I dedicate one to two hours each day to learning English. I'm focusing on listening and speaking (and improving my accent, of course). I want to know what the pros and cons are of learning English from movies and television (usually U.S. series such as 24, Lost, Prison Break etc.) and radio (on stitcher.com and other online stations).

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    Sorry, I'm voting to close. This is an interesting question by itself, but there is no definitive answer to it, only various opinions, which may only lead to a discussion. Maybe try using the chat and ask people there. – RiMMER Sep 17 '11 at 9:42


  • You'll learn pronunciation and accent.
  • You'll pick up slang and and vernacular.


  • You'll learn Hollywood/fit-for-broadcast pronunciation and accent.
  • You won't pick up real-life everyday slang and vernacular.
  • You won't learn spelling or formal written rules or grammar.

I definitely recommend watching and listening to English TV, films, radio, podcasts and even music from a wide range of sources as part of learning a language, although of course it shouldn't be the only method.

  • Actually I am considering to follow an internet radio of English to listen at work when I free. It must be a suitable to understand accent for student of English. Do you know a radio channel I have mentioned? Thanks – Sinan Basalan Jan 30 '12 at 15:11
  • You could try BBC Radio 4, it has a varied selection of mostly spoken content. – Hugo Jan 30 '12 at 16:49
  • Thanks for your suggestion. Now I am listening the channel. Its English accent but I can listen. – Sinan Basalan Jan 30 '12 at 18:50

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