"La Vida Loca" Series: Introduction
In my first years of teaching I came across with many students around the globe who wanted to learn Spanish at a basic level in order to communicate when travelling and living in a Spanish speaking country. One day, while browsing for extra materials and tools, I found a very interesting series created by the BBC and I felt that it was a perfect supporting tool for some of my students to follow after class. The series was a bunch of short videos that followed a story-line and also included grammar explanations and further interactive activities that helped students and supported teachers work.
As part of my first steps as a teacher, I've always felt attached to the time where students used to share with me their insights after watching an episode so I got a bit upset when I discovered that the BBC had archived the page where the series could be watched and the course was not longer available. However, I knew that the lessons were extremely useful and I didn’t want the videos just to be forgotten so I decided to rescue and use them to help many of my students today.
How to watch the series to learn Spanish
The series is called “La vida Loca” and it narrates the adventures of a person who has been invited by a friend to visit Spain. The main character is a person that travels to Madrid on holidays. This person is “YOU” the viewer. Everything is explained as if it is experienced by the viewer. During each episode you can practice Spanish by making decisions and answering the questions suggested by the narrator. If you really want to learn and practice Spanish by watching this series, I recommend to watch each video several times and to stop it to provide an answer when required. Press the below button to start watching the show:
I'm a Spanish and English philologist specialised in Spanish linguistics and in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) as I love sharing my language, my culture and a particular vision of the world with people from around the globe, getting to know more about the world itself through them and languages.