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Learning a new language can be tricky if you don't have many opportunities to practice outside the classroom. TV shows and movies are a helpful ally in the learning process, since they allow you to soak in the pronunciation and natural expressions of native speakers.
Spanish can be a specially difficult challenge, since it has so many national variants that can prove difficult to navigate. What is more important is that most of these subtle differences between speakers in different countries are often not listed in scholar textbooks, leaving students to fend for themselves.
Luckily, your TV can provide a valuable source of opportunities to practice your listening comprehension, as well as provide international entertainment.
If you want to expand your vocabulary and have a good time, check out these 10 TV shows to practice your Spanish
- Gran Hotel (Spain)
- Soy tu fan (México)
- Paramédicos (Mexico)
- Bajo sospecha (Spain)
- El internado (Spain)
- La Casa de las Flores (Mexico)
- 31 minutos (Chile)
- La Casa de Papel (Spain)
- Luis Miguel La Serie (Mexico)
- Floricienta (Argentina)
1. Gran Hotel (Spain)
The story takes place in a luxury hotel in 1905, when Julio Olmedo decides to infiltrate in the complex to look for his missing sister. During his mission, he will come across Alicia Alarcón, a brilliant and beautiful woman that could jeopardize his entire investigation. The show displays an elaborate vocabulary and an elegant manner of speaking, ideal for advanced students.
2. Soy tu fan (Mexico)
After a hard breakup, Charly, a young woman, finds herself at a loss as for what to do next. It is then that she meets Nicolas, a well intentioned but not too attractive guy that will change Charly's life in every sense. Most conversations in the story use colloquial language, blended naturally into the dialogues.
3. Paramédicos (Mexico)
The daily lives of first responders in Mexico City display the contrast of society, as well as the heroic acts of those in charge of dealing with a medical crisis in a city with over 8 million. Conversations in Paramedicos are fast paced and dynamic, challenging the audience to keep up with the dialogue.
4. Bajo sospecha (Spain)
This police thriller takes on two different cases on its two seasons. The first season deals with the mysterious disappearance of a ten year old girl, while the second one focus on a spree of killings in a hospital. Besides its intriguing story, this show is perfect to train your brain to process regional accents, since every season is set in a different geographical location.
5. El internado (Spain)
If you like teenage dramas like Riverdale or Élite, this is the perfect story to get hooked in. When Paula and Marcos parents go missing, the brothers end in a private institute. While they deal with the trauma of turning into orphans and try to make new friends, the brothers will realize there's something sinister hiding in the school. The mystery and romance will keep your mind focussed as you absorb the language naturally.
6. La Casa de las Flores (Mexico)
This story delves into the complicated lives of De la Mora family members. As it deals with complicated themes such as bisexuality, drug dealing and infidelity, the show also displays a very specific way of speaking Spanish in México, usually associated with the upper economic classes.
7. 31 minutos (Chile)
For younger audiences or Spanish beginners, 31 minutos is an excellent option to learn vocabulary, since it is a children's show. With short sketches and lots of humor, every episode imitates a real life's news broadcast, using puppets as hosts
8. La Casa de Papel (Spain)
This story has turned into a viral phenomenon since it premiered. The plot deals with a bank heist that turns into a massive battle between the police enforcement and the robbers. Fast paced and thrilling, this show has some characters that you will simply love to hate on and others that will make you root for the bad guys
9. Luis Miguel La Serie (Mexico)
For some people, Luis Miguel is only a singer. But for Mexicans, the artist became one of the most enigmatic and loved stars of the 80's and 90's. His fame and seclusion turned him into a myth, only increased by his mother's mysterious disappearance. The songs included in the show are pure pop classics and the set decor will give you retro vibes
10. Floricienta (Argentina)
This remake of Cindirella's story marked Argentinian youth in the 2000's. The story of Floricienta, an outgoing but naive nanny that falls in love with her rich boss became one of the most popular romantic stories of the tv, spiraling into several music albums and concerts from the fictional band formed by the cast. In case you need something humorous and lighthearted to brighten your day, this is the best option.