Get Fluent Fast
As you may already know, I am an advocate for the immersive learning approach and I encourage language learners to surround themselves as much as possible with the target language.
One of my favorite tips for language learners looking to get fluent fast is to watch movies and TV shows in the target language with subtitles on.
Hearing the language exposes you to real-world phrases, a variety of speaking patterns, and accents in the target language.
Watch something you've seen before in another language.
That way, you'll already have an idea of the premise of the movie and understand what is going on so your brain can really focus on distinguishing between the sounds of the new words you're hearing.
I highly recommend watching Mean Girls in another language (fun fact: the movie is actually called Girls Club in the German version) or a sitcom like Friends.
Challenge Yourself Polyglot Style
If you really want to challenge yourself polyglot style - watch the show or movie with the audio in an unknown to you foreign language with another foreign language's subtitles.
When I was first learning German, I watched a classic French teen movie with German subtitles on. It really made me pay attention to the movie in great detail and I learned so many new words in both languages. I still remember that movie so fondly!
Have you ever seen La Boum or La Boum 2?
Living That Prime Life
I am obsessed with Amazon Prime for so many reasons.
I have a private Google document with my friends with our favorite Amazon purchases.
Along with that amazing 2 day shipping on every purchase, you also have access to thousands of hours of entertainment from around the globe.
This is an absolute game-changer for people who want to learn another language!
Here are my current favorite multilingual movies and shows for language learning:
Girl on a Bicycle
This is a great watch. It has the feel of a chick flick and is ideal for polyglots and language lovers everywhere as you'll immediately hear French, German, Italian, and English. Highly recommend you watch this one with your sister or your girlfriends.
Beautiful Ana breezes into Zurich without a care in the world. She soon starts working in a cafe, injecting new spirit into the hum-drum lives of the cafe workers--throwing parties and inspiring love affairs. But her boundless energy and sexuality soon push the limits and a terrible secret comes to light. This one is in Swiss German and Bosnian with English subtitles.
Le Grand Voyage
Reda, a handsome young man living in France, embarks on the trip of a lifetime as he drives his father to Mecca, experiencing exotic towns, breathtaking landscapes and life-changing adventures. This one is in Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Srugim is a drama series which deals with the life of religious bachelors from Jerusalem. The series offers a glance into the lives of intelligent and educated young males and females which can't find their place in the existing religious frames, which based mostly on family, thing which brings them, like bachelors from other sectors, to live in rented apartments in a specific geographical area.
Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great
This major international production traces the sensational rise of Catherine the Great, renowned Empress of 18th Century Russia. She begins her journey as a young German princess selected to marry Peter the Third, heir to the Russian throne. She shows that even in an age of imperial dynasties and arranged marriages, power is not given. It is taken.
A romantic comedy starring Audrey Tatou (Amelie), set on the French Riviera where nothing comes cheap. And when it comes to men, Irene has very rich taste. One very confusing night, she is duped at her own game. Her knight in shining armor turns out to be a bartender. Irene, however, is the woman of Jean's dreams. The only way to win her heart back is to turn the tables on her.
An engaged young car salesman with a bright future commits a hit & run but must face his own guilt when he begins an affair with a witness who has befriended the victim's wife.
An unspoken connection between two elderly neighbors, who share a daily ritual but have never actually met, deepens when they face the inevitable...together.
An incredible story about a rebel who challenged nature, the regime and his own shortcomings. It is a film about the first successful heart transplant in Poland performed by Professor Religa in Zabrze. Tragedy of failed surgeries, fight for each single heartbeat, grand ambitions and painful defeats, solitude of a genius who embarked on a single-handed quest against his mentors.
300 mil do nieba
The screen play is based on the famed escape of brothers Zieliński from Poland to Sweden in 1985. Grześ, aged 12, and Jędrek aged 15, stow away in the undercarriage of a truck train to flee poverty, but also to find freedom. Emaciated and starving, they reach the West. Harassed by the Polish consular authorities, they refuse to return to Poland.
Zazdrość i medycyna
A mountain resort, the 30s of the last century. Wealthy industrialist Widmar finds out by accident about the affair his wife Rebecca. The husband started a private investigation.
Ucieczka z Kina Wolnosc
During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.
The Road Home
Told in the manner of a fairy story, "The Road Home" uses allegory to explore the dilemma faced by Poland as it struggled for a new national identity amid the rise of communism.
Let me know if you have any other current favorite foreign language films on Prime!
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There is nothing more comforting than the smell of homemade rosół cooking in the air. Especially at this time of year, when the seasons are changing, you need to strengthen your immune system the old fashioned way - with natural penicillin!
Here's how I make rosół (Polish chicken soup):
I am Polish-American and grew up praying in Polish and in English. If you'd like to learn how to pray in Polish, you'll need to begin with the Sign of the Cross.
Sign of the Cross in Polish:
W imię Ojca i Syna i Ducha Świętego. Amen.
Sign of the Cross in English:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
How to Say Our Father in Polish:
którys jest w Niebie,
swiec sie Imie Twoje,
przyjdz Królestwo Twoje,
badz wola Twoja,
jako w Niebie,
tak i na ziemi,
chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj
I odpusc nam nasze winy,
jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom,
i nie wódz nas na pokuszenie,
ale nas zbaw ode zlego.
Who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
If you'd like to hear how to say the Our Father/Ojcze nasz and other prayers in Polish, this video is great.
You can read aloud along with the narrator who is praying the Rosary in Polish.
A round up of the best language stories:
1. Polyglot Runs Into Another Polyglot And They Have A Casual Chat In 15 Languages
This video made me so happy. It's so much fun to meet another polyglot and to go back and forth with each other, speaking different languages. The best is when you can't remember something in one language so you use another language to describe it and your friend 'gets' it because you have that language in common too. Being able to communicate is the best feeling in the world. How many of the languages spoken here can you understand?
2. Six of Croatia's Can't-Miss Dishes
Even if you've never been to Croatia or had Croatian food, you have to check out the amazing looking photos of these savory meals! I cannot wait to be back in Croatia next month to have fresh fish on the Adriatic. I know my husband, Tomislav, is especially excited for Istrian Fuži (homemade pasta from Istria, Croatia) with truffles (tartufi). The ž in Croatian is pronounced like the sound in the middle of the English word "pleasure".
3. Why We Should Learn German by John le Carré
Was it love at first sound to you? :) To quote Charlemagne: “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” John le Carré notes that he might have added that to teach another language is to implant a second soul. It's more important now than ever to teach and spread understanding of German culture and life.
4. Croatia's First Underwater Winery Is Open to Visitors And you can take a dive to see it.
As one of the countries that drinks the most wine in the world, Croatia knows its vino. But now, the Balkan nation is taking it to the next level. Have you seen this underwater winery yet?
5. An American Speaking Polish About What He Loves About Poland
It takes a lot of courage to film (and POST) yourself speaking another language. It's such a humbling experience but it's incredible for you to hear yourself (and your progress) every once in a while! I absolutely love this video that my Dad sent me. The Foreign Citizen speaks excellent Polish and it's fun to listen to, especially during these difficult and controversial times.
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Let me know which one is your favorite this week!
Polish-American Polyglot, Language Expert, German Teacher, M.Ed., married to my dream guy, the Croatian Sensation. Let's connect!
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