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6 Best Movies to Learn Spanish

6 Best Movies to Learn Spanish

Who said that learning a foreign language should be boring? Many students make the mistake of using only textbooks to learn a language. These books are useful, of course, but watching movies or youtube channels in their native language is just as effective and fun to improve your skills and listening skills.

Why are movies the best way to learn Spanish?

When you watch a movie, you are relaxed. In such a pleasant atmosphere, your brain is better able to capture information and memorize new words and phrases. That said, make sure you listen carefully. Watching movies in Spanish will also help you learn more about the cultural and societal aspects of the language.

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Do you want to watch a movie? Why not watch it in Spanish?

We have compiled a list of 6 movies to help you learn Spanish while having fun.

1. Amores Perros

Get your ears tuned into Mexican slang.

This award winning film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu portrays lives on the edge of society in Mexico City. Dog fighting, violence and poverty dominate the life of Octavio, and to make matters worse he’s fallen in love with his sister in law.

2. Como agua para chocolate    

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This film is about the ancestral traditions and strong family ties in Mexico. Nominated for a Golden Globe in the best foreign film category, this film received 10 Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Caesars, and in 1992 became the most profitable Spanish film ever released in the United States. So it’s worth it to watch it.

The main character, Tita, feels devastated and lost because she cannot marry Pedro, the man she loves. When her older sister marries Pedro in her place, Tita must resign herself to living a life of suffering. Following the story of the family over more than twenty years, the film tells the life of different characters through time. You will certainly be touched by their stories, and it will also be an opportunity to learn some vocabulary words in Spanish.

3. El Laberinto del Fauno

Pan’s Labyrinth, it is an excellent film for those who love the fantastic genre infused with horror. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the film in 2006, describes it as «a fairy tale for adults«.

The story takes place in Spain, shortly after the Civil War, in 1944. Ofelia and her mother move to a small town where the girl does not want to live. His mother will soon have a baby, and her stepfather, a soldier, is trying to annihilate the enemy forces. That’s when little Ofelia discovers the forest and encounters a fauna that reveals something extraordinary.

4. No Se Aceptan Devoluciones

Do you want to watch a good comedy? it’s the best way to spend a good evening while learning Spanish. This film is in Mexican Spanish, and very easy to understand for those who want to learn the language. There are also many dialogues in English, as the film takes place in the United States.

Co-written and directed by Eugenio Derbez- a very well known comedian in Mexico- in 2013. The film tells the story of Valentin, a man who finds himself obliged to take care of his daughter alone. This suddenly appears in her life, prompting her to find her mother and give him back the baby. Having no choice but to keep his daughter, he decides to raise her up as best she can and take care of her.

5. Diarios de Motocicleta

Inspired by Ernesto «Che» Guevara‘s notebooks, the movie «Diarios de motocicleta» («Travel Diaries«) tells the story of Che’s long journey on motorbikes and his friends across South America. This great adventure, full of encounters and experiences, will forever transform the young Che Guevara and push him to try to change things, until the revolution.

Watching this film is one of the best ways to learn Spanish for students of all levels. You will appreciate not only the beauty of South America, but also the accent and the Argentine slang.

6. La ley de herodes

This is an hilarious movie that shows the sad reality of Latin American politics. Particularly a satire about Mexico’s long-ruling political party, the PRI. If you want to understand mexican society and politics this is the perfect movie to watch.

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The 5 best Youtube Channels to learn Spanish quickly

The 5 best Youtubers to Learn Spanish

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easier than ever to use new technologies to learn a foreign language. There are several apps and other online methods to help you study any language. The advantage is that you can focus on it whenever and wherever you want.

Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world? Do you want to start speaking Spanish as a native? How much time do you spend on the internet? If you want to optimize the time you spend on the web, I advise you to watch instructional videos to help you in your learning. YouTube is a great tool: the site is easy to use and provides access to thousands of videos about language learning, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and even culture.

Here I mention why YouTube is the best way to learn Spanish:

  • You may have already taken academic courses and studied textbooks. If so, it’s a good time to add some additional to your learning program.
  • Watching videos on YouTube gives you the opportunity to find and communicate with other students.
  • Many videos allow you to study the real native language.
  • You can watch these videos as many times as you want, pause or watch them whenever you want.

Although there are tons of Spanish videos on YouTube, the quality is very variable. That’s why we’ve created a list of Top 5 YouTubers to help you learn Spanish quickly. We hope you will reach your goals easily. No more excuses for not going there! Let’s go.

Spanishpod101

The main goal of SpanishPod101 is to teach you to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish. The videos of the channel come in the form of educational lessons combined with information on culture and daily life in Spain. SpanishPod101 is suitable for both beginners and more advanced students. Some videos are entirely dedicated to Mexican Spanish.

Spanish With Paul

This channel is perfect for intermediate or advanced students. Paul seems to make videos on almost any subject. In his videos he translates texts in English into Spanish. So I think you can learn lots of vocabulary and new verbs to express sometimes more structured ideas.

Aprende español con WhyNotSpanish

Whynotspanish is a channel made by a girl from Colombia named María. This channel is very useful for listening to native speakers in real conversations.

Even if you’re just starting out, you can watch these videos and learn Spanish by listening to them and trying to understand some jokes. If you already have an advanced level and you understand perfectly, you can be proud of your language progress.

Butterfly Spanish

Butterfly Spanish is a YouTube channel created by Ana, a young woman who wants to give students around the world tips and tricks to learn Spanish with confidence. His video lessons are structured but entertaining, and the content is often presented in a list format.

Classes last between 10 and 45 minutes and are suitable for all levels. On this channel, you can learn basic language, improve your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation. See you on Ana’s channel if you want to discover how to order food, congratulate your friends or express your opinion in Spanish.

