October 31, 2018

Spanish TV series on Netflix.

You have probably heard about learning a language by watching movies or TV series more than once. It is true that you can improve your skills: you will learn about the culture of a foreign country if the TV show is set in the past, if it is a fiction TV series, you will get hooked and you will definitely be engrossed in it if it is a fantasy TV program. There are many Spanish TV series in digital platforms, such as Netflix, to choose. These following TV series are the ones I like the most.

The first Spanish TV show is Las chicas del cable (“Cable Girls”). It tells the story of four girls in the 1920s in Madrid who fall in love and they become close friends over time. However, they also witness the changes women live in the work environment and also when an upper-class woman was not supposed to work. Besides, girl power is throughout the TV show, they become stronger, more confident and there is a sisterhood among them. Moreover, the characters are very complex and the roles are played by great actresses. These are the most influential facts of the TV show. The main character is called Julia Aguilar although her real name in the TV show is Alba Romero. She is being blackmailed by a police inspector who wants her to steal money from the national telecommunications company. She goes undercover in there and, by chance, the love of her life is one of the most important executive positions of the company. I addition to this, she gets to know some girls, each one more different from the next one, and they become her friends. It is noteworthy that the third season has just been released.

Las Chicas del Cable

Las Chicas del Cable

Similarly, there is another TV show which also discusses female topics and it is called “Vis a Vis” (with the same title in the United States and as “Locked Up” in the United Kingdom). It focuses on Macarena García, a young woman who was in love with her boss who was accused of economic malfeasance and tax evasion and sent to a women’s prison. At first, she is innocent, naïve and scared but finally Macarena learns how to adapt to her new situation. The atmosphere in the prison is not easy, but cruel and violent in an entertaining way. The story is told in four seasons.

Vis a Vis

Vis a Vis

Last but not least, we can find on Netflix La casa de papel (“Money Heist”). This time, the eight robbers who star in the TV show are not all women. Nevertheless, there are two girls in the band, one of them is very intelligent and the other very feisty: Nairobi and Tokio, respectively. The band plans a theft in the Royal Spanish Mint with the help of the Professor, the head of the band who is outside with the thought leadership. They want to steal money from no one, this is why they take hostages, among them the British ambassador’s daughter, and start to print out the Euro notes. There are two seasons of the TV serie but the third season will be released in 2019. You can’t afford to miss it!!

Las Casa de Papel

Las Casa de Papel

October 11, 2018

51 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival

Do you enjoy fantastic film? Horror? Science-fiction? Then you shouldn't miss Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, the world's most renowned genre film festival in the world. Until Sunday 14th, some of the most important personalities in the industry will be in the seaside town of Sitges, just half an hour from Barcelona!

Directed by Angel sala, the festival has a long trajectory celebrating the history and development of fantastic film, and each edition is dedicated to a different author, event or work. These year, on its 51st edition, Sitges pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, hosting activities such as the Sitges Bacanal, a thematic banquet inspired on the futuristic film.

Other events scheduled on every edition are the classic zombie walk, the round tables on film industry in the film hub, genre book presentations in the FNAC stand, Sitges Pitchbox (where new creators can present their projects to professionals on the industry), and the Sitges Festival Red Carpet, where worldwide well-known celebrities walk before they present their films. This year edition if proud to host names such as Tilda Swinton, Nicholas Cage, Ron Perlman, or J.A. Bayona! Also, every year the town of Sitges hosts free entrance thematic exhibitions as well; this year you can enjoy some of them devoted to filmic psycho-killers, or Spanish 60s horror boom and exploitation movies.

Of course, as any other festival, Sitges has different categories for its screenings, some of them being part of the competition, both for professionals with settle careers and for new creators. The most important ones are the Official Fantastic selection and Official Fantastic Discovery. Some other sections focus on Catalan productions, short movies, and international independent works. Also, among the juries for the festival we can count international and national key names on the industry, such as Carolina Bang (producer and actress), Fernando Navarro (screenwriter), John Ajvide Lindqvist (author), Jesus Palacios (critic), Jaume Balaguero (director), and Paco Plaza (director).

The program for the festival can be found here, and movies are screened in Auditori Melia and Sala Tramuntana, Cinema El Retiro, and Cinema Prado.

You still have time, come to Sitges and enjoy the world’s #1 fantastic film festival!!

