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There are four basic skills that, no matter the language, we should learn equally.

When we are learning our native language, we go through this simple process: First, we learn to listen, then we learn to speak, then we learn to read, and ultimately we learn to write.

Think of how many years you spoke your native language before you started writing something down. Something around 5 or 6 years, right?

If we want to learn a second language, we should follow the same process.

Writing is the last skill to learn on the list because it is arguably much more complicated than the other. But it’s not less important.

Actually, all skills complement each other.

If you like writing but are experiencing some issues with it, don’t worry, you will get there. Always remember that writing is a process, even in your native language.

It’s like learning how to ride a bicycle or drive a car. You won’t learn by reading a manual or watching others doing it. You learn by practicing.

You don’t need to become a professional writer to be a good writer. But if you want to learn Spanish properly, you should focus a bit more on this skill.

How?

This post will give you 9 tips to practice and improve your writing skills in Spanish.

1. Read and never stop reading

There is no better way to improve your writing than by reading. As in any language, the more you read, the better your writing is.

So, read as much as you can in Spanish. Get into the habit of reading any Spanish language material you can, preferably read about different topics and use different texts.

Read magazines, newspapers, books, flyers, etc. Pay attention to all words, expressions and syntactic constructions. Go the extra mile, make notes of interesting phrases and look up new words; you’ll expand your vocabulary and improve your own writing structures.

No matter your current Spanish level, get into the habit first, and then you can slowly start scaling up the content of your reading.

If you feel confident enough with reading, we suggest reading quality writing—for example, short stories, newspaper articles, essays, and literature books.

You can read Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia’s most popular writer. He was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature and is known worldwide for his style. His work is not only a delightful read but also a great opportunity to learn about Colombian culture.

If you are still at a beginner or intermediate level, you can opt for reading children’s books. Read, for example, short and simple books like “El principito.” You’ve probably read it in your native language, so it’s a great opportunity to start reading in Spanish.

Furthermore, try reading out loud. It helps you memorize new words and helps practice your pronunciation.

Reading is a way to learn without realizing that you’re learning!

2. Make it part of your daily routine

Are you one of those obsessive list-writers? Do you write a daily to-do list, a grocery shopping list or a pro and cons list of any decision you need to make?

Do you have a personal diary, journal or travel book?

Or, what is it that you usually write on a daily or weekly basis?

Whatever it is, start incorporating those pieces into your Spanish daily practice.

If you think there are many types of Spanish writing practice for a moment, you can easily fit into your everyday life. You write more than you even realize.

Another way of practicing your writing is by getting in touch with friends and acquaintances from Spanish-speaking countries.

3. Take advantage of your relationships!

Write them a message in Spanish via WhatsApp, send them postcards. Tell them you are learning Spanish, and ask them to correct you when you make mistakes.

Lastly, use social media for good. Start commenting on your friends’ status and photos, write messages in Spanish and join Facebook, or LinkedIn groups focused on learning Spanish.

4. Try writing something every day for a month

Start some personal projects and time your writing activities.

What kind of personal projects can you start?

Let us give you some ideas:

  • Diary
  • Dream journal
  • Travel journal
  • Short stories
  • Cooking recipes
  • Self-reflection of the day
  • Describing places you visit during the day
  • Create your own phrasebook

Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds. Choose any topic and commit to it.

Time yourself for 10, 20 or 30 minutes and create a goal for that time period.

After a month, review all your writing. Check if you find any mistakes and correct them.

5. Put pen to paper

Research shows that handwriting has enormous benefits to the brain and our learning process.

It employs our fine motor skills and engages various brain regions, switching on muscle memory and helping us remember words and phrases better.

Also, Paul Bloom, Yale Psychologist says: “With handwriting, the very act of putting it down forces you to focus on what’s important,” “Maybe it helps you think better.”

“When we write (handwrite), a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris.

“There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain. “And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize.”

So, in your daily practice of the Spanish language, make sure you physically write your thoughts and ideas in a notebook or on a piece of paper.

