If you are looking for something to watch on Netflix, I would highly recommend looking in the “International” section. You never know what you may find! I hear many college students saying that they watch movies or TV shows on Netflix often. In a world where it is easy to watch your favorite show or movie online, it is so easy to end up sitting in front of the computer screen for hours. One thing you may not know is that Netflix can be used to your advantage when it comes to learning another language.
Recently, I found a movie on Netflix called “Blind Date.” It is originally a French movie, therefore having audio in French. There is also Italian and Spanish audio offered for those who are studying either language. As far as subtitles go, you can watch with English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. As a language-learner, I like to watch with subtitles in the language I am learning, so I watched the movie in French with French subtitles.
“Blind Date” came out in 2015 and is not a movie you will typically see in your French class. What piqued my interest about this film is that it is a romantic comedy. When I have watched French movies for class in the past, most endings I have seen have been tragic. However, with this movie, you get a similar experience to watching an American rom-com, which I really liked. Without giving too much away, the story follows a woman who wants to be a professional pianist and does not get along with her neighbor. At first, she and her neighbor keep trying to get on each other’s nerves, but eventually they become friends. The plot is cute and follows a unique kind of relationship that you will have to see for yourself. Sit back, kick your feet up, watch a cute movie, and learn some French!
Here at the Language Resource Center, we carry Spot it! for basic Italian. Spot it! is an educational game that features universal images and words. Between any two cards, there is always only one matching pair. These pairs can be two images, two words, or an image and a word. Players can compete to find the matching pair before their opponent or race against the clock, seeing how quickly they can spot the matches themselves. Spot it! is an awesome tool for beginner Italian speakers. The repetition of the words among the cards solidifies word recognition and the pictures support reading comprehension. Saying the words aloud improves speech and trying to find matches quickly strengthens processing speed. Spot it! makes learning basic Italian vocabulary fun and breaks away from tedious memorization techniques. Playing Spot it! will improve your vocabulary and boost your understanding of the words you’re learning in a way lists and index cards can’t!
As a Gettysburg College student, you have access to massive amounts of resources from Musselman Library. Did you know that these resources include THOUSANDS of foreign language movies? These movies (along with many others) can be found on the International Cinema Resource List. The International Cinema Resource List includes various Italian movies and information about them to help students find what they’re looking for. You can search by title (original or translated), genre, year released, language and country. The International Cinema Resource List also includes a link to movies’ IMDb profiles, whether it is available from Musselman Library, and the various other platforms on which each movie can be viewed (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.).This tool is helpful for Italian speakers of all levels! Using this resource can make learning Italian both fun and challenging and can introduce students to Italian culture. The International Cinema Resource List offers Italian classics such as La vita è bella, Nuova cinema paradiso, and Ladri di Biciclette as well as newer movies such as Miele, La grande bellezza, and Benvenuti al sud. Watching Italian films has helped me improve my listening and pronunciation skills and has given me a better understanding of Italian culture including their food, their relationships, and especially their humor!
Do you like fast-paced language learning games for you and up to 7 friends?
Then check out Spot It!, the newest game available in the LRC. Spot It! comes in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and Chinese and Arabic versions of the game are currently being made by LRC employees.
There is one and only one similarity between every pair of cards. Be the first to spot the similarity between two cards, whether its the same symbol, the same word, or a word corresponding with a symbol, and you get the point! A guide showing the correct word-picture combinations are also available.
The words/items used are very common (i.e. cat, window, boat, car, etc.), making this a great game for beginners to learn different nouns or for more advanced students to review old vocabulary.