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There is a Wikipedia page about Sleep-learning (hypnop├Ždia, or hypnopedia) referring to two studies indicating no significant learning effects during sleeping: Since the electroencephalography studies by Charles W. Simon and William H. Emmons in 1956, learning by sleep has not been taken seriously. The researchers concluded that learning during sleep was &...


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It is a form of language immersion, so yes it will most likely improve learning. Passive hearing, a fine demonstration of the decreased channel width of a non-native's perception. Another factor: language courses that have a story (like lernu.net) instead of small situational sketches seem to give better results. (Practical experience only.) Too much in-...


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I'm not a linguist, and can't cite any studies, but in my experience, watching movies in the target language (Spanish in my case) does help, because you hear it being used in context, like in real life. So if there are unfamiliar words you can often figure them out from context. It also gives you listening practice; you get used to hearing it spoken at a ...


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Movies also teach you the face and gestures that go with the words and sentences. Seeing them will help you understand and imitating them will help you being understood in the language.


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Passive learning methods are useful to acquire passive language skills, i.e. listening, and maybe reading. If you want to learn to speak you have to practice speaking. To write good prose you need to practice writing, etc. Yes, listening and reading helps but it can't be the only, or even main method of learning. Listen to music or podcasts in your target ...


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In my opinion, if your level is too weak in a language, watching movies, even with subtitles, will be bad for your learning. The gap between your skills and the movie's level is too important to allow you understanding comfortably what is said. The best method is (according to me) to practice with real people because you have the same context which is ...


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