6. Don’t try to impress

Choose quality over quantity.

Spanish -and any other language- could seem arduous and complicated when writing. But our best advice is “Start with short and simple pieces.”

Don’t try to impress your friends, colleagues or fellow students with complicated texts. It is better to start with a simple and clear text than with a long text difficult to follow.

We mentioned at the beginning of this article that learning to write in Spanish is similar to learning how to ride a bike or drive. Here, we would like to mention that it is also similar to running a marathon.

Some people want to write complicated essays, texts or emails, but they just start learning the language. They make many mistakes, and people can’t understand the message.

It’s like when a non-runner signs up for a marathon – even a half marathon-. They feel frustrated after just a couple of kilometers. But, if a non-runner decides to run a marathon, he or she should start training. Run every day for 10-20 min, run 3K, then 5Km, 10Km, 15Km, and so on. Eventually, he or she will be able to run a marathon.

Writing in Spanish is the same. You can’t expect to be the best writer from day one.

Lastly, the last piece of advice in this matter is:

Write about what you know how to write, not what you want to write.

Be patient, start with simple texts and scale up from there.

7. Learn proper punctuation

Have you ever been distracted by badly punctuated writing?

Punctuation is one of the things people pay less attention to. They think it is not that important, but the truth is that it is as important as the grammatical structure and the vocabulary.

It may seem small, but a well-placed comma or question mark can really affect the meaning of your writing.

When your work isn’t well punctuated, it gives the impression that you haven’t mastered the language.

Believe it or not, punctuation in Spanish is quite different from punctuation in English. It is not that we use different symbols, we use the same symbols (comma, exclamation mark, question mark, period, etc.).

The difference is that normally in Spanish, we tend to use longer sentences. We like to “talk” more. Our style is more rhetoric, generally speaking. We can write long paragraphs with just a couple of commas or semi-commas.

While in English, people tend to use short sentences to form a paragraph.

The only way of learning this is by reading a lot and writing a lot.

7. Use Linking words

Since we use a lot of words and sentences in a paragraph, we frequently use linking words.

Just by adding linking words, you will improve your writing significantly. You will avoid using short choppy sentences.

It will also help you to avoid repetitions and to build a better style in writing.

What are the main linking words in Spanish?

Adición (Addition)

When we want to add ideas or to give more information about the same idea, we use the following connectors:

  • Además (Moreover, furthermore, in addition, and)
  • También (Too, also, As well)
  • Además de (As well as)
  • Incluso (Even)

Oposición (Opposition)

The next connectors are used when we are contrasting ideas.

  • Pero (but)
  • Sin embargo (however)
  • Aunque (although)
  • No obstante (nevertheless)
  • A pesar de (que) (despite/in spite of)

Causa (Cause)

  • Porque (because)
  • Como (as)
  • A causa de (que) (because of)
  • Debido a (que) (due to, because of)
  • Dado que (since, given that)
  • Ya que (since, because)
  • Puesto que (since, as)
  • Gracias a (que) (thanks to)
  • Por culpa (de) (because of)

Consecuencia (Consequence)

These connectors express the consequences of the previously given information, and they are all used similarly.

  • Entonces (then)
  • Así que (so)
  • Por lo tanto/por eso (therefore)
  • En consecuencia (in consequence)

Dar ejemplos (Giving examples)

  • Por ejemplo (for example, for instance)
  • A saber (namely)

Resumiendo (Summarising)

We normally use these words at the beginning of the sentence to summarize what we have said or written.

  • Para resumir (to summarise)
  • Para finalizar (to conclude)
  • En pocas palabras (in short)
  • En resumen (in summary)
  • En definitiva (in brief)

8. Have another person review your work

Another great way to improve your writing is to get a native speaker to provide you with feedback.

Although it is an important practice to write as much as you can, there is no point in making mistakes and not knowing about them.

You will get used to using elaborate sentences or words that are not correct. Thus, it is as important as writing in Spanish to have someone who can review and correct your work.

