There are 4 things that most of the people know about Mexico:
– Tequila (of course!)
A telenovela in English is commonly known as soap opera and although many countries produce their own version and show them on TV, Mexican telenovelas are one of the best TV drama programs all over the world! Singers such as Thalia and great movie stars like Salma Hayek started as telenovelas actresses. In addition, it’s always easy to remember the classic Latin-American names chosen for the characters, for example: José Roberto, Marimar or Luis Fernando.
Why are these telenovelas so popular?
Drama! There’s always some scandal, people crying and passion!
Depending on the country, telenovelas are usually translated into different languages so that people can understand the plot and feel connected with the characters at the same time. For native speakers it’s funny to hear our favourite actors speaking English or even Greek!
So why is it that you can practice and learn Spanish with telenovelas?
1. Conversations: A telenovela is full of visual content so it’s easy to understand the general idea of what’s happening (even if you don’t know a word in Spanish). Actors and actresses are interacting all the time and so their conversations tend to be at least 3 minutes long. Spanish everywhere!
2. Telenovela intro: All telenovelas begin with a popular song so you can always learn the lyrics, try to understand them and practice every time you watch them.
3. Vocabulary and slang: All the words are perfectly pronounced so that everyone understands what the characters are saying. You’ll be able to find lots of slang and you’ll practice or memorize all the words you already know but maybe you are not sure of how to use them or in which moment. Telenovelas sometimes represent a normal day in Latin-American countries (in this case a Mexican normal day) so you’ll notice what kind of words are normally spoken.
4. Subtitled videos: If you think that Spanish is still too difficult then you can always find subtitled videos on internet. It may help you to learn more vocabulary!
Have you ever watched a telenovela? Which one is your favourite?