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foreign films 2.0

hi all! follow-up on THIS post.

this is another very long post giving you film and series suggestions in foreign languages - i have included my three target languages and french just to spice things up a bit. 

if you’ve seen any of these or want to expand on the post please fell free to do so!! this list is obviously very subjective and contains things that i have seen and enjoyed, so i would love to see a greater variety of genres/directors featured on here.


wakolda - this is straight up one of my favourite films ever. 1950s argentina. a family accomodates a guest at their hotel, unaware that their guest is nazi monster josef mengele. 

tiempo sin aire - colombian mum and son escape the horrors of civil war and move to the canary islands, but the mother will not rest until she has found her daughter’s rapist. contains some graphic scenes, not for the faint of heart.

la regenta - adaptation of 19th century classic, both film and miniseries (3 x 1.5 hrs) available on youtube. the film is mediocre but the miniseries stole my heart. pious wife anita torn between sexy local liberal and dark imposing priest. features an absolutely superb carmelo gomez as the cunning don fermin.

el crimen del padre amaro - another c19 classic, this time in a modern latin american setting where hot priest gael garcia b. can no longer fight his feelings for a certain young lady…

ocho apellidos vascos - SOOOOOOOO FUCKING FUNNY!!!!! 

la piel que habito - almodóvar, banderas, weird, cringy, intriguing,  “a horror story without screams or frights” [wiki]

la nana - “Raquel, la amargada e introvertida nana (eufemismo chileno para denominar a las sirvientas) de la casa de los Valdés … ve peligrar su puesto cuando éstos contratan a una nueva empleada para que le ayude durante su convalecencia. Raquel se dedica a hacerle la vida imposible a las nuevas nanas. Esta mecánica se repite una y otra vez hasta la aparición de Lucy, una mujer de provincia que logrará penetrar la coraza de Raquel.” [wiki]

el secreto de sus ojos - “Using a nonlinear narrative, the film depicts a judiciary employee and a judge in 1974 … as they investigate a rape and murder case that turns into an obsession for all the people involved, while also following the characters 25 years later reminiscing over the case and unearthing the buried romance between them.”[wiki] RECOMMENDED

vacas - portrays the conflict between two basque families that lasts three generations, starting in 1875.

la princesa de francia - looks ery promising, centred around a group of actors preparing shakespeare’s “love’s labour’s lost”, in buenos aires. read review here 


ligações perigosas [BR] - recently released tv globo miniseries, NOT A NOVELA, available on yt. adaptation of laclos’ les liaisons dangereuses. set in 1920s brazil. love, sex, intrigue, DRAMA, 1920s music. great acting by selton mello and alice wegmann. i cried watching this. i love selton mello

justiça [BR] - also a globo miniseries, follows various characters in recife as each of them searches for their own private justice. RECOMMENDED

amores roubados [BR] - yet another miniseries, based on the book “a emparedada da rua nova”. leandro returns to his hometown from SP and becomes involved with three women.

3% [BR] - a dystopian thriller series, apparently available on netflix. “ The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the “better side” of a world divided between progress and affluence in the Offshore, and devastation and poverty in the Inland, but only 3% of the candidates succeed.”[wiki] RECOMMENDED

pecado fatal [EU] - angst, drama, shy sweet love but also bitten family secrets. “a young man and woman fall in love on the night they meet, but he takes advantage of her when she gets drunk. although she doesn’t remember anything from that night, something nags at the back of her mind.” not the most accurate description - just watch it its good

o convento [EU] - a literature professor goes to a portuguese convent to confirm a conspiracy theory about shakespeare. this film is actually in english and french as well as portuguese, but i’ve included it here because it was directed by the great manoel de oliveira. stars john malkovich and catherine deneuve.

o dia de desespero [EU] - another one by oliveira, portuguese entry for 1992 oscars. the film shows the final days of the life of famed c19 writer camilo castelo branco, his blindness and eventual suicide. probably available on youtube. 


malena - a classic, story of how a beautiful young woman is ridiculed by her prejudiced community told through the eyes of a young boy lusting over her. very tastefully done and visually very pretty. plus it has monica belucci

la prima notte di quiete - 1972. scruffy alain delon is bitter and elopes with a mysterious student of his who keeps some dark secrets. very beautiful visually, lovely music, unexpected ending. watch this if you want to be sad and vague

lºeredità ferramonti - set in 1880s rome, cunning young woman weds into a split family and wreaks havoc. dominique sanda is brilliant in this. also very nice music by morricone.


des hommes et des dieux - algeria. eight monks live a secluded life in the mountains. when war breaks out, they are forced to make a choice between their faith and their lives. “a luminous tale of faith and heroism”, and also very prettily made. 

venus noire - based on the true story of saartije bartman, a black woman showcased in 19th century europe because of her body. explores prejudice, otherness, fetishisation, directed by tunesian abdellatif kechiche. RECOMMENDED.

la dame aux camélias (1981) - isabelle huppert stars as the destitute and illiterate alphonsine who travels to paris and becomes a courtesan. based on alexandre dumas’ novel, of the same title.

