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Saturday, September 17, 2011 (read 1290 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:

TOP LATINO SEMANA 37 – 2011
POSITION SONG ARTIST RECORD LABEL
1 Give me everything Pitbull Feat. Ne Yo SONY MUSIC
2 Party rock anthem LMFAO UNIVERSAL
3 Rabiosa Shakira    SONY MUSIC
4 Last friday night Katy Perry EMI
5 Amor clandestino Maná    WARNER
6 Vestida de azúcar Gloria Trevi UNIVERSAL
7 Taboo    Don Omar UNIVERSAL
8 On the floor Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull SONY MUSIC
9  Peligro Reik    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...
 

SONG ARTIST TOPIC
A Dios le pido Juanes    Subjuntive
La Bilirrubina Juan Luis Guerra Past tense +  medical vocabulary
20 de abril Celtas Cortos Present tense + informal letters
Antología Shakira    Past tenses
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.


Keywords: spanish music, spanish songs, learn spanish, spanish artists, spanish singers, latin american singers, latin american artists, spanish teaching, teaching spanish grammar, spanish grammar, latin american music

Comments

1 » Jonathan Mangar (on Friday, September 23, 2011) said:

Wow, I certainly agree one hundred percent with this post. I love learning languages through music! And I also had the thought of using "A Dios le pido" to teach the subjunctive. Your tables are very helpful and I will be sure to bookmark this post and use it in the future - I begin student teaching next year. Music is catchy, fun, and easy to remember, so hopefully it'll get our students to remember grammar and also to use the right accent when speaking!

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