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What should I listen/watch to improve my Spanish listening skill?

I have started learning Spanish 13 days ago. I think I am good at remember vocabulary as well as reading skill. However, from my past experience of learning English (I am a Vietnamese), I think that when you learn a new language at first, it is better that you improve your listening skill.

So for guys who are master in Spanish, can you advise me some TVShow or website or video clip, anything that can help me to improve my listening skill?

Thanks so much,

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/disneybecca

You can try some of these podcasts that are designed for learners, so the speech is slower:

News in Slow Spanish

News in Slow Spanish Latino

Coffee Break Spanish (they are currently doing some site maintenance, so you may have trouble accessing this one for the next day or two)

When you have learned more, another good thing is to watch Spanish tv while following along with the subtitles. This will help you start hearing the words better and then you can wean yourself off of the subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kina.7

Here are two sites for listening practice: http://www.spanishear.com and http://www.spanishlistening.org

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/queendeeny

Thanks for posting these. I went on briefly and they look really helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kina.7

You're welcome! BTW, someone posted that these sites have merged.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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You can find "Extr@ en Español" on youtube and it is designed to teach but it might be a bit advance if you have only been learning Spanish 2 weeks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pobrecito13

When I started learning Spanish I watched Plaza Sesamo on TV, and still watch it occasionally now. It is the Latin American version of Seasame Street. There is a website. http://www.plazasesamo.com/ And they also have a Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/plazasesamo I would suggest any kind of kid's shows, especially those that are more educational. There are Spanish versions or dubbed versions of a number of kid's shows, like Barney the dinosaur, Bob the Builder, etc. Here is a link for a Barney video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCCE6EllSsE Hope this helps you out.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Charlotte_2000

mi vida loca is a good one, here's the link to episode one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/ep01.shtml

and heres the link to the rest of the episodes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

Hope this helps :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vimo777

this is an awesome post!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gearforce
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I think it depends on your level. 13 days is probably beginner so you should start with contents with clear slow spanish (that people hear recommended) but when you are more up to it, just watch the movies or tv shows you like but with spanish dub and english subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimesLikeThese28

Sorry I don't know if anyone said this (because it's becoming a big post!) but I sometimes watch TV with families whose first language is Spanish.
1) Telemundo is a good way to go (although warning...not every show is so appropriate in case you are with any younger viewers at a time)
2) Another great one is actually follow a TV series on netflix in spanish. That way you can start with sub titles and then as you improve, remove the subtitles.

3) Another favorite of mine is SPONGEBOB in Spanish! Great way to be familiar with a show, but learn another language. (There are plenty of other Nick and Cartoon Network shows in Spanish too including Yu-gi-Oh, DragonBall Z, and Ed, Edd, and Eddy)

4) Lastly, HBO LATINO!!!! They include shows such as Game of Thrones in Spanish...and soon to be released- BREAKING BAD in Spanish! Only downside is I believe this does not come with a regular TV package, it depends on the provider.

Hope this helps!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wynrich
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I've really enjoyed notesinspanish.com for listening practice. The audio is free. Ben and Marina hold interesting conversations about all sorts of things. The beginners lessons are part english/part spanish and they often discuss spanish grammar and vocabulary.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anhtuanle234

Thanks wynrich, I am watching this website now. It is very useful and easily to use.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

Why was this post downvoted? Seriously.

Check out these videos, I think they'd help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL29747CBC28F65045 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5UIoabheFMo9oB_AF7JftV34ecOalvM

I also have some Spanish things saved here: http://www.pinterest.com/aliciaftw/language-spanish/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kina.7

Muchas gracias Alicia. Following your board on Pinterest =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anhtuanle234

Gracias, Alica.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ptoro
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These videos are fantastic! Thanks! Btw, I saw you pinned freerice.com. What level have you reached in Spanish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

Through the English version or the Spanish version? If you change the site interface into Spanish, you get a lot harder Spanish vocab.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ptoro
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Oh cool! I never thought of trying that. I got to level 37 in English.

