Netflix isn’t just a place to be entertained - although you may be more used to using the online streaming service to watch your favourite shows it also has another very useful function. If you’re trying to practice your English skills then Netflix can help you to do this. The platform’s Language Learning with Netflix software uses the Google Chrome extension to help you improve your language ability quickly and simply. All you need to do is download the extension to get started.
What’s the concept?
The idea behind practising your English skills with Netflix is to use one of the oldest ideas of language learning - that the best way to do this is by listening to that language. This approach helps move langauge from your left side of your brain to the right side of your brain (where the mother tongue is stored). Netflix has expanded this with a range of new tools that allow you to expand your current range of English skills simply by watching your favourite films.
Learning business English by listening
Research has found that listening is one of the most important elements in successfully learning a new language. This can help you to pick up vocabulary, idioms and grammar patterns and you don’t really have to do anything other than pay attention. Language Learning by Netflix (LLN) is a Google Chrome extension that can give you the resources to do this while still enjoying your favourite films and shows. You’ll find it on the Google Chrome Web Store - once you get to the download page simply select the option to “Add to Chrome'' and LLN will install itself on your browser. You’ll then be sent to an instructions page where you’ll be able to set up LLN so that it’s tailored to your specific requirements. Opt for the free trial or the pro-option, depending on what you need from LLN. The free version is machine translation while the pro-option has been translated by humans, which can be useful as it also includes interpretation of idioms and expressions. There are a number of different options to select, including highlighting specific vocabulary in the mini dictionary according to your current level of English.
Using Language Learning by Netflix to practice your English skills
Once you’ve downloaded the extension you’ll be asked to select your native language and then choose the content that you want to watch to help you practice your English skills. That could be movies or a boxset - once you’ve made your selection the LLN feature will appear around the content that you’ve chosen. You can click on the settings icon (top right) and make adjustments to suit your needs, including the subtitles language and whether you want to have human or machine translation. Then, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your favourite Netflix shows, improving your English skills at the same time.
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