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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: “Perfecta” por Agapornis

It’s really great when I come across a band that I’m unfamiliar with and then find a song by them that I love. This is the case with “Pefecta”.

Caution: This song is a sweet love song, but does feature two homosexual couples in the video along with other heterosexual couples. Of course, their contact is completely PG, but some students/schools might not appreciate this video.

Here’s what’s great about this song:

  1. Preterite: There are a whole bunch of examples of the preterite in the song.
  2. Easy lyrics: The lyrics are easy enough that even Spanish 1 students could pick up on a lot of what is going on, even though the grammar is more appropriate for upper levels.
  3. Love: It’s nice to show a video that shows all different kinds of love (if your school allows).

Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “A Prueba de Amor” por Sie7e

Here’s a BRAND NEW song by Sie7e. It’s so new that it just premiered on YouTube yesterday. If you love “Tengo Tu Amor” then you will most likeley enjoy this song.

Here’s what is great about this song:

  • Negative tú commands: There are several examples of negative tú commands, like no corras and no escapes, that would be excellent examples for students.
  • Intro monologue: In the beginning of the song, the lead singer has a little monologue and what he says is subtitled at the bottom of the screen. This is a nice way for students to hear and see what is being said. Also, he’s speaking slowly enough and the vocabulary is basic enough that students of all levels should be able to pick up on at least part of what is being said.

Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Adiós” por Ricky Martin

Let me be honest. I just LOVE Ricky Martin. I probably still have “Livin’ La Vida Loca” on my Ipod from back in the day.

Since my students’ last day is this Friday (I know, I can’t believe it either!), I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use the song “Adiós” as our last song of the week.

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

  • Melody: The song just makes you want to get up and move, which is why this zumba video is P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Not only is the song catchy, but the dance moves in this video are really easy to learn.
  • Good-bye: What better way to end the year with your students then zumba-ing to a song called “Adiós”?!
  • Bilingual: While the majority of the song is in Spanish, you can even hear some French in the lyrics.

Be warned: As in a lot of Ricky Martin songs, some of the lyrics are a tad “romantic.”

Enjoy!

“Mal de Amor” por Sharlene ft. Servando y Florentino

Wowza. It sure has been a while since I’ve posted last. Lo siento. There have been a few family emergencies over the last few weeks that have popped up, but luckily, everything seems to be settling now.

This week’s song is by a new artist that I’m not too familiar with. I had never heard of Sharlene nor the other artists that were featured in this song. However, I’m glad YouTube recommended this song to me, because I feel as if I’ve found a new artist I really enjoy.

Here’s what I like about this song:

1. New York: The movie video “takes place” in New York. Whether or not it was actually filmed in New York, they set up the video with a nice mix of different Latino cultures that can be found in this city.

2. Easy lyrics: The lyrics are relatively clear and easy to understand.

Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Olita del Altamar” por Café Tacvba

One of the best things about writing this blog is that it forces me to go outside of my comfort zone and look for cool, new music in Spanish. Doing so made me recently discover the band Café Tacvba (I’ve also seen “Tacuba”). This group is from Mexico, but recorded their song “Olita del Altamar” in Peru.

Here’s what I like about this song:

  • Environment: Just like “Madre Tierra“, this song has a strong environmental message. I read that the band recorded this song in Paracas, Peru to bring attention to La Reserva Nacional de Paracas, which helps conserve the sea and desert.
  • Culture: This group is fiercely patriotic. While they usually sing about Mexico, they collaborated in Peru to sing with the Andes people. In the video you will see some neat traditional clothing, etc.
  • Repetition: The lyrics are really repetitive, so would be easy to learn as a class.

Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Me Equivoqué” por CD9

Another song from CD9! I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough of “Ángel Cruel” and thought that my students and I could use another dose of some CD9.

Here’s what I like about CD9:

1. Possessive Adjectives: Since I teach Spanish 1, I’m always looking for songs with great grammar examples of concepts we learn in the first year. I found several examples of this concept in the song, like “mis manos” and “tu calor”.

2. Preterite: This song has some really great examples of the preterite. A possible quick activity to do with students would be for them to highlight all of the preterite examples that they can find in the lyrics of the song OR write them down as they see them in the video.

Enjoy!