Disney+ (Disney Plus) is a Disney distribution service that arrived in Japan in June 2020, transitioning from the former Disney Deluxe. The subscription service offers unlimited access to Disney, as well as Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Star, and six brands of classic and popular movies. The fee is 990 yen per month or 9,900 yen per year, which is cheaper than Netflix and other services. You can easily register from the official page, and more information can be found on the Disney Plus website.
Disney fans may not be aware of this service, but you can actually use it to study English. Let me first explain why Disney Plus is useful for studying English.
Disney Plus is full of subtitles and audio in different languages
The subtitle function of Disney Plus is really excellent. As you know, Disney Plus is popular all over the world, so naturally, subtitles and audio are available in multiple languages. Depending on the film, English subtitles, Japanese subtitles, English audio, and Japanese audio are basically available. It is a good way to work on your reading speed while watching English subtitles, or to learn how to use native English words by comparing them with Japanese. Different people have different study methods that work for them, so it is convenient to be able to switch between different methods as you explore.
Disney Plus has many easy English works.
This is no surprise, but because Disney has many films for children, English is easier to understand and listen to than live-action movies and dramas. If you are trying to build up your child's English ears, or if you are an adult who has difficulty with difficult English because you are a beginner, Disney Plus can be a good starting point to solve exactly that problem. You can start by training them with familiar works, and gradually they will be able to challenge themselves with more difficult live-action works such as Marvel.
With Disney Plus, studying English doesn't have to be a chore.
As I mentioned earlier, many Disney films are ones that you have been watching since you were a child or that you can enjoy as if you were going to the movie theater with your friends, so it seems like the perfect way for those who are not comfortable with rigid study. If you are interested in learning English, you will naturally become more interested in the films as you watch them. The good thing is that you can enjoy both old works and works that will be distributed in the future, so you can wait excitedly for new works.
Next, let's take a look at some recommended films for studying English.
Recommended Disney Plus Movies
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid" (original title: The Little Mermaid) was released in Japan on July 21, 1991, and is based on the famous "The Little Mermaid. Its theme song is also very popular. The reason I recommended this one is that its live-action movie is scheduled to be released next year in 2023. If you want to prepare for the live-action version, or if you haven't seen it come to think of it, this is one of the masterpieces that you should take this opportunity to see.
This is a Pixar film, and "Remember Me" (originally titled "Coco") opens in Japan on March 16, 2018. Set in the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, it is a heartwarming story about a young boy, Miguel, who recovers his musical dreams and family ties after being banned by his family. Although the film depicts the afterlife, it is not scary at all, making it an ideal film to watch with your children or at a family reunion. The English with a slight Mexican accent is also a nice touch.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland" (original title: Alice in Wonderland) is a live-action film starring Johnny Depp that was released in Japan on April 17, 2010. This one is also based on "Alice in Wonderland," but tells the story of Alice at the age of 19, 13 years after her adventures in Wonderland. Reimagined in a post-apocalyptic style, this is a film that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Watching it in the context of the Disney animated version and the original story will give you a deeper impression of the film.
How to download Disney Plus contents
After all, if you are using this service to learn English, you may want to review it over and over again, or even take advantage of train and other travel time. For those of you who want to do that, we would like to introduce a very functional download tool.
I would like to introduce a very functional download tool.
My Stream Downloader is a software that allows you to download Disney Plus movies with one click. The most attractive feature is that you can download subtitles and audio in multiple languages at once, not to mention the high picture quality that is as good as the official ones. Click on the Disney Plus icon on the top page or copy and paste the link to start playback, and the download will begin automatically, and you can select the subtitles and soundtracks you need on the screen. If it's a feature-length film, the download will be completed as you watch it, so you won't lose anything by using it anyway! We look forward to helping you learn English!