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5 Ways to Effectively Use TV Shows In Your Chinese Study Program

Choosing to be a second language learner is a lifestyle choice. If you are serious about learning Chinese to the level where you can use it effectively in your daily life, you might want to consider finding ways to actively study TV shows, by integrating them into your Mandarin study program.

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM
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I once wanted to use American TV shows to help me learn English, but I found it is too hard and not very effective. A lot of TV shows contain many spoken English words or terminologies  which I have never heard before and maybe will not hear again. It also requires an American or a werstern culture background to understand some lines or stories. 


Now I can watch some TV shows like Devious Maids without subtitles, which is relatively simple for me, but for comedies like 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory, or law shows like The Good Wife, it is impossible for me to understand these shows without subtitles. Even for Devious Maids I can only understand 90 percent of each episode.


My conclusion: choose family dramas which contain many words that you can use in your daily life and are easier to understand.


For Chinese studying, I won't recommand 《西游记》. Not only because it is a very old show, but also because it uses a lot of "anticent style" Chinese. Normal Chinese people don't talk like roles in this show do. But I agree it is a very good show. You can watch it for entertaining.



January 21, 2015

@aegis: I also use the language in my everyday life too. This is just one part of my active/passive study program. What do you mean by "grindage" level? Don't you think that there is no end to language studying/learning, even for native speakers?

January 27, 2015

You need to change one of your headings because you do not mean "Read Subtitles." You mean, "Read Captions."


Subtitles usually refer to translations of foreign films into another language. I assume you mean try to read the Chinese characters as one watches a Chinese language TV show. 

January 22, 2015

Here's a link to some of the 快乐汉语 videos on youtube.

January 27, 2015


January 22, 2015
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Greek
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Chinese (Mandarin)