I’m not talking about watching an actual television program designed to teach you another language, although these can certainly help. What I’m referring to are programs from other countries in other languages – sitcoms, dramas and game shows all from other countries which, if you happen to get your programming through www.satellitetv.net, shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Why would you want to watch what the Spanish or Chinese or Japanese watch in their casual, free time? How does that get down to the nitty gritty in teaching you a language?
Learning a language, more than memorizing honorifics and nouns and conjugations, is first and foremost a cultural experience. You will learn more about the culture associated with their language than you will ever know about every little in and out of the foreign written and spoken word.
Watching the television that people in other countries watch gives you lots of different stuff to work with starting out. You learn about their culture, you learn about context when it comes to joking and whatnot, and you see the language in action and can, in your mind, infer what is happening and what is being said.
You’ll obviously want some real, practical training when it comes to learning a language, but watching their television greatly compliments and enhances anything you pick up in a classroom or book.