Sitges 2018 poster Sitges! Screening at Auditori El Retiro Sunset in sitges Sala Bigradoon

September 25, 2018

Through other eyes: places to study.

You are in a new beginning of your lives. New country, new city, and even the people are different. As a Spaniard, I can say that we are often known by our parties and traditions, the heat and our outgoing behaviour. But we have our nice and quiet places too: places where you can study in a peaceful way.

To make a good use of this experience, I feel like you should discover those places. I will give you some suggestions for those studying in Sevilla or those who are planning or visiting the city. Here we have public libraries all around the city where you can rent all types of books and movies. Also, they have a space for studying, free Wi-Fi, and one of the most important facts: air conditioner and central heating.

Some of those libraries are Biblioteca Pública Municipal Alberto Lista or Biblioteca Pública Municipal Julia Uceda. Personally, my favourite option is Biblioteca Pública Infanta Elena. A lot of interesting conferences are held there, it is very bright because of its large windows and it has got two floors. Definitively, it is comfortable and silent. The address is C/Av. de María Luisa, 8, 41013 Sevilla. You can check the opening times in the official website, but in winter it opens on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it is closed on Sundays.

Besides those, we have other options. As you may know there are two public universities in Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide. The first one has got a lot of libraries such as Biblioteca de Humanidades. If you click on this link you will be able to access to all of them https://bib.us.es/bibliotecas_y_horarios; the photos below are from the Humanidades library, but do not deceive yourself! It has got a lot of rooms and all different from the others. It is not necessary to be a student from this university to study there, do not worry! This one is in the centre of Sevilla, next to Puerta Jerez. The accurate address is https://goo.gl/maps/4gKrqKSg2tq.


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The second public library is from the UPO: Universidad Pablo de Olavide, I bet you have heard about it before. The advantage is that it is on campus, which is surrounded by nature, and probably some birds will be flying around: the windows are always opened to get fresh air. In case you are a student from this university, you can book study rooms, which are in the second floor, to do some group work if you are an UPO student at that moment. But if you just want to study there, you do not have to be a member: the entrance is free. The coolest thing is that you can take a break and lie down on the grass, which is all around outside the library, or you can also go to the snackbar “Santa Clara”, which is a few metres from there.

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Let’s admit it, these are just a few of the endless possibilities you have in Sevilla for studying. I hope you all have the feeling of discovering new options by yourself after reading this!

Until the next post!

April 30, 2018

Tortilla de Patatas Recipe

Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing great. I decided this time to write about gastronomy, and what better than posting the recipe of the Spanish Tortilla de Patatas? For the ones who don’t know, tortilla in Spain means omelette, so it has nothing to do with the tortilla chips. And now that we are about to start counting the steps of the recipe, it’s time for the Spanish debate: to decide whether we are going to include the onion (cebolla in Spanish) or not. You may think this is unnecessary, but this has actually led to wars and end of friendships (OK, maybe not that much) but it is actually a thing the Spanish people talk about. If you think this is only me who thinks that, please check this post (in Spanish)

https://elcomidista.elpais.com/elcomidista/2015/11/04/articulo/1446675453_825793.htm

In this article, written in Spanish, the most famous Spanish chefs take sides in this battle, and divide themselves between sincebollistas (“if it has onion it’s not a potato tortilla, it’d be a onion tortilla) and concebollistas (“you need to add the onion, otherwise it’s tasteless and I’ll be missing something). ANYWAY, I’m pro-onion so we’ll be using it today.

Regarding ingredients for 4 servings, you’ll be needing:

  • 5 or 6 eggs
  • Salt
  • 4 big potatoes
  • 3 onions
  • Olive oil
  • A splash of milk (optional)

 

First, we’re going to peel the potatoes and dice them along with the onions. You can always use more potatoes, but that also means that you’ll need more eggs and onions. Once we’ve diced both, we’re gonna put olive oil in a pan and when it gets hot, we’ll add the onion first and when it turns golden, we’ll add the potatoes. You can cover it so it fries faster (using the steam) and cook them until they get a little darker. Once you get golden-ish, take them out leaving the oil in the pan. We are going to save this oil to fry potatoes and onions other times.

In a bowl, we’re going to beat the eggs with some salt and the optional splash of milk, and add the fried onions and potatoes afterwards. We’re gonna use the frying pan again but with very little olive oil this time, and we are going to let it cook for a couple minutes, or two minutes and a half.

