Learning English through YouTube / YouTubeを使った英語学習

YouTubeを使った英語学習

Hello, everyone! It’s Teacher Marilou again and I’m back with another Learning English post. This time, I’d like to share with you how you can use watching YouTube to your advantage. It’s simply amazing how everything is up on YouTube these days. Make-up tutorials, travel vlogs, cooking videos and many other contents that would tickle your fancy can now be easily found on YouTube. The YouTube world is saturated with a great deal of creators and contents. That includes English learning videos and channels. In this two-part post, I will attempt to cover two things. The first one would be on how to use YouTube to study English. And the second one would be about which channels to subscribe to. So without further ado, let’s dive in on how you can utilize these videos to help you improve your English.

みなさんこんにちは、Marilouです。今回のブログはYouTubeをいかに利用するかについてシェアしますね。最近のYouTubeってなんでもアップされていてまったくすごい。空想力をくすぐるような、メーキャップ指導/旅行映像/料理その他もろもろがYouTubeで簡単に見つけられる。YouTubeの世界はたくさんのクリエーターとコンテンツで満ち溢れてて、その中には英語学習のビデオ/チャンネルも含まれてるね。今回は2つに区切って二つのことを紹介しますね。今回のブログは「いかにYouTubeを英語学習に活かすか」そして次回がどの番組が定期購読におすすめか。さあ、これさえ見れば、あとは英語の上達にいかにこれらビデオを活用するかだけ。さあはじめよう。

Watch to Improve Your Listening

YouTube is a video streaming platform that doesn’t only appeal to viewers visually but also helps the viewers/learners gauge their listening skills. Indeed, it works in the same way as listening to a podcast. Watching YouTube videos helps a lot with improving one’s listening comprehension and skills such as making inferences.

リスニングスキルを磨く

YouTubeは視聴者に視覚的に訴えるだけでなく、視聴者/学習者のリスニングスキル評価もできるビデオストリーミングプラットフォームといえるわ。もちろんポッドキャストを聴くのと同様にも使える。YouTubeを視聴することでリスニング力と推断力のアップに大いに貢献するね。

Watch to Improve Your Reading  

To help with your reading skills, I highly suggest going through the description box of each video you watch. Oftentimes, the video creator writes down a bit of a summary of what the video is about in that said info box. This gives you an idea of what to expect to see. Quickly reading through the comment section also helps a lot with training your skimming and scanning skills. This is great for picking up useful words and expressions that might be helpful in understanding the content you’re about to watch. 

リーディングスキルを磨く

リーディングスキルを磨くために私がつよくオススメしたいのがビデオの解説をよむこと。製作者は、そのビデオの要約を下に書いておくことが多いの。それを読めばそのビデオがどんなものなのかわかるってわけ。ささっとコメントを読むことで斜め読みのスキルアップになるわね。今見ようと思っているYouTubeの内容を理解するのに役立つ単語や表現をピックアップできるとすばらしいわ。

Watch to Improve Your Writing   

The comments section serves another important purpose in improving your English skills. This time it’s with writing. Try taking the time to write down a comment. It may be an insight, a question or simply an appreciation of the video you’ve just watched. The video creator replies to these comments most of the time. You don’t only have the chance to practice your writing skills. You also get to interact with the teacher and the community of learners in that channel.

ライティングスキルを磨く

コメント欄はあなたの英語スキルを磨く大事な効果があるわ。ここでは書くことね。コメント記入にチャレンジしてみようよ。そのYouTubeへの意見、質問、感謝の気持ちでもいい。製作者もそれに対してコメントを寄せてくれると思うの。そうなれば、ライティングスキルの練習ってだけじゃなく、そのチャンネルの先生/製作者とのコミュニケーションまでできる、ってわけ。

Watch to Improve Your Speaking  

Believe it or not but watching YouTube videos also helps with improving your speaking skills! How will this be possible? Well, it mainly helps with your pronunciation and memory. Pause a video on some word or phrase you found either interesting or difficult. Then try the ‘shadowing technique’. This means you have to repeat after what the speaker just said and memorize that specific information. This is particularly good in building your vocabulary.

