Cartoons to Learn English

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tinker Bell, and  Skipper of  Penguins of Madagascar  have helped me teach english to my kids and entertain me!

cartoons

I am not a teacher but came up with this several years ago after I bought my first Ipad and started to buy movies and then thought of the cartoons to entertain my kids (little)

  I have a friend on Facebook that is an american teaching in Thailand english to small kids,   I noticed one day on a post he made where he mentioned that he was using cartoons to help the kids “hear” the english.  In my opinion as just a parent, we learn a language at an early age by hearing.  Not from a book as that comes later but just listening.  Most of my Thai friends are shy about speaking english because of their pronunciation.  I met a Thai English teacher teaching other Thais and I could not understand a word she was saying!  She could write and read but could not speak english!  I also know Thais that speak very good english so not putting down people or the education system.  In my opinion it helps to hear english spoken!

Why English Language is important to learn

from wikipedia

It is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states, the most commonly spoken language in theUnited Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and a widely spoken language in countries in the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia.[6] It is the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish.[7] It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the United Nations, of the European Union, and of many other world and regional international organizations. English is probably the third largest language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin and Spanish.[7] However, when combining native and non-native speakers it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the worldEnglish is spoken by communities on every continent and on oceanic islands in all the major oceans

It has also become by far the most important language of international communication when people who share no native language meet anywhere in the world.  Very often today a conversation in English anywhere in the world may include no native speakers of English at all, even while including speakers from several different countries

English as a global language

English has ceased to be an “English language” in the sense of belonging only to people who are ethnically English.] Use of English is growing country-by-country internally and for international communication. Most people learn English for practical rather than ideological reasons.[96] Many speakers of English in Africa have become part of an “Afro-Saxon” language community that unites Africans from different countries

English is the world’s most widely used language in newspaper publishing, book publishing, international telecommunications, scientific publishing, international trade, mass entertainment, and diplomacy.[105] English is, by international treaty, the basis for the required controlled natural languages[106] Seaspeak and Airspeak used asinternational languages of seafaring[107] and aviation.

Many regional international organisations such as the European Free Trade Association, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),[51] and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) set English as their organization’s sole working language even though most members are not countries with a majority of native English speakers.

A working knowledge of English has become a requirement in a number of occupations and professions such as medicine[116] and computing. English has become so important in scientific publishing that more than 80 percent of all scientific journal articles indexed byChemical Abstracts in 1998 were written in English, as were 90 percent of all articles in natural science publications by 1996 and 82 percent of articles in humanities publications by 1995

many people around the world think that English provides them with opportunities for better employment and improved lives

How to learn English

I am not a teacher and terrible about learning another language.  In high school took French and Latin, and can not speak either today!    I live in Thailand and after several online classes still very poor about Thai.  So when wanting my kids to learn english I needed to educate myself and use research to help them.

I think being understood is more important than worry about grammar.  When my 3 year old son says “come on”  I understand him even though he did not say it correctly!  Correct would be “Father, please come with me.”

Copied from  WikiHow

Part 2 of 3: Improving Your Writing, Reading and Listening Skills

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    Listen to English radio or podcasts. One of the best ways to improve your English listening comprehension is to download English-language podcasts or radio apps on your phone or MP3 player.

    • You should then make an effort to listen to the podcasts or radio shows for at least 30 minutes per day. Do it in the gym, on your commute to work, or while you’re sitting at your computer.
    • Make an effort to understand what’s being said, don’t just let the English wash over you. Even if you find it too fast, try to pick out key words and phrases to get a general idea of what the conversation is about.
    • If you can, make a note of any words or phrases that you don’t understand and look up the translation afterwards. Then listen to the podcast or show again to hear the new words or phrases in context.
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    Watch English movies and TV shows. Another fun way to improve your listening comprehension is to watch English movies and TV shows.

    • Try to pick movies or TV shows that you will enjoy — this will make the exercise feel like less of a chore. If possible, choose movies or shows that you are already familiar with, such as children’s cartoons or blockbuster films. If you already know the basic story you will find the language much easier to pick up on.
    • However, you should avoid watching movies or television shows with subtitles in your native language — they will only distract you and make you less inclined to focus on understanding the English, which is the whole point of the exercise.

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    1. Don’t study grammar too much

    This rule might sound strange to many ESL students, but it is one of the most important rules. If you want to pass examinations, then study grammar. However, if you want to become fluent in English, then you should try to learn English without studying the grammar.

    Studying grammar will only slow you down and confuse you. You will think about the rules when creating sentences instead of naturally saying a sentence like a native. Remember that only a small fraction of English speakers know more than 20% of all the grammar rules. Many ESL students know more grammar than native speakers. I can confidently say this with experience. I am a native English speaker, majored in English Literature, and have been teaching English for more than 10 years. However, many of my students know more details about English grammar than I do. I can easily look up the definition and apply it, but I don’t know it off the top of my head.

    I often ask my native English friends some grammar questions, and only a few of them know the correct answer. However, they are fluent in English and can read, speak, listen, and communicate effectively.

    Do you want to be able to recite the definition of a causative verb, or do you want to be able to speak English fluently?

    My friend that is a teacher of english in thailand resources

    Disney Magic English on YouTube

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Some of my kids favorites  remember  free on YouTube


ITunes

I have many TV shows and Movies my kids watch  We are an affiliate of iTunes  My favorite is Penguins of Madagascar

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