Episode 31: Learn A Language with TV: How to Get The Most Out of Watching TV in Your Target Language

About This Episode

Topic: Watching TV in a Foreign Language

Welcome to Episode 31, where Lindsay and I took a deep dive into revealing our TV watching habits and how they aid our language learning. Plus: Listener feedback and over 20 show recommendations.

We are sponsored today by Savvy Brand Academy, a mastermind & brand course for onlinte teachers, as part of our "podcasters are doin' it for themselves month".

1) What type of TV do you watch?


  • Listener Colin likes to watch with the whole family

  • Chris Stewart who likes watching reality tv like “Come dine with me”

  • For me: Serials

  • For Lindsay: youtube as part of a routine

  • My student Randy: Tagesschau

2) HOW do you watch?


  • Is there such a thing as guilty learning vs. not-guilty learning?


  • Should you watch with subtitles or without? Subtitles in your own language or the other language? Immersion or full understand mode?


  • Big debate: How can TV count as "deliberate study time"?


  • Where can you find shows that are appropriate for your level?


  • What makes TV for kids a good choice?


3) Where can you find cool things to watch? (Big Link Collection)

YouTube and Yabla:

TV Apps and Websites Where You Can Find International TV

**Shows Kerstin Loves (75% contains crime)


  • Hwb, Hinterland and Byw Celwydd (Welsh)

  • Les Revenants and Spiral (French)

  • Salamander (French/Flemish)

  • Deutschland 83, Good Bye Lenin!, The Edukators (German)

  • The Bridge (Danish/Swedish)

  • The Killing and Borgen (Danish)

The Takeaway

If you have not done this already, catch an episode of 1980s German spy show Deutschland 83 - here it is on Amazon.com and here it is on All 4 in the UK

Episode Details

January 19th, 2016

59 mins 4 secs

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