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What are some great programs to watch in Spanish to help improve my fluency?

Asked Chelsea, Alabama

I would like to know of some great shows (preferably on Netflix) that I could watch to improve my comprehension of Spanish and my fluency.

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Tyler’s Answer

Updated Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hi Rebecca! Watching tv shows and movies has helped me to improve my fluency, so you're on the right path for sure. My two favorite tv series that are now available on Netflix US are Gran Hotel and Casa de Papel - and the two share a couple of actors, which adds a bit to the fun. I've just started Cable Girls and have enjoyed so far, so that's a great third option.

Gran Hotel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enBnpGMSQmU

Casa de Papel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQYvQIrM1FY

Cable Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSBa8u_oEQM

Watching the shows with English subtitles has been necessary for me, at least the first time through - I agree with Rachel, it definitely helps you understand the jokes and slang that characters use with one another. The second time through, I've watched with Spanish subtitles on, which helps me to grasp more specifics from a grammatical standpoint.

Tyler recommends the following next steps:

  • Watch Gran Hotel
  • Watch Casa de Papel
  • Watch Cable Girls

Manuel’s Answer

Updated Mexico City, Mexico

Hi Rebecca, I would suggest you to watch the following tv series:

  1. El chavo (Mexican)
  2. Betty la fea (Colombian)
  3. Club de Cuervos (Mexican)
  4. Velvet (Spanish)

And the following movies: (I picked this ones because I am from Mexico and I liked the way these movies showed our culture):

  1. Coco
  2. Roma
  3. Nosotros los nobles

Rachel’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois

Great idea! I would recommend El Internado, it shows up on lots of “best of Spanish tv on Netflix” lists and I know many Spanish teachers who use it with their AP Spanish classes. It’s about what happens at a boarding school in the mountains of Spain that gets snowed in for the winter and teachers start disappearing.

I’ve also heard good things about Gran Hotel but I don’t know as much about it (one description said it was like Downton Abbey).

The best show will be one you can get really into, so explore! I would watch with English subtitles so that you can start to understand the slang, jokes etc. Tv shows are great because you’re more likely to hear the same characters saying the same things over time, and you’ll internalize the language better. Good luck!

Josue’s Answer

Updated Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela

Hello Rebecca!

It will depend on what Spanish variant you are interested in (Spanish- Spain or Spanish- Latin America). You can also watch your favorite series doubbed into Spanish, and as you already know some of the common phrases they say, you will get it quickly! The dubbed series or movies are usually in "Neutral Accent" which can also help. 

I will leave you 2 trailers, one in Spanish from Spain and the other from LATAM so that you can grasp the difference.

(Spanish-Spain) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km_LFu90FdQ

(Spanish- LATAM) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbvJbggA26A

In Spanish, there are not a lot of series but "Novelas" I can't recommend any because I don't usually watch them. So I did a little investigation for you.

Here is a list of 5 series (Latinas) to watch on Netflix: https://www.vix.com/es/series/178914/5-series-latinas-para-ver-en-netflix-no-no-es-narcos

Going a little further with Rachel's suggestion, you can also watch the series with Spanish subs. 

I hope this can help you, have fun learning!