You can ask a friend, family member, coworker or language exchange partner. Ideally, you should get some private Spanish lessons and focus on your writing skills.

9. Write and never stop writing

The more you write, the easier the words will start flowing from your fingertips.

As the old saying goes, “ Practice makes perfect.” In Spanish, “La práctica hace al maestro” (practice makes the master).

Never stop writing, and when doing so, talk about what you love.

There is nothing better than writing about food, friends, fun, or any kind of topic that brings you passion.

Ideas on what to write:

  • Postcard project
  • Social Media Profile
  • Instagram Posts
  • Personal Narrative (All about me)
  • Describe a Typical Day
  • How to… (recipe, fix something, etc.)
  • Write about your family
  • Your life as a kid
  • Famous person’s life
  • Describe a picture
  • Movie or book review
  • Controversial opinion piece
  • Plans
  • What would you do if…

Remember that slow and steady wins the race; think big, but start small when it comes to writing.

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

Learning Spanish hasn’t been as easy as it is now. Believe us!

For many years we thought that the best way to learn Spanish was by going to a school, or by moving to a Spanish speaking country.

The traditional way of learning made us believe that we need to be “face-to-face” with our teacher or to be fully immersed in the culture to properly learn the language.

However, we have seen how technology has helped us find alternative ways for learning Spanish.

We are not only talking about online classes; we are talking about heaps of alternative ways that help us learn and improve the language.

In today’s article, we are going to talk about the best way to learn Spanish at home.

Yes, as you’ve heard! You can learn Spanish from the comfort of your home.

One of the advantages of learning Spanish is that it is the second most spoken language in the world. More than 20 countries have Spanish as their official language, and more than 580 people speak it

This makes Spanish a language with a lot of different resources to learn and practice.

Check out these creative ways to incorporate the Spanish language into your daily routine at home!

1. Change the language of your devices and Apps in Spanish

Switch your phone and computer language to Spanish.

We bet you are already familiar enough with the operating system layout of your devices; you rarely read the labels on the buttons you click, don’t you?

So, it’s easy! You won’t get confused, you will learn new words instead

Furthermore, switch the language of your most used Apps. Set your e-mail, Spotify, and your social media in Spanish.

By switching the language settings you can get exposure to new vocabulary and incorporate Spanish practice into your daily life.

2. Change your phone’s voice assistant to Spanish

If you are using any voice assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, etc.), try now to use it in Spanish.

Instead of asking your assistant “what’s the forecast today?”, ask “Cómo está el clima hoy?”. Or, instead of asking “What time does the game start”, ask “A qué hora empieza el partido?”

When doing this you will incorporate some pronunciation practice into your day. Don’t get frustrated if there are times when the assistant doesn’t understand you. Type the sentence you want to say in Google translate and play the pronunciation button;  learn how it’s pronounced and try again with your voice assistant.

3. Read in Spanish

One of peoples’ favorite plans at home is reading. Nothing is better than getting a cup of coffee or tea, sitting on the couch and reading a book.

Of course, for reading literature or complicated topics we all prefer to do it in our mother tongue. But, depending on your Spanish level, there are many options to incorporate this hobby into your language practice.

Find the Spanish version of your favorite book -the one you have read twice or three times-, and start reading. Since it’s your favorite book you already know the story, right? It’s the perfect exercise for focusing more on the language instead of on the story.

You can also choose children’s books, as they are short and simple to read.

Whatever book you choose remember to:

  1. Read
  2. Underline new vocabulary
  3. Look up the meaning of the new vocabulary
  4. Read again

4. Watch movies, series and TV shows in Spanish – or with Spanish subtitles

Who doesn’t like to watch movies, series or TV shows at home?

Get your popcorn ready and enjoy watching movies while learning Spanish!

Be aware of your level of Spanish and act accordingly. Of course, you can’t expect to understand a Spanish or Latin American movie if you have been studying Spanish for only a few months. It would just frustrate you!

