If you’re looking to improve your Spanish language skills, watching movies is a great place to get started. You don’t have to travel to South America or Spain to practice your skills, you can always listen to Spanish dialogue and learn along the way. Watching Spanish TV shows or dramas could be as beneficial as traveling to Spanish speaking countries.
Here are some of the most popular movies you could ever watch. Check them out and write a review, if you feel like it. Your feedback could help other English-speaking individuals improve their Spanish skills.
El Laberinto del Fauno (2006)
This Guillermo del Toro-signed movie’s got a beautiful story to tell. The action is fictional, starring Cecilia as the main character who moves to a new town and meets someone new, a faun. Her life then changes for the better. Cecilia and the faun unite in an effort to defeat evil. This is one of those films that you simply cannot stop watching. This movie opened the door to new cinematic outbreaks. Its story is special, its effects are marvelous, and the Spanish is one of a kind. You can definitely learn a lot by watching it.
Y Tú Mama También (2001)
This movie is about two Mexican teenage boys (Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) looking to discover new and exciting ways of living life. Through obvious antagonism, Alfonso Cuaron gives deeper meaning to superficial concepts about life. In its deepest sense, this film is about striking the less serious barrier of life and getting to the deepest point of fear. Poverty is a common concept highlighted here and used constantly throughout the whole movie.
At the end of the day, the protagonists learn many important things about life, sex, friendship, and having each other’s backs at all times. This is a great film to learn more about the Spanish language and Mexican cultures combined.
Amores Perros (2000)
This is one of the best Mexican movies of all time and probably one of the most popular. If you haven’t seen it by now, you must watch it. Amores Perros combines nasty dog fights, trivial gangsters, and teenage abuse, with Mexican melodrama and homelessness. These concepts are brilliantly mixed together. The relationships that are presented in the movie add to the suspense of the film and provoke us to think even deeper.
You are going to be asking important life questions after watching it. What is love? What is betrayal? What is trust? What is truth? Can love be death and can dead ones love? These brain-twisters will get to you. And the Spanish only makes these scenes more intense.
Diarios de Motocicleta (2004)
One of the best movies of all time, Diarios de Motocicleta snapshots Che Guevara’s life. The movie was based on a true story and starred everyone’s favorite actor, Gael García Bernal. In the movie, Che Guevara and his best friend, Alberto Granado, are embarking on a motorcycle trip throughout South America. They are excited to finish their trip to Venezuela on Granado’s birthday.
As you could guess, things don’t go as planned. Guevara and Granado go through many adventures only to find out they were meant to be traveling together. Their motorcycle breaks down, their dog almost dies, they’re left with no money or food, but they never give up on their dream to get to Venezuela. The people they meet on their way are one of a kind. The movie is worth watching, the Spanish is worth hearing.
P.S. – the ending might be sad.
También la Lluvia (2010)
The last movie that we’ll be touching on today, Tambien la Lluvia, is a beautiful yet dramatic story about the water crisis in Bolivia. The film fits a real-life story and dramatically portrays the tough lives of people living in Cochabamba. Making the water supply private in Bolivia has never been a good idea (and has not been accepted by the people), yet the authorities keep pursuing this action, regardless of the protests and other calamities caused. If you’re an activist and want to learn Spanish and history at the same time, this is the movie for you.
Ask for help with your Spanish
While Spanish films are very popular among students, the characters might not use complex phrases in these films. You might not get the necessary help with Spanish as a result. If watching Spanish movies is not enough for you to learn Spanish, do your homework, or finish your Spanish assignments at the university, do not despair! Try reading more Spanish books or ask the best Spanish-speaking tutors at Edubirdie for help online.
If you’re watching a Spanish movie and want to learn more, make sure you don’t use English subtitles. Switch to Spanish subtitles if any! Now sit back and enjoy these movies. Then pick your favorite one and write a short summary about it in Spanish. Great way to practice writing, too!
Jeremy Raynolds is a freelancer and copywriter for a popular magazine and works as editor at ResumeHelp. His services help students succeed in school and improve their academic performance. In his free time, Jeremy likes to watch Spanish movies and teach piano lessons.