Het geheim van Spaans leren? Soaps kijken!

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Mijn maandelijkse column in The Directory, dit keer over Spaans leren door soaps te kijken:

The secret to learning Spanish…

People sometimes ask me how I learned to speak Spanish. Well, I will let you in on a little secret, or rather, the secret of a small village called Puente Viejo…. As a student I used to watch a soap called As the world turns. It had this one character I liked, a girl who was always getting into trouble, drinking too much, sleeping with unsuitable guys. I sympathized.

So when I started to get a bit chubby (I’ve always had a thing for beer and if you drink student-amounts of it and watch soaps all day, you will get fat!) I decided to combine my love of watching soaps with some exercise: result! An hour a day on a treadmill watching soaps and I was chubby no more. So when I was finally fed up with not speaking Spanish, I decided to find myself a Spanish soap and just watch it every day. I randomly picked one called El Secreto de Puente Viejo on Antena 3. Murder, mayhem & misunderstanding: never a dull moment in Puente Viejo! Took me a while to figure out who’s who, but luckily they are very helpful, calling each other ‘hermano’ or ‘hija’ a lot, so now I can’t wait to find out what’ll happen to the poor guy whose wife has just run off to join the circus. Or the other guy whose wife has kidnapped his mistress and is plotting to steal their love child. Best of all though: my Spanish is coming on in leaps and bounds!

About me: I’m Liz Luyben and I run a micro-brewery called La Cabra Azul in Comares. Do come by and try my special Dark Ale and my hoppy IPA! Www.Cabrazul.com

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