Quinta da Regaleira - Portugal 

Quinta da Regaleira is a UNESCO world heritage listed estate near Sintra Portugal. The estate features a palace, a chapel, a lake, grottoes and fountains, and was once home to millionaire entomologist, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. 

There are two wells on the property, that have spiral staircases lining their walls. The wells were never used as an actual water source, instead they were used for ceremonial purposes, such as Tarot initiation rites. The design of the tunnels themselves connect to Tarot mysticism, with the number of stairs and landings all being symbolic to tarot. Tunnels connect the two wells, and also lead to various monuments and caves around the property. 

In Brazilian Portugese we don’t say “I miss you.” we say “Saudade.” which is an untranslateable expression for “Loneliness, melancholy and nostalgy - a feeling of former excitement and happiness which turned to emptiness when the referred person or object is gone.” and I think that’s really deep.

films to watch

so i saw a post listing films in foreign languages and i thought i could expand on the list a little bit but my addition got so massive i decided to move it to a separate post. this list will focus on my target languages and feature a little bit of french as well just to spice it up. 

films are good for several reasons

  • usually quite fun
  • actually challenging if u watch w/o subtitles and the easiest way to achieve immersion in the privacy of your home
  • “productive procrastination”
  • might give u cultural insight as well
  • or encourage you to learn some history!!!!
  • i’m really tired of people watching almodóvar and being like uuuuuuhuuuu look the great spanish director and forgetting that not only are there spanish films not directed by almodóvar but also that spanish is spoken in other countries as well and GUESS WHAT they produce culture

ok here we go!!!!! im really lazy and my computer is agonizingly slow so i can provide no links. if something interests you search for it et voila

WARNING!!!!! long post 


  • magia salvaje - this is an uber cool colombian film showing largely unexplored areas of colombia which i think is the most beautiful country on earth. it was recommended to me independently by a friend from my spanish class and my colombian pen pal gal. from its website: “magia salvaje es la cinta del mundo natural más ambiciosa realizada en el país (…) [realizada en] 85 locaciones y 20 ecosistemas. (…) un tributo a la belleza de colombia“ tl;dr: cool shit u should watch, it’s available on yt
  • señor ávila - a p good series filmed by the mexican hbo starring tony dalton as an exemplary father and husband that starts working as a paid killer for the mafia, but it’s not all peachy because it affects his personal life and his son gets into some really deep shit. gets a bit grim at times but good nevertheless
  • retrato de un comportamiento animal - really cute indie film made in uruguay. an unlikely couple on a trip to brazil. expect nice landscapes and voseo
  • relatos salvajes - dark humour from argentina, a series of episodes in which people go absolutely bonkers over the most petty shit and also get p violent when you wouldn’t expect them to be. produced by pedro almodóvar if that serves as any recommendation.
  • la historia oficial - another one from argentina. drama. set during the dictatorship and based on true events, follows a family through a period when they would literally tear lil kids from their mothers and drown the parents if they were enemies of the state. watch it
  • juana la loca - spanish historical drama about their queen joan the mad
  • el laberinto del fauno - can we just, omg, ok, i love that film so much. fantasy, set during the civil war in spain. a little girl discovers this world with monsters and other creatures and it’s scary as shit but she goes through these adventures because she cares for her family. watch itttt
  • doce hombres sin piedad - this is the spanish version of the american classic 12 angry men, recorded in 1973. you can watch it on youtube.
  • gran hotel - spanish tv series, historical drama sort of downton abbey style. weird shit is happening in this lovely hotel, what do we do??? apparently available on netflix
  • como agua para chocolate - cute film “about how life used to be in mexico” (imdb) based on the p famous novel by laura esquivel. lovely colours, romantic love and a lot of nice food
  • los diarios de motocicleta - starring gael garcía bernal in an adaptation of che guevara’s memoir in which young che travels the world on his motorbike
  • no - ok this is some amazing shit (oscar nomination holaaaa). it’s a chilean film with gael garcía bernal set in the 1980s. in 1988 pinochet held a referendum in which basically if u said “yes” he stayed as te country’s official and lawful leader and if you said “no”, well, he went. the film is about the campaign that sought to get rid of him
  • talento de barrio - sorry but i couldn’t omit that one. it has daddy yankee in it, period.


