How You Can Learn
Spanish Better Through the Arts
Do you want to learn Spanish and enjoy yourself at
the same time? There are many ways to do this. If
you're a person who enjoys the arts, a good way to learn Spanish is to
take pleasure in the arts of Spanish speaking countries.
There is a great deal of excellent
literature that comes from Spanish cultures. You can go to
the libraries in cities and even larger towns to find Spanish
literature in its original language. Ask the librarian or do
a search in the computerized catalog under Spanish language
If you take time to learn Spanish to a certain
extent before you try this, you will have the best results.
This is a practice that is mainly meant to improve already existing
language skills. After you check out a book that seems
interesting, begin to try reading it.
If need help reading
certain Spanish phrases and words you can sometimes
get into a discussion group, whether in person or on-line.
This is also a good way to learn Spanish culture because there are
novelists and poets from virtually every Spanish speaking
Another way to learn Spanish through the arts is
by watching Spanish language movies. One way to learn which
movies are good is to find out which have been nominated to win foreign
language Academy Awards.
When you watch the movies, there are often
subtitles. Don't take these words as an exact
translation. They usually are just an approximation, and
sometimes not even that. As you listen carefully to the
words, you will find the subtitles hilarious at times in their
inaccuracies. Watching a movie gives you context for language
and makes it easier to learn Spanish.
Even Spanish language television, although perhaps
a lower form of art, can help you to learn Spanish as well.
The nice thing about television is that there is a constant supply of
programs. You can watch and learn Spanish every
There are many different types of programs
including Spanish soap operas. This might not be the
type of program you would normally watch. However, you will
find a lot of common usages that will help you learn Spanish.
There are also dramas, game shows, and even sit-coms.
People who aren't even trying to learn Spanish
have been doing it for years by listening to Spanish language
songs. The trick is to find a song that has lyrics clear
enough to understand completely. Then, sit down with a
recorder and tape the song.
Once you have the song recorded, you can go
through it a phrase at a time. Write down each phrase as you
hear it. Then use the Spanish you know along with your
Spanish-English dictionary to translate it. Pretty soon you
will learn Spanish from the song enough to sing it as you
If you learn Spanish better through the arts, you
will have enhanced your language skills while gaining a deeper
understanding of life. After all, that's what the arts are
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