To start what you can do is:

  1. Watch all your movies in English with Spanish subtitles
  2. Watch movies in Spanish with English subtitles
  3. Watch movies in Spanish with Spanish subtitles (intermediate-advance level)

Either way, you will get an enormous amount of vocabulary, and you will learn how to structure sentences.

Watching movies in their original language (Spanish) is a great way to immerse yourself in the sounds of the Spanish language, learn slang from different countries, and get familiar with different accents.

When you get tired of watching movies and series. You can also watch Youtube videos or TED Talks.

Find here very interesting TED talks in Spanish with English subtitles.

5. Social Media in Spanish

We already talked about switching the language of the Apps you use the most. That’s one way, but there is also another way to learn and practice Spanish using your Social Media.
How?

Following pages that interest you, and that use Spanish as their first language.

For instance:

  1. Follow newspapers and magazine pages. In Colombia, you can follow El Tiempo, Semana, El Espectador.
  2. Follow pages that talk about your main interests. If you like nature and environmental causes, follow Greenpeace Colombia or WWF Colombia. If you like art, follow museum pages such as MAMBO (Museum of Modern Art). And if you like music, follow your favorite artist pages.
  3. Follow – and pay particular attention to posts of those friends of you from Spain and Latin America.
  4. Read the captions and comments. It won’t only help you learn new words but it will also help you learn local slang and expressions.

6. Listen to music in Spanish

Listen to Spanish or Latin American music. No matter your Spanish level,  you can start grasping a couple of words, then a few sentences, and eventually you will get it all.

Music is a very important part of the Colombian culture. So, if you love music -as we do- you will have a lot of fun learning Colombian Spanish.

How to practice Spanish by listening to music at home?

  1. Leave some music on in the background. Even if you are not paying attention to the lyrics your ears are getting tuned into the Spanish language.
  2. Try to grasp words or sentences, and write them down.
  3. Find the lyrics of your favorite songs, and sing along. Karaoke-style at home.
  4. Look up the new vocabulary.

7. Cook in Spanish

For those who love cooking, here is another fun way of learning Spanish at home!

Food is not only delicious, food is something that connects people. Through food, we learn about new cultures and we make new friends. Also, we make ourselves, our family and our friends happy.

As one of our sayings goes “Barriga llena, corazón contento”. Literally translated as “full belly, happy heart”

How to learn Spanish while cooking?

  1. Purchase a cookbook in Spanish
  2. Find a website that provides recipes in Spanish.
  3. Find youtube videos that provide recipes in Spanish

While cooking you can learn new vocabulary (i.e. kitchen utensils, food vocabulary and verbs frequently used in the kitchen)

Note: You can combine cooking with our Tip No. 6. Yes, cooking while listening to Spanish or Latin American music in the background.

8. Excercise in Spanish

Do some exercise in Spanish.

You can find all kinds of online classes in Spanish: Yoga, Zumba, Pilates.

Workout classes are an easy way to learn body vocabulary and get familiar with the imperative form of a verb.

Watching exercise videos at home allows you to watch the video closely to understand the movement and the instructions even if you don’t understand everything the instructor is saying in Spanish.

You will keep your ear tuned while feeling energetic and burning some calories!

When talking about exercise, people normally refer to exercise the body. But keep in mind that it is as important to exercise the mind as we exercise the body.

So, include some meditation into your home exercise. Choose online guided meditation sessions in Spanish. There are plenty on Youtube and on Apps such as Insight Timer and Gaia.

9. Write in Spanish

No, we don’t want you to become a professional writer. Neither, we want you to write a book.

Our advice here is to start writing whatever you want in Spanish. No matter how short it is.

For example:

  • Write the grocery list in Spanish
  • Write your daily To-Do list in Spanish
  • Write your journal in Spanish
  • Write a letter to a friend in Spanish

At first, don’t focus much on the “perfect” spelling or “perfect” sentence. Just let yourself go and write whatever you feel.

Then, you can read your notes again and correct any mistakes you might have made.

10. Take an online Spanish course

Lastly, as a complement to the tips mentioned in this article, we highly recommend taking Spanish classes online.

