Español con cine y televisión

Learn Spanish with TV and movie clips

Many people find listening comprehension the most difficult aspect of language learning. Our online Spanish courses focus on colloquial language, to help you to understand what native speakers are saying. You will hear Spanish at normal native-speaker speed, and you’ll learn many expressions that you can use in order to sound more natural. Our virtual teachers explain the vocabulary, the expressions and some points of grammar that come up in the lessons. They also explain the historical and cultural content, which is just as important as the linguistic content when you participate in conversation with native speakers.

What will I learn?

Mejorar tu comprensión auditiva del lenguaje

Improve your comprehension of colloquial Spanish spoken at normal native-speaker speed

Aprender palabras

Learn at least 15 new words, as well as 10 useful expressions, in each lesson;

Familiarizarte con varios acentos

Become familiar with various Spanish accents;

Mejorar gramática

Improve your command of several grammar points that come up in the lesson;

Historia y cultura de España

Deepen your understanding of the history and culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

About these courses

We have three collections of courses based on TV and movie clips:

Spanish with Cinema

Spanish with Cinema

Let’s go to the movies with Real Spanish! These courses are based on clips from popular movies that have received good reviews. Some are animated movies. All of them deal with interesting adult themes.

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Español con los Alcántara

Español con los Alcántara

These courses are based on clips from Cuéntame cómo pasó, a well-known series from Televisión Española (TVE). The series is about a working-class family in Madrid and begins in the late 1960s, a time of great social, political and cultural change in Spain.

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Noticias curiosidades

Español con noticias y documentales

These Spanish courses are based on short clips from TV news and magazine shows. The lessons cover various topics such as a scandal dating from the Franco era, the preservation of Spain’s artistic and cultural heritage, the repopulation of rural Spain, the reasons for the long workday in Spain, and the history of three bilingual regions of Spain.

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What’s included in each Spanish lesson?

Each lesson consists of the following components:

Los vídeos (5)

Note: You don’t need to take notes while watching the videos. You can download a complete transcription afterwards.

  • Teacher presentation (animated video):

    The virtual teacher provides information that will help you to understand the clips. This is followed by a quick quiz based on 5 items introduced in the presentation.

  • Clip from the movie, subtitled in English:

    This version will help you get a general idea of what’s going on. But if you prefer, you can skip this step.

  • Clip subtitled in Spanish:

    This version will help to improve your listening comprehension. The subtitles match exactly what the actors say… even if they make mistakes! (It’s true, Spanish speakers make mistakes too, especially when speaking rapidly). It’s a good idea to watch this version more than once.

  • Original version:

    You will understand this version if you’ve already seen the version with Spanish subtitles a couple of times.

  • Conclusion (animated video):

    The virtual teacher reviews some of the language from the clips and wraps up the lesson.

PDFs (3)

  • List of vocabulary and expressions

    Introduced in the lesson, with translations in English.

  • Transcription:

    This is a transcription of the entire lesson (presentation, original movie clip with translation, and conclusion). It’s a good strategy to read the transcription while listening to the entire lesson, or parts of the lesson, as often as you need until you can distinguish and understand every word. You can also chime in with the audio. This way you can focus on pronunciation, the stress patterns and the intonation of words and phrases in Spanish.

  • A bit of grammar:

    An explanation of a couple of the grammar points that came up in the lesson.

Learning activities (2)

A suggestion: To help you retain everything in your long-term memory, it’s a good strategy to repeat these activities a few times over the coming weeks— even if you got it all right the first time.

Tareas interactivas

Interactive tasks: These activities will help you to memorise the words and expressions from the lesson. You can also hear a native speaker pronouncing the words and phrases.

Ponte a prueba

Test yourself: These activities will help you to evaluate your comprehension and your knowledge of the words, phrases and grammar points highlighted in the lesson.

Spanish with Cinema

Español con cine 1: «Arrugas»

Español con cine: Arrugas

The 5 lessons in this Spanish course are based on the prizewinning animated film «Arrugas», a moving story about a friendship between two old men in a care home. The first lesson of this course is a free preview: sign up to try it!


Animated film is very engaging. This film is sad but helps us to understand the experience of ageing. It also provides many examples of colloquial expressions and authentic, rapid speech. It also features the Spanish of Spain and the Spanish of Argentina.

In the transcript of the final lesson in each course we provide information on the original source material for the clips.

Español con cine 2: Ocho apellidos vascos

Español con cine: Ocho apellidos vascos

The 4 Spanish lessons in this course are based on the movie «Ocho apellidos vascos», the story of an unlikely romance between a young man from Andalusia and a young woman from the Basque Country.


The film is very funny and was a great success around the world. It provides many examples of colloquial expressions and authentic, rapid speech. It also features characters with different accents. It shows some of the differences and cultural stereotypes that exist between the inhabitants of two very different regions of Spain.

In the transcript of the final lesson in each course we provide information on the original source material for the clips.