Learn which are the best TV shows (or TV series) to watch to improve your English! In this video I give you guidelines for choosing shows that could help you improve your English, particularly your listening skills. Some series are definitely harder than others! I also give you several recommendations.
Recommendations I forgot to mention in the video:
Lost (US, but there are many different accents!)
How I Met Your Mother (US)
The Ellen Show (US)
Recommendations in the video:
Sex and the City (US)
Desperate Housewives (US)
Doc Martin (UK)
Mad Men (US)
Stranger Things (US)
Anne with an E (Canada)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (US)
The O.C. (US)
Party of Five (US)
Dawson's Creek (US)
The Amazing Race (US)
Survivor (US & Australia)
Extreme Cheapskates (US)
The Chase (UK & Australia)
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For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and English listening practice. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started.
I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English.
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Oh Mis Max, you forgot to suggest the most useful Australian program for us English language learners: "ABC NEWS 24 live" with subtitles! This program helps me very very much to improve mi listening skills!Congratulations for your channel: it helps us foreighners in Australia to learn English language; God bless you for this!
Hi, Max. I enjoy a lot with your videos and the most important thing is that I learn a lot. I have just begun to watch (or I just started watching?) a new series called "The Handmaid's Tale". I do not sure if it is good to learn English but I think this series is highly recommend. Of course, "Breaking Bad" is amazing and do not stop evolving and ends in the precise moment.
I'm glad they're helpful. :)
"I have just begun to watch" or "I just started watching" are both fine and correct. ;)
I watch The Handmaid's Tale too and I like it! I didn't mention it in the video firstly because there are some quite heavy themes, and I know that's not for everyone, and secondly because there are several phrases or sentences that we don't use in regular English (praise be, may the Lord open, etc.). It's language inspired by the Bible, but not even very religious people use those specific phrases. If you're not a native speaker it can be hard to know what's "normal". But if you like the show, that's great!
Very helpful and enlightful tips. Thank you very much. I was searching for a new "youtube/famaleteacher" and I fortunately found you. Subd! You said TELE NOVELAS in a portuguese way, hey, I'm from BRAZIL. GREETINGS!
haha so damn true.... Can we chat on daily/weekly basis in facebook/twitter/insta because I'm so desperate to improve my English and I think you can assist me a lot? will be much more appreciable if you could manage that........ will be waiting for your reply. Have a rad day
It's been some times since I've seen a television series I actually put forth effort to watch. I used to enjoy Star Trek TNG and I was a diehard fan of The X-files, but that was many years ago. They have recently revamped the X-files series and have started airing new episodes. I've been watching it. It seems to be OK so far, but I just haven't made up my mind about it yet. It just doesn't seem to have the spark that it used to have. I'll have to keep watching before I can make a proper judgement. One of the other more recent series that I enjoyed was called Preacher. Quite an odd show that was but then I like odd! =)
I think I've gotten choosier over time re the series I watch (that coming from a person who watched The Bachelor 😂...). There's definitely a lot of rubbish around!
I'll keep an eye out for Preacher - thanks!
Hi,Max.Great job! You`ve just mentioned "Friends" to be watched for improving English. I`m about to do it but a couple things get me embarassed.
First of all, constant LOL :) - "lough track". Oh,yeah,I get it. It`s for getting people know not to miss jokes. But sometimes it is annoying.
Secondly,IMHO, a lot of funny moments are based on slang. To understand it you should know all the dual meaning,all the stuff like this:"blow job","bend over","bang" etc.
Non-native speaker not being engaged in the score of American slang above will be probably out of the Friends` gist.
What do you think about it?
It's true... I don't like the canned laughter either!
And yes, I agree with you. In my video on movies I explain why dramas are normally easier than comedies (it's normally because of puns and cultural references). But people who are watching movies and series to improve their English normally have a relatively advanced level already, and I mentioned Friends because it's one of the easier comedies :). An example of a much more difficult comedy would be the show Community.
Good question! Yes, we use it a lot. It's a very general word which basically means "things". It can be solid objects or non-material things.
I'll get my stuff, then leave. (my belongings).
Do you like Ed Sheeran? Yes, I like his stuff. (Here it's clear that "stuff" means his work or his songs.)
It's not rude, but it's colloquial.
Oh, you mentioned my name, im so flattered :) Shows i like are Sopranos, Westworld, King of Queens and Southpark. And yes, sometimes series are hard do understand but i think thats a good thing because it helps you to improve.
Btw: a phenomenon about language i often see is that in movies/seris/youtube/podcasts they seldom use curse words while if you listen to real talk you hear cursewords all the time, like fuck this, fuck that, oh my fucking god, shit here, shit there. So it seems to be almost another language. There are a few series where you can hear cursewords a lot though.
Thanks for your comment!
Oh, I think it depends. There are some people who swear a lot in real life, and others who don't and get quite offended by it. Just like there are quite a few TV shows with A LOT of swearing and others without much.
I loved braking bad for learning. Since the characters have different backgrounds (school teacher, drug junkie, police officer, normal mother, etc) you can learn a lot of typical expressions from those different type people. Also they use common jargon for their jobs. it's a hard series, but pretty good for advanced students
Oh yes! I'm kicking myself because I forgot to include that! I didn't watch the entire series, but I enjoyed the first few seasons, and I think it's a bit like Friends in terms of how easy it is to understand.
My favorite TV series is: The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Hause, Californication, Friends, IT Crowd, Breaking Bad, Supernatural... Maybe, Dexter. When I was a teenager, I watched The X-files. :)
True Detective. Hmm... I need to watch.
Thank you very much indeed for your informative and cheerful lessons, but I wish you have told which are British series and which are American and so on , cause I prefer the British accent.
Thank you great deal for your marvellous efforts.
Thanks very much!
I can imagine that would be useful! (Btw, we say Border Security 😉: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Security:_Australia%27s_Front_Line)
I've seen parts of the Australian one and it's funny at times.
I watched some of these TV show in Russian. And I watched American Gods in English with subtitles. It's hard for me to understand something without subtitles. But I will try. And I understand you without any problems. Maybe thay are in TV show just do not know how to say so that everyone was clear... 😎
English with Max American Gods filmed under the novel Neil Gaiman. I have read this book and I was wondering how the TV show was made on it. This show is funny as the book. If you like black humor and fantasy you will like it.
I haven't heard of American Gods - I'll look it up!
I sometimes watch Spanish TV series and it's funny because some characters I understand almost perfectly, while others I might understand 40-50% of the time...
No, I haven't, but I'll look it up!
And I completely forgot to mention The Ellen Show! I mentioned it in my video about using YouTube to learn English. Yes, I think it's great for English learners as well!
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