Learn New Languages With Foreign Language Movies And Other Media

Watching foreign language movies is a popular way of learning a new language. This is not surprising as movies are entertaining as well.

Foreign Movie Subtitles
It is important to note that while it is possible to learn a language via foreign language movies, you should also try to practice what you have learned with someone who actually speaks the language you are interested to learn as a first language, so that your mistakes can be corrected accordingly.

The most important thing when purchasing foreign language movies for learning purposes is the availability of subtitles. Do not just get a foreign language DVD with English subtitles. Get one with subtitles in the original language the movies was shot in. This way, you not only learn how a language is spoken, but also how it is written, provided the majority of the writing uses the basic Latin alphabet.

I would recommend actually jotting down the foreign subtitles together with its English translation as it does seem to help in memorizing the newly learned words.

Audio Media
Aside from foreign language movies, you can also use other media in your quest to learn a new language. Though most language lessons can be found on CDs, quite a few can be found on the popular mp3 format.

This format will enable students to carry their lessons in tiny mp3 players wherever they go. They can learn on the bus, in the car, while cycling, at the gym or when they go for a run. Admittedly, this might not be the most effective way to learn a language, but many people feel comfortable learning this way.

One of the plus points about the mp3 format is its small file size. This means that you can compress many hours of lessons into a player the size of your thumb.

I find that apart from actually attending a proper language class, foreign language software is a fantastic way to learn a new language. Most language software are interactive. Some have built it games to make learning a new language all the more fun.

The more advanced software makes use audio software and an online data base to help correct intonation and pronunciation mistakes. This is as close as you can get too actually having a teacher right there beside you.

Even with this technology, you should still try to practice speaking the language you are learning with someone who already converses fluently in the same language. This way, you will slowly gain confidence speaking the language in public and you will sound more comfortable and, therefore, natural.

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New Ventures in Making Fun of Bad Movies, and More

Around the time when I was eleven or twelve, I began watching Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was a great TV show that at the time featured the hapless sap Mike Nelson, and his two robot buddies Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Every weekend they would sit in front of some of the worst movies ever created and hurl some of the most hysterically brutal insults at the screen. The stars of that show have continued on years later with their service at Rifftrax.com. I think that they are among some of the best comedic minds out there. I also feel that there is a lot of opportunity in the age of YouTube, mass marketed DVDs, and high speed communications for other people to join in on riffing as a marketing or money making venture.

Firstly there is the issue of competition. It seems like there are only 3 commercial entities I can find on the first page for a Google search. Naturally there is rifftrax, and then there are two other companies, Cinematic Titanic and Riff Raff Theater. The last company utilizes the iRiffs section of rifftrax.com to sell its product. My point here is that there’s a market to be penetrated here for movie mocking enthusiasts who might want to go into business for themselves. Why have your stuff marketed by rifftrax.com when you can go into business for yourself.

I think that probably the hardest part of the venture will be the first steps of getting some one to develop unique software to handle the riffing of blurays or DVDs. Anyone looking to start up on this venture at an affordable should probably look into hiring recent graduate students to help start a simple application. Also have them sign a no compete clause contract so they cannot go to work for one of your competitors on a similar product.

Probably the best ways to do go about marketing your Rifftrax type company would be to firstly hire a web designer, and secondly hire a search engine optimization (SEO) company to help optimize that web site. Most web searches are done on Google, Yahoo or Bing. It is critical to get your business showing up on those search engines. I even submit to you that it is more important than being seen in the phone book. Utilizing search engine marketing is also important. Getting sponsored links on web searches is a great way to increase the visibility of the company. If I do a Google search right now for rifftrax the only thing that shows up is Mike Nelson’s Rifftrax as a sponsored link. Being visible in those areas is a critical way to get your business visible in front of new customers. I think that the third and equally critical component to getting a new type of business seen is utilizing social media. Getting samples, and lots of them on YouTube for a new riffing business’ is critical to expanding the web presence. Having a corresponding Facebook to market your website to fans and friends are great ways to spread virally and retain customers.

I think that Riffing can also be a powerful marketing tool. There are plenty of awful movies that are released in theaters or end up going directly to the bargain bins of multimedia stores. I think that one way to possibly get DVDs of a bad movie sold, or even a good movie, would be to include a comedic commentary track. Let’s face it would you rather buy a used copy of A Few Good men or a copy that included a comedic soundtrack as a feature? I think the latter option sounds more tempting.

