Learning English from the Doctor

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Oct 6, 2010 09:04
I've been learning English from Doctor Who for 6 months almost every day. BBC iPlayer provides me usually 2 or 3 episodes of Doctor Who at a time. I watch them with subtitles. They speak quite fast as usual British, so that I often have to play one speech over and over again to catch every word they say. Just one hour programme sometimes takes three hours to watch. I look up words and phrases they used in the programme in a dictionary.

Then, I go to the Wikipedia. Each Doctor Who episode has an independent article in Wikipedia. I read it to confirm that the story's I have understand by watching is right. Then I also go to Guardian's website. They have a review of each episode. I can share what I felt in the episode with the critic.

Reading something about what I already know and have seen is much easier than getting all the new information only from the text. I can follow what they are talking about and combine the information and experience.

By the way, I didn't know why I am so obsessed with the Doctor Who. Special effect? Maybe. Story? Possible. Machines and aliens? Likely.

But, the other day, I found that it's a story about aliens and that I am an alien as well! Living in the UK as an Asian alien, my life now is already a kind of Doctor Who, isn't it? Fair enough.