It’s true you can learn and improve Spanish on your own but there is no doubt that having a native Spanish-speaking tutor is an effective method to properly learn the language.

You will see quick progress when combining what you learn in your daily routines at home with a structured academic program.

Ask your tutor any questions you have when reading, watching movies or listening to music. Ask them to correct your pronunciation, spelling and grammar.

Now that you have these 10 Tips to learn Spanish at home, start incorporating them into your daily life.

Start thinking in Spanish. Don’t aim for perfection. And, have fun!

Learning Spanish is an adventure, and what’s more interesting about adventures is the journey, isn’t it?

So, enjoy the adventure!

When learning a language, there are four skills we need for complete communication: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

These are called the four language skills. No matter what language we learn, we should learn these skills equally.

When we are learning our native language we go through a simple learning process:

  1. We learn to listen
  2. We learn to speak
  3. We learn to read
  4. We learn to write

If we want to learn a second language, then we should follow the same process.

Just like when we are babies.

Babies spend their first months and years listening and replicating the sounds they hear. Then, they start learning the vocabulary. And, only after that, they start making sentences.

If this is a natural process, why do some people find it more difficult to learn one skill than another?

Is there one skill, in particular, you find it the most difficult?

Let’s start from the beginning. Let’s listen

When we are adults we want to see the results of everything that we do quickly. We want to be productive and efficient. And it makes sense, we invest part of our time in learning a new language and we want to make the best of it.

But let’s take it easy and enjoy the process. You will see it will make much sense.

Some people start learning Spanish by “reading” and “writing”. They read and write vocabulary. They try to memorize it.

But the problem comes when they want to have a conversation. They struggle to understand other people, they can’t make proper sentences, and they get frustrated.

If you start by just listening:

You will get familiar with the sounds of the vowels and consonants in Spanish. Believe it or not, they are way different than the English sounds.

When you listen you can also improve your pronunciation.

The way you pronounce Spanish directly affects your ability to understand it. If you are consistently pronouncing a word wrong, you will struggle to understand a native speaker when they say it correctly.

You will also tune your ear to different people, different accents and different speeds.

One of the biggest mistakes is getting used to only one person’s accent, you will find it difficult to understand other people.

Only in Colombia, there are dozens of different accents and dialects. When learning Spanish choose Bogota’s dialect, it’s the easiest to learn. But don’t forget to train your ear with other accents.

Become an active listener instead of a passive listener

Listening passively is not enough to make you a good listener.

Listening actively means being attentive. When you are an active listener you will notice new vocabulary. You will be keen on asking questions and, ultimately, you will understand the context even if you don’t understand every single word.

For instance, if you are listening to your friends talking, don’t be afraid of asking them the meaning of certain words or the context of the conversation.

You can also be an active listener while practicing the other language skills.

Don’t get us wrong, we did say that you should focus on listening, and we mean it. But there are few things you can do in parallel which will help you to improve your Spanish.

When listening to a song, a movie or a conversation you can take notes of words that catch your attention. This is useful because your memory is fresh and you can look them up later.

You can also improve your pronunciation skills while listening to something. It won’t distract you, if you do it consciously.

How is that?

¡Simple!

Practice “listen and repeat”

When you repeat out loud a word or a sentence your brain will be more active and you will be more likely to remember what you said afterward.

Be Patience! Go at your own pace

Many Spanish language learners get frustrated at the moment of listening to native Spanish speakers.
We know you would love to speak Spanish as soon as possible to join the conversations with friends, to understand the lyrics of the songs, or to understand the Spanish movies.

But relax, cause no matter how hard you try it will always take some time. It doesn’t mean you won’t get there, it means you need to be patient.

First of all, you must be honest with yourself about your current level of Spanish. There is no point in trying to understand a movie, for instance, if you start learning Spanish a few months ago. It will only frustrate you…

What you can do is start incorporating Spanish into your daily life.

What else can you do to improve your listening skills in Spanish?

There are so many tools and materials available out there to practice.

