There are many ways of learning Spanish as a foreigng language. However, if you want to experience a real life conversation in the Spanish language, TV commercials from Spanish speaking countries are the perfect resources. You will be listening to real Spanish speakers using everyday language. Also, they are good to raise cultural awareness since you can see Spanish speakers in real contexts.
TV Commercials or anuncios de TV will provide you the chance to get to know a variety of dialects from different Spanish speaking countries, their manners, body language, gestures and jokes. Listening to real Spanish speakers will also help you develop your Spanish listening skills.
Los anuncios de TV are great for beginners who want to experience real life language from the start. Learning any foreign language through TV commercials is a fun and educational alternative for several reasons: They are short videos. You can watch it several times so as to get the gist or practice what actors are saying. Language is concise and straight to the point so beginners can grasp the meaning very quickly. Also, people in commercials speak in a clear way so foreigners can understand what they are saying. Finally, since they are designed to sell products, TV commercials are memorable and catchy. You’ll find yourself repeating Spanish phrases all day long.
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|1. TV Commercials: The Proposal||2. TV Commercials for kids|
|3. TV Commercials with cultural value||4. TV Commercials for technology lovers|
|5. TV Commercial for Advanced Learners|
If you’ve just started taking Spanish lessons, there are many TV Commercials that are suitable for beginners. These TV commercials deal with everyday vocabulary and popular subjects such as family, work and marriage. Take down notes while watching them so as to learn new expressions to improve your conversations.
The Verizon Wireless TV Commercial is known as The Proposal, where a young man is talking to his future father-in-law about his marriage plans. At the end of the video there’s a hilarious twist where he asks the man to try her daughter out for thirty days. Even though this video is not politically correct, there are many family and work related vocabulary to practice Spanish in the context of family and relationships.
|2||Promover de puesto||To be promoted|
|3||Pagar más||Pay more|
|4||Comprar una casa||Buy a house|
|5||Planear tener unos cuantos hijos||Plan to have a lot of children|
|Mc Donald’s tv commercials are always lovely and memorable to all. You can continue practicing family related vocabulary descriptions and comparatives with this sweet father-children story.|
|1||¿A quién quieres más?||Who do you love the most?|
|2||Mi hermano||My brother|
|3||Tú eres como ….||You are like...|
|4||Tú estás llena de alegría||You are full of joy|
|5||Con mucho sabor||Full of flavour|
|6||¿Prefieres x o y?||Do you prefer x or y?|
|Quickie’s Arroz is a Spanish speaking tv commercial perfect for beginners to practice food related vocabulary. It is extremely short but straight to the point. Moreover, it raises cultural values since you are encouraged to try Spanish recipes with rice Quickie’s.|
|1||¿Ya probaste el delicioso arroz..?||Have you already tried this delicious rice…?|
|2||Con atún||With tuna|
|3||Con camarones||With shrimps|
|4||Con pollo||With chicken|
Bimbo bread commercials are catchy and memorable to kids due to the sweet talking bear. In this TV commercial you can learn food related vocabulary, family ties and routines. At the same time, you need to pay attention to the cultural context and their dialects. Latin Americans such as Colombian people tend to add the suffix -ito (tempranito, acabadito) as a touch of cuteness.
|1||Repartir pan||To deliver bread|
|2||Todos los días||Every day|
|3||Me encanta su sabor||I love its taste|
|4||Acabadito de hacer||Freshly made|
|5||Pan suave||Soft bread|
|¿Quién quiere pan? or Who wants bread? is another Bimbo commercial for kids. Not only can they learn new food vocabulary in a fun way, but also they can sing along with Bimbo bear. It is a short video with simple vocabulary to improve pronunciation and listening comprehension.|
|1||¿Quién quiere pan?||Who wants bread?|
|2||Pan muy calentito||Very hot bread|
|3||Es tan sabroso y suavecito||It is so delicious and soft|
|6||Me derrito||I melt|
The Spanish TV Commercial Loteria de Navidad 2014 or Christmas Lottery provides knowledge about one of the longest running lottery in the world: The annual Christmas Lottery in Spain. This video is full of cultural content about the lottery in Spain, unemployment, traditions and money issues.
|Cruzcampo beer is a beer commercial which reflects Andalusian culture: its traditions, festivals, rituals, food and attitudes. It’s the perfect way to raise cultural awareness and learn new topic related vocabulary.|
|1||Tenemos mar, nieve, desierto...||We have ocean, snow, dessert...|
|2||Las rubias nunca están solas||The blonde are never alone (beer)|
|3||Amamos esta tierra y brindamos por ella con esta cerveza||We love this land and we make a toast for it with this beer|
If you are interested in social networks, Faceboom is a hilarious ad or anuncio in Spanish to learn basic vocabulary related to Facebook. There are tens of words to get to know this popular social network and friends related topics at the same time.
|1||Me buscó por Facebook||He/She searched me on Facebook|
|2||Somos amigos ahora||We are friends now|
|3||¿Qué estás pensando?||What are you thinking?|
|4||Me gusta||I like it|
|5||Confirmás asistencia||Confirm attendance|
|7||Carlos ha sido etiquetado||Carlos’s been tagged|
|8||Gente que quizás conozcas||People you may know|
|IPhones are well known all around the globe and Latin Amercians and Spanish people are not the exception. El anuncio TV Iphone 6S is perfect to practice mobile phones related vocabulary and how to explain its functions.|
|1||Responde a la presión de tu dedo||It responds to your finger’s pressure|
|2||Hojear las cosas con un click||Flick through things with a click|
|3||Poner una canción||Play a song|
|4||Leer un mensaje||Read a message|
|5||Cambiar de App||Change App|
Coca Cola is a pioneer in high quality anuncios. If you are an advanced Spanish learner, Cambia las estadisticas is the perfect ad to practice statistics, percentages, numbers, lifestyle habits and the future tense.
|1||Estaremos muy gordos||We will be very fat|
|2||Seremos cada vez más sedentarios||We will be more sedentary|
|3||La población vivirá en ciudades||The population will live in cities|
|4||Pasaremos sentados o acostados...||We will spend the time seated or laid down|
|5||Seguiremos estresados||We will continue stressed|
|6||Dormiremos mal||We will sleep badly|
|Learning Spanish as a foreign language can be fun through tv commercials. They are realistic, short and full of real world situations. Not only will you expand your vocabulary bank but also you will get familiar with Spanish cultural contexts and an array of Spanish dialects. No matter your level of Spanish, there are plenty of anuncios to practice vocabulary, grammar and cultural values.|