スピーキングスキルを磨く

YouTube視聴はなんとスピーキングスキル向上にもなるの!え、なぜって?それは主に発音と記憶によるものよ。「興味深いな」「難しいな」って思った単語や言い回しのところでビデオを止めて「シャドーイング」するの。これで「話し手」が言ったことを繰り返し、その情報を覚えちゃうってわけ。語彙力アップにめっちゃ効果的よ!

YouTube Tricks and Tips

Now, I’ll be giving you some tips on how you can make the most out of your YouTube viewing experience. Some of these tips work both on your mobile devices and computers, while some only work on the latter. Either way, these pointers will aid you in your English language learning.

YouTube視聴のコツ

それではここで実際のYouTube視聴中にできることを紹介するわね。ここで紹介する中には、スマートフォンとPCの両方でできるものもあるし、後者のみでしかできないのもあるわ。いずれにしてもみんなの英語学習に役立つよ。

  1. Adjust the speed

Depending on your level or preferred listening pace, you can set the playback speed of the video you are watching. You can either slow the video down to have a better understanding of the sentences, speed things up to add some challenge or even have it customized it to your liking.

スピードを調整しよう

英語のご実力や好みのスピードによってだけど、ビデオのスピード調整ができるわ。文章をちゃんと理解するためにゆっくり目にしたり、速くしてチャレンジしてみたり、好みにあわせてカスタマイズまでできちゃうのよ。

2. Turn on the Closed Captions

Most language learning videos have the closed captions options. You can easily choose to watch the video with or without the subtitles. Watching a video with captions might be helpful with word and sound association. It will make it easier for you to memorize more words and phrases. On the other hand, watching without the subs on tests your comprehension and memory of the content. In the end, whichever you chose helps!

字幕表示を活用しよう。

言語学習ビデオのほとんどに字幕オプションがついているわ。そして、そのon/offも簡単。字幕を表示すれば単語やフレーズの理解や記憶に役立つし、字幕なしならその内容の理解力や記憶力のチェックができる。そう、どっちにしても役立つの!

3. Open Transcript

For the third and final tip, we have the transcript box. This, however, only works for personal computers. What you need to do is to look at the lower right-hand side of the video and you will find three dots. If you click on it you will see the option click transcript. Click on it and the transcript for the whole video appears on the right side, next to the video. What you can do now is highlight and copy the content to your word processor, print, read and study it before or after watching the video. You can also go straight to an online translator and translate those parts you find hard to understand.

最後になるけど、これはPCのみで動作する「transcript box」ってのがあるの。YouTube動画右下に3つの点があるでしょ、これをクリック。で「文字おこし」をクリック。これでディスプレー右に動画全部の字幕が出るわ。さあこれで視聴前/後に内容をワードプロセッサにコピー/プリントアウト/読み上げ/そして勉強ができるね。そのままオンライン翻訳にかけてよくわからないとこを翻訳することだってできる。

You might already know some of the tips and recommendations I made in this post. Still, I hope you found this all useful in your study. In my next post, I will be back with my YouTube channel recommendations. Please look forward to it as well!

-Teacher Marilou

今回のブログで紹介したこと、もう知ってる方いらっしゃるだろうけど、どれもとても役立つからぜひ勉強に使ってほしいわ。次回のブログでは実際にオススメのYouTubeチャンネルをしょうかいするのでお楽しみに!

Marilouより

Vocabulary:    

  1. tickle one’s fancy (語法)To be appealing or pleasant to someone / 空想力を刺激する
  2. saturated (形容詞) – having or holding as much as can be absorbed of something / 満ちて
  3. dive in (動詞句) to start doing something / 何かを始める
  4. platform (名詞)- a method of communication or entertainment, for example television, radio, or the internet / PCの基盤環境のこと
  5. inference (名詞) – a guess that you make or an opinion that you form based on the information that you have / 推断、推定
  6. insight (名詞)a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding / 洞察
  7. latter (形容詞) – Referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several) / 後者

2 thoughts on “Learning English through YouTube / YouTubeを使った英語学習

  1. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

    1. exl-english says:

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