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Studying with Netflix

Jan 12, 2020Accents, Articles, Canadian, Chinese, Education, Female, Japanese, Life&Food

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Ayumi Aikawa: There’s another things I wanted to ask you (Sure) and I wanted to discuss with you. (Now) I- Yeah just a little bit. (OK sure yeah) Just a little bit. I just- you know, I just wondering why Japan, you know between Japan and United States (Ah) There’s just- they say- they say they have a very good like relationship all the time and- but even in Philippine

they all- you know the- on the TV, all they- they all- they have uh, you know, they have English TV programs (Right) all the time, right? (Right) But in Japan you want to see it, you have to like uh, search it on internet…

José Cruz: Uh huh. Uh huh (Only) right. Oh you mean English programming? (Mm) Uh huh. (Right) Why is that? (Why) Japanese people don’t want to learn how to speak English. Ha ha, I- if you want to make it really really simple. Now, as to the reason why Japanese people don’t want (Mm hmm) to learn how to speak English, (Mm hmm) that has a lot of deep meaning to it.

Ayumi: Because I- I did try um, so many times to to- to find uh, you know the the…

José: Do you- you- Sorry just to answer (Mm hmm) your question, Before I forget, because I might forget. (Mm hmm) You should get Netflix. Do you have Netflix?

Ayumi: Netflix, I- I uh, have Amazon Prime.

José: Netflix is better for children. (Really) Well Amazon Prime has some um um, animé (Mm hm) and uh, American cartoons, Japanese anime and American cartoons (Mm hm). The problem with Amazon Prime (Mm hm) is that you- you cannot control- OK, uh I’ll explain. Amazon Prime has two- if it’s an American movie there are (Mm hm) two versions. (Mm) There’s the dubbed version (Mm hm) where everybody’s speaking Japanese (Mm hm) even though they’re all- you know it’s Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but they’re (Right right) speaking Japanese, and and then there’s the subtitled version. (Mm) Those are the only two versions that (Right yeah) you can get. Netflix, (Mm hm) you can control that (Really) like a DVD. If you want only the Japanese on (Mm hm) subtitles, and you want people speaking Japanese you control that. (Wow) If you want the English subtitles, not the Japanese ones, the English subtitles… (I want it) Then you want Netflix. (Yeah) And especially for the new Netflix animé (Mm hm) because they make a lot of animé (Mm hm) They redid- I really like the new Netflix Ultraman (Mm hm) because it’s really cool (Yeah yeah) because it’s an animé and it’s so- so it’s different (Mm hmm) from like, the old Ultraman but I use it to study Japanese (Mm hmm) So I watched it in English, then I would choose one section where peop- not, not a lot of fighting (Mm hmm) but a lot of people talking, (Mm hmm) or I want to hear that word in Japanese, I switch the subtitles and I switch the language right there.

Ayumi: Yeah I wanted to do- I wanted to switch…

José: I can even show you here.

Ayumi: Yeah switch the the subtitle to English, but their- Amazon Prime only have

have you know Japanese subtitle. (Right right right) They speak English (Yeah) with Japanese subtitle.

José: And you’ve got to completely change the show (Mm mm) and then you’ve got to find that spot. (Right) With Netflix you just- well especially on my appleTV (Mm hmm) there’s just a few buttons to push (Mm hmm) go back 30 seconds and it’ll (Mm hmm) do it again (I see) go back 30 seconds and it’ll do it again. Netflix is way better (Wow) And it does that- well OK- some very old Japanese animé (Mm hm) especially for children, doesn’t have any English content (Mm hm) But that’s because it’s very old uh (Mm hm) and it just doesn’t have it. (Mm hm) But especially for the new stuff and ones for like- this like actually this Ultraman is not really for little children, (Mm) but they make stuff for little children too, and all of it’s in other- And there’s Chinese. (Ah yeah) If you wanted to teach Chinese I think that Ultraman has Chinese. So, Netflix.

Ayumi: So you- we can switch. Wow. that’s amazing.


What new technology do you think will make language study better?

Can you think of any disadvantages to studying English from TV shows?

Ayumi is good at using the filler phrase ”you know” to help maintain her fluency. She also often uses word repeats to maintain her word speed. To improve her overall English it would be a good idea to use them less but not if it costs her too much of a sharp drop in fluency.

Also, Ayumi displays good skill in using phrases that show her active listening such as, “Mm hm, right, yeah”

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Ayumi Aikawa


Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture

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  1. Hello Mr.Chris! I’m Moeto Nakamura.I will answer the question from now.
    (What new technology do you think will make language study better?)
    Answer :I think many students should meet a lot of foreigners.
    (Can you think of any disadvantages to studying English from TV shows?)
    Answer:Studying English from TV shows only watches,so I think we can’t continue to study English.

