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How to watch telenovelas online?

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I want to watch telenovelas online to practise my Spanish but I have trouble finding them online. Most of the websites are unavailable in Europe and Youtube only shows the first 15 minutes of most shows. Is there another way? I've been trying to watch "La Reina del Sur" btw because that has been recommended to me.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

You've already had a lot of good suggestions about where to find telenovelas, but I wanted to underline tanoyuka's point, because it's useful for finding lots of different things you might need:

Don't underestimate the usefulness of searching for things in Spanish by using Spanish to find them (as tanoyuka says, search "ver telenovelas," not just "watch telenovelas in Spanish"). Search "leer libros para niños," not just "online children's books in Spanish." Using English will get you results, but using Spanish will get you many, many more results.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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I agree. It's a whole new world when you begin to search en español.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tanoyuka
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There are tons of telenovelas available on Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/user/OficialTelefe Telefe (an Argentine channel) has uploaded most of their telenovelas, there are some real gems here.

Also if you type "ver telenovelas" on google it will link you to many sites that upload telenovelas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

Also, this thread reminded me of my all time favorite show in Spanish - Polseres Vermelles. It's about a group of teenagers who are all stuck in hospital for a variety of reasons who engage in various hijinks and become a close-knit group of friends over time. Obviously, if medical stuff creeps you out, it's not the show for you (though there's nothing graphic) and one of the teens has an eating disorder, so if that's a sensitive topic for anyone who might be considering watching, that's something to be aware of too. But that said, it's the most thoroughly enjoyable Spanish show I'd seen in quite some time - there's a fantastic blend of drama, humor, pathos, and songs, and I highly recommend it for those aspects as well as great listening practice (slang, conversational Spanish, idioms, lyrics, cultural references specific to Spain, and medical terms in Spanish can all be found in this show).

A few more things to note - it was filmed in Spain, with actors who speak Castilian Spanish, and dubbed (fairly well) in Latin American Spanish for those countries - so you can watch it in whichever of those two general dialects you prefer. If the premise sounds familiar, it's because it was imported to the US as "The Red Band Society" and re-shot in English... sadly, the English version is vastly inferior, which is why it only lasted one season. (There turned out to be several reasons that the English version was handicapped before it even got started, but that's getting off topic so I won't bore everyone with the details of the many differences here.)

This link will take you to the playlist for all of Season 1 and Season 2, dubbed in Latin American Spanish with English subtitles, because I assume that will be the most useful to most people reading this, given the flavor and level of the course available here, but if you'd prefer it in Castilian Spanish or without subtitles, a little googling will get you to those versions too.

3 years ago

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Thanks for the recommendation. I looked it up and it aired on TV3 (the Catalan channel) so are you sure it wasn't originally done in Catalan, not Spanish? It would be weird to dub something in a different dialect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seanchai35

Actually, I think you're right, it was Catalan. Sorry about that, it's been a while since I binge watched it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MisssKrisss
MisssKrisss
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Could it be that the Spanish version has different title, Pulseras Rojas?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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There are some telenovelas available in their entirety on YouTube like Yo Soy Betty, La Fea. Don't forget you can also try other streaming sites like Daily Motion. I think you're more likely to find older telenovelas on YouTube.

Check out Decisiones. They're short 22-30 minutes. The dialogue is really easy. Note, they're considered a tad bit risqué.

3 years ago

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Finding a way to watch "La Reina del Sur" any other telenovela isn't really a problem, but finding Spanish (or English) subtitles is.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berg123

You could also try "Chilevisión" on Youtube

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elDanno

We just got Netflix a month ago. I don't watch much TV so I thought it was for everyone else in the house. Then I discovered a Mexican comedy called "Vecinos." I love this show! I'm into season two now. I usually watch an episode after I achieve my Duolingo XP goal for the day. You can watch the episodes with English subtitles, Spanish subtitles, or no subtitles at all. I think this has really helped my Spanish a lot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

Hulu.com. Click on the "latino" link and the majority of the shows are free. Right now I am watching lo imperdonable. They even have cartoons. There are over 30 telenovelas from different countries. Also if you are beginner watch "extr@" on youtube and "destinos" online.

3 years ago

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hulu.com would be great, unfortunately it's only available in the US....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria_Mares

I watch "Asi en el barrio como en el cielo" on youtube and i think I'm addicted to it. jajajajaja

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChimpiAV

Hello guys, my name is Adán Ayala, I am a Spanish Teacher from Mexico. I have a lot of experience using media and TV shows (much better than soap operas) as a form of immersion. They can be extremely productive as long as you know how to work and get the most out of them. I realized that my students after finishing their methods and programs in our school developed only some writing and limited speaking skills, and that is very far from being fluent. Most of them didn´t have many opportunities to practice or someone with whom to practice. Part of the problem was their lack of vocabulary, a small understanding of slang and idioms and very little training on their listening comprehension. I must say that the real challenge for me as a teacher was to find good content with subtitles and transcriptions to work and help the students analyze in a controlled class setting. But in the last years, some big networks and streaming services have invested more in Latin American and Spanish productions which is awesome, and it gives us great material to learn. Their topics and contents are closer to the global culture and interests than the traditional so-called "telenovelas". Please send me a message if anyone of you is interested in conversational classes using this method or you can contact me at adan@spanishlive.online or visit my website on http://spanishlive.online/

3 months ago