I came home late, put the TV on to have some background noise while cooking dinner, and I heard a beautiful voice with an accent, it was Gwyneth Paltrow in her great Spanish.
Spanish society is a very open-minded group of people who still hold some traditional values. Nevertheless, Franco didn’t die that long ago!
But some clever individuals prefer to study, and did Gwyneth, who actually spent a period in Spain, living with a family to improve her Spanish and she used it so well that the result is quite clear.
As you can imagine, Spanish people respect and understand when Will Smith gives an interview and he speaks English. But you can also imagine we love to hear movie stars speaking our own language.
So the TV show “El Hormiguero” was lucky enough to have her this time and they didn’t need any interpreter.
Many people don’t know that Viggo Mortensen speaks perfect Spanish as well, as he spent part of his childhood in Argentina. It was shocking to hear that he would play one of Spain’s biggest heroes, El capitán Alatriste, but the result was incredible.
When I tell you how my method works, I am just imitating the conditions of real life in another culture by not translating, using definitions and all kinds of resources, and isolating from your mother tongue, and that’s what both Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen did.
See another example here, but now we’re doing the languages differently!