One of my 2018 resolutions, among many, was to improve my Spanish. My move to Barcelona has been a great way to do so – I would recommend this post if that’s something you are also considering. However, because Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city, it’s easy to fall into the trap of only hanging out with English-speaking people and end-up only knowing a few sentences and still dreading to speak to the locals after a few months in.
But the thing is, not everyone can or want to move to a new country to learn a language but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any other efficient ways to learn – quite the opposite. Although this may sound obvious, watching Spanish TV shows and movies are I think one of the best ways to learn new expressions that people actually use – as opposed to what we sometimes learnt at school. In some cases, it will also help you understand better the culture of the country - all of this without moving from your flat.
However, let’s be honest whilst Netflix is amazing, there is a lot of trash movies on it, and well, nobody’s got time to spend hours browsing for a movie these days. That’s why I put together this list of great Spanish/Catalan TV shows and movies that I think are fairly easy to understand and which will hopefully help you improve your Spanish.
This has got to be one of the best TV shows I have seen so far. It’s set in Barcelona and it tells the story of a philosophy teacher and its students. It’s a Catalan TV show, but it’s also available in Spanish. I have been watching it in Catalan with Spanish subtitles. The reason why I recommend it is because it uses fairly simple vocabulary, it’s funny, lighthearted, relatable and somehow reminds me of my days is in college.
2. Las chicas del cable
Initially, I was quite sceptical about this show, simply because it is set in the 20’s and I am more of a contemporary type of girl. How it turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I literally got hooked from the first episode. I fell in love with the characters and really liked all the intrigued around the main protagonist. The vocabulary is not as easy as other shows but with subtitles and a bit of patience, I am sure you will love it too.
Anyone out there familiar with Riverdale or Beverly Hills 90210? Well, this is kind of the Spanish version of the those shows. Imagine a group of rich kids, and 3 outsiders, all studying in a Madrid-based posh school, well that’s basically Elite. It’s cheesy as hell, but I am not ashamed to say that I watched the season 1 in a record breaking 2 days! It was addictive, and again even if you do not speak a word of Spanish, the good news is, it’s all more or less predictable. Would definitely advice if you have some time to kill on a Sunday afternoon.
Two words: Amazing and amazing. This is an amazing movie relating the story of a guy who cheats on his wife, and whilst on one of his gateway with his mistress gets involved in a car accident. I won’t say anything else, other than this is the best Spanish movie I have seen so far. Also fairly easy to understand, and quite frankly worth watching.
5. Perdiendo el norte
I really liked this movie. It’s about two friends who are both over-qualified but yet struggling to find jobs in Spain. After watching an advert on TV of a Spanish guy making it in Berlin they both decide to take the plunge to seek a better life in Germany. This was a very relatable movie and in my opinion very well put together. I laughed a lot and really got attached to all the characters. The Spanish here is fairly easy too, so would recommend to people with an intermediate level.
That’s all people! Feel to share any recommendations for good Spanish movies and TV shows.