I’m 32 and I still watch cartoons, I just like them 🙂 but I must say I can only watch certain types… not like when I was a kid. However; I always recommend cartoons to students, do you want to know why they are so good for language learning?
Real input is one of the most necessary things we need to learn a language. Babies are always listening to grow-ups and trying to get the meanings. If we are supposed to be a bit like them, we must get real input somewhere.
Watching cartoons is a great idea for a few reasons.
Easy to understand
Most cartoons are designed to be easily understood by children of all ages. Even if you don’t get the language fully, you can watch the pictures and get the message.
The good guys are always very good, the beautiful girl is always very beautiful, the silly boy is always very silly and so on.
They’re funny and unimportant
Cartoons are normally funny, and they are never important. That means you can watch them relaxed and it doesn’t matter if you understand badly or miss some words. Just take it easy.
Cartoons speak directly
The type of messages we find on cartoons episodes are direct chunks of communication in which we won’t find any complexity unless the character is a nerd. This is actually similar to the language level expressed in the class by teachers.
Cartoons are the best way to start as you cannot expect to watch a film with complex language and difficult stuff at the beginning.
You can share the sofa while watching cartoons with your children, if you have any, or with your parents, or with anyone. It’s a funny activity more than a task.