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Teachers from Hollywood
When I came to the U.S., I asked myself how to learn English without really trying. I was determined to learn the language and the culture as fast as I could, so I signed up for ESL classes, and I bought a pile of grammar books and CDs that promised to teach me English overnight. They all required a lot of effort, hard work, and concentration. Then I discovered an easy way to learn new words, expressions, pronunciation, and spelling while sitting on my sofa and eating popcorn. TV has become my daily teacher as I immerse myself in the exciting world of American sitcoms. I try to spend at least an hour a day watching different serials on TV, and I can tell that it has been a very good teacher for me. I have realized that different TV shows can teach particular aspects of the English language and American culture. Generally, I can classify these shows into three groups based on the type of vocabulary they use.
The first group includes the family-orientated shows that are watched mostly by children and teenagers. Good examples of these shows are Disney Channel sitcoms like Hannah Montana or The Suite Life of Zack & Cody or older shows like Full House and ALF. They always feature children and teens who speak language that uses a lot of childhood slang and expressions. The plots revolve around school, homework, and friendship. I have never attended an American elementary or high school, so I find these shows very informative and fascinating. Watching these shows gives me an ability to understand and talk to children.
However, it is also important for me to talk with adults, and the next group of TV programs teaches me just that. These are the sitcoms that I like the most. They show real Americans who are usually well educated, smart, and funny. A good example of such a show is Seinfeld, whose heroes make constant reference to various events in American history, popular films and pop icons. In one episode, they talk about the Kennedy assassination, making fun of different theories of what happened and even mentioning the Zapruder film. Other examples are Friends and Sex and the City, which portray contemporary English as it is really spoken in America in big cities. From these shows, I have learned a lot of words and expressions that are useful in everyday conversation.
The last category includes all the serials which introduced me to different kinds of very specialized vocabularies. For example, Northern Exposure and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman show many Native Americans. Thanks to them, I could learn some Indian words that became a part of the English language like paw paw or tipi. I also like to watch shows about doctors like in M.A.S.H. or ER, and here I learn many words and expressions that are typical in the medical field. And then there are shows about “crime and punishment” like 24 Hours and Prison Break. They are exciting and fast paced. People talk very fast and use a lot of slang that is based on the lives of criminals and people in law enforcement. Another excellent example in the specialized vocabulary category is a new sitcom that I discovered a few weeks ago, titled The Big Bang Theory. The interactions take place among young geniuses and scientists, and so the language is very sophisticated and there are many references to modern physics and mathematics. It is very challenging to watch , but I learn a lot from it.
An ability to communicate with very diverse groups is a measure of how well someone knows a foreign language. TV shows that I like to watch deal with such diverse groups of people: from children to adults, from criminals to policemen and lawyers, from doctors to shamans. TV will never replace ESL classes, learning grammar, or writing essays. But TV has taught me many useful words and expressions, and when I watch something with subtitles, I also learn how to spell. I select the shows that I watch in order to learn different aspects of the English language. And learning from TV is easy and entertaining.