10 International films that help you learn a foreign language
Watching movies in a foreign language usually requires more concentration than usual, especially if you are a beginner learner of the language. But it is nonetheless worth the effort. Watching films from different parts of the world can be a very enriching experience. You will gain a new perspective, and a window into a new culture will open in front of you as well.
Not only that, as international films often include more complex and creative ideas, and focus on important issues related to real life, compared to the popular Hollywood films.
In addition, these films will help you in the language learning process as well, as you will hear dialogues in different situations, learn how to pronounce a lot of words in addition to acquiring new vocabulary. All this while relaxing on your sofa in front of the TV!
Here is a list of 10 international films that will help you learn a new language!
Top 10 International films
1- Warhoused – Spanish movie (2015)
https://www.youtube.com/embed/dpORpU2Mddo?wmode=opaqueWarehoused, or Almacenados in Spanish, is a satirical and joyful comedy that warms your heart, as the film revolves around an employee about to retire and the young man who will replace him on the job. The two share five days at work.
The story of the film is uncomplicated and easy to follow, and the language used is simple and easy. So whether you are a beginner in Spanish, or you are fluent in Spanish, you will enjoy a lot with this movie.
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2- Happy as Lazzaro – Italian movie (2018)
The film takes place in the Italian countryside during the seventies of the last century. It is a movie full of strange plots. It tells the story of Lazzaro, a young Italian peasant and his family who are taken advantage of by the Marquez. Lazzaro decides to befriend the Marquis’s son, and the two start preparing for some riots.
This film is a beautiful, albeit somewhat grotesque, depiction of life in the beautiful Italian countryside.
3- Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Japanese movie (2011)
Ono Jiro is a national treasure in Japan, and for good reason… He’s a professional sushi chef and owner of a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Jiro is a very idealistic person, unlike his eldest son Yoshikazu, who has trouble sticking to his father’s legacy. In this documentary, you will learn a lot about sushi as well as about Japanese culture and, of course, the Japanese language.
4- Aquarius movie – Portuguese (2016)
If you’re only going to see one movie from this list, then make sure it’s the multi-award winning Aquarius.
The film revolves around Clara, a retired music critic who vows to live in her apartment in Recife, Brazil until her death. But an obstacle appears before her, forcing her to move forward, when a company with plans to redevelop the area pressures her and forces her to move out of her apartment. Clara’s journey inspires Brazilian superstar Sonia Braga.
The plot of the action in this movie is very easy to follow, the language is relatively intelligible and the acting is absolutely fantastic!
If you are interested in learning Portuguese, this movie is undoubtedly an excellent choice.
5- Burning movie – Korean (2018)
Burning is a thriller about a twisted love trilogy and one person’s secret hobby. It is based on a short story by the famous Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
This movie will be remembered long after its completion, as it includes many interesting dialogues between its complex characters, making it perfect for enriching your Korean vocabulary.
6- Divines – French (2016)
This movie contains a lot of slang and expletives in French (which you might find a little annoying, or maybe even helpful!)
In short, the story revolves around a teenage girl who lives in a condominium outside Paris and meets a young dancer who turns her life upside down.
It is true that the dialogue in the film is very fast, but you will learn a lot of French slang!
7- The Lives of Others – German movie (2006)
This movie is one of the best foreign films of all time. Set in 1984 in East Berlin, it tells the story of a secret police officer on a special mission to monitor a married couple, but soon finds himself increasingly immersed in their lives.
It’s a very powerful film, and it will teach you a lot about life in Berlin during the 1980s.
8- I Lost My Body – French Movie (2019)
Another French movie… another award-winning masterpiece that will undoubtedly captivate you. It is a fantasy animation that tells the story of a disembodied hand and its journey through Paris to return to its body.
The least that can be said about this movie is that it is unique and you will definitely enjoy watching it!
9- Movie, My Neighbor Totoro – Japanese (1988)
This list certainly wouldn’t be complete without My Neighbor Totoro, a Japanese classic by studio Ghibli.
The movie has been dubbed into many languages, but you’d better look for the original in Japanese, and since the heroes of this animation are two little girls, the language is generally straightforward and easy, which makes it a very suitable teaching material for Japanese language learners.
10- Roma – Spanish (2018)
Last but not least, Roma is one of the world’s most influential films. It tells the story of the life of a maid who works for a middle-class family for one year.
It is worth noting that the director of this film is the same as the one who directed both the films Gravity and the films Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, so expect to see a distinctive cinematic masterpiece!
This list is certainly not the only one, as there are many other international films from different cultures and languages, which can help you learn more about a country’s culture and language and even how this language is used in everyday contexts.
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