Last month we talked quite a lot about learning a language through immersion in a foreign culture, but what if, for whatever reason, we don’t have the option of going to a country where our language of choice is spoken? In this post we’d like to think about ways that we can immerse ourselves in a language without leaving the country we live in, and we’d particularly like to hear people’s experiences of improving their command of a language by using streaming services like Netflix.
How have you used the internet for language exposure? What have you been watching, and how has this helped you? We’ll kick off with a couple of recommendations of our own, and then we’d love to hear what everybody else has been enjoying.
3% (Brazilian Portuguese) - This series follows a group of young people who have to navigate through a series of trials in order to secure their place among the 3% that gain access to a better world. The first season in particular is gripping, yet despite being very action-based, the series also raises a lot of philosophical questions, particularly relating to social inequality.
Atiye (Turkish) - The ‘Atiye’ series follows our heroine of the same name as she uncovers spooky goings-on around Istanbul and the south-east of Turkey. The plot can be a little difficult to follow at times, but some of the locations are stunning and there’s some very strong acting. Definitely a must for archaeology fans.
Now it’s over to you! If you’ve seen a great series on Netflix (or any other service) then we’d love to hear your recommendations. If you’re not a streaming fan, feel free to let us know about films that you’ve watched, songs that you’ve listened to, or any other ways that you’ve got into the ‘zone’ of another language. We’re really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!