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Saturday, September 17, 2011 (read 1269 times)
Practise your Spanish the musical way!by Matthew Leake
It seems fitting that as the Spanish football team lifted the World Cup for the first time ever in 2010, the song that accompanied them was the famous “Waka, Waka” anthem by Columbian singer Shakira. Was it meant to be? Did a Spanish song spur the team on to win the World Cup? Or perhaps it was the passionate love affair between Gerard Piqué and Shakira that inspired victory...
The fact is that Latin American musicians are now famous all over world. Names like Jennifer López, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Don Omar, Gloria Trevi, among many others fill the charts everywhere you go.
The "Top Latino Chart" from the past week looks like this:
|1||Give me everything||Pitbull Feat. Ne Yo||SONY MUSIC|
|2||Party rock anthem||LMFAO||UNIVERSAL|
|4||Last friday night||Katy Perry||EMI|
|6||Vestida de azúcar||Gloria Trevi||UNIVERSAL|
|8||On the floor||Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull||SONY MUSIC|
|10||I wanna go||Britney Spears||SONY MUSI|
We can see here that of the top ten songs, four of them are in Spanish. Listening to these is a guaranteed way to help you pactise and improve your Spanish.
As a Spanish teacher I have some recommendations that you can find on Youtube that will help you with certain aspects of the Spanish language...
|A Dios le pido||Juanes||Subjuntive|
|La Bilirrubina||Juan Luis Guerra||Past tense + medical vocabulary|
|20 de abril||Celtas Cortos||Present tense + informal letters|
|Ójala que llueva café||Juan Luis Guerra||Subjuntive|
|Pedro Navaja||Rubén Blades||Descriptions in past and present tenses|
|No me ames||Jennifer López y Marc Anthony||Present tense|
|Me gustas tú||Manu Chao||“Gustar” type verbs|
|Mis ojos||Maná||Present + present continuous|
|Me voy||Julieta Venegas||Present tense|
Enjoy! I hope these lead you to many more examples so you can keep practising your Spanish with music.
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