Breaking Bad: Spanish pills (B1)

bbadHave you ever heard about Breaking bad? I’m sure you have. Breaking Bad is an American TV Series. This is the plot: Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He decided to produce and sell methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies. The series has won plenty of awards, including ten Emmy Awards and it has become one of the best series ever.

Anyway, why are you reading about a TV series on a blog for learning Spanish? Simple, the series is located in Alburquerque, New Mexico, where Spanish is spoken by the 30% of the population. In almost all the chapters you can listen to not only Spanish slangs or colloquial expressions, but also long and brilliant dialogues.

From www.spanishviaskype.com we’d like to warn our students about some words, which can cause some misunderstandings.

Spanish spoken in Spain is quite different from Spanish spoken in America. I was born in Spain. If I listen to the sentence “toma el vino”, I’ll not hesitate and I’ll take a bottle of wine; however, if a Mexican heard that, he’d probably drink that wine.

In Spain, “yo cojo el autobús” (I take a bus) to get work; don’t say that in countries like Argentina or Mexico. Coger means “the sexual intercourse or to copulate”. They use the verb “agarrar” to take a bus.

If you’ve just bought “un piso” (a flat) in Spain, a Mexican person can ask you “what about the walls and the roof?” Piso means floor or ground in America.

So, if you’d like to watch Breaking Bad and not to get “lost in translation”, maybe you’d want to learn Spanish with us. Don’t hesitate and reserve a Free Trial Lesson here.

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:13+00:00 Enero 8th, 2014|B1, False Friends, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

About the Author:

I was born in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I currently live in Bilbao (Basque Country). I studied a Bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and an International House degree as a qualified teacher of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I think languages are the key that opens the doors to new cultures and I love teaching mine.

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