What are some American and British TV shows I can watch to improve my English listening skills?
This question came from one of my students recently. Our conversation went something like this:
Student: What are some American and British TV shows I can watch to improve my English and hear both accents?
Me: Well, it depends on what kind of TV shows you like. What do you like? Are you interested in dramas and FBI type shows?
Student: No, I don’t like those. I like comedies.
Student: That sounds good.
Me: I don’t really know a lot of British shows, but I’ll find some and let you know. I would also try finding both an American and a British YouTube channel you like. That’s another great way to hear accents and natural English.
Here are a few recommendations for comedies:
The A Word: I haven’t started watching this yet. I found it when I was searching. I’m planning to start watching it. It’s a BBC comedy drama about a family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Watch for free with Amazon Prime.
Finally, here’s a fantastic YouTube comparison of The Office UK and The Office USA. It’s fast-paced, but has decent CC subtitles. Surprisingly, the subtitles are mostly accurate. This video also explains the differences between British and American comedy. I prefer American humor for all the reasons explained in the video. I’ve watched the American version of The Office but have very little interest in the UK version. Lots of people prefer the UK version. It all depends on your taste!
Sense8: Netflix science fiction drama about 8 strangers in different parts of the world who are connected in a way unlike any other
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