You just finished watching a Ryan Gosling movie. But you want to scratch his face off because he mumbles all his lines.

Another Friday night ruined by a film in English.

You want to understand films and TV series in English without crying or throwing your laptop out of the window. You know trying to watch and understand a 2-hour movie without the subtitles is too much. But you don’t know where to start.

It’s time for a Movie Mindset Shift

Movie mindset shift is a 2-week listening challenge that’ll show you how to work with movie clips, not whole films, to gradually build up your listening skills. 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.

After the 2-week Movie Mindset Shift challenge you

  • Realise that you can improve your listening skills without doing the boring gap fills or multiple choice exercises you remember from school
  • Are less exhausted from working on clips, so you’re more motivated to do the work
  • Don’t just follow the plot, you catch the dialogue
  • Catch 95% of the short clips, instead of your usual 60%
  • Discover 3 of my favourite films from the last 20 years: the plot, the characters and the culture behind the films
  • Go beyond just listening – you do exercises that work because they teach you why you don’t understand

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

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Why should you take on the Movie Mindset Shift challenge?

  • Movie clips, not whole films, are the key to better understanding what you watch
  • Find out what’s stopping you from understanding films and TV shows in English (it’s not phrasal verbs or slang)
  • Get the motivation and momentum you need to do the work through my daily emails
  • Stop missing out on bits of dialogue
  • Take away the overwhelm and frustration that comes with trying to just practise by watching whole films
  • Manage to understand clips in 30 minutes a day
  • Learn more about anglophone culture
  • Feel excited to watch movies again in English

I like the way the information arrives by email : it’s easy really. This watching film method is interactive and pleasant. Your cultural explanations are indispensable.



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

Your investment: 15€

You can start Movie Mindset Shift whenever you’re ready. Now’s the best time, so that after 2 weeks, you change your approach to watching films and TV shows in English.

How do I take on the Movie Mindset Shift challenge?

  • Sign up by clicking on the big yellow button that says “take on the challenge”
  • Pay safely and securely via PayPal
  • You’ll then get the welcome email for Movie Mindset Shift with the calendar, exercises and links to the clips.
  • The next day, the challenge starts. You work on one clip each day for 10 days with a 2-day break in the middle. I’ll send you emails to introduce the clips and films and help you get motivated and stay organised.

What I liked most about the challenge was the way you led me through the spoken language to be more bearable


What you’ll get from Movie Mindset Shift



A calendar to get organised

  • links to the film clip on YouTube
  • listening tasks to complete

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

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.

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

Your investment: 15€

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need per day to complete Movie Mindset Shift?

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 Movie Mindset Shift?

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 non-native speakers get conversation-ready by teaching them how to understand fast, informal spoken English without translating.

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