25th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) One of the best ways to learn Spanish is to dig into this language by watching movies, TV shows, TV series, reading books or listening to music. And now the world has Netflix, Disney +, HBO, Amazon Prime, and other platforms which have made it easier to practice the language, improve your listening skills, your vocabulary, pronunciation and learn new expressions.
In fact it has been proven that the best way to improve your listening skills is by hearing the language from native speakers. If you have tried to learn a new language in the past, it is for sure you know that the hardest skills to improve are your listening and speaking. Watching a tv show in its original version is the best way to improve while relaxing, having a good time and barely making any effort to learn. All you need to do is put the show in its original version, turn on the subtitles in English and enjoy!
La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) and Elite are two great series that have had the most international impact in recent years. Lots of Spanish language students around the world have watched these series in their original version to practice their Spanish, while others have been influenced by these to start learning the language. Both TV series have multiple seasons, making it ideal for you to practise.
Money Heist or La Casa de Papel in Spanish, means “the house of paper” making reference to the place where the bank notes are made. The story is a heist crime drama that differs a lot from the typical American style movie heists, offering a very Spanish perspective with plenty of reference to its cultural identity. That is one of the key reasons for its success.
Elite is a thriller teen drama that revolves around a secondary school for rich kids and the relationships between the teenagers studying there. Three of the teens are working-class students enrolled through a scholarship and the other classmates are from very wealthy families. The show includes diverse controversial themes. One of the reasons for its success is its flashback and forward approach, creating two timelines during the show. It has been most popular amongst young audiences.
However, none of us would go watch a series in its Spanish original version without having studied even a single hour of Spanish before. This is why it is recommended, at least, to take a course for beginners to learn the basics of the language. In Hong Kong, you can find some schools and academies that offer these courses to catch-up fast the language.
One of these schools in Hong Kong is The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong. This association aims to provide the best Spanish learning environment to all its students. They have Spanish classes in a private and group basis and they make sure students can master the language and efficiently communicate on a daily basis. This school, with more than 30 native Spanish teachers helps more than 1,000 students in Hong Kong each year who want to travel to Spain or any other Spanish speaking country. The aim can be to improve their career and get better opportunities around the world, or just get closer to Spanish or Latin American culture, like watching La Casa de Papel in Spanish original version.
The learning process of each student differs from one person to another. Some students need a slower or faster pace, while others prefer more grammar to feel more confident or, on the contrary, more speaking practice to realise which real situations they can face, and some other prefer to join a course only with very close friends in a private group. In some cases, private lessons are more suitable. The Spanish Association has courses for all ages: for toddlers in playgroup group, Spanish courses for teenagers, Spanish courses for adults, courses for IB Spanish and IGCSE preparation… and more.
It is never too late to learn something new. Do not let the Covid-19 stop you from being curious and continue learning! If you are afraid to go out and interact with people you can always consider doing a course online. Many Hong Kong organisations do that, from cooking classes to Spanish lessons, they all can be followed via zoom. Such classes are typically in small groups of 2-6 people and are also a good way to learn. So regardless what are your interests it is always a good time to learn. It is true that online lessons are not as effective as face-to-face ones, but are we going stay locked up at home for a full year?
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