How to watch films in Spanish no matter your level

Did you know you can learn Spanish just by watching films?

Watching movies in Spanish is a great and fun way to improve your listening skills and expand your vocabulary. 

For beginners, it can be difficult to understand even a little of the Spanish in films. That’s why Spanish films are usually only used by advanced learners.

However, at Caminolanguages we think that watching Spanish films is a great resource for people of all abilities. Here are a few tips so you can start enjoying them today!

Using Spanish films as a beginner

Watch Disney films to learn Spanish

Tip 1: Watch Disney films!

A great entry point to Spanish films is watching movies for children. Disney films are perfect for beginners, as they use simple language which is pronounced clearly and slowly.

At the beginning, we recommend turning on English subtitles. You won’t understand the Spanish audio consciously, but your brain will learn to recognise new sounds and that’s the purpose of this exercise.

When learning Spanish, exposure is key!

Films for intermediate

Tip 2: Watch films you’re familiar with

As your Spanish level improves, word recognition becomes easier. A great step to challenge yourself is watching a Spanish movie you’ve seen before (ideally more than once) with English subtitles. This way,  you already know what’s going to happen so can place greater focus on listening to the words used.

This feeds into a more general Spanish learning principle: context is key. 

Once you know the context of a conversation, it becomes much easier to understand. If you’re struggling to understand something, see if you can pick out key words which signal what the conversation is about.

Tip 3: Watch Spanish films with Spanish subtitles

Learning Spanish by watching Netflix

Once you feel more comfortable with the language, you might want to graduate from English to Spanish subtitles. Netflix handiy offers Spanish subtitles on lots of its movies. This is a great exercise for words recognition, as you can hear how words are pronounced at the same time as seeing their written form.

Seeing sentences written out in this way is also the perfect way to reinforce recently learned grammar.

Speech and subtitles in films use a mix of different grammar and tenses. After learning a rule in class, seeing how it is applied in films can help you understand the rule in the correct context.

Spanish movies for advanced students

Tip 4: Use Spanish films to expand your vocabulary

Many people reach an advanced Spanish level and then plateau. Day-to-day conversation often revolve around similar topics, so it’s easy for people to stay in their comfort zone. Spanish films are the perfect way to make sure you’re stretching yourself, and expanding the subjects you can talk about.

We like to use SpanishDict to look up words we don’t know, which is an awesome way of building a varied, interesting vocabulary!

So, do you think you’ll be incorporating Spanish films into your learning process? If you’re looking for a little more guidance, we’ve got a great selection of tutors and conversation partners ready to help you on your journey!

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