Watching movies in Spanish can be very useful to help you learn the language and improve your language skills. It is one of the most accessible resources to improve listening comprehension skills, increase vocabulary and learn Spanish expressions actually used in everyday life.
While watching movies you can not only listen to the language but also observe the gestures and the way of saying things by the natives.
Moreover, it is a very effective way to learn more about the Spanish culture.
Ibérica Languages recommends you the following movies:
- “EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO” (Pan’s Labyrinth) by Guillermo del Toro is perfect to practice the verb to be (ser y estar), present and past tenses forms. Thanks to this movie you can get acquainted with vocabulary related to the history of Spain, the family, the Spanish civil war and the post-war period, the anti-Franco guerrilla, etc… Pan’s Labyrinth is a great post-war history, where the life of young Ofelia is narrated partly as a real and cruel story, and partly as a fairy tale.
- We recommend “LA COMUNIDAD” (The community) by Alex de la Iglesia to practice reasoning, describing and expressing assumptions. Julia (Carmen Maura) works for a real estate, does not succeed in life and is married to Ricardo (Jesus Bonilla), a negative and mediocre man. Their lives change when they discover that in the next flat they are about to sell, there are 300 million of pesetas (1,800,000 euro) hidden. But they must be careful because the rest of the neighbours also know that in there is loads of money stored in their building.
- The next movie we recommend is “TRES METROS SOBRE EL CIELO” (THREE METERS ABOVE THE SKY) by Fernando González Molina, based on a novel by Federico Moccia. It is a romantic drama that tells a story of a relationship of two young people who belong to different worlds. Hugo (Mario Casas) is a handsome and rebellious boy who likes speed and extreme living. And on the other hand, Babi (Maria Valverde), a girl from upper-middle class that is educated in goodness and innocence. The vocabulary is rather easy and will help you to improve fluency and you will be able to follow the plot without difficulty.
- The last one we recommend is “MAR ADENTRO” (The sea inside) by Alejandro Amenábar, that requires more advanced level of Spanish. You will have the chance to recognize the imperative, subjunctive and past tenses. Based on the true story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought almost 30 year campaign in favour of euthanasia and his own right to die.
In future blog entries we will continue recommending more movies in Spanish.