Today I am going to talk about how to learn Spanish watching movies or DVDs. I will also talk about a pitfall to lookout for when learning Spanish watching movies or DVDs. I will also discuss some Spanish vocabulary words used in Colombia that are different from the Spanish vocabulary words that I have learned from my friends from other Latin American countries. I will begin with telling you a story which is actually an entry in my personal journal from the fall of 2006 when I was still living in a coastal city of Colombia called Barranquilla:
Today, I went on a “cita” (date) with a “muchacha” (girl). I took her to the “cine” (movies). The date started out with the same Spanish vocabulary words that I am familiar with.
We went to the “cine” or movie theatre to see a “película” or film. But when we got to the concession stand that’s when all the vocabulary that I had learned quickly changed.
I ordered two coca colas and “palomitas” or popcorn. By the way, “palomitas” literally means “little pigeons.” But when I placed my order for “palomitas” or popcorn, my date said to me that “acá en Colombia se dice crispeta,” or, at least, “crispeta” was more commonly used than “palomitas” in Barranquilla.
“O.K. no problem,” I thought. At least she was also familiar with the word “palomitas.” But then I noticed that I forgot the drinking straws for our sodas.
“Donde están los sorbetes?,” I asked the señorita behind the counter. And she looked at me as if I was speaking English instead of Spanish. Apparently, in Colombia “drinking straws” are not called “sorbetes,” they are called “PITILLOS”
In Barranquilla, “sorbetes” is a type of “bebida helada” or iced beverage.
I guess my own Spanish vocabulary has been influenced by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans since there are many Puerto Ricans and Dominicans that live in New York City which is where I had lived my entire life.
Back to my date at the movies in Barranquilla. After we got our “palomitas” and “sorbetes,” I mean “CRISPETA” and “PITILLOS,” we found two seats and sat down to watch the latest James Bond movie: Casino Royale.
I had already seen the movie exactly 2 weeks before in the Bronx (minus the Spanish subtitles). But I didn’t tell my date and I pretended as if I was watching the movie for the very first time. But then towards the end of the movie I noticed something strange…
I was only one in the entire movie theatre that had been laughing. Of course, I know that James Bond’s movies are not comedy movies. But if you saw the movie then you know there were several really funny parts in the movie.
At first I considered that there may be a cultural difference and it is not considered polite to laugh in a movie theatre. But that couldn’t be it.
Then I realized what it was…
The Spanish subtitles couldn’t communicate the humor the same way it was communicated verbally in English. Something was lost through the translation.
For example, there was one scene in the movie where James Bond finds out that he has been betrayed by his lover. And according to the subtitles, after finding out that his lover had just betrayed him James Bond calls her a “perrita” which literally means female puppy. The Spanish word “perrita” actually has kind of an affectionate ring to it. And “female puppy” doesn’t come close to the five letter English word that James Bond used with his British accent to describe the woman that had just jilted him.
I found that interesting. So when learning Spanish by watching movies or DVDs whenever possible try to watch the ones that are originally filmed in the Spanish language because so much can be lost from the translation.
The truth is that many people do enjoy watching movies in the comfort of their own homes. It is comfortable, relaxing and a place that one feels most at ease. There is no need to stand in queues or wait for a long time outside cinemas just to get tickets, and waiting for the show to start. With the availability of DVDs, watching movies at home is very easy and fun to do.
One of the easiest ways to get a DVD to watch at home is to rent it via an online DVD rental store. It saves you time for having to browse through rows and rows of movie titles at the video rental store. A simple search for the movie title will give you instant results and you can just go ahead and rent it right away. You can easily get recommendations based on your favorite genre of movies.
On top of that, there is no danger of getting on the list of users who are illegally watching pirated DVDs. All the DVDs available at an online rental store are original copies, hence you are guaranteed to get the best picture and sound quality. This makes watching movies more enjoyable and you can get a cinema experience at home.
The fact that renting is more affordable than buying makes it an attractive quality for many people. There are also no issues of storage or piling up of DVDs at home. The great thing is that the DVDs are even delivered right into your mail box, hence making it as simple as going to your mail box to pick it up. Returning to online DVD stores is just as easy. They usually provide a return envelope and all you have to do is put the DVD into the post box to return it.
You can always avoid using medicines that can trigger side effects by simply watching action packed movies to fight depression, negative energy levels, mood disorders and anger. A number of medical studies have proved that watching action movies can in fact help in boosting the production of hormones in your body ดูหนังออนไลน์ and at the same time in offering a feeling of well being, both physically and mentally. But even if this is the condition, still it does not mean that you should always watch movies. There have been a number of researches that have proved that even if you are watching these movies on daily basis then there certainly are more chances that all its positive effects might start declining.
There still are a number of benefits that one can get by watching action movies occasionally because in case you are struck by depression bug and are sad, then it is best alternative to try and get all your brain cells recharged with energy. This is also way that can help you in avoiding any further signs of early depression in your near future. Many experts also believed that if you try and combine action movies with a little exercise on regular basis then there are much better chances to eliminate depressions and stress from your life just within a period of one month.
You can also try and get rid of bad mood by simply watching action packed movies. In most stress filled individuals there are more chances that they experience mood swing. So to retain happiness back in their life it is important that such individuals get entertained by watching movies every alternate day. You certainly can make use of a different economical ways to watch such movies like television, internet or even theatre. So in future you just need to avoid taking medicines to fight and overcome conditions like fatigue, depression, stress and anxiety.