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How to learn English through comedy series Mind Your Language

Have you ever found yourself bored with learning English through books and exercises? Have you ever given up learning English as you keep trying over and over again but totally gain no results back? Have you ever feel lost in finding yourself a suitable learning pathway which can assist you in achieving certain improvements? If you are in the above-mentioned cases, why not try learning through English movies and TV shows? It may be a wise choice for you and a great method that can bring you colorful fruits beyond your furthest expectations. Why do we say so? Here are the reasons.

Why should you learn English by watching movies?

First, through watching a TV movie, you can learn new vocabulary that is commonly used in English daily conversations. In these films, you will hear the characters using slang or informal phrases that English learners can not easily see in books. Thanks to this, you can apply all of them into your practice and make your English conversations sound more natural and make you sound more like the native speakers. Second, not only does this method help you collect for yourself a large number of interesting English words, but it also teaches you how to put them in the right context. As each word is used in each different context, hence, only through watching movies can you grasp how to make grammatically correct sentences. Last but not least, pronunciation is the most significant skill that you can gradually improve thanks to English TV shows. As you are watching movies, you are practicing listening and speaking your skills, you can easily notice how the characters pronounce each word and imitate them to get the right pronunciation. Not to mention the fact that unlike learning through books and exercises,  movies with its appealing content will never make you get boredom during the learning process. In the previous articles, Learn English Fun Way has shared with you the list of interesting movies, including animated ones, so that you can make reference to. However, there remains one movie that we save the best for the last, and we will share it with you in today’s writing. It is a British comedy television series called” Mind Your Language“. If you are an English learner, you really should not miss this film. So, what makes it so special? Let’s discover!

Why should you learn English with “Mind Your Language”?

Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series that premiered on ITV in late-1977. It was produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen. It had 4 serious with a total of 42 episodes. The show is set in an adult education college in London and focuses on English as a Foreign Language class taught by Mr. Jeremy Brown, portrayed by Barry Evans, who had to deal with a motley crew of foreign students.

In the movies, Jeremy Brown starts his new job as the teacher of English as a foreign language class and meets his students for the first time. A diverse group of ten foreign adult students in London, hailing from nine different countries in Europe and Asia. From this moment, a lot of funny situations happen as people of different countries with different social backgrounds, religions, and languages exist in the same classroom.

How to learn English through comedy series Mind Your Language

“Mind Your Language” must be an ideal choice for English learners for two main reasons:

First, its content is funny, interesting and above all, it is really familiar to us. In the series, you will easily see the scenes in which there are conflicts and arguments between the students coming from different races (Chinese, Indian, French, Japanese, etc), the students also cheat in the exams, or the girls even flirt with the teacher. Probably, some of you may find yourself like a character in the movie, as all the characters are also English beginners that make the same mistakes as us (or even more). The content is so funny in each detail that sometimes, you cannot help laughing and you will totally become engaged in it. For example, here is a dialogue in Series 1 Episode 7 “The cheating game”:

Ali: I want to hear you say: “All Muslims are nice, kind and most wonderful persons”.
Ranjeet: If I am saying that, you’ll be lending me 10 pence?
Ali: If you are saying that, I will be giving you 10 pence.
Ranjeet: Very well. All Muslims are nice, kind and wonderful persons.
Ali: Jolly good. (hands him the 10 pence)
Ranjeet: There’s only one thing: all Sikhs are very big liars!

How to learn English through comedy series Mind Your Language

Second, through this series, you will be able to learn both pronunciation and grammar at the same time. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, pronunciation skill is certainly what you can improve by watching British or American TV shows; however, what makes ‘Mind Your Language‘ more special is that it also helps you learn English grammar. Specifically, the characters in the movie come from many areas all over the world, they are also English beginners that cannot help making grammatical mistakes while speaking. As Jeremy Brown, the English teacher in the movie helps them correct their errors, he is also helping us grasp the grammar rules in English. For example, here is a dialogue in  Series 3 Episode 8 “What a tangled web”:

Mr. Brown: Giovanni, the correct word to describe a relative by marriage is “in-law”, as in “brother-in-law”, and not, as you put, “outlaw”.
Giovanni: It’s the same thing.
Mr. Brown: It is not the same thing. An outlaw is a bandit.
Giovanni: So’s my brother-in-law!

So, for the two above-mentioned causes, ‘Mind Your Language’ is a highly-recommended TV series for all of you, especially the English beginners.

How to learn English through comedy series Mind Your Language

How to learn English through comedy series Mind Your Language: 

To learn English effectively through watching movies in general, and through ‘Mind Your Language’ in particular, you should follow the below steps

  • Step 1: Use subtitles in your language for the first time you watch the movie so that you can grasp its main content.
  • Step 2: Use English subtitle for the second time you watch the movie. This time, you should try to practice listening, and also write down the new words that you have not known yet, make a guess of their meanings when you are watching, and look up those words in the dictionary later.
  • Step 3: Learn new vocabulary in the series, and watch it again without any subtitles at all. Try to imitate the native speakers in the movie as you are watching.

We hope you will watch “Mind Your Language” series immediately after reading this, and apply all the steps above to improve your English skills.

This is a list of episodes of the British comedy Mind Your Language.

Mind Your Language Season 1:


Mind Your Language Season 2:


Mind Your Language Season 3:


We hope you enjoyed and learned something new from Mind Your Language series and don’t forget to leave us a comment below, share this page to your friends. Thank you and happy watching!

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Lily Nguyen
Lily Nguyen
5 months ago

Thanks for sharing. I really love this show.
Ps: don’t watch when you’re eating. lol

adamnguyen
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Reply to  Lily Nguyen
5 months ago

Thank you and happy watching!

Adam Hieu
Adam Hieu
5 months ago

I think Ali was the the funniest person in my ur language

Woubir
Woubir
Reply to  Adam Hieu
5 months ago

Me too

Lily Nguyen
Lily Nguyen
5 months ago

Back then was fun when someone leaning English now people laughing at you when you can’t speak English 😂😂😂 world change let’s see 2020 😂😂😂

Baby Sky
Baby Sky
5 months ago

Outstanding comedy…everything is perfect..you will feel like sitting in the class..amazing characters.. episode by episode you will enjoy it and you will feel that it is your family now…you will search about the characters..but when you will find most of them are dead (RIP)..You will get hurt somehow…you will not believe the facts for some time, because they are all alive in your mind. That’s the harsh reality of life dear… time flies..we aren’t immortal 😔

TRAN DOAN HIEN
TRAN DOAN HIEN
5 months ago

Back then was fun when someone leaning English now people laughing at you when you can’t speak English 😂😂😂 world change let’s see 2020 😂😂😂

Somali
Somali
5 months ago

Mind Your Language is my favourite show.
Thanks for sharing 😍😍😍

Ngoc Tu
Ngoc Tu
5 months ago

Mind Your Language is a very light show that is meant to entertain families. You can watch it with anyone you’d like and this show would leave a smile on your face. The characters are of different races and the chemistry that they ooze is spectacular in its own way. The English teacher does a great job of playing the pivotal role in this classic. Watch this if you’d like to watch a simple show that wouldn’t take much to understand and would leave a genuine smile on your face.

Hung
Hung
5 months ago

This show is even older than me. But I love it so much.

Martha
Martha
5 months ago

I love it.

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