Movies

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Movies are considered a great source of entertainment and can be one of the most enjoyable and easy ways to learn a language. Since movies are not usually created for language learners but for native speakers, the language is used exactly just as it is used in real life; it is spoken quickly, with native accents and pronunciation and using many idioms and colloquial expressions. It’s possibly the best way to pick up colloquial usage, idioms, insight on the people’s culture, and useful expressions to add to your language repertoire. While watching a movie, you are immersed in the target language linguistically and culturally. Therefore, if you want to learn to speak Chinese, watching Chinese movies will be a great idea.

Two boys in Cinema
From Video Blocks

In what way can movies help?

Watching movies can significantly increase your listening ability.

Movie-based learning can make you an incredible listener. Though some parts may be spoken too fast for you as a learner to understand, it will be a perfect way for you to get used to hearing native speakers talk to each other. You will hear the language being used in a very natural way and will get to develop an ear for pronunciations, diction, dialects, etc. unlike if you read it in books.

You will also get to know many authentic expressions by watching movies.

As a second language learner, some expressions might be difficult for you to understand or might seem to make no literal sense. For instance, idioms are one of the hardest parts of learning a foreign language, but through movies, you will get to learn them in a natural context, in a way that you’re textbook cannot explain them.

Popcorn in Cinema
From Premiere Cinemas

Also, when you watch movies you get to pick up cool phrases and slangs which wouldn’t have been possible if you had gone to a formal tutor to learn the language or if you had consulted language books or dictionaries

Movies can help you to understand the culture of the target language

Movies will allow you to learn more about other countries’ customs and cultures and promote your understanding of them. You’ll get to see what friendships, relationships, and work environments look like in the target culture; and observe interactions between characters of different age groups, seniority levels, and closeness to one another. You will learn about the eating culture, dancing culture, dressing culture, greeting culture of the target language in movies, and lots more.

Perhaps you have to learn to speak Chinese, below are two excellent Chinese animations you can start with!

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Monkey King: Hero Is Back

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Monkey King: Hero is back (From Vimeo)

Monkey King: Hero Is Back is a 2015 CG-animated Chinese film from a first-time director Tian Xiaoping. In this action-filled film, Jackie Chan plays the titular hero who is inadvertently freed by a little boy 500 years after a displeased Buddha banished him to an ice cage beneath the mountains. The film was released on 10 July 2015.

Big Fish & Begonia

Big Fish & Begonia
Big Fish & Begonia

Big Fish & Begonia (original title: Da Yu Hai Tang), is a 2016 Chinese animated epic fantasy film written, produced and directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun. The film is about a mystical race of beings that control the tide and the changing of the seasons. But one of these beings, a young girl named Chun, wants to experience the human world and not just to observe it. She changes to a dolphin to explore the world which she discovers a dangerous place. She nearly gets killed but is saved by a boy at the cost of his life. She has to pay the price to save the boy’s life.