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Improve your English: Learn Vocabulary with TV Series "Modern Family"

Do you want to improve your vocabulary? Do you have Netflix? Today, you'll learn 16 new words by watching only 5 minutes of an episode from Modern Family. They are divided into 3 levels. Check them out!


Be ready to take notes and have the show ready: Modern Family, Season 1, Episode 2.

A. Listen without subtitles from 0:00 to 5:17. Do you notice how much you understand? Rate from 1 to 5.

B. Listen again without subtitles. This time, pay attention and check how many of the following words you recognize:

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

Spill Freedom Move in

Tank top Steam Have over

Hip Creepy To take care of

Fog Pack Worry about

Fan Hire Kidding

Fit in

C. Listen one more time with subtitles. Stop when you come across one word. Write down the sentence it is in. Take your time to fully understand its meaning.

D. Listen again without subtitles. Did you recognize the words? Can you tell how much more you understand now? Rate from 1 to 5. Was there an improvement? What do you think happened? Could you use this activity for other shows/movies?

E. Practice. Choose 5 words and then:

Level 1: Write a sentence with each.

For example, We wear tank tops in the summer.

Level 2: Write a sentence including two words in each.

For example, I need to pack 5 tanktops for my summer vacation!

Level 3: Write sentences using the maximum number of words.

For example, I'm not kidding when I say that I'm worried about my freedom because I can no longer wear tank tops on public transportation. I find this very creepy.


Would you like to practice some listening-comprehension with a scene from Modern Family?


Read the questions, watch the video then answer as many of the questions as you can.

  • How many families are there in the video? What are their names?

  • About the first couple,

    • How long have they been married?

    • How do you know?

    • Where does she come from?

    • Why is her village famous?

  • In the second family,

    • Why are the kids fighting?

    • Why does the punishment have to be scheduled?

  • In the third family,

    • Is the baby theirs? How do you know?

  • Why is the scene with the pink wall hilarious?

  • How many members does each family have?

If you wish more free exercises on Modern Family or if you'd like me to check your sentences, please let me know. I'll be happy to do it!

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