How to learn English through cartoons?

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Oct 03, 2021 | 4 min read
How to learn English through cartoons?

   You can learn English quickly and entertainingly by not only a tutor or reading books but also by watching videos in English. Learning English in this way is more productive for young age learners. Parents and tutors recommend learning English by watching cartoons. If taking into consideration the growing number of subtitled videos in the Azerbaijani language compared to previous periods, it is necessary to take advantage of this kind of opportunity. Another option is that taking into consideration most children know Turkish and Russian languages at the intermediate level, they can easily watch and master English cartoons by subtitles in these languages. In recent years, a YouTube channel named Bilgi TV which publishes subtitled cartoons in the Azerbaijani language, is active. You can watch various cartoons with subtitles with subscribe to this channel.

   I would also note that besides cartoons, there are a lot of channels on education that we can find and learn any kind of videos about any topic. Khan Academy, a popular YouTube channel for high school students in Azerbaijan, provides subtitled explanatory videos in Azerbaijani for schoolchildren of all ages.

 

  • Cartoons are only for children? Of course not!

   Most cartoons may be very entertaining and interesting for viewers of all ages. It is well known that not all cartoons are aimed at children— “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” may look like cartoons, but both deal with topics that only adults can understand. It also presents a number of political and domestic violence topics under the guise of "jokes." That is why parents must pay utmost attention to it. In other words, the cartoons choosing for kids can affect not only your child's language learning but also their outlook on life.

 

  • Why is it more effective to learn English through cartoons?

   If you have decided to have your child watch cartoons to improve his or her English, you’re on the right path. This is a perfect idea! Let me explain why: People who sound cartoon characters pronounce words clearly so that children may understand the key concept of the cartoon without trouble. So, they pronounce words as clearly as anyone can understand. Most cartoons for kids focus on social relationships, so that is why you can hear idioms and expressions using in real life, in daily conversations. Cartoons for kids use simple enough words to make them easier to understand for children who don’t know English well, but also there are many new words that can be difficult for those who know English better. In most cases, in cartoons for kids the same expressions, words, idioms are used again and again, and in turn, it helps children to remember them and understand how they are used. Cartoons are generally very short, about 20 minutes. Sometimes episodes divide into two parts and they are presented in two parts of 10 minutes. Especially, there are a lot of cartoons to learn new words and expressions.

 

Which cartoons are best for learning English?

 

  • “Martha speaks”

   Martha is a cartoon about a dog who learns to speak human words after eating "alphabet soup”. It aims to teach kids new words and these words are explained at the beginning and end of every episode. In addition, these words are repeated many times in the cartoon so that the audience does not forget. The best side of “Martha speaks” is that it is a very logical animated series. It may be ridiculous for adults because the content is so simple because it is made for children. On the contrary, it is very enjoyable to watch.

  • “Word Girl”

   Superhero girl battles against villains by utilization of the power of words in this series. Episodes are arranged idiosyncratically, and words which the characters utilize in each episode are explained. So, this cartoon is perfect for learning new English words without boring word lists! In addition, people of all ages can watch this cartoon series. You can watch it on PBS kids and YouTube.

  • “Doki”

   Time of discovery! Doki and his friends explore a new place in every episode. Doki and his friends discover different areas around the world and get information about new cultures. İf you learn not only new words but also new cultures, this cartoon is perfect for you. İn addition, it is very amusing!

 

What is the advantage of learning a language by watching cartoons?

  1. In this way, we do not receive words only through the senses. We both hear voices and see episodes. That is why we can remember better words which are used. There is an interesting fact about this event: People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, and 80% of what they see and hear.

  2. If we learn new words from a dictionary, we learn only their meaning, not how they using in a sentence. From this point of view, remembering new words may be difficult, but learning unfamiliar words in the text is easier. In other words, we hit two rabbits with one bullet: we learn both the meaning of the word and where and how it is used. First, if you watch the cartoon with dubbing or subtitles in the language you understand, it will be easier for you to guess and learn the meaning of the words because you are already familiar with the subject.

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