NOW THIS IS THE TIME TO GET SCARED

The most difficult step is when you have to flip the tortilla. To perform that, we need a very big plain dish that can cover the pan and cross our fingers so it doesn’t fall. Try flipping it on top of the sink just in case, as it’s easier to clean there. You need to be fast. Here’s a video so you can see how it’s done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QD5PutV6sw

Once you’ve flipped it, put uncooked part facing down back in the pan and let it cook for a minute and a half more or less! Then serve it in a dish immediately or otherwise it will keep cooking, turning dry afterwards.

Tortilla de patatas

Tortilla de patatas

ADVISORY: This is MY recipe. It does not mean that it’s the right way to do it, there’s a thousand different options. I just think it’s easy this way and that’s how I always cook it!

April 10, 2018

It smells like Feria

Belts fastened? It’s time to learn something from one of the biggest traditions in Seville, la Feria de Abril! Most people have been expecting these dates for months, preparing physically to both fit in their outfits and to be able to stand a whole week of dancing sevillanas. There’s a lot to talk about, so I’ll give a brief lesson of history and then I will give you some vocabulary and tips to follow during this coming week.

La Feria de Abril de Sevilla (April’s Fair) started in the 1840’s as a cattle and agricultural fair, and it used to take place at Prado de San Sebastian. It didn’t use to take that long, only about three days, but due to its success, the city hall established during the years that it would take 6 days instead (even though there’s always some organized pre-feria celebration). As it grew bigger with the time, they moved the Feria to Tablada (right attached to Los Remedios neighborhood) in 1973, and has taken place yearly in that location.

Real de la feria

Real de la feria

With that being said, you need to know where to go and what to find in la Feria. If you like going to the rides, there’s a carnival area close to the metro station of Blas Infante called Calle del Infierno (Hell Street). There’s also lots of stands to win stuffed animals and buy churros. Apart from that, you can also find the Portada, the main gate to La Feria, which is located right at the end of Calle Asunción. This is only the beginning of the Feria, though, as it continues throughout the Blas Infante metro station. On saturday April the 14th 2017 before midnight everyone will gather there for the countdown of the alumbrao at midnight, that is the lightning opening of the fair. For the record, that night nobody will be wearing their flamenco dress– it’s the eating-fried-fish night and the people try to wear good looking outfits. From the following day on, you can start wearing all those beautiful flamenco dresses that most of you got already (for boys though, chinos and blazers will do, as I’m afraid there’s no flamenco dresses for us) and start dancing sevillanas! (NOTE: I’m looking forward to have the flamenco class with all the guys studying in sevilla this semester)

My friend (in her flamenco dress) and I at the feria.

My friend (in her flamenco dress) and I at the feria.

At the Feria there’s hundreds of casetas, that is, little tents some associations or groups of friends share and in order to enter to most of them you need to be a member or have an invitation from one. Try getting an intercambio who has a caseta, but otherwise there’s nothing to worry about! There’re plenty of free-access casetas throughout the feria. Some of them are owned by Spanish political parties, but there’s also the ones dedicated to the different districts of Sevilla and more recently they opened a big caseta for international visitors located in Calle Pascual Marquez, 225-229. This reminds me that last, but NOT LESS IMPORTANT, is to get a map of the feria. Most locals get one on their phones, as we keep forgetting the names of the streets and it is difficult to move around. This way, you won’t get lost that much and will be able to enjoy the feria the best. 

February 2, 2018

My cup of tea

Hi guys! I hope you are as excited as me to start over with this blog. I have chosen to write about different coffee shops in Sevilla this time, as most of you like studying at places with a cool atmosphere. Starbucks in Sevilla is an overrated place, the prices are too high for the Spanish students and the quality not good enough compared to other places… so why not going to an actual coffee shop in downtown Sevilla? You’ll notice that Sevilla is a very traditional city, but that does not mean that we don’t have trends, and that we don’t know the meaning of “hipster places”. So put your computer and books in your bag and get ready to discover all these wonderful places full of magic (and free wifi) I’m going to list them here below:

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Un gato en bicicleta - Calle Pérez Galdós, 22, 41004 Sevilla.

In this place you will find some art exhibitions in the walls and a good cinnamon smell. They hold special events like concerts every month. You can check their FB page, where they post all of the information.

