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One of the best ways to learn a new language is through music, especially if you enjoy music!
Here are some playlists I have put together of some Spanish music, some of which we have used in class. This is only a small sampling of the music available out there. Do you have a favorite song or artist in Spanish? Let me know!
Spotify is a free music service. If you sign up for a free account, you can create playlists, discover new music, or listen to radio stations based on songs, artists, or genres that you like. You can download it on your phone, tablet, or computer, or use the web player. This is my favorite way to listen and to discover new music!
On Youtube you can sometimes learn more about a culture through music videos from other cultures. I have a variety of music on this Youtube playlist, and another below for younger kids (K-3) that include some songs we use in Spanish class.
Please note - I have tried to make sure there is nothing objectionable, and that the videos are school appropriate. However, these are external links and I do not own or control any of the content linked here. If you find a broken link or questionable content, please let me know!
This week in class we have been learning about the Mexican Holiday of the Day of the Dead. We have learned that it is a holiday to remember everyone who has passed away. However, in Mexican culture this is a joyful and festive occasion - not sad and serious.
Learning about these traditions has been a little strange for some students, because the Mexican attitude toward death may be different than what they are used to. One of the things we often learn in Spanish class is how to learn about traditions and customs that are different than our own, and how to be respectful of people different than ourselves.
If you would like to learn more about this tradition, try some of the links below!
--Día de los Muertos at AZ Central (Lots of information!)
--Visit the Smithsonian Latino Center to build an interactive altar, and more.
--Sugar Skulls recipes, directions, and supplies.
--Throw a Día de los Muertos party!
--Online Calavera Coloring Sheets.
--Cook up some Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) or other holiday recipes
Día de los Muertos animation: (Good for all ages)
Video of the actual celebration in a Mexican town
Speaking of los esqueletos... here is a Skeleton Song from Costa Rica!
In our weekly 8th grade elective we have started watching El Rey León in Spanish. Here is the song we started with!
Watch the version with subtitles, and then see if you can follow along without them below!
Note: This is Latin American Spanish - you can also find versions with Spanish from Spain, which has some differences.
The lyrics and fill-in-the blanks activity we did are available below.
El Ciclo Sin Fin - With Subtitles:
I recently went to a workshop with another Señorita K. She is a Spanish teacher from Maryland who uses a lot of rhymes set to contemporary music to teach vocabulary, sounds, and grammar. Her youtube channel is here, and this is herSpanish alphabet song - to the instrumental version of Ace Hood´s song, "Hustle Hard." Listen to it a few times, get it stuck in your head, and practice your letters!
If you need a copy of the alphabet sheet I gave out in class:
Noticias de las clases de español.