  • la dolce vita - please do yourself a favour and watch it
  • la grande bellezza - as above. this is my favourite film of all time. look for the soundtrack on yt and you will know why
  • il bidone - early fellini follows petty thieves in rome
  • il prefetto di ferro - set in the 1920s. giuliano gemma as cesare mori aka the iron prefect who comes to palermo to deal with the gangs. good shit
  • ladri di biciclette - directed by vittorio de sica, set in post-ww2 rome, “a masterpiece of italian neorealism” (wiki). a desperate family needs their bicycle to survive
  • amarcord - comedy/drama, set in the 1930s. coming-of-age. “Fellini skewers Mussolini’s ludicrous posturings … that <<imprisoned Italians in a perpetual adolescence>> by mockig himself and his fellow villagers in comic scenes tha underline their incapacity to adopt genuine moral responsibility or outgrow foolish sexual fantasies” (wiki). won oscar for foreign language.
  • gomorra - tv series based on famed novel by roberto saviano. rival mob clans. good shit
  • il vangelo secondo matteo - “trattando in maniera antidogmatica un argomento di carattere religioso, l’opera fece sensazione e scatenò un aspro confronto intelettuale sulla stampa, proseguendo le non sopite polemiche per le accuse di vilipendio della religione” (wiki). three oscar nominations.
  • una vita violenta - poor kid in rome attempts to transform his life after leaving prison
  • la notte - marcello mastroianni in a study of a deteriorating relationship
  • la nostra terra - cute film which is literally my aesthetic aka people working the land. educated guy from bologna comes down south to start a community and sell organic veg he will grow himself. featuring creepy mafia guy freshly released from prison and sneaky southerners
  • la mafia uccide solo d’estate - drama but also a comedy fresh from palermo. lil boy observes how the mob influences people’s lives
  • il capitale umano - drama. a car accident ties together the lives of two families. people go crazy. great performance by valeria bruni tedeschi
  • il rosso e il blu - follows the lives of three school teachers as they get really involved in the fucked up lives of their students. confusing but oddly satisfying
  • latin lover - fun comedy of how a famed actor dies leaving behind a shitload of lovers, wives and children who all meet for his funeral.


  • trash - an AMAZING brazilian film about two favela boys trying to solve a criminal mystery and unearth corruption before an ill-willed police officer gets to them; all thanks to a wallet found in the dumpster they work in. really good cinema with appearances made by rooney mara and martin sheen
  • singularidades de uma rapariga loura - modern portuguese film based on a short stories by eça de queirós. a blooming romance meets an unexpected obstacle. spot on aesthetic and cleverly blended cultural references. directed by manoel de oliveira who is THE MAN, check out his ther shit such as the p recent o convento starring john malkovich and catherine deneuve
  • saneamento básico - p straightforward but fun brazilian comedy in which a small town community will do anything to raise money to fix their sewer system
  • this is embarrassingly short i will make a separate post to expand 


  • farinelli - an AMAZING film based very loosely on the life of the most famous castrato singer, farinelli. loooveeeee
  • la religieuse (2013) - a really stuningly made adaptation of denis diderot’s novel about a girl thrown into a convent against her will and desperate to get out who discovers some dark family secrets.
  • tom à la ferme - weird indie canadian film with xavier dolan, a gay man travelling to meet his dead boyfriend’s family and terrorised by said’s boyfriend’s horrible brother. more dark family shit for u
  • yves saint laurent - nice biographical film with pierre niney
  • dans la maison - terrifying and fascinating drama about how one seductive teenager ruins some families. 10/10 would recommend
  • les choristes - really good film about how a music teacher transforms the lives of a class of “difficult” boys. set in the 1940s to spice it up
  • les liaisons dangereuses (1959) - adaptation of laclos’ classic novel, set in the present day. directed by roger vadim.

that’s it - I hope at least one person finds it interesting/helpful!!!

i once promised a crash course in polish thing and i know i’m delaying it horribly but sometime next week i will prepare a similar post about polish films (if u folks are interested, ofc)

Hey guys! It’s my birthday today so I thought about making a vocabulary list with it as a subject! Hope you like it!

