Usually, whenever I read anything about learning a foreign language, immersion is mentioned as the best and fastest way to master. The idea is that you surround yourself with the language you want to learn and make it part of your daily life, forcing yourself to understand and use the language. But how?
The answer is simple: Netflix!
There are hundreds of movies in Spanish on Netflix! And learn Spanish from Netflix goes beyond reading English subtitles. For an amazing strategy on how to make the most out of these videos, check out this guide by our guest writer Jamal Jackson called Watching Movies Helped me Learn Spanish!
It is not the purpose of this article to show you how to do it (Jamal did an amazing job at that) But first, here are some of the ways that watching Netflix in Spanish can benefit your language learning system.
Watching movies and television shows in Spanish is a terrific way to immerse yourself and improve your fluency. It helps strengthen your vocabulary by introducing new words and see how they are used in context. And you can also find familiar words (great for reinforcement) used in different contexts too. So you will learn nuances of words you thought you know perfectly. When you see something in Spanish, you don't just hear words, you are seeing them used in the context of a situation or particular conversation. This can help you really absorb the meaning of a new word and, as said before, grasp some of the nuances of the language.
Practice your listening skills
You probably have noticed that Spanish speakers tend to speak faster than we do in English. When you're starting out, it seems much faster. Well, that's not totally true. We speak as fast as they do or even faster. Just that we can decode easily what's said in English, but we don't have the same ability in Spanish (yet). Watching Netflix on your new language can help you practice keep up with the natural flow of Spanish and take some of the edge off the difficulty.
Also, depending on where the movie or TV show is, you may be exposed to different dialects of Spanish. That's awesome. The more variety you are exposed to, the better. You need to be able to understand everyone who says anything in Spanish, not people from one region or another. That simplistic and mediocre at best.
It makes learning more memorable
When you find you like movies and programs will be much more likely to remember the words and phrases that you take. I'm currently watching a soap opera called Ruta 35 about narcos operating in Mexico and the United States. As a result, words like cocaine trafficker, justice, government, and mobsters are hammered into my brain.
Ruta 35, Episodio 1
Even though drugs are not a part of my life, it's still part of the everyday language that any educated person needs to know. I don't remember seeing any of those words in my Spanish classes, but I have come across at least 100 of these words in just a few episodes of the show. And as these narcos deal with criminals from the slums, but also middle and high class, I can learn Spanish slang as well as everyday expressions and even formal vocabulary while improving my listening comprehension.
And all of this is free. It just requires some time, about 15 minutes each day systematically. Do this and you'll be on your way to master real Spanish really fast!