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My husband isn't really a fan of reading (huge shame because I'm a total bookworm) so we've made the compromise that he should watch TV shows in English with English subtitles to learn new words instead.

We are almost done with "Breaking Bad".....I really like how realistic the dialogue is, and I want him to watch more TV shows like this, which reflect how Americans actually talk. No stupid catchphrases, overly obvious jokes or absurd amounts of slang. Just people in situations having conversations, trying to solve problems, etc. Given the premise is completely outrageous, the actual dialogue is quite reflective of normal American banter. I really don't like shows with overly goofy/exaggerated characters or situations. <_<

I myself am not a TV person. I hate most sitcoms, and a lot of American shows my English students watch are too "inside baseball" like Suits, House of Cards, etc. I really want to find another show like "Breaking Bad" which has more "normal" dialogue. Can anyone recommend something? :pop:

It doesn't have to be a new show, old shows are fine too. I'm open to anything, especially if anyone here feel like they actually improved their English by watching something. I'm all ears.

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What about older shows like Friends? (though it is a sitcom). Dramas are probably better because they speak slowly. Have you watched the show Fringe? (I'll also suggest my favorite show, Alias.) If you have Netflix, Master of None was good and has a lot of scenes with normal dialogue (though it is interspersed a little with Aziz Ansari's made up slang). Master of None just won an Emmy.

For reading, have you thought about reading books out loud to eachother? It's an old-fashioned activity, but my husband and I did that for a while and it was fun bonding and it helped his English (his was good to start, but he learned new words).


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What about older shows like Friends? (though it is a sitcom). Dramas are probably better because they speak slowly. Have you watched the show Fringe? (I'll also suggest my favorite show, Alias.) If you have Netflix, Master of None was good and has a lot of scenes with normal dialogue (though it is interspersed a little with Aziz Ansari's made up slang). Master of None just won an Emmy.

For reading, have you thought about reading books out loud to eachother? It's an old-fashioned activity, but my husband and I did that for a while and it was fun bonding and it helped his English (his was good to start, but he learned new words).

Yes, we've tried reading together. A lot of literature is just too hard for his level, so I found some short stories (adapted for English learners) that have been effective. Sometimes even the adapted versions are just too literary, though. I hope as his English improves we can do that more often.

Thanks for the TV show recs! My mom mentioned "Bates Motel" to me, which I'm also considering. I agree that dramas are a lot easier to understand for the dialogue as it's slower and then you don't have any jokes/puns going over your head if you're not a native speaker. I was also considering "The Sopranos." Hadn't heard of the others you mentioned, I'll definitely check them out!

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We started out reading Harry Potter. Maybe "YA" lit would be better suited.

Good idea. :idea: It'll be a lot easier once we are in the States and have access to public libraries there. That's why I'm sticking with TV shows for now, they are just easier to find here in Russia.


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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad :3
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21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview - approved!

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

                     I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

Spoiler

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – middle name is cut off 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; kept GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for supporting docs!! D:<

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!!

 

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