  • (o) Aniversário - Birthday
  • (a) Festa de Aniversário - Birthday Party
  • (o) Presente - Gift
  • Feliz Aniversário! - Happy birthday!
  • (o) Cartão - Card
  • (os) Balões - Baloons
  • (as) Velas - Candles
  • Celebração/Comemoração - Celebration
  • (os) Amigos - Friends
  • (o) Bolo - Cake
  • (o) Chapéu de aniversário - Birthday hat
  • (os) Convidados - Guests
  • (a) Idade - Age
  • (o) Confete - Confetti
  • (os) Jogos - Games
  • (a) Diversão - Fun
  • (os) Doces - Sweets
  • (a) Decoração - Decoration

That was it for now! Hope you enjoy it!

How to make this graphic:

Tutorial originally posted on Looksgreat, my tutorial blog - in portuguese. Like or reblog if you liked. Don’t repost. If you feel like translating it to another language, please let me know before you post. Click “keep reading” to follow this tutorial ♥

* English is not my first language, so I apologize for any mistakes I made. I hope I made a good job explaning everything. If by the end of this tutorial you have any questions, please leave it on my askbox!

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ID #32529

Name: Sofia
Age: 17
Country: Portugal

Hello! My name is Sofia and I’m a female from Portugal. I don’t know many people with the same interest as me and I’m very shy and introvert so that’s why I’m writing here.
So about me: when it comes to music I have a weird music taste. I like twenty one pilots, Melanie Martinez, Panic! At the Disco, Troye Sivan and those are the ones I can remember now. I like kdramas and kpop (surprise, surprise BTS are my favourite). I like to watch movies and tv series. Marvel and animation and some musicals. Doctor Who, Supernatural, Riverdale, Sherlock, Shadowhunters, Game of Thrones, etc. I like to read. Mostly fantasy. I like harry potter, everything written by rick riordan, the mortal instruments (haven’t read the prequel nor the sequel), john green books, etc. I also like anime and various youtubers.
I don’t have any talents, or at least I haven’t find mine yet. I can’t draw and I envy (in a good way) people who can. Same thing when it comes to dancing, playing instruments, acting, etc.
I speak Portuguese fluently and I think my English is pretty good. I’m trying to learn Korean by myself so if you would like to help me in any way, please e-mail me.
I would like to get to know asian culture since it’s something that I’m not familiar with and I’m interested in it. Also idk much about other countries and I would like to know.
I wouldn’t like snail mail. It’s expensive to me. I would like to “move on” to instant message at some point. I would prefer someone around my age and with some interests in common so we could have good conversations and not only small talk.
Oh and btw I’m fujoshi. And a big fangirl.

Preferences: People between 15-25 years old

-Beach Vocabulary- in Portuguese

Based on Black Tea and Language’s vocabulary list

Mar - sea
Oceano - ocean
Lago - lake
Lagoa - pond
Rio - river
Ilha - island
Costa - shore
Faixa de areia - sandy shore
Praia - beach
Palmeira - palm
Coqueiro - coconut tree
Areia - sand
Pedra / Rocha - stone, rock
Água - water
Onda - wave
Corrente - current
Profundidade - depth
Espuma - foam
Tolha - towel
Chapéu - hat
Óculos de sol - sunglasses
Camiseta - t-shirt
Top - top
Maiô - swimming suit
Biquini - bikinis
Sunga - swimming trunks
Saia - skirt
Shorts (shorter than knee-lenght shorts) / Bermudas (knee-lenght shorts) - shorts
Sandálias - sandals
Nadar - to swim
Mergulhar - to div
Óculos de natação - goggles
Boia - swimming ring
Colchão de ar - air mattress
Boia salva-vidas - life-buoy, life ring, life preserver
Salva-vidas - lifeguard    
Jogar - to play (games, sports)
Bola de praia - beach ball
Bola de vôlei - volleyball
Frisbee - frisbee
Pipa - kite
Construir - to build
Castelo de areia - sand castle
Pá - shovel
Balde- bucket
Relaxar- to relax
Descansar - to rest
Sol - sun
Tomar Sol - to sunbathe
Cabelo de praia - beach hair
Filtro solar / Protetor solar - sunscreen
Bronzear-se - to get tanned
Bronzeado - tan
Guarda-Sol - umbrella (against sun)
Peixe - fish
Pescar - to fish
Caranguejo- crab, crayfish
Ostra - clam (actually “ostra” is oyster, but clams are informally called “ostras” anyway)
Concha - seashell
Golfinho - dolphin
Tubarão - shark
Baleia - whale
Água-viva - jellyfish
Estrela do mar - starfish
Cavalo marinho- seahorse
Alga - seaweed
Coral - coral
Gaivota - gull
Foca - seal
Tartaruga - turtle
Mais frio - cooler
Bebida - drink
Garrafa d’água - water bottle
Sorvete - ice cream
Picolé- popsicle
Fazer churrasco / Grelhar - to barbecue, to grill
Comer - to eat
Beber - to drink
Surfar - to surf
Prancha de surf - surfboard
Barco - boat
Submarino - submarine  
Farol- lighthouse