Also, how did you find these Spanish videos? It's amazing that there are so many for every level. I'm working on Italian right now so I looked for something similar but couldn't find anything that was as good and it looks like VideoEle is only for Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

Gosh, I don't remember how I originally found them. I'm really into language and linguistics so I spend a lot of time reading about the subjects online and come across things. I normally save them on Pinterest to keep track. I have hardly anything saved back for Italian though. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DucThao

Thanks a lot ^^ These video are great

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AMDJ223
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Muchas gracias! These are wonderful! Following you on Pinterest too <3

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

Awesome! Thanks for the links. Can never have enough, right? :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Thanks for those lovely playlist. They really are helpful

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/creativeri

La Vaca - Holy Cow with English subtitles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSoUxkgzCWY

El Pasajero with English subtitles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1WetL4QY_Q

It’s a show and most of them have English/Spanish subtitles https://www.youtube.com/user/telemundotv/

Extr@ in Spanish with Spanish subtitles (Easy Spanish) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-wlhjBlJMB9Hlva6V5Fd_1NWUeJ3IkCX

Short videos with Spanish subtitles and English translation and they give notes http://www.lingus.tv/

Ugly betty in Spanish with English subtitles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSjA8Eoi3sw=PL44C77162F700EB9B

El Carro - Movie with (automatic) Spanish subtitles https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE1CA38FEE5B6BF98

A show with (automatic) Spanish subtitles https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPalQBl-b5hh1Kdj0z3Tc3-9HFLKFwGyp

Different video’s with Spanish subtitles https://www.youtube.com/user/MinutoDeLaTierra/videos

¿Eres tú, María? Easy and with Spanish subtitles http://vimeo.com/groups/246581

Many Spanish movies with no subtitles or English movies with Spanish subtitles http://www.peliculasyonkis.com

Interactive learning video http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

Movies you have to watch later (without subtitles) http://www.fluentu.com/spanish/blog/learn-spanish-film-movies/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Si especialmente extr@ ¡me encanta! Pero ya sé que es muy fácil entender

Así se debe ver a esta emisión http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-dx6kd5f4E

Se llama extr@, esta bien escrito y muy gracioso. Todos los episodios del series están disponibles en Youtube.

Al menos se debe mirar las tres episodios primeros e entonces decidir si le gustan.

:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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Mi vida loca es muy buena, pero enseña español europeo, no español de méxico

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lifebohemia

Yes, I like "Mi Vida Loca" and "Destinos" also. Check these out tiay23.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Sounds awesome- lo siento pero ¿podrías incluir las enlaces para las dos emisiones? ¿Son disponibles en Youtube? Había buscado en Google pero hubo montones de vídeos con el nombre "Destinos"- gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KingThomas2

Muchas gracias por todos los ejercicios de audición! Prefiero 'Extr@' porque el vocabulario que se usan no es difícil y también es una serie muy divertido.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Totalmente de acuerdo. Acabo de terminar el último episodio, que lastima que son existan más, ya sé que hay 30 en inglés pero el serie en español es mi favorito. Pablo que hombre :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

Esto es fantasticó! Muchas gracias! Lots of new links and material for mi coleción. Aquí, tiene un lingot :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/creativeri

No problem! Good luck with learning! Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fettes

There's tons on Youtube. I often search for a show plus the word espanol or spanish and often I'll find a few episodes which have been dubbed. Lots of kids stuff too, I just finished watching this one: La Ratita Presumida

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mysieblondie

I especially liked watching the cartoon series "Avatar the Last Airbender" in Spanish, because each episode is only 20 minutes long, and it's simple but not too too childish. - "Bruno y Los Banamigos" aka "Bruno and the Banana Bunch" Is very very good for someone who is just beginning to listen to the language. It's a preschooler's cartoon series and each episode is quite short.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jalletita

Hi, I'm a Spanish teacher for foreing students. You can try with music. "Maná" is the name of a Mexican band; is not my favorite, but the guy sings so clear. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuolingoBoy14

