But I have to come clean and say that it's also largely because I really love these things. Cartoons especially, but I find myself much more entertained by animated movies intended for children than a lot of other movies. Don't get me wrong, there are parts I dislike, as does everyone else (most animated musicals have awful music, and some of the jokes are the agonizing groaners), but I still find myself strangely attracted to what many consider too "kiddy" or childish. Perhaps I'm still a kid at heart (as evidenced by my rosy cheeks and lovable guffaw). Maybe I just love simple plots and happy endings.
In any case, I'm fortunate because children's movies and cartoons are circulated around the world and dubbed in just about every language EVER. I can find a movie and watch it in English, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and so on, and so on. I find it to be the ideal language learning material, at least as far as listening practice goes. You still need the speaking practice, but for the times when you can't find someone to practice with, this is a good way to keep your listening chops up to par.
That's all I've got to day, so tune in next week, and thanks for reading!