Watching TV is an excellent way to help improve your English
There are several benefits to spending time watching these shows
1 It will improve your listening skills
2, It will improve your Reading Skills (unless you don’t use the subtitles in the target language)
3 It will enhance your Vocabulary
4 You can do it anywhere where you have an internet connection (I.e home, on the bus, In the car (not if you are driving, please) or even on the beach)
5 It will improve your understanding of British culture and history
6 . You will be entertained (Hopefully)
Let's face it, we all like to relax in front of the TV and watch something so why not kill two birds with one stone and improve your English while watching your Favorite show your English at the same time *
(Kill two birds with one stone - to achieve two things by doing a single action)
This is not just a list of shows, Here I offer you two hugely different options that will give you an insight into the diverse English language spoken in Britain
Not only will you learn some very posh vocabulary but you will also learn the history of the longest reigning Monach and her family.
Queens English - standard, pure, or correct English speech or usage as spoken by the Monarch
Renounce:Formally declare one’s abandonment of (a claim, a right, or a possession)
Highness: a title given to a person of royal rank, or used in addressing them.
Conspicuously: In a clear visible way.
Pageantry: A elaborate and extravagant ceremony.
Reign : The length of time a monarch holds power
Reigning: Occupying the throne
Coronation: A royal ceremony in which a new monarch is installed
Monarch The Royal Ruler of a country or Empire by birthright
Line of succession: The order in which members of a certain family are expected to succeed one another in some official position
Heir To The Throne : The next in the line of succession after the current Monarch
It is a facinating insight into the Royal Family of Great Britain
In contrast to THE CROWN , Peaky Blinders follows the lives of a Birmingham based gang who take part in a number of criminal activities. These crimes were often violent and deadly , In fact during the show the gang members sowed razor blades into their flat caps which could then be used as weapons The show centers around one family and their leader Tommy Shelby
Please Note -This show shows many scenes of violence, drug use and adult content so it is NOT FOR CHILDREN , it shows not just how diverse British English is but also how the culture of the country is also vastly different depending on your social standing
The show features some very interesting vocabulary and accents including Gypsy slang, Cockney, and from many other areas of Britain such as Ireland and Scotland
On The House – Something you normally pay for is free
He Looked At Me The Wrong Way – look at someone with an expression they don't like or are offended by
Never Cease To Amaze Me - used as a way of saying with emphasis that one is always amazed by something or someone
This Place Is Under New Management – New owners have taken over a business
Ain’t – it is not.
Ar – yes, or to agree with something.
Ark at that – listen to that!
Ackee – the popular playground game known as tag.
Bab – endearing term, like dear or love.
Bawlin – to shout and scream at someone- “bawlin and shoutin”
Barmy – mad or insane.
Bawl – cry loudly, such as the noisy wailing and sobbing of an upset child.
Blarting – crying or sobbing.
Big tyma – same as ‘big timer’, a person who is known and respected, knows what he’s talking about, and always makes big moves in life.
Bonce – a head.
Bost – it’s broken.
Cack-handed – doing something in a clumsy way.
Deff off – to not do something.
Ee-yar – here you are.
Ent – it is not.
Entry – the alley between terraced houses
Ta-ra a bit – Goodbye for now / see you later.
Tea – dinner, around 6/7pm.
The cut – the canal.
1.Rosie Lee – Tea
2. Apples and Pears – Stairs.
3. Adam and Eve – Believe
4. Dog and Bone – Phone, .
5. Trouble and Strife – Wife
6. Bees and honey – Money
7. Round the Houses – Trousers
8. Baked Bean – Queen
9. Custard and Jelly – Telly ( television)
10. China Plate – Mate (Friend)
A Final TIP
Watch the TV shows with English subtitles NOT subtitles in your own language