Part 7. YouTube – How to Boost English Skills to Hit ICAO Level 4

u003cpu003eI’m sure you’ve all heard how watching films and TV series can help you improve your general English – and hopefully you’ve resorted to this method yourself. But has it occurred to you that watching vids can be a great tool to boost your Aviation English as well? I encourage you to start doing that immediately. After all, there is no other way to learn a language than by delving into authentic content. And – it’s also fun.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eI’ve made a list of Youtube channels I find most relevant for the cause. And I’ll share it with you in a minute. But first I’d like to offer some tips for you to take the most out of this simple and enjoyable practice.u003c/pu003enu003colu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eOnly watch the vids you’re genuinely interested inu003c/emu003e. Don’t try to force yourself into anything that seems boring or overly difficult just because you ‘have to’. Your natural curiosity and eagerness to find out more about the subject you love (which is aviation in this case) are the best motivation for learning – use it!u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eTrust that you’re learning while you watch, even without any additional effortsu003c/emu003e. If you need a scientific justification – that’s called implicit learning. Just practice as much as you can – and watch the progress in your comprehension skills. For progress tracking purposes always assess your understanding in per cent. By the way, you may notice how this figure changes depending on different factors.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eChoose short videos – preferably, between 3 and 10 minutesu003c/emu003e. You’ll surely be able to concentrate this long without getting tired or frustrated with unfamiliar words. Also, you’ll be able to watch the vid again – and third time, if necessary. Finally, you won’t be sorry to drop off in the middle if you don’t like the vid for whatever reason.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eFirst view is for general comprehension onlyu003c/emu003e. Understand the situation – not the words. After the first view, take an ‘inside look’ at the new information you now have in your mind, that wasn’t there before. Is everything clear to you – or you have some questions?u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eWatch again to clarify what you didn’t catch the first time.u003c/emu003e So basically to answer the questions you had. Listen out specifically for figures – e.g. flight levels, the number of passengers, runway designator and so on.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eIf you want to brush up your grammar,u003cemu003e listen out to the structures being used in the vidu003c/emu003e.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003ePractice pronunciation by repeating after the speakeru003c/emu003e, if there’s a narrator in the vid.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eAsk yourself – u003cemu003ewhat is your takeaway from this vid?u003c/emu003e Maybe an interesting collocation, a new idiom, new vocabulary?u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eUse subtitles only after watching without them the first timeu003c/emu003e. Subtitles may be helpful, but don’t rely on them 100%. Only use them to check your own understanding.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eu003cemu003eReading comments may be useful in terms of picking up some jargonu003c/emu003e. But actually, some aviation vids raise sensible comments, which may be interesting or educational.u003c/liu003enu003c/olu003enu003cblockquoteu003enu003cpu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-size: 17.6px; font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBottomline – enjoy what you’re doing, take pleasure in the fact that you can use your English to understand the material you need – not vice versa.u003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003enu003c/blockquoteu003enu003cpu003eNow that we are done with recommendations on how to use YouTube avaition videos to advance your language skills, let’s go on to the list of my own personal favorite channels for the cause. It has taken me virtually hundreds of hours of searching and roaming through oceans of content, so please make sure you put this selection of u003cstrongu003emore than 30 best Youtube channelsu003c/strongu003e to good use! And keep adding new channels to the list.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003e u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eMANUFACTURERSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eWho can better present aviation equipment – be it aircraft, engine or a new capability – than OEMs themselves! Be inspired by aircraft commercials, take advantage of visualized explanations of how turbofan engines work – and more.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eAirbusu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 Internationalu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Aviationu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022;Whitneyu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eVISUALIZATIONSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eWatching and listening how pilots managed communications in actual non-routine situations in flight gives you a lot of insight into how it works in real life. Visualizations show you all relevant information and come with actual ATC recordings and their transcripts. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it!u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eAir Traffic Visualized u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAIRLINES u0026amp; AIRPORTSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eTo be honest, these guys hardly ever upload anything educational, but the rare exceptions are must-see. Don’t miss them out.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eBritish Airwaysu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 (Cockpit Tales Series)u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022;list=PL1oW5GhG9jlJv6LZIlYDJLNj9Pxc-Z-R5u0022u003e;list=PL1oW5GhG9jlJv6LZIlYDJLNj9Pxc-Z-R5u003c/au003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eEmiratesu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Airportu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 City Airportu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eMASS MEDIAu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eNews reports on aviation incidents is a great source of vocabulary for you. Just search for virtually any non-routine situation you can think of – chances are, it has happened before. And if it has, rest assured some US broadcasting company has reported on it. Won’t give you any links here, except two dedicated aviation publications, which offer tons of top-notch content – including test-flights of new aircraft.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eAviation Week (Commercial aviation)u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Magazine (GA mostly)u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eEXPLANATIONSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eArguably the best way to understand basic aviation concepts is watching these simple and well visualized tutorials.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eBold Methodu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Special VFRu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROVIDERSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eEverything you ever wanted to know about air traffic control and the amazing people who are doing this job is there for you.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eEurocontrol u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eBLOGSu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eThere’s no need to introduce these people – they do a great job at introducing themselves, and telling you how aviation works, first-hand.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eCaptain Joe u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 href=u0022 Chui u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAROUND SCIENCEu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eWhen it comes to aviation, there’s always some science backing up anything you point your finger at. These channels delve into scientific concepts in aviation, and do it in a fun, clear and educating way.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eReal Engineering u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Mechanicsu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Insideru003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Productionsu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 (Britain’s Busiest Airport playlist)u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022;list=PLo1_uWd0YBJIFbsZFSRlN-3h5s5p6IY2nu0022u003e;list=PLo1_uWd0YBJIFbsZFSRlN-3h5s5p6IY2nu003c/au003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003e u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eFLIGHT SAFETYu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eThese are videos addressed specifically at flight crews to raise their awareness of flight safety issues, be it runway incursion or CRM or dealing with unruly passengers.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eFAAu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Briefingu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 Crew Guide (collection)u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022 u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAVIATION ENGLISHu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eSadly and surprisingly, there’s not so much to share in this category. u003cstrongu003eFluent Pilotu003c/strongu003e remains virtually the only alive and updated Aviation English channel with original content and true value for the entire Level 4-and-beyond-challenged community. Subscribe and learn!u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003e u003c/strongu003eu003cstrongu003eFluent Pilotu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003ca href=u0022’s been left out, but is nevertheless good for you, are fragmented episodes of TV shows, such as u003cstrongu003eMayday, Air Crash Investigations, Aviators, PBS City in the Sky, Short Final, Worst Place to Be a Pilot u003c/strongu003eetc. For understandable reasons, I cannot name channels, where you can find these. Try search.u003c/pu003e

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