  2. I think studying with Netflix is good way of study, too. I sometimes watch foreign movies with Netflix. Watching movies is very interesting, but I am often surprised at the speed of speaking English. It’s far faster than my English speaking in English classes, but as I watch some movies, I feel I become able to understand what the actors say little by little. Mr.Cruz said that using Netflix, we can control the version like a DVD. I think that is very important function. If I use only English subtitles, it becomes easy to understand what the acters say and I can know new words, idioms, and how to use words. If I use only Japanese subtitles, I can listen to what words the actors use. Using two tipes subtitles, I can have two tipes way of study. The chance of listening to native English in English classes is limited, so I want to use these contents more. I am studying not only English, but also Chinese and Korean. When I study them, I want to also use this way of study. I think studying with Netflix is good way of study. It is very useful for getting used to listening the language.

  3. I was surprised that Netflix is good for learning English. Before I listen, I think Netflix exists only for entertainment. However, I noticed we can use it for learning some languages you want to speak. You can also learn English with enjoying movie in this way. Because we can control subtitles and dubbing as you want. You get meaning what he or she said with following subtitles at first, gradually you will get used to listening language which you want to speak. Not only this reasons, we can also learn right pronunciation and grammar. These are necessary for speaking. So, we should analyze in detail pronunciation and grammar with what he or she says. On the other hand, what you have to be careful is that Netflix is only watching. We need to have conversation with awareness what you have learned from Netflix subtitled or dubbed. The other thing you need is to find someone to have conversation with enthusiasm. To sum up, using only Netflix is not enough to learn other languages. We need to study English with speaking, so it is wrong we rely on Netflix at all. Netflix helps us become bilingual or trilingual, if we get serious in studies.

  4. I like to watch movies. I watch them on Amazon Prime. However, I am frustrated by the fact that I cannot watch them in English with English subtitles. I was surprised to learn that we can control them like DVD on Netflix. I think it is good thing that my hobby of watching movies helps me to learn English and other languages. However I think Netflix is bit expensive for me.

  5. I think watching untranslated movie is good for studying English too, Because I sometimes watch English movies on YouTube to improve my English skills. By doing this, I think my English skills are improved little bit. On YouTube, there are many kind of
    videos. I recommend you to watch Vlogs. Vlogs show people’s lives. So we can get to know foreign cultures and English skills.

  6. As a teacher spoke it, I think that Netflix is suitable for foreign language education, too. Because I can hear English of various situation while seeing subtitles, I think that it is more practical than a class.
    However, we Japanese is inexperienced in watching TV while seeing subtitles. Because there are a language being totally different from the north in the south and a minority race majority in China, it is the culture that it is natural that touches subtitles in TV and the video. It thinks that this is because there is a custom to watch in subtitles that a Chinese English learner and a Japanese learner are excellent without watching a dubbing edition. I do not know whether the culture of subtitles is in the United States and Europe, may there be some kind of measures as the race that is at least various than Japan exists?
    If only Netflix had been around since I was a little girl and I had been exposed to diverse cultures If I hadn’t, my foreign language skills would have been even better than they are now.
    Incidentally, the Coronavirus has caused a significant increase in Netflix subscribers. I’ve signed up and have already watched a few movies.

  7. I like to watch English movies with Japanese subtitles. However, watching a movie with subtitles makes me tired. My ideal is to watch a movie with subtitles in a state where I know the story. But it’s too expensive to watch the same movie twice in a movie theater. When it’s on TV, we can only watch dubbed movies. So, I think it is good way to study at Netflix. Netflix is a flat-rate system. In addition, it has three pricing plans, and we can choose the plan that suits us. There is another good point. It is that there are two types of subtitles. You can imitate the words of the characters and learn how to express by using English subtitles. On the other hand, by using Japanese subtitles, you can learn beautiful Japanese translation and see the atmosphere of the area where the movie was made. You may also be able to be interested in foreign cultures by taking this opportunity. I want to learn using Netflix even when I have time.

  8. I think that it is a good idea studying with Netflix too. If I use Netflix when I study English, I will feel fun to study English because I really like watching dramas, movies and anime. Enjoyment can be motivation to study English and keep it. I have amazon prime but it doesn’t have a lot of American programs and English subtitles. Studying with Netflix will help to extend vocabulary and listening skills. We can be used to listening English spoken by native speakers. It is also useful to practice native pronunciation. And we can use it to study not only English but also other languages. I’m a student of Chinese department. I don’t know whether Netflix has Chinese subtitles and speaking in Chinese version. If it has, I can use it to study Chinese because we can change subtitles.
    The function for going back is also helpful for English learner because they can go back many times and practice English phrases again and again.
    I really want to be a good English speaker. I will use Netflix for studying English!!


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