#210: How to Understand TV series & Movies without Subtitles

What is keeping you from watching a movie or TV show in English without subtitles? In this episode, Ethan, Andrea and Justin discuss 3 key things that are going to help you to finally break free from subtitles!

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  • Challenges in watching TV without subtitles
  • Vocabulary
  • Connected Speech
  • Cultural Context
  • Wordplay

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Braille
  • Crutches
  • Training wheels
  • Not be hard on yourself
  • Connoisseur
  • Slap-stick humor

Quick Definitions:

  • “Having a lovely, long soak in the bath”: to lie immersed in liquid.
  • A-ha moment: a moment of a strong realization.
  • Jigsaw: a puzzle consisting of a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together.
  • “Making your learning with a clip active is like rocket fuel for you ability to learn”: something that gives you energy or encourages you to do something, or that encourages something to happen.
  • Deliberate practice: a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic.
  • Have a good grip of something: understanding of a topic or concept.
  • “Discourse Markers are going to buy you thinking time”: If you buy some time, you create some extra time in order to do something.
  • “It’s a must-have in your arsenal of English-learning tools”: A must-have is essential or highly desirable. An arsenal is an array of resources available for a certain purpose..
  • “If you don’t know connected speech you’re going to feel like a deer in the headlights: totally unable to understand.
  • Mind-boggling: extremely surprising and difficult to understand or imagine.
  • Keep at it: continue doing something despite its difficulty.
  • Mumble: to speak quietly and in a way that is not clear so that the words are difficult to understand.
  • “Americans are notorious for not understand the British very well”: famous for something bad.

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  • Dzu says:

    Your podcast is very useful n entertaining
    You encourage your listener as me
    Thank you

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, it’s our pleasure, Dzu!

  • YENER says:

    You are so cute, guys. And Andrea has a polite tongue.