Spanish with Superholly

If you are looking for a fun channel where you can learn slang and useful words in Spanish, Superholly is exactly what you need. Holly is an excellent teacher who likes to talk about different topics. There are not subtitles.

YouTube is definitely a great resource for learning a foreign language. And you, do you have any favorite YouTubers who speak Spanish or who teach it? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below.

I hope this article has helped you learn Spanish.

I use this method practically every day.

Feel free to continue your learning by revising your vocabulary on your favorite blog and leave me a comment if you have questions.

We are a Spanish Language School located in Mexico City, and we create this contect to spread to other students of Spanish around the world. Feel free to contact me , if you want me to talk about other material or ways to improve your Spanish leave a comment below!

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Bebidas tradicionales mexicanas (Mexican drinks)

Por supuesto que al pensar en bebidas tradicionales mexicanas lo primero que viene a tu mente es el tequila y el mezcal. Bueno, hoy vamos a hablar de diferentes bebidas, alcohólicas y no alcohólicas.

Tejate

El Tejate es una bebida a base de maíz y cacao, originaria del estado de Oaxaca, desde la época prehispánica se usaba en ceremonias y rituales para la siembra y la cosecha, asimismo los reyes zapotecas la consumían.

Atole

El Atole es una de las bebidas más populares en México, se elabora con masa de maíz y actualmente también se hace con leche. Su elaboración varía dependiendo de la región y es consumido en todo México y Centroamérica.  En la actualidad podemos encontrarla de muchos sabores como: fresa, vainilla, chocolate, piña, coco, canela, nuez y chocolate. Principalmente, esta bebida es consumida por las mañanas como desayuno, acompañada de un rico tamal o un pan de dulce.

Horchata

El agua de horchata es una bebida dulce y refrescante hecha de arroz, vainilla, canela y agua, generalmente es muy popular en México y es conocida como “agua fresca”.

Agua de horchata

Agua de Jamaica

Igualmente tenemos el agua de Jamaica, la cual es una infusión hecha de la flor de Jamaica (una flor de color roja).

Agua de Jamaica

Agua de tamarindo

Asimismo, otra agua fresca es la de tamarindo, elaborada de la fruta del árbol de tamarindo, que de igual manera podemos disfrutarlo en dulce de tamarindo con picante.

Tamarindo

Tequila

El tequila es un destilado que se elabora de la planta de agave azul. Existen alrededor de 295 especies de agaves distintas y sólo una se puede utilizar para producir la bebida, la cual es originaria del municipio de Tequila en el Estado de Jalisco, México. Regularmente los grados de alcohol que posee esta bebida varían entre 37-50 grados.

Con algunos otros agaves de otras especies se elabora el mezcal y el pulque. Tal vez te preguntes cual es la diferencia entre tequila y mezcal, y la más simple es el tipo de maguey utilizado, además de los procesos de elaboración son distintos y esta última es originaria de Estado de Oaxaca.

Pulque

Por último tenemos al Pulque, una bebida fermentada tradicional de México, elaborada con jarabe de maguey, es de color blanco y viscosa. Posee una historia de más de 2,500 años de antigüedad, en la sociedad azteca el pulque poseía un carácter meramente ritual, por lo que no podía consumirse sino en determinadas fiestas y en algunas de manera restringida, la edad mínima para beber alcohol en esa época era de 52 años.

Pulque

También puedes consultar información sobre los dulces típicos mexicanos en el siguiente enlace: https://www.speaklikeamexican.com.mx/dulces-tipicos-mexicanos/

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Dulces típicos Mexicanos

DULCES MEXICANOS (Mexican Candies)

Debido a la mezcla de culturas, tradiciones y sabores en México podemos encontrar una gran diversidad de dulces típicos que no podemos ignorar. Si eres un amante de la gastronomía mexicana y vienes a México, tienes que probar los dulces típicos mexicanos. Hoy les voy a presentar los dulces más representativos:

Alegrías:

Elaboradas con semillas de amaranto, miel, pasas o nueces. El amaranto es originario de México, en la época prehispánica se usaba como moneda y también con fines ceremoniales para los dioses.

Mexican food

Palanquetas de cacahuate:

Elaborada con trozos de cacahuate, azúcar y piloncillo, también se le puede agregar pepitas, ajonjolí y nuez.

Mexican food palanqueta

Ate:

Es un postre mexicano elaborado a base de la pulpa de distintas frutas, como: guayaba, pera, calabaza, tejocote, mango y manzana.

Cocadas: 

Se prepara con coco rallado, azúcar y yemas de huevo, que al ser horneadas adquieren su característico sabor y crujiente textura.

Mexican Food Cocada

Merengues:

Se elaboran con claras de huevo, azúcar, y sabor a vainilla.

Mexcian Food Merengues

Camote:

El dulce de camote es muy representativo del Estado de Puebla, preparado con azúcar, limón, naranja y se envuelve en papel encerado para su venta.

Mexican Food Camote

Jamoncillo:

Es un dulce preparado a base de leche, azúcar y nuez picada.

Mexican Food Jamoncillo

Muéganos:

Es un dulce tradicional en los Estados de Puebla y Tlaxcala, elaborado con harina, sal, anís, miel y oblea.

Mexican Food Mueganos

Oblea:

Es un postre típico en muchos países latinoamericanos, es una galleta muy fina elaborada con harina de trigo, se preparan con miel de abejas, cacahuates y pepitas.

Mexican Food Oblea

También puedes consultar la información sobre las bebidas mexicanas que seguro te van a encantar en el siguiente enlace: https://www.speaklikeamexican.com.mx/bebidas-tradicionales-mexicanas/