Read Along With Films and TV Shows

Watching films and TV can be a great way to improve your language skills and it can also be a lot of fun. What you are watching can really help you to understand the language and how it is used in context.
Watching films and TV can be made more productive though if you have a script to help you understand what you are hearing, and even more so if you have a translations of the script.

Today's activity looks at a site called Cswap that can help you with this.

  • Go to: and search for the script to a film that you like. You can either do this using the search or browse through the alphabetical listings.

  • Once you have found one go to YouTube and see if you can find some clips from the film.

1. Watch the clip and see how much you understand.
2. Read the script in English and check your understanding, then watch the clip again.
3. Click to get a translation of the script into your language and read and compare with the English script.

  • Here's and example of this: Watch this clip from Toy Story 2

  • Now read the section of the script in English: Toy Story 2 Script
  • Now read the text in your own first language.
You can try doing this for just one clip or try to watch all the parts of a film, but only do a small section each day. Try to go back to the beginning of the film each time and watch without any support.

I hope this helps you to enjoy the films and learn more from them.

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Nik Peachey

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