Are you interested in traveling? Are you interested in learning about foreign cultures and people? Are you interested in the perspective and first impression a foreigner has when they travel to another country, particularly your country?
If so, and if you speak Spanish or want to learn to, boy have I got a channel for you. Oh, and if you have a thing for amusement parks then you’re really going to be ecstatic about this.
Christian Corom’s YouTube channel is what you want. His shtick his very simple: he travels to places in the world he wants to go, that interest him (important because it means he’s enthusiastic and interesting himself), and then brings a camera along and tells you all about it as he goes. You get his first impression and therefore genuine reaction and thoughts about things. He’s a Spaniard (from Bilbao, specifically) and speaks very clearly and, I must say, surprisingly slowly for a Spaniard (these together are a godsend for those language learners who aren’t at an already advanced level).
He’s got a thing…
…for amusement parks…
…like Six Flags…
…and Tokyo Disney Land…
Important (and quick) side note!
If you’re reading this you’re probably learning Spanish at a beginner or intermediate level, and if so could I recommend you quickly check out a site called Yabla? They teach you Spanish using videos made by and for natives (e.g. TV shows, movies, YouTube videos, cartoons, news and documentaries originally made in Spanish-speaking countries for native speakers) coupled with a set of tools specifically designed for that purpose which are integrated into the video player:
- Verbatim subtitles in Spanish shown at the same time as English subtitles (you can turn either or both on or off)
- An integrated dictionary and flashcard system that both automatically looks up a word in the subtitles when you click on it as well as adds it to your flashcards for later review
- Exercises and quizzes about what you just watched that make you apply the new Spanish you just learned.
Check it out here (discounts for educators and institutions, by the way, I know a lot of you are teachers) or read my full review if you’d like more information (and screenshots of the system) first. Back to the article…
…oh, and apparently he really likes Harry Potter.
But he goes elsewhere as well!
The Grand Canyon!
The inside of the Statue of Liberty!
The largest (passenger) airplane in the world!
You get the picture: he goes many places and talks about it. Specifically, he makes a ~10 minute video about it that includes lots of shots of the place in question interspersed with his impressions and opinions of what he sees. I actually rather like that the talking has intermissions breaking it up, that way a language learner who’s having to really exert some effort to follow along only has to do so for 30-45 second bursts and then they get a break. That’s another happy coincidence for us that make his videos suited to our purpose.
You can see more on his channel and learn more about him and his journeys on his website (as well as sort his videos by destination, see the menu at the top called “Destinos Visitados”). I hope you guys liked this and found it useful, there will be many more of these to come, let me know what you think in the comments. Oh! And speaking of which, if you know of any good Spanish-language videos/channels (or videos/channels that teach Spanish) that you think I should include in this series, be sure to let me know.