Our Top 10 Movies to Help You Learn Spanish
For adults, learning a new language isn’t easy. Often students get lost in their their textbooks and can become frustrated about wanting to be able to speak more fluently and have a conversation. At The Language Machine we always encourage students to try and immerse themselves in Spanish as much as possible which really helps them to make quicker progress.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Spain or another Spanish speaking country then you’ve got a distinct advantage as you’re surrounded by the language and you’ll hear it everyday and you’ll have to use it as well! Most of our students live in the UK so to immerse yourself in the language they need to be a little more creative.
One great way to help you learn Spanish is to watch movies or TV shows in Spanish. If’you’re a beginner or intermediate then you can watch with subtitles in your own language so you can follow what’s being said on screen. More advanced speakers can turn off the subtitles for total immersion. Watching films you know well in your own language is also helpful as you’ll know the plot and be able to follow more clearly.
If you’re a beginner you won’t understand a huge amount, but try to pick out some of words and phrases you know. Your brain will take it all in and it will really help your understanding as you improve your Spanish skills.
Now on to the best Spanish movies we love to help you learn Spanish!
Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother)
The 1999 film that catapulted Pedro Almodovar onto the world stage and won the best foreign film Oscar as well as the Best Director award at the Cannes film festival. An emotional character driven film that deals with the pain of loss and love Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on him. One night, Manuela and Esteban take in a production of; after the show, Esteban is struck and killed by a passing motorist as he dashes into the street to get an autograph from Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), who played Blanche. Emotionally devastated, Manuela relocates to Barcelona in hopes of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban's father), who is now working as a female impersonator. Manuela becomes reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonio San Juan), a transsexual, and is introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more cynical mother (Rosa María Sardà). While looking for work, Manuela becomes acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma, on the other hand, has troubles of her own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela Peña).
Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)
Reality and fantasy become blurred in this complex and often puzzling 1999 film by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Eduardo Noriega and Penelope Cruz. It's a stylish, intellectual film that certainly challenges the viewer. If you're looking for something light hearted then this is not for you. It's the story of a handsome playboy from Madrid who has a successful career, expensive cars and a string of beautiful women. His high flying life comes to an abrupt end as his womanising past catches up with him.
The film was later made as Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise. After watching Abre Los Ojos Cruise has said he was on the phone trying to but the rights to the movie before the credits had ended!