Do you dream of watching films without subtitles?

But when you try you get frustrated because you can only follow the plot, not the whole dialogue?

 

You know you’re missing out. But what can you do?

 

When I was learning French at university, my approach to listening was:

 

– practice makes perfect (I mean, what else can you do right?)

 

I used to

  • rent out cassettes of French films (yes, video cassettes!) from the library and watch them at home
  • watch them with subtitles
  • feel frustrated at needing the subtitles
  • want to give up

 

Once, my Japanese flatmate lent me a copy of the French film Taxi with Japanese subtitles.

 

I didn’t understand much as you can imagine.

 

I even did a course about French film at my local independent cinema. It was in English though!

 

Nothing really worked. But at least I tried.

You’re different. You want to catch everything you hear. You’re ready for a different approach.

My experience taught me that watching whole films in order to “practise” is

  • Overwhelming
  • Frustrating
  • A waste of time

 

To understand everything, you need to start small and manageable.

  • Watch film clips
  • Do exercises that let you catch 95% of the clip, rather than your usual 60%
  • Understand why you don’t understand.

 

In film fortnight, you watch and understand 10 clips from 3 of the best films of the last 20 years

 

You go beyond just listening – you do exercises that work because they teach you why you don’t understand.

Introducing Film Fortnight

A 2-week listening challenge
Film Fortnight

Film Fortnight is a 2-week email challenge. Every day for 10 days (you get a break in the middle), I send you a link to a movie clip, give you exercises to do and my feedback to help you understand.

In 30 minutes a day, you manage to understand clips. You realise why you didn’t understand. You learn more about anglophone culture. You feel excited to watch movies again in English.

Your investment for this challenge is 15€. Plus you’ll get free access to the Leo Listening Level Test as a bonus (value: 5€).

What you’ll get from Film Fortnight

A calendar to get organised

  • links to the film clip on YouTube
  • listening tasks to complete
Stop struggling to understand films by yourself

Daily emails

I’m with you every step of the way by email. Every day you get acitivites to do via email, plus encouragement and advice from me.

Discover new films

Discover new films

We’ll work on 3 of my favourite films from the last 20 years. You’ll learn how to understand them. And you’ll also discover the culture behind the films.

What other students are saying about my methods

I must say that I really couldn’t imagine that I could improve my listening skills – until I tried your exercises. In the past, I would try to get better by watching movies without subtitles but it was so frustrating and it didn’t really help. Before I met you, I felt guilty or even stupid when I watched movies. How could I not understand? And after all those years? But your course helped me change my mindset: I no longer beat myself up for not understanding.

 

As for the content, it was so much different than what I imagine when I hear “listening exercise” (boring dialog + gaps/multiple choice exercise) – it was really fun. Thanks to the exercises, I found out that I was doing it wrong and learned what to do instead – where to find movie clips and what to do with them to gradually build up my skills.

Veronika Palovska

Copywriter and Brand Strategist , Do you speak freedom?

Ready to take on the challenge? Let’s go.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I buy?
  • You receive a link to take your bonus, the Leo Listening Level Test
  • You receive a welcome email to the programme with a link to the calendar. That’s where you’ll find the links to the clips and the daily activities.
  • The following day, you receive the answers to the day 1 activities
  • You get 10 emails in total over 2 weeks with a break in the middle. Each day you’ll get a PDF with answers and feedback.
  • I’m with you every step of the way – I’m just one email away.

 

How much time do I need per day to complete film fortnight?

I suggest 30 – 45 minutes per day. I recommend dividing this time into 2 sessions. In the first, do the activities: listen to the clip, do the gap fill/fix the bad subtitles. After, go through the feedback and check your answers.

What level of English do I need to participate in Film Fortnight?

I recommend that you have at least a B1 or intermediate level. If you can read the information on this page then you should be fine.

This challenge sounds intense - how do I keep up?

This is an email challenge. I’m going to send you 12 emails over 2 weeks. The first and last emails are welcome and closing messages. The other 10 are the daily activities. You also get a 2-day break in the middle. So

You receive the welcome email

You receive 5 emails with the clips and activities

You get a 2-day break

You receive the next 5 emails

You finish

It’s up to you how you organise your time during this period. In the welcome email, I give you some ideas and suggestions. The activities are on a calendar so you know what to do on day 1, day 2, etc. And you get me – if you’re having trouble keeping up or you feel disorganised or unmotivated, just email me and let me know. I’m here to help you.

 

About Cara and Leo Listening

About Cara and Leo Listening

Hi, I'm Cara Leopold, the online English listening teacher at Leo Listening. I help bookworms and vocab nerds who prefer reading to listening get conversation-ready by teaching them how to understand fast, informal spoken English without translating in their heads. 

Click here to learn more about my story and how I can help you.