Let’s look at some of them:

  • Listen to Spanish or Latin American music. No matter your level of Spanish you can start grasping a couple of words, then a few sentences, and eventually you will get it all.
  • Listen to audiobooks. You can choose from easy children’s books if you are a beginner, to Spanish or Latin American literature.
  • Switch your Apps to the Spanish language. For instance, your GPS, Waze or your running Apps. You already know what they say in your own language, so try them in Spanish.
  • Watch movies and videos on Youtube. There are so many options, you will never get bored! Ask your friends to send you voice messages instead of text messages.
  • Do a language exchange. Find a Spanish speaker who wants to improve your mother tongue. Ask him or her to speak Spanish and you reply in English. After 30min you can switch so that both have the same opportunity to practice. It’s an excellent exercise!
  • Do some exercise in Spanish. Yes, you can find all kinds of online classes in Spanish: Yoga, Zumba, Pilates.
  • Do you like Ted talks? You can find very interesting TED talks in Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Or, do you like to meditate? Choose online guided meditation sessions in Spanish. There are plenty on Youtube and on Apps like Insight Timer and Gaia.

Whatever you choose, make sure you listen to what you enjoy and you are passionate about. If you start incorporating Spanish into your daily routines and your hobbies you will see how easier it becomes.

Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it at first. Be patient and persistent!

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

There are many reasons why people decide to learn a new language.

Because it’s one of the most spoken languages of the world;

It’s very useful for traveling and doing business.

Or simply because they like how the language sounds.

Those who learn Spanish in Colombia might have chosen the country because they have fallen in love with a Colombian and they are interested in our culture.

Or, because they want to travel around the country and discover its beauty.

Whatever the reason is, the most important is making the learning process entertained.

That is why we have prepared a short guide on how to learn Spanish by watching Colombian Movies and Series.

How watching movies could help you improve your Spanish?

Although it is very important to have a teacher who helps you learn properly the language’s grammar, pronunciation, and structure; it is not advisable to get used to only one person’s accent and way of speaking.

It is very important to immerse yourself as much as possible in the language; to get yourself used to hearing different accents, talking speeds, and words.

There are many ways you can practice your Spanish outside your classes. A very nice and entertaining way is by watching movies. Yes, as simple as that!

It doesn’t matter which is your level of Spanish.

How is that?

By watching movies and series in Spanish you could:

  • Learn new vocabulary.
  • Get used to different accents and conversation speeds.
  • Learn slang and expressions.
  • Get to know the Colombian culture better.

To get the best out of the movies or series, watch them consciously. It’s important you are in the ”mood of learning”.

Here some tips that could help you!

Tips to improve your Spanish while watching movies and series

1. Keep always a notebook and a pen next to you

You might think you will remember the words you like during the movie for the next class with your teacher, but the truth is you won’t remember much.

So, enjoy the movie but keep a page of your notebook to add new vocabulary.

2. Watch English movies with Spanish subtitles

Start by putting Spanish subtitles to all movies, series, TV shows, and talks that you like.

It will help you to get familiar with the words, construction of the sentences, and expressions.

3. Watch Children movies in Spanish keeping Spanish subtitles.

Who doesn’t love children’s movies?

Well, this is an opportunity to remember your childhood. Watch movies like the Lion King, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Bambi, and Toy Story in Spanish. You have seen these movies before, so you know what’s happening. Thus, you can focus more on the language than on the movie.

4. Watch Colombian, Latin American, and Spanish movies in the original language.

If your Spanish proficiency is not that good yet, keep the English subtitle, but always keep attention to conversations.

Try to grasp as many words and expressions as you can.

If you are confident enough with your Spanish language, then watch the movies in the original language with Spanish subtitles.

Reading the subtitles will help you to understand better in case you miss out on any words and will help you improve your spelling.

5. Focus on short segments and simple conversations

Start with baby steps.

Don’t get frustrated if you don’t understand much in the beginning.

There is no need to rush, just focus on short segments of the movie or series. Pay full attention to those conversations when just one or two people are talking.