One other venture that might be worth looking into is the riffing of video games. I know that one cannot really have a comedic commentary play along side by side with an electronic game, and that is not exactly what I’m suggesting. My idea is that Capcom, Konami, or Square Enix release cheap DVDs marketed toward fans where they have comedians or humorous fans poke fun at the cinematic sequences of their games. This could be done on any number of mediums whether it be DVDs, the iTunes or Hulu Plus. I’m not sure on how good of an idea this would be to bring in a lot of money though. It is a whole new venture though and it should be explored to see if it could be profitable since mocking movies seems to be a money generating business.

MST3k started one of the greatest comedy creations in the history of man kind when it first went on the air. I think that the opportunity to entertain with their style of humor can continue on in a number of other ways. The right person who has the talent to move these core ideas along might help create an even bigger market for fans who love to tear down cheesy movies.

Free and Fun Date Ideas

Dating doesn’t have to cost a lot or cost anything. A date is just creating an opportunity to spend time with someone and get to know them. The next time you want to meet someone, but it’s not in the budget to do dinner and a movie try one of these dating ideas.

Museum or Art Gallery

A good date idea is a local Museum. Many often have free days. You can go to your big city museum webpage and check on that or find local city museums that you would never think to try. Be creative!
A great date idea is an Art Opening. I have been to some wonderful art exhibits. The best part is most offer wine or drinks and appetizers! You can snack, walk around, see some beautiful art or have something to make fun of later. Some openings even have live music. It can be an amazing date night for free.

You can find an event like this by searching your local paper, free papers at restaurants are great, Google galleries and libraries in your area and call and ask, check CraigsList.org in their events section and ask friends!

Enjoy the Park

A good date idea could be meeting at the park. You could enjoy a breeze on a bench and spend some time together. Don’t forget to hit the swings.

A great date idea is to play some tennis or basketball. I realize not everyone is athletic, but even if you are terrible at it this could be fun. Just let go and laugh at yourself. If your partner knows more than you, let them teach you. You don’t even have to play full blown basketball you can play the shooting game Horse or Pig. That’s a game where one person stands still and shoots the ball, if they make it you have to try to shoot the ball from the same spot. If you miss you get a letter of the word HORSE or the word PIG (You pick a word depending on if you want a short game or longer one, choose PIG for the short game). It’s like a live action game of hangman.

Go for a Walk

A good date idea is a walk. Meet at a local park, a great walking path or even one of your neighborhoods. It’s great exercise and gives you lots of time to just talk with no pressure. If it doesn’t go well at least you stretched your legs. You could even meet at an animal shelter and walk one of the dogs. Just call the shelter and ask if they allow that.

A great date idea is to go GeoCashing. GeoCashing is like high tech hide and seek using a gos to discover hidden boxes that are hidden along trails, in parks, in the woods, all over really. It gives you a goal, a destination and some fun. Try this site for locations to get you started… http://www.geocaching.com.

Watch a Movie

A good date idea has always been to watch a movie. You can pick a movie you haven’t seen yet, but I actually like to pick favorites that we both have seen a million times. I do the classics because then we don’t miss parts and get lost when we end up talking or kissing through some of it. You can even do a theme movie. If it’s a Christmas Story, then get out the little Christmas tree and grab those Santa hats for you both. Just get creative.

A great date idea is an outdoor movie. Grab or borrow a friend’s portable DVD player or your laptop, get a blanket and find a spot in the yard or park and snuggle up. You can star gaze, get some fresh air and make it a date to remember.

Go For a Swim or Sledding

A good date idea is going for a swim or going sledding. Depending on the season both can be a lot of fun. For Swimming, find a friends pool or a great little beach to swim around, splash and dunk each other. For sledding ask any kid where the local hills are, bundle up and go have fun.

A great date idea. Find a quiet spot to take your date for swimming and go skinny dipping! Be brave.
Hit the Mall

A good date idea for a cool date would be to go to the mall. Sit on a bench, window shop, people watch and grab some free samples. You can see what their tastes are in clothing and jewelry. Get gift ideas if the relationship grows.

A great date idea for a free date would be to play text tag. We used to do this with pagers and voice mail when I was young. You find a spot in the mall and text them a hint to where you are. If you are sitting at the donut shop, text something like, “Your first hint is that Homer Simpson would love this place.” If they don’t find you with that hint your next clue could be, “Stereotypically police officers spend a lot of time here.”

There are many free things to do on a date, just let your imagination run wild. Think of the things you liked to do as a kid, we never had money as kids. Just find something you are comfortable with, make your date comfortable and turn on the charm! More Free Dating Tips and Ideas