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El Gallo Rojo - Calle Viriato, 9, 41003 Sevilla

This place is full of natural light, with wide windows and comfy sofas. It’s a quiet place during the afternoon but in the evening they normally organize dancing class, jazz concerts, taco nights and even DJ sessions! They also have lots of different desserts, including vegan cakes.

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Caótica Calle José Gestoso, 8, 41003 Sevilla

This is both a coffee shop and a bookshop. The first floor is a regular coffee shop with a nice decoration but in the second floor they hold lots of book presentations and speeches about literature, worth a try!

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Torch Coffee Roasters - Paseo de las Delicias, 3, 41001, Sevilla (Next to McDonalds)

This coffee shop is not as wild as the others. This place is more simple regarding decoration but it’s still nice, close to Los Remedios and definitely a quiet place to gather at.

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La Cacharrería Calle Regina, 14, 41003 Sevilla

This tiny little place is full of all kinds of objects – even one of the walls is covered by 5 cents coins –  and the cakes here are delicious. You don’t have to come to this places to just study or concentrate, but also to enjoy them! The waiters are always nice and you should also try the different juices and teas they serve.

These are just some of the places I recommend you to go, but changes are always happening and every now and then a new spot opens, so be ready to discover all this locations and if you happen to find a newer and cooler one don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

December 29, 2017

Traditions for celebrating a Spanish New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a big event in every part of the world and each region has its own traditions that make it unique and special. Of course, in Spain we have our own too.

Being with your loved ones

Most people celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with their families. However, if they live far away from home, they celebrate New Year’s Eve with their friends. After midnight we toast with champagne and in some homes kids toast with “champín” which is a special champagne with no alcohol.

12 grapes

The best-known tradition is eating 12 grapes. The last 12 seconds before the beginning of a new year, we eat 12 grapes following the sound of the bell of the Plaza del Sol (The Sun’s Square), in Madrid. This is the most famous bell in Spain. That’s why lots of people welcome the New Year at the square although most people normally follow the chimes on the TV.

The 12 grapes

The 12 grapes

Starting the New Year with the right foot

While eating the 12 grapes some superstitious people keep only their right foot on the floor. That way they will start the first day of the year with good luck.

Practicing the 12 chimes

In some big cities like Salamanca and, definitely, in Madrid, they verify that their bell works well before New Year’s Eve. Many people gather together to practice eating the 12 grapes in 12 seconds. However it is said that if you eat the 12 grapes before December 31 at midnight it gives you bad luck, so people practice with olives, jelly beans or chocolates.

Conguitos - Spanish version of M&Ms

Conguitos - Spanish version of M&Ms

Eating lentils?

Some people eat a teaspoon or a plate of lentils at midnight or on December 31st or January 1st for lunch. This is a symbol of the abundance, prosperity and economy throughout the year.

Red underwear

Another tradition is to wear red underwear because it will bring you a great year of love. Besides, it’s a day for dressing up because many people go to a cotillón after or before midnight. A cotillón is a party where people dance, eat and have fun all night long. Some people wear masquerades and other special costumes. In fact in many small towns people like to dress up.

Fireworks

We don’t have a firework show as big as people have in the States or in other places of the world. But we like fireworks too so some people buy them and shoot them off.

Churros

January 1st after partying all night long, we eat some churros as breakfast before going to bed. But don’t be too excited, only some breakfast bars and churros kiosks are open because the January 1st is a state holiday and stores are closed.

Churros con Chocolate

Churros con Chocolate

We don’t have the typical American kiss welcoming the New Year but we kiss all our beloved in the cheek to wish them good luck for the coming year.

December 20, 2017

Volunteering in Sevilla

Hello! My name is Samantha Dinsdale, and I am a junior from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, USA. I am a Medical Biology major on the Pre-Medicine track with a minor in Latin American Studies. I decided to study abroad here in Seville, Spain in the Fall 2017 semester, and while fully immersing myself into this beautiful culture, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at a private hospital. I created a curriculum vitae and wrote a motivation letter, both in Spanish, and sent them to Miriam, our program coordinator, to have my information passed along. Upon my arrival, Miriam helped me gain contact with them and schedule an interview. The interviewers were from the International Office of the clinic and were enthusiastic about helping me find a position at the clinic. I first needed to take a test that every employee and volunteer must pass before starting. The test was to ensure my knowledge of the rules and regulations of the clinic, and after the lengthy process I was finally able to begin volunteering.

During my time at the clinic, I shadowed urgency and family medicine physicians who were eager to teach me and speak with me in Spanish. I learned how to diagnose and treat patients, the process of obtaining a medical degree in Spain, and how the clinic itself operates. Everyone within the clinic was kind, and I could improve my Spanish by speaking to every fellow employee, the patients, and pharmaceutical representatives. I loved going to the clinic every week to see how medicine in Spain operates in comparison to the United States. I learned a lot from this experience and will carry it with me throughout all my future endeavors.

December 18, 2017

Most important events in Spain

The Three Kings Parade (January 5-6)

Spanish people love Santa Claus but they love even more the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. This is a great day for little kids, and not so little. That’s why we have a huge parade with kids throwing candies and other gifts. There is a parade in the main cities and neighborhoods on January 5 and 6.

Carnaval (February - flexible date)

This festival has a different duration depending on the city. It is an event  in which people dress up (as funny things, characters…) in most places. In Cádiz, people walk around the city to hear original songs sung by different groups too and a contest is held in the Falla theater. In the Canary Islands and Badajoz, as well as in some other countries of Latin America, the festival is called “murgas”. There is another type of Carnaval in Las Palmas (a huge one) in which they choose the Queen of the Carnival and there is a drag contest too .

Semana Santa (or Holy Week) (March - flexible date)

There is not an exact day for the beginning of Holy Week or Semana Santa: it depends on the moon. Semana Santa begins the first Sunday of March when there’s a full moon. It is a huge event for lots of Spanish people but it might change depending on the region. Find everything you need to know in the post  and in “Semana santa: Seville’s biggest holidays”:

  1. https://servicesabroad.com/studentblog/?postId=1345/experiencing-semana-santa-with-your-5-senses
  2. https://servicesabroad.com/studentblog/?postId=1260/semana-santa-sevillas-biggest-holidays

 

Las Fallas de Valencia (March 15-19)

Artists work really hard on building colossal statues made of paper, cardboard, wood or cork. From the 15th to the 19th of March, there are lots of people in the streets wearing traditional costumes, eating sweets, and there are sculptures that can be visited outside and inside. Las Fallas starts with the “Crida” the last Sunday of February in which the Fallera Mayor (the ambassador of this festivity) calls all the population of the city. A contest is held the last day of the festivity and then all of the artwork is burned at night. You can also find the "mascletàs" that are held from at 2PM and consist of a huge pyrotechnic show. The fire is the essence of the party, it purifies the vices and evils of society and a new cycle begins. It is a renewal from the ashes, the beginning of spring.

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Feria de Sevilla (April-May - Flexible)

We have a lot of ferias (fairs) in Spain and in different dates. However, the one in Sevilla is the main reference. Here you have everything you need to know about the Feria of Sevilla:

“Vocabulary to enjoy the Feria de Abril as a true sevillano”

  1. https://servicesabroad.com/studentblog/?postId=1352/vocabulary-to-enjoy-the-feria-de-abril-as-a-true-sevillano

“A bailar a bailar alegre sevillanas”

  1. https://servicesabroad.com/studentblog/?postId=1268/feria-a-bailar-a-bailar-alegres-sevillanas

 

Fiesta de las Cruces (May - Flexible date depending on the city/village)

The “Cruces de mayo” (May Crosses) is a Christian event takes place in May because it is the Virgin and the flower’s month. Depending on the city, it is celebrated during the first week of May, every weekend or both. Córdoba is really famous for its “Cruces de mayo” because every square is fully decorated with flowers and a cross in the middle (decorated with flowers too). Some people wear flamenco dresses in some villages. Córdoba also holds contests for the best decorated square.

La noche de San Juan (June 23)

It’s summer! and in many places of the world we celebrate this festivity. Many Spaniards spend the night at the beach, with huge bonfires and fireworks. It welcomes the summer and originally it was celebrated on the 21th, but because of St. John the Baptist we celebrate it on the 23th.

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San Fermín (July 7)

It starts with the “chupinazo” from the balcony of the City Hall of Pamplona on July 6 at noon and it ends at 12 AM on July 15 with the song “Pobre de mí...” (Poor me), which is a farewell song. One of the most famous activities of the Sanfermines is the “encierro”, which consists of running through a route of 849 meters in front of the bulls to lead the bulls into the bullring. Each “encierro” normally lasts an average of 3 minutes. After that, all day long consists of eating and having fun with friends. There are open air music and dance.

