One of the fastest ways to learn a foreign language is by immersing yourself in the native culture. Learning the language through pop culture teaches you things you wouldn’t otherwise learn in a traditional classroom setting. Using TV, music, and movies as a study aid can help you learn and improve your English. Plus, listening to the language being spoken in movies, TV shows, and songs is a lot more fun than reading from a textbook! Next time you’re taking a break from your studies, check out these classic American TV shows to learn a few things about American culture and help you remember the language as you learn English.
You’ve likely heard of this long-running animated TV series featuring Bart, Homer, and Marge Simpson and the rest of their quirky family and friends. While the Simpson family is a little dysfunctional, they’re not so different from the average American family. Their conversations center around everyday family topics, with a lot of humor thrown in—perfect for anyone looking to learn English and more about American family life.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Starring the legendary Will Smith in his early acting days, this show features a troubled teenager from Philadelphia who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air. This show teaches the differences in speech between people in different regions and members of different social classes. Warning: Once you watch the first episode, the theme song will be stuck in your mind forever!
The Big Bang Theory
Currently one of the most popular shows on TV, The Big Bang Theory centers around a group of nerdy friends and roommates who work together at the local university. You’ll learn a lot of science-related vocabulary, as well as everyday American slang through the characters’ hilarious interactions. This is a great TV show to help you learn English!
That ‘70s Show
Set in America in the 1970s, this show features a group of typical high schoolers doing normal teenage things. It teaches a lot about American culture during this era, and ESL students may relate to Fez, a non-native English speaking character trying to learn English fully.