How to start learning spanish- Watching

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So, we are entering my favorite way to learn, by watching. I’ve been bored with my grammar and listening , so this way es mejor de todo.Where do you start? I got you.

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These are your gateway  Spanish shows. I recommend them to get your toes wet and then you get to pick and watch things you like.

Extra in spanish -This is where it began. Well, where my spanish  began. This is great for beginners with words and pace.It’s about these three best friends, who have an american coming to live with them .Anna ,Lola, Pablo and Sam makes this show super enjoyable to watch.It’s 15 ish episode that are almost half an hour long.

 

Destinos-I have a love and hate relationship with this show. It’s about this lawyer name Raquel, who has a client whose supposedly dead wife is apparently alive, after he thought she died in the spanish war. He got a letter from the wife, after moving from Spain to Mexico years later. Raquel has to investigate the claim and travels to Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico to tract the right people and info. The number one reason I hate it is because it’s slow. It’s 50 or 60 episodes, lasting half an hour. I honestly rarely watch it. I’m on episode 31 and might finish this in  a decade. But despite that, I would recommend it.

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Telex, univision, telemundo, these will be your besties.

If you want to build vocab, the news is your friend.I would recommend getting a notepad and writing down 10 words from the program. This helps so much. I used to do this when learning english in the 4th grade (mom forced me) and this trick still works. Plus you are staying informed. ,In addition, these channels are rich in Spanish dramas. My favorites are el fan, Como dice el dicho, law and order (la ley y el orden) and what I’m currently watching, Amar es primavera. In addition, on the weekends you can find movies like the croods, and ice age in spanish

 

3.YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE

It’s free.This will be your #1 source.

 

I’ve only just stupidly realized I can watch Spanish YouTube videos, two months ago. Since then, my subscription box is flooded with Spanish subs and many tutoriales.

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This where it started-I typed “Full peliculas en espanol.” Through this, I’ve watched Bridget jones’s baby, mi antes de ti and loco por los nueces. And of course Coraline. There’s so many movies to watch and I would recommend watching one a week, to get the hang of it

 

 

Tutoriales

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Si quiere sabe como hacer sus cejas 0 pestanas, why not youtube(if you wanna know how to do your eyebrows or eyebrows) .This is personal because it depends on what you like. There are so many things you could get into like sewing, hair, furniture making, etc. This great for learning vocab.

 

 

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Mi favorita, food.This was how I got hooked.I was up watching laura vitale at 1am, then it hit me.Why not watch this in spanish.Many many many videos later, I can share some of my favs

Cocinamosjunto

Marisol pink- “Hola como estan”

Vicky receta facil

Jauja Cocina Mexicana

y massssss

 

Cartoons.

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I love

cartoons. My fav being cartoon network and the best, The Amazing World of Gumball. I think cartoons are great and fun. It doesn’t matter how old you are to enjoy them.So, if you’re into Sonic, do it.Steven Universe, yess.

 

 

 

My best reads of 2016

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Hi……….

 

2016 was the year I decided to read more.My younger sister is the kind weirdo that can devour a book in a day, like a mental word goblin.But, Not I. At times,  a book takes me  3 or 4 days  to read, depending on the book’s length and my laziness levels that week.So , to challenge myself, I set out to read 12 books and almost reached my goal. But, To make up for my crippling failure, this year I increased  the game to 2 books for a total of 24 in  2017. Here are a list of the books I read, along with my top five  favorite reads of 2016. Did you read any of these? And what were your favorite books of 2016 (or all time favorites)?  I’m always looking for recommendations, so do comment some of your favs. Happy reading.

1.  Girl at War-Sarah Novic

2. Stoner-John Williams

3. Our souls at night-Kent Haruf

4. Girl with the pearl earrings-Tracy Chevalier

5 Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins

6. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman

7. Everyone’s hanging out without me-My BFF(I wish) Mindy kaling

8. Persepolis 1+2-Marjane Satrapi

9.The Book Thief (Forgot I read, it was amazing)

10.Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps-Kelly Browm

11.I failed and did read an eleventh

12. or twelfth, But it’s ok that life, that life

 Best 5

(Order does not display more favoritism , I share the love equally)

1. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman

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 I adored this book. Between Ove’s delightful hate for people and his hidden compassion, I enjoyed it. Somehow, watching Ove’s growth from losing everything and wanting to take his life, to finding some purpose through the people around him was a satisfying touch. I found myself laughing, shedding a tear and clinging on to these pages.

 

2.Girl with a pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier

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I caught myself grinning in the middle of publicly folding my clothes at the Landry mat today. Why? This book. That’s how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite a simple book, but it had a lasting impression. I enjoyed Griet’s character’s fight for survival. She comes from a family of nothing yet has to do everything she must to cope with her new life. In addition, something about the relationship between her and Vermeer’s character was fascinating. Mostly because the meaning of the relationship was completely different when views from each side. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it was one of my favs that drove me to write this post.

3. Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins

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Aka the book everyone and their mother read. I hate plunging into mainstream things. Why do it, when there are other things that are better. But, I sucked it up and devoured this book. I sneaked under my covers, flipping pages after pages, while having to tell myself to breath and control my squeals. Once a year, I have this craving to read a good mystery and this hit the spot. I can usually tell the who, but this kept me in the dark till the very middle or so. I guess sometimes you have to dive into the mainstream pit and I liked the fall.

4.Stoner-John William

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The tone of this book is spot with the cover. It was a slow moving, but once you pass the background info, it’s one that you’ll remember for a very long time. The recommendation came from my ethic literature professor, a year ago, despite having other projects and stuff to complete, I gave it a go. This follows William stoner, a farm boy who finds himself falling in love with literature. So, he become a professor, settles down and we the reader follow his so called “Unfulfilling life”, from his failed marriage and relationship with his daughter, along with an affair. The author forces you to ask yourself, did this man live a good like? The take way for me, reflects on life and how depending on the path we take we at times spend it feeling unfulfilled. But despite our failures and emptiness, does that mean we stilled lived fulfilled life in the end?

5. Girl at war-Sarah Novic

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This was also a read from my ethic literature class. The identity struggle of the main character pulls you into the book. Torn between the girl she is and the one she was, she fails to realize that old girl is her now, despite the memories she tried to bury.