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  • Belén Vázquez and Anna Tyler

8 Spanish TV Shows You Cannot Miss!

Here at Wola Spanish, we know exactly how to boost your fluency. For starters, you obviously need a solid foundation of vocab and grammar to build upon. Our Spanish lessons will get you started, but if you really want to learn the language, you'll need to practice outside the classroom. Yes, we're talking about homework – but don't worry, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think!

Hunched and weary, disguised with a grey coat made of endless gap-filling exercises, homework might seem to aim at nothing but boring you to death, but might this foggy figure be a misunderstood character? Beyond its terrible reputation, you might discover today that homework can be quite a colourful entertainer with inside pockets full of possibilities and even fun. So, let’s wonder…

What you need to learn a language is a little bit of daily exposure – and by exposure, I mean surrounding yourself with Spanish! And we're not talking about expensive holidays: what you need can be reached from the comfort of your own home. So here’s some homework for you: try watching some shows and films in Spanish – with or without subtitles – any day, or better yet, every day! We promise they'll be more enjoyable when you watch them as they were originally made. Besides, the benefits are endless: you'll be exposed to a myriad of examples of authentic native Spanish, you'll get to hear different regional accents and colloquialisms, and train your ears to recognise the sounds of the Spanish language! It'll also teach you about Spanish culture in an easy and safe way – after all, there's nobody watching you watch! No native speaker, no Spanish tutor, no judgement. There is absolutely no rush, and you can watch and listen to whatever you like at your own discretion. You can even change the speed to 0.75 to make it easier for yourself! Then, once your comfortable with what you've learnt, you can show it off to the world! For instance, you could practise your reading and writing skills by commenting on blogs about those Spanish shows you have been watching.

So here's your homework for this week - sink in to your comfortable sofa or your favourite armchair, get the remote, put the TV on and chill. Now, what could you watch? Here are some recommendations:

1) Velvet – a charming love story set in a sophisticated fashion house in the Spain of the late 1950s. Take a look at the trailer.

2) Gran Hotel – a drama series set at the beginning of the 20th century about a mysterious hotel, full of dark secrets.

3) Las chicas del cable – this tells the story of the struggles of four young women working at a telecoms company based in Madrid in the 1920s.

4) Vis a vis – If you enjoyed Orange is the New Black, you might like this story about a Spanish women’s prison.

5) El Hormiguero – If you are into interview shows such as Ellen’s or Jimmy Fallon’s, you might be interested in José Mota’s show, where he interviews celebrities both from Spain and overseas.

6) Masterchef (España) – Needless to say this would be a great opportunity to learn food vocabulary!

7) Ocho Apellidos Vascos – This is a hilarious romantic comedy about the cultural differences between Andalusians and the Basque.

8) Maktub – a film full of surprises with a beautiful and powerful message. This one is good if you want to hear lots of different accents…

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