https://www.duolingo.com/jrdkirksey

Series for watching in Spanish? ¡Ayudadme!

Hola a todos!

As many of you already know, a great way to improve your listening and reading skills while also acquiring more of a foreign language is by watching a series in that language with subtitles.

I must say, this has helped me so much personally, and I know it's also a common tactic for people learning Japanese. HOWEVER, for the benefit of everyone attempting to learn Spanish, are there any shows or series you'd recommend? Here are some things to consider:

1) Do the subtitles match the dialogue well? 2) Is it originally in Spanish or is it dubbed? 3) Is it available through a streaming service? 4) Overall entertainment?

As of now, I can recommend the following:

"Celia": the story of the legendary Celia Cruz in Cuba. Not only is it excellent writing and acting, but the subtitles match the dialogue near perfectly (even catching some of the colloquialisms like "castiga'o" or "pa' aca"). It is available in the US through Hulu and is acted in Spanish.

"Allí Abajo": the story of an Euskeran Spaniard who finds himself enamored with Sevilla. It is great for picking up on Andalucían colloquialisms, culture, and humor, in addition to just being very funny and well made. It is available through Netflix in Spain, but unfortunately only a few full episodes are available on YouTube in the US, and I don't imagine the subtitles being great on that one. HOWEVER, I loved this series so much and watched it with my host family that I'll likely buy the DVD set. It's award-winning and you might find it particularly useful for picking up the castellano Spanish.

"South Park en Español": a ver, whether or not you enjoy this type of humor, this show has some recent seasons that are very well done in Spanish. You'll learn some key vulgarities ("carajo" immediately comes to mind), and in addition, you'll pick up the use of a lot of perfect tenses (e.g. he estado pensando, que me has dicho, etc.). However, the subtitles do not match the dialogue about 25% of the time, and while they aren't terribly off, you may find yourself bothered as I was. It is available in the Latino genre on Hulu in the US.

Por favor, dejad algunas recomendaciones! I'm sure many others would benefit from this as well.

Un saludo, Jordan

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Aryaax

Money Heist (La casa de papel)- Netflix

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EseEmeErre
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Nearly every scripted Netflix original has Spanish audio available, so it's easy to find something that appeals to you.

If you really want to improve your listening skills, ditch subtitles completely. They're a crutch. If you're focusing on reading them, you're not focusing on processing the spoken language. Repeat sections as often as you need to in order to get what's being said. Over time you'll find you don't need to repeat as much.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

I agree with you on ditching the subtitles unless you are hard of hearing. My 91 year old mother has hearing difficulties and uses captions, while we are watching English television, but it is distracting for me. I think with captions you don't see the facial expressions as you are too busy reading. The captions don't keep up with the dialog and sometimes are inaccurate as the caption people don't catch all of the words.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrdkirksey

Hi! I agree with both of you about the subtitles being a crutch, however there is research to suggests that people learning a foreign language "acquire" more of a language by watching a series/movies with subtitles more than those without. (See here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0158409)

Perhaps it could be that you might not improve your listening as well, but you acquire more language? Both of which are things I'm working on. :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

thanks for the link to the PLOS site. I can see how the subtitles could help some people, but imagine you would eventually want to phase it out as you become more experienced. Training wheels is what I am thinking.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadia78507

Hula! Ya que vas a estar en España en el futuro, te propongo que veas la película titulada "Cómo Ser una Persona Normal" es una producción española, muy buena! Saludos :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynPort547996

Las series mexicanas son las ideales jaja

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

Las noticias. Primeramente eran dificiles, pero es un buen via para construir su vocabulario.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike543026

Netflix is really good as most of the netflix original shows you can change the audio to spanish and have english subtitles guiding you. I'd also highly recommend Money Heist (La casa de papel) favourite series i've watched

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kipster007

funny, I just started watching destino last night and had no idea it was designed to help people learn spanish... Awesome!

just a note there are flash cards on tinycards that go with the show. So you can learn some phrases before watching the episodes.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

I enjoy watching soccer in Spanish which is fun

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/the_lerxst

I believe Orbiter 9 (Netflix) was filmed in European Spanish. I hear a lot of Mexican Spanish where I live so it was interesting to hear the European accent. There's no option to change the audio, but CC is available in both Spanish and English.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sebbo19763

As a beginner, I'm starting with Destinos (https://learner.org/series/destinos/) which, unlike the others, is actually designed to teach Spanish.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

Wow! This looks like a good program. Is it free?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sebbo19763

Yes! and though the visuals are rather dated (Holy Cow the shoulderpads!), they also have practice exercises to go with each episode.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancySuvacar

Thanks for the link!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kipster007

I do watch Spanish with Spanish subtitles. I think it's better if I don't know the word I pause it and look it up. ya takes me forever to watch a show but I'm learning.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

A good Spanish to English dictionary is helpful and if you are ready and want to really build vocabulary find a Spanish only dictionary to go along with that. I have a Vox diccionario de la lengua Española, which is very good. It is published by McGraw Hill.

1 month ago
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