Christmas is upon us! Time to abandon responsibility and indulge in this most festive of seasons! Though if you experience even a little guilt for neglecting all the things you would do normally, well, we have a simple solution. At least for English learners at least; we can help you keep studying just by watching films. Don’t believe us? Here are some great Christmas films to watch to help you learn English.
Okay, our first offering leaves us wanting a little word with the beautiful Emilia Clarke for starring in the most beautiful of films that also break our hearts. Last Christmas is very much your typical Christmas offering and yet at the same time isn’t anything like what you might expect! Kate, played by Clarke, is a little lost in life, working a dead-end job, letting people down around her, and generally not really living at all. She meets the mysterious Tom, played by the equally beautiful Henry Golding, and embarks on a turnaround of her circumstances as a result. This is a beautiful, talented cast, telling a sweet story written by Emma Thompson. It isn’t something that’s going to be up for an Oscar but it is an easy watch; perfect for practising English with. You can watch the trailer here.
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The Polar Express
Wanting something animated to watch this Christmas? The classic The Polar Express is a great film to watch! Perfect for those wanting to watch with subtitles for a little language practice, this film tells the story of a boy disillusioned with Christmas who embarks on The Polar Express on Christmas Eve and relearns his Christmas joy. You could be forgiven for thinking this is a one-man-show for just how many characters are voiced by the wonderful Tom Hanks, though even knowing that you are guaranteed to fall in love with all of the characters. This is a really good heartwarming Christmas film that is guaranteed to have you smiling, either reminiscing about your own childhood Christmas or looking forward to Christmas with the young people around you. Watch the trailer here.
For a who’s who of the very best of British talent, Love Actually is a must-watch for Christmas. Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hugh Grant; we could go on, but you get the idea! Love Actually follows the lives of eight couples in the lead up to Christmas; some with sweet stories, others bittersweet, and others still downright heartbreaking! You’ll be smiling by the end though, we promise, and with an amazing soundtrack including the likes of the sadly-departed Lynden David Hall, you’ll have plenty of lyrics to sing along to. Here is the trailer if you want to see if this is a watch for you.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
For our final Christmas film choice suggestion, we have another classic animation for you, because why not? How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a film adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book of the same name. This film is very much a retelling of Scrooge, though without any ghostly visits to make our main character change his ways. The Grinch, played by Jim Carrey, lives on the outskirts of Whoville and hates Christmas, coming up with a plan to ruin Christmas for all the people living in town. He disguises himself as Santa and his dog Max as a reindeer and sets off on his dastardly plan. Though the townsfolk are not upset at all by his antics which leads the Grinch to a revelation that turns his life around. This is a great Christmas watch that you can easily view with subtitles to help you follow what is happening. Watch the trailer for How The Grinch Stole Christmas here.
Christmas really is a time for indulgence, so we can all be forgiven for letting our language studies slack a little; watching Christmas films will certainly lessen your guilt! Though if you’re thinking of studying more seriously after all the festivities, you can count on us to help. Our tailor-made courses are taught by native-speaking tutors who can work with you whatever your schedule. Drop us a quick enquiry to see how our courses work!