6. Listen and repeat

This is a fun exercise. Choose a simple sentence or conversation and try to repeat what they are saying.

Pay particular attention to the intonation of the words and sentences, to the pronunciation, and the speed. This will help your tongue getting loose and thus having a better pronunciation.

7. Look up new words

As soon as you finish watching the movie or series, look up the words you wrote down and their meaning. It’s important you do it when your memory is still fresh.

Try to use the new words you learn in further conversation with your teacher or friends, this will help remember them easily afterward.

8. Watch the movie or series all over again

Who hasn’t repeated movies once, twice, three times or even more times?

Well, if you find a favorite Spanish language movie or series, watch it over and over again. Since you already know the story you can focus more on the language!

So, keep these tips in mind, get yourself some popcorn, and start practicing!

This is a list of 10 Colombian movies and series you should watch to improve your Spanish language. They could help you learn our most common slang and expressions as well as our culture.

Top 10 Colombian movies and series

Documentary – Colombia Wild Magic (Colombia Magia Salvaje)

“A wonderful country full of amazing creatures in America called Colombia, seen as never before, accompanied by incredible shots, make it a must-see place for adventurers and wildlife lovers this natural paradise”. (IMDb)

Movie – The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes del Viento)

“For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermá­n, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture”. (IMDb)

Movie – The Strategy of the Snail (La estrategia del Caracol)

“A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But one of them thinks of a way of saving, at least, their dignity”. (IMDb)

Movie – The Colors of the Mountain (Los Colores de la Montaña)

“Manuel dreams of being a goalkeeper and ventures into a minefield to rescue his new ball”. (IMDb)

Movie – Maria Full of Grace (María Llena de Gracia)

“A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family”. (IMDb)

Movie – Satan (Satanás)

“Based on the Mario Mendoza’s book and inspired by true events, tells three interconnected stories happening in the eve of the infamous Pozzetto Massacre”. (IMDb)

Netflix Series – Wild District (Distrito Salvaje)

“After surrendering to Bogotá police, an ex-guerrilla avoids prison by working undercover to investigate a ruthless enforcer of government corruption”. (IMDb)

Netflix Series – Always a Witch (Siempre Bruja)

“Time-traveling witch from the 17th century escapes death and finds herself in modern-day Cartagena”. (IMDb)

Netflix Series – Green Frontier (Frontera Verde)

“When a young Bogotá-based detective gets drawn into the jungle to investigate four femicides, she uncovers magic, an evil plot and her true origins”. (IMDb)

Netflix Series – Bolívar

“This dramatization depicts the life – and loves – of Venezuelan Gen. Simón Bolívar, who helped liberate several Latin American countries from Spain”. (IMDb)

Tips from our teachers

If you like movies, one of the Learn More Than Spanish teachers have recommended the following Apps:

RTVC Play

On this app, you will find all the audiovisual content of the Colombian public radio and television system. Here you will have access to free series, movies, radio stations, documentaries, children’s content, and many others for free, and with the possibility of connecting them to your SmartTV. You only need to open a user account with your email and you will be able to enjoy many movies, series, shorts, and documentaries in Spanish.

Cine ARPLAY

On this app, you will find hundreds of free Argentine movies, classified in different genres: drama, comedy, horror, action, and the best… they are free. You only need to open a user account with your email, and you will be able to enjoy many movies, series, short films, and documentaries in Spanish.

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This week in one of our Spanish classes we talked about what makes us happy and found a very clever Colombian saying.

“Barriga llena, Corazón contento” which translates as: full tummy, happy heart.

Colombian Spanish Saying: Barriga llena corazón contento

But what does that mean? Is it just about food?

We certainly don’t think that way.

We think “Barriga llena, Corazón contento” means everything looks different when you have fulfilled all your basic needs, like food, shelter or health.

And fulfilling your basic needs makes you feel O.K. about life and any problems you may have.

Check the pronunciation here:

What do you think? Knowing you have food for you and your family makes you feel good about life?

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Want to know more about Colombian Slangs? Head here for the full blog post

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