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Ramy
question for English native speakers Can I learn from American movies and songs although I want to enter ILTS exam.
Mar 20, 2018 3:19 PM
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Movies are made to entertain people.
The language used in movies is often low intermediate level and often contains poor grammar, idioms and/or slang.

Documentaries often use a higher level of English (maybe upper Intermediate or lower advanced)

Songs use poor grammar and slang (worse than movies)


I do not recommend movies, songs, or even TV shows.

I recommend reading, listening to podcasts, and watching documentaries.

March 20, 2018
Movies yes, songs no, 
March 20, 2018

It all depends on your goals. If you want to pass a test, then movies might not be enough. If you want to sound like a native and speak like one, movies are closer to that reality because they do include idioms and slang that people do use in everyday life. Documentaries are fine, but they tend to be much easier since it’s normally mostly narration with little use of idioms and slang. 

songs are just literary creations of minimal content and little value in building vocabulary or improving grammar. 

March 20, 2018
Hi Ramy! I would say that you can definitely improve your English skills by watching movies and listening to music....but in order to do well on IELTS it is very helpful to study the structure of the test and practice the specific skills needed. The tasks are very specific and not necessarily what you will learn when watching movies or listening to music. The style of the language used will also be very different. In movies, you will find very conversational, even informal language being used, while the IELTS will be focused on more of the academic vocabulary. You will see charts, graphs, etc... I would suggest having at least a few classes with a trained teacher that can guide you, as well as investing in a good prep book (or using online resources) to help prepare you the most. Let me know if I can help you more. I offer language evaluations and can help you build your own self-study schedule (and provide material) if that would be helpful for you. :) Good luck!
March 20, 2018
Ramy
Language Skills
Arabic (Egyptian), English, French, Italian
Learning Language
English, French, Italian