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.



Canción de la Semana: “Vivir Mi Vida” por Marc Anthony

Last chapter my students worked on the concept of Ir+a+raw or Ir+a+infinitive. Sometimes the students had a difficult time of remembering to leave the verb after the form of ir alone, so I went looking for ways to help them remember. While listening to my IPod, I heard Marc Anthony’s song “Vivir Mi Vida” and thought that this would be perfect for helping them with this concept.

This song is FULL of Ir+a+raw / infinitive examples. In fact the chorus, which plays a ton in the song, is almost entirely made of this concept.

Another great part of this song is that it has a nice, appropriate video to use in class. It also is a perfect way to discuss culture, especially Puerto Rican culture.