So, you’ve been told you need to improve your English listening skills but the idea of spending hours listening to BBC news fills you with horror. Not to worry, we’ve come up with a great list of shows (in both British and American English) to help you improve your vocabulary and have fun at the same time! These amazing English language series are the perfect accompaniment to your online English course.
Okay, so this is an obvious one. But the chances are you’ve already watched Friends once or twice in your native language. In which case, when you start watching it in English it’ll be much easier to follow because you already know the storyline.

Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie follow the story of an unlikely friendship between two older women after their husbands leave them. Not only is this show completely hilarious and totally cute, but it also has super short episodes making it easy for people new to learning English!

Russian Doll
When Nadia gets trapped in a Groundhog Day loop she ends up learning a lot about herself and the people around her. Although this might seem like a bizarre choice for a TV show to help you learn English, the repetitive storyline actually makes this show a lot easier to understand. Not forgetting the fact that it’s super addictive!

Jane the Virgin
For Spanish speakers, there’s probably no better show for improving your English than Jane the Virgin. The show follows the life of a young Latina woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated. If this sounds like the plot of a telenovela, then you’re right. Jane the Virgin is based on the Venezuelan soap Juana la Virgen and a couple of the characters in the show even speak Spanish- so there’s no need to get overwhelmed if you’re an English beginner.

Modern Family
Like with ‘Stranger Things, the best thing about learning English with Modern Family is that most of the cast are children. With the kids speaking a lot slower and using simpler vocabulary, you’ll find it easy to learn English with this hilarious show. The cast also explains a lot of English phrases to Colombian Gloria (played by Sofia Vergara).#whattowatch

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