ASK A QUESTION Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish - on PBS
Has anyone watched this series? I just found it few weeks ago on WUNC. It is over my head, but I still enjoy it. Motley would definitely like it (I think). You may be able to watch all 52 half hour episodes on your computer screen. The URL is
I just finished the whole series. I hate to admit it, but I got "hooked" on the story even though it was a bit silly. I think it helped my understanding of spoken Spanish and gave me a better feel for regional accents and idioms.
Funny thing - as I watched, I realized that Raquel's wardrobe was almost identical to what I wore in the late 80's / early 90's, and that I still had many of the clothes I wore then. I promptly loaded up 10 bags of clothes to give to Good Will!
It is a moving story as well as a great learning tool. A search for family truth which leads from Mexico to Spain to Puerto Rico, to Argentina, all the while following relationships between family members. I definitely recommend it. It is in lesson format. You are asked to answer questions regarding each episode.
I LOVE Destinos. I'm obsessed! I am surprised by how much I can understand and surprised by how much more I understand the next time round (when things get recapped) I recommend this to anyone who is learning Spanish-not for absolute beginners though.
I started watching about half way through the Learn Spanish 2 section on Spanishdict.
It's great & not boring. It actually has a fairly good story to it.
I started to watch the series in about the middle on TV, and I was really lost with all the characters. So I decided to install Windows XP on one of my computers. (Actually, it really belongs to my wife and her sewing machine.) What a difference it makes to know what is going on! I am going onto the fifth episode.
I still need to listen to all of it but it seemed very good.
I have watched some of it and it seems good. I can't wait to start listening to it again
If you liked Destinos, you'll love BBC Spanish -- Mi vida loca - Interact with 22 episodes - great for beginners complete with printouts. We have this link in the reference section of our web site here under the learning resources.
I just finished watching the series and I highly recommend it to anyone learning spanish. It is both entertaining and educational at the same time. I liked to turn on captions when I watched it and by doing this I could understand pretty much everything that was said. I only wish I knew of other series similar to this one.
Wow. About 5 years ago I started watching this in the middle of the series on a local college education station. I thought it was great even though I could comprehend anywhere from 25% to 50% of the dialog. I have been looking for the series to repeat since than and have had no luck finding it. Thanks for the link. I will start watching from the beginning this time.
My wife tought a distance learning Spanish course in 1998-1999 for the Community College and it was 100% based on Destinos. Her students really liked it.
I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it - we don't get telenovelas in Spanish here. I subsequently recommended it to a friend on Vancouver Island and a group of Spanish students over there are using it for their discussion group. They watch a chapter at home and then get together and discuss it.
I too have tried the BBC mi vida loca , it is quite good but I have a feeling
that I am going to enjoy "Destinos" equally ,if not even more. Thank you my friend .
When I did Destinos I bought the workbooks and the book that are designed to go with the series. You can get them fairly cheep on the internet. It was a great learning experience.