"Friends" Helps Global Television Audience Learn English
LONDON, ENGLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 --
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An international study has discovered that Friends is the most
popular television show for helping people learn English.
Research by Kaplan International Colleges, a leading provider of
English courses, revealed that watching the popular sitcom assists
the largest number of people who are studying to improve their
The study found that 82% of people said watching television programs
helps them learn English and 26% claim to have enhanced their
understanding of the language from enjoying episodes of the popular
sitcom, which originally aired between 1994 and 2004.
Friends, which was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, was
vastly more popular with English learners than other American
exports. The Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother were found to have
only helped 7% and 6% of those surveyed, respectively.
The series continues in international syndication and millions of
people across the world have grown up with the comedy exploits of
Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe as well as their
famous catchphrases such as "How you doin'?" and "We were on a
Jeff Astrof, an executive story editor and writer on several Friends
episodes, explained that he was not surprised by the research as he
has heard Friends catchphrases being used in the most unlikely
He said of the research: "That's very interesting, but it makes
sense. A couple of months ago in New York I had a cab driver of
Middle Eastern descent say, "Could there be any more traffic?" in his
best Chandler dialect.
"Friends was a unique writing experience because you could pitch a
joke in a small room in an office building in Burbank, then a month
later hear random people talking about it. I even saw one of my lines
printed on a button, and to this day I have people say to me "Did you
come up with the line...?" I always say yes."
The research also discovered that the influence of the show is so
powerful that people who said Friends helped them learn English were
more likely to want to travel to the USA to study the language.
Kaplan asked hundreds of their current and previous students whether
watching television, among other things, helped them on their English
learning journey and created the How to Learn English Infographic to
showcase the results.
About Kaplan International Colleges
Kaplan International Colleges is part of Kaplan, Inc., an
international education services provider offering higher education,
professional training, and test preparation. Kaplan is a subsidiary
of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO).
About Jeff Astrof
Jeff Astrof is a television executive producer and writer. He has
been involved in shows such as $#(i)! My Dad Says, The Wild
Thornberrys, Grounded for Life, The New Adventures of Old Christine
and Friends. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0040138/
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