Are you in the process of learning a foreign language? That’s great! Even more so if you work as a translator of any language. Improving your language skills is an inseparable part of working in the translation industry. Besides writing and reading, listening comprehension and the ability to talk freely are also very important aspects. Watching interesting cinematographic works are simple and fun activities that will help you improve those skills. What are the best films for learning a foreign language? We have picked the best five suggestions.
The King’s Speech (2010) – A film for learning English
English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. After mastering it at a communicative level, you will be able to converse virtually with every citizen of every country. In addition, it is slowly becoming the key business language, so it is even a bigger reason to train your language competences in this area.
“How to Become a King” will help you achieve this. The film is a great example of presenting the British culture, starring Colin Firth as the stuttering King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who helps the king overcome his problem with stuttering. Both the cultural setting and the fact that it oscillates around language-related topics (including speech therapy classes) make it an excellent material for English language learners. Its quality is proved by the fact that the film won four Oscars. It is also highly rated by internet users who gave it an average rating of 8.0 on IMDB.
The Experiment (2001) – For learning German
If you have the desire to learn German, it is worth considering “The Experiment”, which is a German film. It debuted in 2001 and it is an interesting reference to the prison experiment, which was carried out by Professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971 at Stanford University (USA). It involved locking 24 mentally healthy volunteers in one room and assigning them the roles of guards and prisoners. The aim of the experiment was to evidence the influence of a given social situation on the behaviour of individuals. It was planned to be conducted for 14 days, but in the face of the psychopathic and brutal actions of the guards as well as the prisoners’ rebellion, it was decided to stop the experiment on the 6th day in fear of the situation getting out of hand.
The film itself was an international success and won numerous awards in Germany and around the world. It was also appreciated by Internet users who gave it an average rating of 7.7 on IMDB. “The Experiment” is worth choosing for two reasons: first of all, it’s a good production that is just worth watching; secondly, it will make it possible to improve your German language skills in a very pleasant way.
Common Wealth (2000) – For learning Spanish
If you want to learn Spanish in a much lighter tone you can do so if you choose a Spanish dark comedy, “Common Wealth”. The plot of the film is based on the main character, Julia (Carmen Maura), who discovers a real treasure in a dead man’s apartment in a tenement house located in Madrid. Unfortunately, the neighbours of the deceased also knew about the treasure, and they were only waiting for his death to appropriate the property. The fact that the administrator creates a conflict between the inhabitants of the tenement house does not make the situation any easier. If you like dark humour, you’ll appreciate this motion picture, which has a rating of 7.3 on IMDB. This is an excellent score for a comedy.
The Intouchables (2011) – For learning French
“The Intouchables” with the plot based on a true story, has a similarly light atmosphere. It can be briefly described as follows: a paralyzed millionaire, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) hires Driss (Omar Sy), a guy from the suburbs who has just been released from prison, to look after him. The film tells a story of a friendship slowly developing between the men, which grows stronger as a result of some really funny adventures they experience together. Despite many differences between them, the main characters become life-long friends. The plot is accompanied by great dialogues that are a pleasure to listen to, and also … help with learning French.
The Great Beauty (2013) – For learning Italian
You can learn about an equally amazing story by watching “The Great Beauty”. The plot presents Jep Gambardelli (Toni Servillo), who was once a promising writer and who wanders around the streets of Rome, leading a carefree life. One day he finds out about the death of his friend’s wife, with whom he was in love as an 18-year-old. From that point on, he begins to perceive the world differently, because the passing of his old love forces him to reflect on and re-evaluate his life. From the point of view of learning Italian, this film production is great due to the fact that it is a perfect satirical portrayal of Italy ruled by Silvio Berlusconi, which will allow you to get acquainted with the cultural nuances of that period.
What are some of your favourite films that can help with foreign language learning?
Learning a foreign language is extremely useful and can be a very enjoyable and valuable experience. Watching movies allows you to improve your language comprehension skills, which affects your ability to communicate in that language. It’s a good idea to pick film productions that will make improving your language skills more enjoyable. Do you have any language learning film recommendations you can share with us? Let us know in the comment section and let’s make our lives more enjoyable!