Hi guys, teachers and english speakers,
I'm an italian boy trying to improve my english skills. I've studied it for 8 years at school (maybe more!) and now I think I have to work hard on vocabulary and listening so I think I should do it by watching films and reading books in english language.
I'm here to ask for your suggestions I need books and films of simple-medium difficulty (I don't mind what they deal with, for the moment)...
Recently I've read a lot of novels written by Lovecraft, and in the past I've read someting of Poe. I also usually read articles on the net dealing with marketing and web promotion...about the films I've seen "The Terminal" in english without problems....

hope you can help me,
Leonardo
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Hi Leonardo, I'm from Italy too, but, since we're posting on EnglishForums, I'm answering you in English...

Some of the best ways to improve one's skills are:

- books

- listening to the radio [you can search for BBC Radio simply using Google]

- chat

I don't find films to be very helpful, 'cause most of the times they show things that are unlikely to really happen...
I'm here to learn english so I don't want you to write in italian Emotion: wink
I think films could be good to improve my listening skills....and I need it, maybe I could use radio too

But can someone suggest me some titles? Films and books...
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What about "Harry Potter"? Emotion: big smile
I don't really love him....another one?
what about "Married with Children"? Emotion: big smile

what's wrong having fun while learning english? Emotion: big smile
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Eheh... I suppose you're right... Emotion: big smile
Hi, YoHf,

You said: "I don't find films to be very helpful, 'cause most of the times they show things that are unlikely to really happen..."

I have a different opinion. I think you don't learn a lot English from action movies- what happened there mostly don't happen in real life, you learn nothing but swearing. On the other hand, in drama or comedy you would pick up many phrases very handy for daily use, because comedy, drama and romance deal with real life situations and real life relationships.

Personally I love to watch romantic comedies- chick flick, so to speak, and I tell you even in the most lame, corny, lousy romance film I picked up phrases super useful. Don't get me wrong- I'm not trying to persuade you going for chick flicks, I know many guys find them very boring and are a waste of time. You can learn English other ways. But I have to say, for me and many others, movie is a fun and very effective tool in learning English.

Nice to meet you!
SpongeBarbHi, YoHf,

You said: "I don't find films to be very helpful, 'cause most of the times they show things that are unlikely to really happen..."

I have a different opinion. I think you don't learn a lot English from action movies- what happened there mostly don't happen in real life, you learn nothing but swearing. On the other hand, in drama or comedy you would pick up many phrases very handy for daily use, because comedy, drama and romance deal with real life situations and real life relationships.

Personally I love to watch romantic comedies- chick flick, so to speak, and I tell you even in the most lame, corny, lousy romance film I picked up phrases super useful. Don't get me wrong- I'm not trying to persuade you going for chick flicks, I know many guys find them very boring and are a waste of time. You can learn English other ways. But I have to say, for me and many others, movie is a fun and very effective tool in learning English.

Nice to meet you!

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