ID #84587

Name: Marcela
Age: 21
Country: Poland

Hi gals, I’m crazy female from Europe. I’m very open-minded and friendly person but for some reason (I’m weird but shhh…) I don’t have friends so, it would be nice to have someone to talk with.
I’m in love with astronomy and biology, read a lot lot lot lot of books and recently trying to write some stuff by myself in non-native language so it’s quite a fun.
My music taste is very wide, from metal and rock to classic and electro. I cook, bake and inhale tons of food but since I love exercising and swimming I manage to keep fit and sporty.
CACTUSES. People say I’m funny but well, maybe I’m just an alien?
I love learning about new cultures and languages, I know English well enough to have decent conversation about anything you’d like to talk. Also know a little German and Russian, currently learning Portugês and when I start uni in few months I’ll try with Spanish.
I play video games pretty much (OVERWATCHHH <3), don’t watch multiple tv series only OITNB, Rick and Morty and Supergirl. And every other episode of anything my girlfriend wants me to watch with her so maybe I’ve seen your favourite series too ;p
I’m not religious but like to talk about religions in tolerant way. And spare me politics please.
I’m a dog person but I don’t mind cats too and basicaly any other pet, animals are lovely and deserve to be taken care of.
I’m traveller and explorer, curious about the world, craving for knowledge in every field. Tell me what you know, share your thoughts and beliefs with me, let’s debate about the universe.

Preferences: 18+ but if you’re younger and consider yourself as mature come and text me. I’d prefer e-mails or WhatsApp cause I’m glued to my phone 24/7 but traditional letters may be interesting (:

Language Learning Struggle #7473

After you’re done writing some notes and you go over them only to realize that you could’ve formatted everything in a way that your notes would’ve been more helpful and understandable 

A friend asked “How is it to be lesbian, fat and black?”

- It is to be invisible. Or visible for chuckles. - I answered.

Here comes one more self-pity post, huh?

Well, it should be, buddy. I feel like crap everyday. But it’s not.

I’m just writing to tell myself I gonna try to have some self-respect.

Being a minority and MANY OTHER issues have fucked up my head. But having the looks of a person that most of people find disgusting hurts a lot.
No, I don’t hate my body. I just don’t follow the pattern most society follows, I get being punished by that. Being denied touch, kisses, hugs, sex and even (debatable) love hurts too.

So I’m going to respect myself and stopping searching almost everyday for someone that accepts me for who I am. And I’m NOT talking about love. I don’t even think I can love someone right now. I’m talking about finding another woman who wants to be with me. Kiss me. Have sex with me.

You don’t have to love me to do that. Neither do I.

I just wanna remember how being touched by another woman feels like.

But now, enough. I need time to forget so much denial.

ID #56944

Name: Ana
Age: 16
Country: Brazil

Hey… I really don’t know how to start this hahah
Well, I’m a lonely high school student. I speak Portuguese and English fluently, and my Spanish is not that bad. I’m learning Italian too, though I’m a beginner. I want to study languages and linguistics at university, probably become a translator and/or interpreter.

I am really interested in history (mostly Eastern European, world wars and South American), philosophy (I’m a bit of an existentialist, you know), art and currently obsessed with Russian literature. I am also beginning to understand the value and beauty of cinema. I love listening to people talk about their interests, even if I don’t know anything about it. I’m an anarchist at the heart though I don’t believe humanity is ready for such thing. I’m bisexual, have anxiety and agoraphobia. I know I sound like a really sad person but I actually make a lot of jokes and don’t take most of things in life seriously. Oh, I write too.

Movies and TV shows: Sherlock, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Hannibal, American Gods, Hetalia (it’s anime but I guess it counts ??)

Books: Crime and Punishment (!!!), Night at the Tavern, anything by Edgar Allan Poe or Dostoyevsky, Death with Interruptions/Death at Intervals

Music: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Francesco Gabbani, Metallica, Valentin Strykalo

So… Would you like to make a fragile human connection in the cold infinity of chaos that we call modern world?

Preferences: Age between 15-19… Maybe someone that really want to become friends? I have a lot of free time, so if you want someone to talk with constantly, I’m here. I can’t snail mail because it’s really expensive and slow to send letters in Brasil, but I have many social media accounts so I’m sure we can find something.