Category Archives: Songs

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:

Canción de la Semana: “Corazón de Campeón” por Jesse y Joy

I’ve been wanting to post about this song for a while, but every time I would start a post, the video would have disappeared. So strange! I decided to try to search the song again, and I found a slightly different version (with AT&T as the sponsor) that I like better.

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • It’s a sing along!: This is a great opportunity for your students to sing along with the song, or just to visually see the words they are hearing in the song.
  • Evolution of fútbol: The song also narrates the beginnings of fútbol and the evolution it has taken to be what it is today.
  • Sports unit: This is an excellent song for sports units (equipo, fútbol, etc.)

Enjoy!