Looking for something to watch in Spanish? Try out Argentine musical TV. After all, who doesn’t like upbeat inspirational music and cheesy teen (and adult) drama?
Today my goal is to urge you to indulge in some cultural exploration via – what else? – Argentine musical TV series. Fans of Julie and the Phantoms and High School Musical will love these recommendations.
If you can speak or are learning Spanish, so much the better. These shows can be part of your listening comprehension journey. If you can barely say “hola” and “gracias”, no worries – I have a lot to say about subtitles down below. But for now, let me introduce you to the shows.
Go! Live Your Way
Go! Live Your Way (Spanish: Go! Vive a tu manera) tells the story of Mía Cáceres, an Argentine teen who dreams of a future in music and auditions for a spot at St. Mary’s, a high school with an elite music program.
Mía has amazing talent and determination, but not everyone is happy with her arrival at St. Mary’s. She must face the disapproval of other students and the hatred of the director of the school, all in the midst of new love and startling revelations about her own family past.
And, of course, there is the music! My personal favorites are “Go Go Go”, the theme song, and “Si te atreves a soñar” (“If you dare to dream”, in the video clip above). Even if you don’t know a word of Spanish, you can still appreciate actress Pilar Pascual’s voice and the beautiful melody.
Violetta stars Martina Stoessel as Violetta Castillo, a teenager who has recently returned to her native Buenos Aires to live with her estranged and overprotective father. Violetta sneaks out to a music academy, Studio 21, and gets involved there, despite her father’s refusal to allow her to explore her talent.
Meanwhile, Violetta’s long-lost aunt, Angie, returns and pretends to be her governess. Add in two cute boys, a jealous rival, and a scheming future stepmother, and you have unending hilarity and drama.
Violetta sings such inspiring songs as “En mi mundo” (“In my world”) and “Algo suena en mí” (“Something sounds in me”, in the video clip above). Just writing this blog post has gotten the songs all stuck in my head again!
Where can you watch Argentine musical TV?
Both seasons of Go! Live Your Way (30 episodes, 2019) are available for streaming on Netflix. The movie Go! The Unforgettable Party (2019) is on Netflix, too.
All three seasons of Violetta (240 episodes, 2012-2015) are available on Disney+, while the companion movie, Tini: The Movie (2016), is on Netflix.
You can listen to the music from both shows on iTunes and Spotify. Yay!
Netflix and Disney+ offer subtitles and dubbing in various languages, so Spanish is not a prerequisite for enjoyment. Although, I would recommend the subtitles and not the dubbing, so you can still hear the original Spanish audio.
Why You Should Watch Argentine Musical TV in the Original
If you are learning Spanish, then you should absolutely listen to the original audio. TV shows are an excellent resource for improving your listening comprehension, and being able to understand spoken Spanish is a critical part of the language learning process.
But even if you don’t speak the language, try watching the shows with Spanish audio. You can use subtitles in English or another language of your choice.
Why? Well, native English speakers in general don’t tend to hear much foreign audio or even watch much foreign media. This contrasts with the situation in many other parts of the world, where people are exposed to English or another dominant language on TV from a very young age.
I think it is a good thing to grow accustomed to hearing foreign languages for extended periods of time, even if they are languages that you have no intention of learning. I confess that I’m not very adventurous myself on this front – I do watch a lot of non-English movies and TV, but usually only in languages that I already speak or am actively learning.
The only movie I can remember watching recently in a totally unfamiliar language is Parasite. While it totally traumatized me (ahhhhh!!!!), I did enjoy the Korean. What a beautiful language!
Anyways, remember the idea of everyday adventure? This can include such simple things as branching out into new movies and TV shows.
Argentine musical TV series offer a chance for cultural exploration bound up in lighthearted drama. Don’t miss it! And don’t forget – subtitles are your friend!
And if you are learning Spanish and you are looking for more audio resources, check out my list of FREE materials for people at all levels of their Spanish journey.
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