Fun fact: the famous film “Knight and Day” (starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) placed this event in Sevilla and Cádiz. However the event takes place in Pamplona (Navarra) only.

La Tomatina (August flexible)

La Tomatina takes place in the Valencian municipality of Buñol (Valencia). It is always celebrated on the last Wednesday of August. The participants throw tons and tons of tomatoes (that are not edibles) at each other.

La Mercè (September 24)

La Mercè is the one of the biggest festivity in Barcelona. It is celebrated in honor of La Virgen de la Merced (Mercy’s Virgin). There are parades, a meeting of giants from all over Catalonia, a contest of castells (human towers) and Sardana dancing (typical dance from Catalonia). There is also a wine fair, the correfoc (people running and dancing with fireworks wearing demon’s costumes), a marathon and the "Piromusical" (fireworks and lights accompanied with music all over the Montjuïc).

Día de la Hispanidad - Fiesta Nacional de España (October 12)

This is the national day of Spain. The celebration traditionally includes a military parade attended by the King, along with the Royal Family, the President of the Government and other high representatives of all the powers of the State. October 12 is celebrated in Zaragoza too with Fiesta del Pilar (local festivity).

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Día de todos los santos (November 1)

This day (All Saints’ Day) many people visit the graves of their deceased and they pray for those who left. We do the same thing the 2nd November and it is called the “Deceased’s day”. On the other hand, the night of Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31 (1 night only) and is more and more popular in Spain.

The Constitution Day (December 6)

This is the day that our constitution was signed after several years of dictatorship and a process of transition. Two days after this day, we celebrate the day of the Immaculate Conception. Although Catholic in its origins, this festivity remains as one of the official State holidays and there are events in some cities like Sevilla. In this city the Tunos go around the city singing and glorifying the Virgin.

October 25, 2017

What you need to know about Spanish filmography

Traditionally the Spanish movies had the Spanish folklore as the main theme. So when we search for ancient films we find stories based on a little boy or girl who sings and dances flamenco. By watching old Spanish movies, you perfectly feel how that time was and how my grandparents felt.

Marisol

Marisol

But Spanish filmography has evolved and it has become more international. It is clearly shown in movies like “Regression” by Alejandro Amenábar, “El laberinto del fauno” by Guillermo del Toro, or “Volver” by Pedro Almodovar. Maybe those names are familiar to you because some of our directors are internationally known.

You can also enjoy the international Spanish movies in your own language like “Lo imposible” by Juan Antonio Bayona, or even improve your Spanish listening skills by watching films such as “Grupo 7” by Alberto Rodríguez, a good example for practising the Andalusian accent.

Lo Imposible, by J. A. Bayona

Lo Imposible, by J. A. Bayona

However, Spanish directors haven’t abandoned the traditional part. We love our culture and our differences too. But we love mocking ourselves even more. That’s why we enjoy movies such as “Ocho apellidos vascos” by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (this one is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Spain) or “Señor, dame paciencia” by Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo. As you might know, Spanish people have diverse ways of thinking, diverse traditions and (it is said too) different personalities depending on each region and these two films are inspired in Spanish stereotypes taking it to the extreme.

8 Apellidos Vascos by Emilio Martinez-Lázaro

8 Apellidos Vascos by Emilio Martinez-Lázaro

Spanish TV series have become great too. They are equally divided into:
one third of thrillers (“Mar de plástico”), one third of comedy (“La que se avecina”), and one third based on true stories of the Spanish Civil War (“Amar en tiempos revueltos”) or Spanish history, even though they might add some fictional elements (“El ministerio del tiempo”). Millennials, like me, have learnt a lot watching these historical series with their grandparents, who enjoy telling their anecdotes about those times.

La que se avecina

La que se avecina

You can practice your Spanish and learn more about our culture, history and sense of humor watching some of these TV series: La casa de papel, Tiempos de Guerra, Ella es tu padre, Los Serrano, La española inglesa, Lo que escondían sus ojos, El internado…

La española inglesa

La española inglesa

I encourage you to choose one and start watching it in spanish (with subtitles if you need it) and, if you are brave enough, turn on the TV or join your host family and watch it completely in Spanish…Why not?

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