February 21st, 2009


Spanish language movies or TV series?

This may seem a little off topic, but can anyone recommend movies or (even better) TV series that I might be able to get from Netflix, in the Spanish of some Latin American country? I notice that I pick up bits and pieces of language from watching subtitled shows, and especially rhythms and phonetics, and things that neither books nor classrooms really teach.

(I just wandered away from the screen murmuring to myself, "Kaki-ma, Paro hai?" and thought irritably that if I was going to get earwormed with phrases from another language, it might as well be the one I'm trying to learn at the moment.)

I am a prude, and would request PG13, except for action/adventure-style violence. On the whole, action/adventure and heart-warming dramas which don't involve lots of sex are probably my best bet, but I'll listen to any suggestions.

Animation is also an option, children's or otherwise.

Any recs?

Branching out from Latin-based

I've speak Spanish, French, and Italian with varying levels of fluency, but I've decided that I need to break away from Latin-based languages.  I'm leaning toward an Asian language, probably either Chinese or Japanese.  The university that I attend has a great language program, but I graduate in about a year and a half, and I won't have a great deal of time to study the language in an academic setting.  I'm not aiming for fluency, just experience. 
I'm just wondering if anyone has started studying Chinese or Japanese in a classroom setting as an adult, the sort of experience that it was for you, the opportunities you have to use it, how useful it has been, that sort of thing.
  • reve119

a and de

I'm learning Spanish, and an aspect of it I'm having trouble with is knowing when to insert an "a" or "de" before an infinitive. Example:

es tiempo de cambiar
volverte a ver

I used to go to a Spanish conversation group and asked some of the native speakers, but it didn't make sense to me. They would say that in a situation such as "volverte a ver," "a" means "to," but I thought, Doesn't the infinitive imply "to [see]," as well?

How do you know to insert "a" and "de" in similar situations? Also, why "a" versus "de?" Does "de" mainly come after a noun and "a" after a verb?

music in taiwanese

does anyone have any songs that are completely or only partially in taiwanese (or some mutually intelligible dialect)? NOT mandarin chinese, please.

also, this is a long shot, but there was a website i once found that had sound clips in taiwanese. lists of vocabulary were divided into separate pages by, oddly, sound types (fricatives, stops, etc.) and each word had its own example sentence. it was the most comprehensive site for taiwanese language clips i'd ever found. but i've since lost the link, and extensive googling isn't helping. does anyone know this site and can you link me to it?