Hey, did you do your English homework? Shouldn?t you be practicing, doing some grammar or vocabulary exercises?? I bet you?d rather relax, turn on the TV and watch an episode of your favourite sitcom. Well, why don’t you get your daily dose of English from your favourite sitcom?
The beauty of learning English is that there are so many ways you can practice it.? And one of the best ways of doing it is by watch TV series, called sitcoms. Many students are much more interested in watching movies than reading books anyway, so why shouldn?t their interest help them enrich their English?
The best reason to use sitcoms is that they are great fun, and everybody likes to laugh. They create a relaxed and positive learning environment, which is very appealing to students. Also, they provide a natural context in which English is being used.? Instead of listening to boring conversations specifically designed for the English class, you get to listen to real characters having realistic conversations in universal situations you can actually relate to. You can improve your understanding of English in an authentic way. In addition to this, you can come across different varieties of spoken English- British English and American English are the most common- and different accents!
Apart from boosting your listening and pronunciation skills, watching sitcoms can enrich your vocabulary. Sitcoms are packed with English words and expressions, sayings, phrasal verbs and even slang that you might not encounter during English classes. These new words are already placed in a meaningful context, which makes it even easier for you to pick them up. Some of them are repeated during the show, and they are called catchphrases. Take a look at the funny catchphrases from my favourite show, ?Friends?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQa5mgnquDM. ?Before you know it, you may surprise even yourself by using the words and phrases you hear in your English conversations!
Sitcoms are also full of cultural flavour and give you the great opportunity to learn about it! You can observe the customs, the food, the clothes, the characters? way of thinking and behaving, all those cultural details that are embedded in the show.
I believe sitcoms are fun and motivating – a nice alternative to textbooks. As for me, I must admit I?m quite a fan of sitcoms and I owe a lot to them. I learnt English because of sitcoms such as ?Seinfeld? and ?Blackadder?. I grew up watching ?Friends?, which remains my all time favourite, and I picked up the word ?legendary? ?from ?How I met your mother?, and a whole bunch of medical terms from ?House MD? and ?Grey?s Anatomy?.
What about you? What sitcoms do you watch? What have you learnt from them?