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Although excessive screen time is often frowned upon, language experts say that watching TV in a foreign language—if done with near obsession—can help you learn the language.

Studies show that it's best to acquire a language through both active and passive learning, and watching TV in a foreign language involves both. Trying to figure out a word that a person has said would be an example of active learning, and engaging with the content while hearing the language in the background would be an example of passive learning.

The 3 keys to learning from TV

First, the TV program has to be highly engaging.

Second, it's best if it has subtitles, so when you hear a new word, you can look down and find it in written form.

Third, the storyline should be predictable.

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