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Watching foreign films is not just a great way to get practice listening to your new language. They are also a wonderful window into the larger cultures you will encounter via your new language. Learning a new language is just part of the picture. If you not only know the language but can discuss what are considered the cinematic masterpieces of a particular country or culture, you are more likely to impress people “over there”. Today there are many, many opportunities for viewing foreign films. Most college campuses have some kind of foreign film program that is open to the public. Some larger metropolitan areas even have movie houses that show foreign films. Even subscriber movie services like Netflix offer hundreds of titles. If you need some advice in selecting a film, try Tom Wiener's "The Off-Hollywood Film Guide: The Definitive Guide to Independent and Foreign Films on Video and DVD".
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|