“Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive”
Hello! It’s nice to have you here.
My name is Alexandra Kapinya.
I’m here to help all movie lovers learn English with beautiful short films.
Why Short Films?
They’re fantastic for language learners. I think you’ve guessed why.
They’re shorter (10 minutes long or less), so it’s easier for you to find time to watch them in your super-busy life.
They’re like mini-movies with a full story, but I think sometimes they’re much more original.
You can watch BAFTA and Oscar-nominated shorts and some hidden gems made by not-so-famous independent filmmakers with me.
How can we learn together?
I run an online short movie club for English learners (called Shorts and Coffee) where we watch shorts together and chat about them in our virtual café. The club also includes an online course focused on colloquial English and movie vocabulary. You can find out more about it here.
I also write about my favorite short films here on the blog. It might be a good starting point for you, if you’ve never learned English this way, or you just want to watch some amazing movies in your free time.
Who Am I Exactly?
I studied modern languages at university, where I also attended a course on the classics of the Hollywood studio era. I’ve always been a language lover and learner. It was no surprise that I became an English teacher.
When I started the Visual English School, I wanted to combine my passion for films and languages and create a community of movie lovers whose first language is not English.
My Language Journey
I’ve also learned Italian and Spanish, mainly by watching films. When I was a student, there weren’t any learning materials based on movies, so I created them myself. While I was watching films, I took notes of all the words I didn’t understand and then I made my own film-based dictionary. It was an exhausting job, but I loved it. The pages of these notebooks turned yellow over time, but I still strongly believe that movies can improve our language skills incredibly and more importantly:
Storytellers broaden our minds; engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.
More About Me
I’ve been teaching English since 2009.
I was born in Hungary, but I’m living in Italy, the country I always dreamed about. I hate tea, depressing rainy weather, and porridge. So, the United Kingdom was never my dream destination, no matter how much I’ve always loved English.
I’m also a mom of two little boys. This crazy visual English project exists thanks to them.
That’s all about me. I hope I can get to know you better. So, let’s connect on Facebook and Pinterest!
Or see you in the short movie club!
Happy Visual Studying!