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Recomendaciones para aprender inglés con series de TV

Observa una escena, retrocede y vuelve a mirarla. Para eso, marca el comienzo de la escena pulsando el botón "A-B" de tu reproductor de DVD. Cuando termine la escena, pulsa el mismo botón y se volverá a repetir la escena automáticamente.

Si es posible, desactiva los subtítulos en español. Si no logras entender el diálogo, activa la opción "CC" (Closed Caption) en tu televisor para ver los subtítulos en inglés.

Intenta mirar capítulos de series que hayas visto. Dado que ya sabes lo que sucede en la trama, podrás concentrarte más en el vocabulario y las expresiones usadas en las conversaciones.

Repite las frases que escuchas y si no entiendes algo, utiliza un diccionario.

Presta atención a la pronunciación y la entonación. De esta forma, entrenarás el oído para identificar las palabras y los diversos acentos, lo cual ciertamente te ayudará a mejorar tu comprensión del inglés.

From the episode 'Do the math'

Learn English with Joan of Arcadia PIANO TEACHER: What do you want?
JOAN: Piano lessons.
PIANO TEACHER: Why? Are your parents forcing you?
JOAN: No.
PIANO TEACHER: Then, why?
JOAN: Because I used to play when I was little, and I miss it. Because someone very important thought I was good at 'Eensie Weensie Spider'. How many reasons do you need?
PIANO TEACHER: Fifty. You got fifty bucks?
JOAN: Fifty?
PIANO TEACHER: Yeah. That'll barely cover the scotch I'll need after listening to another kid butcher Bach.
JOAN: Fifty bucks might be a little bit of a problem...
piano lesson clase de piano
used to solía
to miss something/somebody echar de menos algo/a alguien
Eensie Weensie Spider canción tradicional infantil
buck dólar. Es usado solamente en lenguaje coloquial informal.
barely apenas
scotch whisky escocés
to butcher masacrar. Como sustantivo, butcher es carnicero.

 

WILL: Was someone playing the piano? I thought I heard...
KEVIN: Pounding? You heard pounding.
JOAN: I'm doing a lot better.
KEVIN: At pounding.
WILL: I thought you hated the piano.
JOAN: You want me to do well in math, don't you?
HELEN: See? This is why I don't ask.
LUKE: Well, all music is based on the mathematical certainty that vibrations change when the ratio between whole numbers change.
JOAN: Ah! And Joan flunks math. So what's wrong with you, anyway?
WILL: Something wrong?
KEVIN: No. I'm fine. Everything's fine.
to pound machacar, dar golpes
to do better mejorar
to do well tener éxito, hacer un buen trabajo
to be based on something estar basado en algo. Notar el uso de la preposición on.
ratio proporción
whole number número entero
to flunk suspender, abandonar (una asignatura o un examen)

Then I guess I'm not good at Bach.

JOAN: No, I'm sorry. This was supposed to be an F sharp. I know, I know. I practiced. It's just that scales are so hard.
TEACHER: Those aren't scales. That's Bach.
JOAN: Then I guess I'm not good at Bach.
TEACHER: Well, if you can't play Bach, you can't play anything. He's the foundation. What you're destroying is nothing more than a G major triad. Sometimes it's inverted but the notes are always the same. 1-3-5. 1-3-5.
JOAN: A squared plus B squared equals C squared. Pythagoras.
TEACHER: What are you mumbling?
JOAN: I just... I get it.
TEACHER: You can't just get it. It takes years of practice. This lesson is over!
JOAN: Well, I still have five minutes.
TEACHER: Now, start clearing out that closet.
JOAN: What about all these old albums?
TEACHER: Just toss them.
JOAN: You don't listen to any of them?
TEACHER: I can't even see what's on them. The radio's all I need now.
F Nota musical equivalente al español fa. Las notas en inglés son: C (do), D (re), E (mi), F (fa), G (sol), A (la), B (si).
sharp sostenido (en música)
scale escala musical
to be good at something ser bueno en algo
G major triad tríada en sol mayor
squared al cuadrado (en matemática)
to mumble farfullar, hablar entre dientes. Para aprender distintas formas de hablar, ver Ways of speaking.
to toss something tirar algo

 

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