If you've recently started learning Spanish and are looking for ways to improve your vocabulary, a good way of getting some extra practice is by watching an English language television or movie DVD accompanied by Spanish subtitles. While doing so, you can use what you've learnt in conjunction with the English soundtrack and Spanish text to work out the meaning of new and unfamiliar words and improve your grammar and sentence structure.
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Things you need
- Region 1 DVD player
- SCART or AV component cable
Visit your local entertainment store or look online for DVDs that carry Spanish subtitles. Most Region 1 DVDs will include Spanish subtitles, but you should look on the back of the packaging of your disk or check the online description to make sure.
Connect your DVD player to your television set using a SCART or AV component cable.
Select your DVD player's input on your television and insert your DVD.
Navigate to the "Subtitles" or "Set up" section from your DVD's main menu and select "Spanish."
Go back to the main menu and play your DVD to watch its content accompanied by Spanish subtitles.
Tips and warnings
- Some English language channels provide Spanish subtitles, or closed captions, on a limited amount of their programming. To turn Spanish closed captioning on, press the "Caption" or "CC" button on your remote and select "Spanish" or "CC2." The precise method for doing so will depend on the make and model of your television set. Check your TV's user guide if you are unsure.
- A limited amount of content on Spanish language channels also carries closed captioning which you can access in the same way.
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