(Contributed by Noriko)
I really enjoy British television, the British humour is very interesting for me. I also enjoy watching dramas on Netflix nowadays. I understand studying English is a long process and I am also the middle of doing this, too. But when you can find something enjoyable to watch in English, it definitely motivates you more. I think watching dramas is one of them.
When I watch something, I display the subtitles in English, then I can follow what they are saying easily. We can see how our learning phrases are used in the dramas in daily life. It’s a great way to study!
Here is a list of some of my favourite programs.
Outnumbered (British home comedy)
It was broadcast on the BBC a few years ago. If you want to see common British sense of humour, this home comedy drama is a great one to pick! It’s really hilarious! The main cast is a family with 3 kids. You’ll find similar problems with kids and adults all over the world. There are many problems which are relatable in this generation of children and parents. You’ll see cultural differences in the drama, but also you’ll find that the humanity is the same.
Once upon a time (American fantasy drama)
If you’d like to watch something with your teenage girls, I’d recommend this. It’s a story of a parallel world with all kinds of fairy tale stories like Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin (グリム童話に出てくる藁を金に紡ぐ小人ですね), Peter Pan and so on. You’ll find those fairy tales are in the Westerner’s heart from their childhood. If you know the basic story of the Grimm Fairy Tales, it will be easy to follow the story. I think they blended the stories very well to make great entertainment for all the family!
(To be continued)