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How to learn Spanish with NETFLIX

Learning Spanish with Netflix first requires you to define three important things

What is your level of Spanish?
What are your strengths and weaknesses with the language?
What skills do you want to start working on?

As I have explained in some previous posts; movies, books, songs, podcasts and all the resources we have on the Internet as entertainment can be used to study and acquire a new language, the secret is how to use them so that our study sessions are effective, we manage to understand and we do not spend hours and hours in front of the computer without learning anything. 

Analyze (according to your level of Spanish) what your strengths and weaknesses are and what skills you are going to work on (specifically) with the selected series or movie. The examples I leave you here might help you to better understand this and to create fun but also very effective study sessions. 

If you have a beginner level

If you are at a beginner level or you are just starting with Spanish I advise you to begin with a series or movie that you have already seen (hopefully more than once) and in which you don’t need to pay attention to the plot. A good example of this is the well-known series FRIENDS, which I’m sure many have seen in their own language more than once. 

The 30-minutes chapter and the simple dialogues that it has makes it ideal for you not to get too tired and keep watching it later (remember that another of the secrets to learning a language is to be constant and that is why it is not recommended, in the beginning, to be exposed to the new language for too many hours).


But if listening to FRIENDS in another language is not what you like (many students have told me that it is very strange to hear Joey with a Spanish accent) you can also try the EXTRA series in the original Spanish language, with 30-minute chapters and dialogues that are also very easy to understand. It is a kind of copy of the American series Friends but with a more Spanish style (it is recorded in Barcelona), so it can also be a good resource to learn slang or colloquial words in context.


If you have an intermediate level

If you already have a more advanced level and feel comfortable listening or watching movies in Spanish then the range of options is wider. There are plenty of Spanish movies and series that you can watch to practice Spanish and learn new words, but for intermediate levels it is recommended to define beforehand what skills you are going to work on with the series or movie and this way you will get more out of the resources. 

To acquire vocabulary

To learn vocabulary choose a movie or series related to the area you want to practice (health, legal, colloquial, economics, etc.) the variety is very wide and you have a large selection to choose from. Here are some recommendations that could help you in a specific way and the way to practice vocabulary is the same as I have advised you before, always with a pencil and paper in your hand; write, keep your notes for a few days and then read again.

Vis a Vis


To improve your listening

For listening I recommend you to choose a series or movie with the accent of the country you want to practice. Most of the movies or series on Netflix are classified in two types of Spanish (Latin Spanish or European Spanish) so you can choose between these two options, both for the audios and for the subtitles. I leave you here some options with Latin Spanish that you might like.

Valeria – Spain

To improve the comprehension of a story

If what you are looking for is simply to watch a movie in another language and not think about activities, accents, or specific vocabulary, then I recommend that you add the Learning a Language with Netflix extension for Google Chrome so you can watch the movie with two subtitles and also save the most interesting vocabulary and then you can study it.

I leave here some options of movies that you might like to work on the comprehension of a story. 

A pesar de todo

El desorden que dejas

Alguien tiene que morir

La casa de papel

For advanced or near-native levels

To understand cultural aspects and type of humor
Stand-up comedy

Stand-up comedy is a more difficult resource to understand and for this, you need to have a fairly advanced level in the language and understanding of the type of humor of the country. Anyway, I leave you a link with some very good stand-up comedy that Netflix has for you to test yourself with some of them.

Detesto Que Todo Sea Tierno – Fabrizio Copano


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