Learning language and culture with film

Film literacy isn’t about the content of the fil, itself. It’s more about the different angles we can use with the camera. It is also related to the music chosen in each scene and why. It’s also important to look at the film critically and to use technical resources in creative moving image production.

I think that I learned a lot vocabulary and idioms of watching movies and series. But it’s important to watch films that haven’t been translated from another language into English, because sometimes the translations are wrong and you will take over the mistakes. At the beginning it’s easier to watch the movies with subtitles, but with time you can leave them out.

In my opinion, it is important to get to know the culture and humour of other countries and by watching films we can do this very easily. However, it would be good to have some prior knowledge, because otherwise it can happen that you don’t understand the jokes.

When I watch a movie, I just sit back and relax, it’s a leisure activity for me. I also don’t pay attention to the cinematography and I don’t know much about it, because I am not very interested in that kind of thing. I like to watch comedies and romances but also actions movies like James Bond.

By Julie from Belgium