Review of Lingopie – Learn a Language By Watching TV

The best way to learn a language is by finding a way to study that you enjoy. Most people enjoy watching television and films anyway so why not combine this activity with studying your target language?

Lingopie does just this – it is an app that combines watching TV with learning a language. In this blog post we will look at how you can learn a language by watching TV and also how Lingopie works.

Benefits of learning with TV shows

By watching TV in the target language you will be exposed to high-frequency vocabulary. Humans often learn by copying other people, so by hearing how to greet someone in the target language you are more likely to copy what they say and in their accent. You also get to learn about the culture and traditions of the country where the language is spoken which can be really interesting.

Although you may not be able to completely learn a language by watching TV, it is a very authentic way to absorb the language naturally and learn the most used words and phrases that you probably never would by simply studying a text book or grammar book.

How to learn a language by watching TV

Passive watching

How many times have you watched the same movie over and over again and ended up being able to recite certain parts of the dialogue off by heart? You have watched it so many times that it gets stuck in your head, making it easier to memorise in the long term. This is the same with learning a language. Repetition is key.

Set the subtitles to the target language so that you are not only hearing the language but seeing the words written so that you can match up the sounds with their spelling.

Active watching

This method is more intensive and more like real studying. To do this you would put a film on and whenever you hear a key phrase or word that you want to learn, you would pause the movie and write it down, maybe look it up and write out the whole sentence to learn later on. There is even a chrome extension called “Language Learning with Netflix” to make this easier.

You can also use this method to improve your pronunciation by pausing the film to repeat what the actor has just said.

Language learning methods

Of course, you cannot learn a language just by watching TV. The best way to learn a new language fully is by combining a mixture of methods, including listening to podcasts, reading authentic material – newspapers, magazines, blog pages, watching YouTube videos, studying grammar, using language learning apps such as Duolingo and by also including writing practice to reinforce what you have studied.

Getting up to speed

I remember that when I lived in Spain one of the best ways to get used to the speed with which most people spoke, was by watching the news on television and also the chat shows or gossip shows that were constantly being shown on TV. By watching soap operas from Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in South America, this helped me identify and get used to different accents from the Spanish speaking world. For example, people in Madrid have a very different accent to people in Argentina even though they are all speaking Spanish.

Explore a new language with Lingopie

If you are starting to learn a language as a beginner or if you are an intermediate or advanced learner looking for an enjoyable way to progress your language skills further, increase fluency or learn more authentic language, then Lingopie could be just the thing for you.

There are 9 languages to choose from; Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and English.

You can choose from thousands of hours of a variety of films, comedies, travel shows, documentaries and much more from the country where the language is spoken. New shows are added every month so you know that what you are watching is using the most up-to-date language.

You can watch on your phone, tablet or computer making it highly accessible wherever you are; on the bus, tube, train or at the park.

Lingopie Features and Tools

Lingopie features tools that help you rapidly increase your vocabulary and speed up your learning.

Clickable subtitles

Each TV show or movie comes with subtitles in the target language and English whereby you can click on any particular word to get an instant translation to check its meaning. You can also review the vocabulary with text and video flashcards.

TV Phrasebook

You can use the TV Phrasebook featured on the site to search for a word or phrase in your target language to see what it means and you will also see an example of how it is used in one of the videos.

Tutor directory

You can search for a tutor to learn on a one-to-one basis from Lingopie’s tutor directory.

How much does Lingopie cost?

The good thing about Lingopie is that they offer a 7-day free trial, so if you decide it is not for you, you do not waste any money.
There are 3 subscription plans each with a 7-day trial that you can cancel at any time:

Monthly: $12 per month.
Yearly: $5.60 per month ($67 for the year)
Family & Friends: $8.25 per month (4 users)

Is Lingopie worth it?

By learning the target language in context with native TV shows, movies and documentaries you will quickly learn the most used words and phrases used by native speakers.

You will find that even after watching just 3 or 4 TV shows, you will have picked up many useful new words and phrases.

By choosing programmes that you would normally find enjoyable even in English, you are much more likely to continue learning the real target language than by traditional study methods from textbooks and by memorising boring grammar rules.

Lingopie currently has 616 reviews on Trustpilot with 80% giving it 5*. Many users comment on how quickly they learn new vocabulary as it is in context, how fun and easy the Lingopie platform is to use.

It is clear that if you are someone who loves watching TV and movies and are learning a language, it is definitely worth giving Lingopie a go to help improve your language skills and learn fast. With a free 7-day trial what do you have to lose!

If you enjoy learning languages with TV you may also be interested in reading the article, “Learn language with music”.

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