Canción de la Semana: “El Arrepentido” por Melendi y Carlos Vives

Happy end of the school year! El Arrepentido is a song I used earlier in the year with my students. It just came out in February, so it is relatively new.

Here’s what I like:

  • Hay que”: Expressions with hay que come up several times in the song.
  • Message: The message of the song, living with regret, is great topic to use to create group discussions in your classes about regret in our own lives.

Here’s the song. 

Have a great summer! You deserve a break.

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Canción de la Semana: “Movimiento Naranja” por Yuawi

This. Is. The. Song. Of. The. Year.

Movimiento Naranja is a super catchy song packed full of meaning. It features a boy from Jalisco, México singing this short song while dressed in indigenous clothing. The song discusses “Movimiento Naranja” which refers to “Movimiento Cuidadano”, a political party in México. They are the force behind this HUGE hit and created this song/video in preparation for the elections in July.

Here’s what I like about the video:

  • EASY lyrics: There are just a few lines in the song. Very easy to follow and the lyrics are displayed during the video.
  • Political discussion: This a great opportunity to discuss politics in México, different political parties, and the upcoming elections. Perhaps you can compare and contrast with politics here.
  • Clothes: The boy in video wears some really awesome indigenous clothing.

 

Here’s the video.

Here’s a fun remix version.

Here’s an article that gives more information

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Canción de la Semana: “Isla Bendita” por Unidos por Puerto Rico

Recently I sat down and found a ton of great music videos that I can’t wait to use in my Spanish classes. This song, though a little late, is awesome for discussing the hurricane’s affects on Puerto Rico.

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Authentic news clips: There are great video clips, mostly in Spanish, that portray the extent of the devastation in Puerto Rico.
  • Famous Puerto Ricans: A whole bunch of great Puerto Rican singers, from Luis Fonsi to Juan Luis Guerra, joined forces to help raise awareness and funds for Puerto Rico.

Here’s the song.

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Canción de la Semana: “Carita de Buena” por Efecto Pasillo

Well hello there! It has been a while since I have posted, but I have an EXCELLENT excuse. I had two beautiful twins this summer: a boy and a girl. I’m totally in love with them, and I am just now getting back into the groove of things at school.

I chose “Carita de Buena” as one of my first songs to use this year, because I wanted a song that was peppy and upbeat; this one sure is.

Here’s what I like about the song: 

  • present progressive: There are a lot of great examples of present progressive, like “me estás enloqueciendo”.
  • reflexive verbs: Examples galore!
  • mood: As mentioned before, this song just puts one in a good mood.

Here’s the video

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Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Me Voy de Viaje Solito” por Mera

With only 25 days left of school (hooray!), this song really gets me in the mood for summer.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Excellent for Spanish 1: There are lots of easy vocab words for them to understand, like pueblos, conocer, amigos, etc.
  • Travel vocab: You’ll hear words that are typically covered in travel units, like casa, viaje, ciudades, lugares, ríos, playas, etc.

Here’s the song!

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Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana (parte 2): “Me Equivoqué” por Ventino

I have a ton of great songs by boy groups, but this is one of my FIRST songs by a girl group. I love to represent the ladies! Ventino is great, because they have a really young look, just like CD9, so my students were immediately drawn in.

Here’s what I like:

  • Girl Group
  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song, just like CD9’s “A Tu Lado”, is another great song to show examples of these concepts.

Here’s a link to the song.

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Canción de la Semana (parte 1): “A Tu Lado” por CD 9

Get your hankies ready. This is the newest (and saddest) song by one of my students’ favorite groups: CD9. This video features a really sweet/sad love story. I suggest watching it before you show it to the kids so you can get your tears out alone. I definitely cried when I saw it the first time (but then again I’m pregnant).

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song is full of lots of great examples of both.

Here’s the link to the song.

Enjoy!

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5 New(er) Songs for Spanish Class

I’m back after a bit of a break! Hopefully, I can share some ideas with all of you as often as I can, however, my personal life is about to get a bit more hectic because I’m expecting!

Here are 5 new(er) songs that my students have been really enjoying. 

  1.  “La Bicicleta” por Shakira
    • My students love this song! I was a little more hesitant to show the original music video, because there is a bit more skin showing and hips moving than I feel comfortable with. However, this Just Dance is an awesome way to get the kids up and moving while listening to the music.
  2. “Los Charcos” por Dani Martin
    • A highly unusual music video. It is about a man that creates a female robot, teaches her how to be human, and falls in love with her in the process.
    • Nice, slower lyrics.
  3. “Bailar” por Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
    • A music video that involves a quinceañera. Dad gets jealous that his daughter is in love with a boy, so he does all he can to prevent the boy from making it to his daughter’s quinceañera.
    • One of my students’ favorites.
  4. “Tu Enemigo” por Pablo López ft. Juanes
    • Great song about tolerance and acceptance. Based on the singer’s experience with traveling to the US and getting stopped and questioned at customs every time he comes here.
    • Quote from the beginning of the song: “La tolerancia es el fundamento de convivir en paz y entendiendo que en el mundo somos diferentes”
  5. “Déja Vu” por CD9

Canción / Video de la Semana: “Pura Vida” por Don Omar

I just very recently found this song/ video and I just LOVE it. This comes from an album, Pura Vida, that Pepsi put out around the time of the 2014 World Cup. Be warned: this video is a bit long at 6:51, but super cute.

Here’s what I love about the song / video: 

  • Great Message: Try, try and try again until you succeed. I especially love how the kids take dance class to get better at the game, and of course, it all pays off in the end.
  • Fútbol: Great way to get kids excited about soccer/ fútbol.
  • Pura Vida: The team name can lead into a nice discussion about Costa Rica’s slogan.
  • Wilmer Valderrama: Need I say more?! Hubba hubba.

**You can watch the video here.

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Canción de la Semana: “Vivo La Vida” por Olga Tañon

In Spanish class, we are just beginning a chapter that focuses on Cuba. With all of the recent developments between Cuba and the U.S., I thought this song was just perfect to help me introduce the chapter.

Here’s what I like about “Vivo La Vida”:

  1. Cuba: It’s awesome to give kids the possibility of seeing into a country that before we didn’t have much information about. The video is set up like a documentary / news clip, so it’s neat to see local musicians, dancers (and even antique cars) in Havana.
  2. Merengue: Great music/dancing.
  3. An Optional Accompanying Article: Here’s an article People En Español did about the making of the video.

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Here’s the video:

Here’s the lyrical video: