One way to stay motivated as you learn a new language is to have a movie you can enjoy while watching it on Netflix. Binge-watching movies can help you understand a new language better. Here’s the Ultimate Guide to Learn Spanish with Netflix.
Earlier this year, an article was published by Godwin-Jones. The article mentions how people, who have an interest in studying language(s), have an interest in doing so independently.
Is it possible to learn a language independently?
Well, not quite. Godwin-Jones (2019) says that “through social participation, individual autonomy is enhanced, language skills are developed, and personal identity is expanded” (p. 19).
In other words, you can learn any language you want to learn through Netflix; however, it will not make you fluent. If watching Netflix is too time-consuming for you, there’s a Better Way to Learn Spanish Fast.
You have to have the ability to use the language you learn by practicing it with someone else within a classroom or social setting. You can easily learn How to Start a Conversation in Spanish with a partner.
So how can Netflix help me learn a new language?
Easy. I will show you can learn a new language by using Netflix and the new Google Chrome extension.
I will show you how you can easily learn a new language by adding a Google Chrome extension to your browser to watch Netflix.
To provide you with a visual aid in order to help you with the process, these actions will be performed on my computer.
The only difference between accessing Netflix online and any other device is the use of URLs to find information. Netflix online makes it easier to add movies to your (Search + Add to Watchlist). After this process is done, you can continue to watch your programming as you normally would.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE CHROME EXTENSION
First, you will want to go to Google Chrome and click “add to chrome” the Language Learning with Netflix extension.
Once it is installed, click on the chrome extension icon and go to “catalogue”. From there, you will be able to choose the language you want to study.
For this example, I have chosen Spanish. The movie I chose for this example is Palm Trees in the Snow.
As you can see from the screenshot, the subtitles are provided in Spanish. The bottom center of my screen has the subtitle and underneath it is the translation.
It’s a really simple tool to use to help you study a language.
However, the only two cons to using this tool are that it has a limited selection of movies to choose from and your other devices (i.e. TV) have to have a web browser that has access to Google Chrome to use it.
For example, when I wanted to watch Celia, the translation tool does not offer a translation for that program.
You will only have access to the movie selections that are provided within the chrome extension itself.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LEARN SPANISH PROFILE ON NETFLIX
The first thing that you want to do is log in to your Netflix account.
Once you have logged, create a separate profile for yourself.
I highly recommend doing this if you share an account with someone else.
By the way, it’s really easy to do.
When you log into Netflix, the manage profile screen appears.
Click on “+ Add Profile” and choose a name for your new profile. For this example, I chose Spanish.
Once you have added your new profile, click on “manage profiles” which is at the bottom of the screen. When you do so, an image of a pencil will appear.
Click on the image of your new profile name. Here is where you can change the language of your profile. Changes made here will not have a negative effect on any of the other Netflix profiles. Moreover, you will reap the benefit of having a little more language practice and it will not affect anyone else.
Also, if you would like, you can change the profile picture to accommodate your new language profile.
Choose your desired language and click ‘Save’. Once you complete this step, you will then be taken to the main Netflix page. Everything from the main page will show you details in your new language.
As you can see from the image above, all of the text has changed to the language I chose in my profile. However, video previews are still heard in English. The title of the movie Operation Brothers is translated to Operación Hermanos.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LEARN SPANISH AUDIO OR ANY LANGUAGE
Life is easier online.
You can start by going to netflix.com/browse/audio. When you do, you will see a screen that looks like this…
Click on “English” to change it to the language of your choice. Once you do that, you will see a drop-down menu that looks like this…
Now choose from the drop-down list your language of choice by simply clicking on the language you want to study. In this case, we’ll choose Spanish…
Perfect! You will now see the movie choices that were created in English and have “Spanish” subtitles.
You can change this by going to the “Sort by” drop-down menu and clicking on “A-Z”. Furthermore, here is an updated version of the movie choices that we have to choose from now.
The movie choices are more along the lines of what we’re looking for!
In general, if you come across anything that may interest you to watch at a later time, hover over the movie thumbnail and click on the “+” to add the movie selection to your watch list. Instead of clicking on the “+”, you can also try clicking on the down arrow “↓” to read a synopsis about the movie and click on the “my list” box to add it to your watch list for later.
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