Someone probably already mentioned this, but a good thing to watch is Pan's Labyrinth (or El Laberinto Del Fauno.) It is a really, really good movie, hailed as a fairy tale for grown-ups (Heavy emphasis on the "grown-up." Rated R. If you have kids and want them to see this, please watch it first to be sure ;D. It doesn't have any sexual content or too much swearing, but it is kind of violent and gruesome.). This version doesn't have subtitles, though - and I sincerely apologize if it doesn't work on your computer. Hopefully this helps:

http://megashare.info/full_watch.php?id=TWpVMQ

De nada! ;D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ayoungarcher
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Any costs? Thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristinaM2013

Me diverten los videos.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nmsotnyc

free educational soap opera called "Destinos" http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ you could get workbooks and Cd's for it as well but just watching it sometimes helps. Also by just watching real Spanish soap operas.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IbexMark

I have been listening to Spanish stories for children via BookBox. They have the same story in multiple languages. What I do is open two browser windows with the story in English in one window and in Spanish in the other window. I listen to a small segment in Spanish and then listen to it again in English to see if I understood it correctly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYe9rsPL6uo&list=PLCE1049BCC2C78B97

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

Ya know, that's a great idea. Someone recommended that bookbox the other day and I checked it out and thought it would be great to help my very beginner listening capability but I would have to pause and then guess as to something they said and think about it and then go to spanishdict.com to type in what I thought they might have said or look up a word but yeah, your way is infinitely better and I feel like a complete tard for not thinking of it myself LOL.

thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IbexMark

No problem. Glad I could help. :^P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaSl6

I usually just go on netflix, choose foreign films, and then go to LatinAmerican films. Go ahead and turn the English subtitles on. You'd be surprised how much you pick up from listening.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

I watch telenovelas (spanish soap operas) online.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/APP22

I have started listening to talk radio in Spanish on my computer (iHeart Radio, Univision America). I keep Google Translate open and as I am able to pick out words I'm not sure of, I can enter them into Google Translate. So far I've found this to be both entertaining and educational.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camillab8
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If you have a Netflix account and are in the US, try any of their original series. They do a pretty good job with the Spanish dubbing, and you can watch with Spanish audio and English subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carolasimo

Hi, I'm argentinian and speak Spanish, my suggestion is watching TV programs for children. I used to do so while learning French, they use limited vocabulary and you have the help of the pictures in case you don´t understand. Buena suerte!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anh_NTV
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I think you can see la voz ( the voice) of spain or Mexico, grammy latina, la belleza latina, etc. Music of Ricardo Arjona isnt bad choice for practice listening skill. If you are a fan of films, series, I confess that I dont like any films of spain, I dont know why. beside, I have watched some good series like el barco, or Internado, el vecino, You can find subtiltes in spanish for any films you want in opensubtitles.org

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Prado39
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Suelo escuchar (y ver, claro) el canal TVE en la televisión. Es bueno para dormir, tratando de compreender lo que dicen con los ojos cerrados.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
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I would give you the videos we used in my Spanish class at school but I can't find my notebook where I wrote them down...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blunote159

here a lot of movies and series http://www.yaske.to/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pingann

great videos!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hafnar
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Don't know if this is what you were looking for, but, if you can get your hands on it, I really loved the Spanish film Todos Sobre Mi Madre when we watched it in Spanish class... I always found that watching movies is a great tool when learning languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterMckinnon

Hello all, I have just recently signed up to duolingo as I am really interested in learning Spanish. As I am a new user, I am still yet to find my way around the site and I am unsure how to post a new topic, so I thought I would add it here. I basically just want to say hi and introduce myself, I hope that is ok.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anhtuanle234

Hi Peter,

Mucho gusto (Nice to meet you in Spanish). If you want to create new topic, just go to Discussion tab (besides Words, Activity, etc.) then you click on New Discussion (Green Box).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterMckinnon

Hola Tiay, thank you for your reply and advice reference the discussion board, much appreciated.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shoukra
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Hay tantos buenos recursos aquí - muchos gracias a todos! Me gustaría añadir un par más:

http://radioambulante.org - A free podcast in the style of This American Life, with a full transcript on their website

http://www.voanoticias.com - they have a free daily news podcast, and although there isn't a transcript of the complete podcast, most of the news items covered have corresponding articles, which are almost the same as are read in the podcast

4 years ago