Watching TV or movies is a good way of learning a language. You
- practice listening skills
- you can read the subtitles to practice …
- … and see spelling to understand how to connect sounds and writing.
- You also learn about the culture (that is if you are watching a program made in the country of your target language), which is a significant part of learning a language.
You probably know that SVT, the Swedish Public Television, has an app and a website called SVT Play, where you can find and watch programs in every possible category. Not all are eligible though to be broadcasted outside of Sweden due to legal rights.
However this post is about SVT Språkplay. It is an app initiated by SVT, aimed at learners of the Swedish language, predominantly newly arrived, immigrants and refugees. Språkplay is only available in Sweden.
Using SVT Språkplay you get suggestions regarding what to watch as a learner. There are captions in which you can click, look up and save words according to your current level (A1-C2) of Swedish. The words are color coded; green means you know the word already, yellow is for learning right now and will also include the word in a test you can take, and red is for learning later. You can change the color of the words yourself.
The app contains 18 of the most common immigrant languages in Sweden.
Pictures from the app: