¿Netflix en español?

Dan-H24

I recently "dumped the dish" in favor of an OTA antenna, an Apple TV box, and a Netflix subscription. I see there is plenty of Spanish programming on Netflix, but I wonder if anyone has found any programs that are particularly suited for learning Spanish.
Thanks in advance,
Dan

quilthis1

Hi Dan.  I don't have Netflix right now, but I am thinking about it.  In the month since your post, have you found anything worthwhile in Spanish?
Sherri

Dan-H24

Sherri: sorry for the delay in answering. I've been off the grid in a Spanish speaking country for a couple of weeks, practicing the language in the best possible way.

Anyway, I can't point to a specific program that is as good as, say, the old Destinos series. I often tune in a telenovela for some listening practice. I also just finished watching the first season of Narcos, about Pablo Escobar. Unlike most English shows, the Spanish-speaking characters speak in Spanish to one another, with English subtitles provided.

You can get a free month of Netflix to try it out.

Feliz Navidad,
Dan

Steven-W15

Cool. Which country did you hit this time? Did you experience much of a difference in your Spanish level from when you were in Cuba awhile back?
 

Dan-H24

Steven: I was back in Cuba again. Can't seem to get enough of the place, although with the exponentially increasing tourism there it is starting to wear thin now.

I think my ability to communicate in Spanish improved a lot from last year. Whenever our fixer was not around to translate, I ended up being the designated translator and did pretty well. Last day there after a 7 hour wait at the airport, I was asked to tell an airport worker that we understood how overworked they were and that we appreciated their efforts. So, I repeated that to the woman in Spanish, then said to my colleague in English, "I hope I said that right." The Cuban woman looked up and said to me, in English, "You said it perfectly." Go figure.

Also, even considering their graciousness, my Cuban friends all remarked how my Spanish has improved.

Steven-W15

Bravo, Dan!

Matthew-H68

Hola mis amigos!
Wish I could visit a Spanish country, but just have to wait for God's timing.
We don't have Netflix, and hopefully never will have it. I've found just listening to old or familiar movies in Spanish, [when there is that language option], has proved very useful and that it helps one realize how much they have learned.
Hope this helps!
Brittany

RebeccaA18

I realize this thread is 2 years old, but wanted to comment anyway. I'm very much a beginner, so finding shows in Spanish that I could even vaguely follow was a challenge. I may seem silly, but I've been watching Puss in Boots, (las Aventuras del Gato con Botas) on Netflix. I still a looking tons of things up and need to listen to the same sentences/phrases repeatedly, but I can generally follow along with the story either way. 

CMcHan

Rebecca,
My wife is Colombian and we have Netflix.  When you log into Netflix and go to "manage profiles", it will ask you to select your language.  If you select Spanish you should have more (or maybe exclusively) shows/movies available to you.  They are already there hidden within Netflix, but I believe if you choose Spanish as your language option, shows you probably would not discover will prompt for you.  And it also remembers your viewing preferences meaning the more foreign movies you watch, the more it will find for you to watch.
Yeah, it's a L O N G path learning a foreign language.  I have been doing it for about 7 years and still no where close to being fluent- even with a native, Spanish-speaking spouse.  It's takes constant practice and study.  Good luck.

CMcHan

And-
There are a lot of Spanish cartoons on Youtube also, where you can follow along with the words in Spanish.  Here is one that will link you to several other similar cute, little cartoons.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O8RUPDzUcI

Dan-H24

CM: ¡Qué bueno idea! Creé otro profile con mis nombre Cubano, y fijé la lengua en español alli. Todos los programes son en español. ¡La pelicula "Los Carros" es divertido en español!
Gracias,
Dan

CMcHan

Según mi experiencia, con las películas hechas en el extranjero, los personajes no enuncian bien.  Al igual que muchos de nuestros personajes de películas utilizan una gran cantidad de jerga.  Los subtítulos en inglés para películas hechas en el extranjero a menudo parafrasean. Especialmente la vulgaridad y el juramento, que a menudo ocurre en las películas hechas en México. Sin embargo, las películas creadas originalmente para audiencias estadounidenses y luego traducidas al español son mucho más fáciles de seguir y comprender.  Entonces, para quien quiera aprender español de películas hechas en países de habla hispana, no se sorprenda si el inglés no es una traducción exacta de palabra por palabra, a menudo no lo es. Además, sí, los hispanohablantes en general hablan más rápido que los hablantes de inglés. Entonces el tempo es más rápido.  Nuevamente, las películas hechas originalmente para personas de habla inglesa, el ritmo de la conversación es típico de una persona de habla inglesa. En pocas palabras, puede ser muy difícil seguir películas extranjeras.

Dan-H24

OK, La Aventura de Gato con Botas es gracioso en cualquier idioma, pero suena extraño porque la voz española del gato no es de Antonio Banderas.

Steven-W15

¡Que lástima! Es normal que la misma persona haga la voz  en su propio idioma (Jean Reno, Jean dujardin, etc.). Es la primera vez que entiendo eso.  Quizás no le pagara lo suficiente.
 

RebeccaA18

He estado mirar las películas para niños y muchos son divertidos.  Yo mirado Trolls, Baby Boss, Smufs the lost village, Leap, Shrek, Moana, Coco, y Kungfu Panda. Me gusta Trolls el mejor porque muchas de las canciones son español. Todavia tengo que mirar Los Carros. Único Los Carros 3 es en Netflix al este momento. 

JayCa

Aloha all,

This is my first post as I am a new rocketeer estudiante. Me llamo Jay by the way. I like this thread because, I wanted to add more movies to my learning.  Most non-english speakng people always tell me that they learned english by watching movies.  I'd like to add videos to my curriculum. Do you guys think that Netflix would be a better option than FluentU? Also, I could watch Kung Fu Panda in Spanish over and over. Good stuff! Gracias for the ayuda. 

Dan-H24

I don't know about FluentU, so I can't compare. But I do have Netflix and watch Spanish language movies quite often. Typically the dialogue is too fast for me to keep up with, so I have to use Spanish subtitles. Currently I am rewatching the first season of "Narcos," and I like how all of the dialogue between the Colombians is done in Spanish, with English subtitles provided. I notice that I can predict what words are going to be used.

I once read that Daisy Fuentes (MTV VJ, model, entrepreneur) who emigrated from Cuba when she was a little girl, learned to speak English by watching "I Love Lucy" reruns. Ironic, since in the show people had trouble understanding Ricky's Cuban accent.

JayCa

Ok. Thank you for your response Dan-H24. I watched the first season of Narcos. Good stuff. 

Dan-H24

Mi línea más favorito: Plata o plomo???

JayCa

Me gusta una linea tambien.  After the Pablo Escobar season, would you say that Narcos is still bueno?

Dan-H24

Jay: en mi opinion, los estaciones seguidos no son tan bueno que el primer estación, pero son bueno todavía.

JayCa

Bueno. Creo que ha vuelto al kung fu panda. lol

ThereseM4

Hola,

I found a list of Spanish-speaking movies that worked well for beginning Spanish learners. Tbe page listed Destinos and EXTRAFor intermediate and advanced Spanish learners, the page listed El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time in Between), Gran Hotel (Grand Hotel) and Mi Corazón Es Tuyo (My Heart Is Yours).

I have seen Gran Hotel and did learn some words and phrases, and learned even more about Mexican culture. Now, I watch only Spanish-speaking programming. So far, I have been very impressed by things like writing, plots,  and filmography. I am recommending Money Heist right now. Tiene una trama muy emocionante, está bien escrito, tiene actores fabulosos, y un final que nunca se anticiparía hasta las últimas escenas.

 

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