Teaching Spanish through Movies and Television

A good way to learn a language is to watch popular TV shows and movies. Do you love popular video clips? You do, or you don’t? Well, you will after checking out the videos below. Here are three examples of Spanish from some of our favorite films and shows.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

When Harry Potter takes his first flying class, Professor Hooch teaches the new students to lift up the broom. This scene is a good demonstration of classroom expressions in Spanish. A teacher may not always need formal commands; instead, some words in vosotros/nosotros forms can break the ice between him and the class. Did you notice the language Ms. Hooch uses as an instructor?

¿A qué esperáis? ¡Vamos, daos prisa! (What are you waiting for? Come on, hurry up!)

Another interesting moment in this video is the use of location prepositions: al lado izquierdo and arriba. The repeated use of arriba can help you memorize the word in a more visual way.

Game of Thrones

The Starks meet a family of direwolves, the sigil of House Stark. Eddard Stark is convinced to bring them home, but he requests his sons and daughters to feed the direwolves on their own. In this video, you would be able to notice the use of at least three tenses: the present simple, the preterite and the future simple tense.

When describing a general fact, you need the present simple tense:

Es un lobo gigante. (It is a direwolf.)

When Bran notices the dead mother, he says:

La madre murió. (The mother died.)

A simple but good sentence describing a past event.

When Eddard Stark asks someone to kill the direwolves, he gives his reason:

No sobrevivirán sin la madre. (They will not survive without their mother. )

This is an example of the future tense. The same tense also appears when he commands his sons to take good care of the pups and bear their responsibility. How many verbs in the future tense can you tell in this clip?

The Big Bang Theory

Howard has made a new toy of Stephen Hawking, and he asks for his friends’ advice. There are three useful expressions here:

Howard has made a new toy of Stephen Hawking, and he asks for his friends’ advice. There are three useful expressions here:

¿Tú crees que…? (Do you think…?)

¿Qué dices? (What do you say?)

Similar expressions such as “pensar que” (to think), “dudar que” (to doubt), “ser seguro que” (to be certain that) and “sentir que” (to feel) may also apply in this context.

Now do you feel confident asking for others’ opinions in Spanish?

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