Watch films! It makes you clever!

28 Jan

My students often come to me with great ideas to improve their Polish. Last lesson, Andrew, an intermediate student, introduced me to a very popular Polish television series called ‘Ranczo’.Image

 It’s the story of Lucy, an American of Polish origin, who inherits a 100 year old, crumbling, manor house back in Poland. This is the reason that she has to visit Poland, which she has been putting off since childhood. ‘Ranczo’ is just one of many examples of films and series that you can use to expand your vocabulary. You can find them on-line:

Watching films is a great way to improve your language skills. Your learning is supported by visual representation and you have a context to refer to. You are exposed to different accents, tones of voice, dialects and slang expressions.

How to make it more effective?

  • Get ready for it! If you know the film is going to be about, find some relative vocabulary that you are not familiar with.
  • Write down new vocab and preferably the full sentence the new word has been used in.
  • Try to use it in a different context. Does it work?
  • Check if you understood it correctly.
  • Tell somebody what happened in the last series.




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