Authentic Spanish Songs for Object Pronouns Your Classes Will Love

Authentic Spanish Songs for Object Pronouns Your Classes Will Love

Inside: Songs for learning direct and indirect object pronouns in Spanish.

 

When I finally realized that I could drop the drawn-out explanations for direct and indirect object pronouns, I felt like this:

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It’s just one of those concepts that goes like this:

– Fairly easy to comprehend in context.
– Somewhat complicated to produce accurately. 
– Really hard to explain.

If you have to explain them, do so after lots of context. The key is really that students hear them over and over again, in context, until they can produce them naturally. It takes a while, but if there’s exposure from day 1, students won’t know that it’s a “hard” concept. 

(If you’re looking for more lists of Songs in Spanish by theme and category, I have a ton!)

 

 

Authentic Spanish Songs for Learning Object Pronouns

 

 

1. Si Tú La Ves

 

If you want to isolate one direct object pronoun that gets repeated in a catchy way, here’s your song. The other pronouns are mostly in the context of commands, but the chorus definitely sticks. 

 

2. A Dios Le Pido – Juanes 

 

Here’s a song that repeats an isolated indirect object pronoun over and over. There are also a ton of pronouns attached to infinitives. 

 

3. Querido Tommy – Tommy Torres 

 

This is another one with lots of “te” examples, but also shows “le” examples, in the context of usted and ella. (I’ve got a letter-writing activity pack in case you to work with this song some more.)

 

 

4. Robarte un Beso – Carlos Vives, Sebastian Yatra 

 

The video that goes with this song is great, and would make for some good storytelling or MovieTalk. This is also part of my letter-writing activity pack!

 

5. Limón y Sal – Julieta Venegas

 

“Te quiero” is the main example here, but there are lots of “te” and “me” pronouns sprinkled throughout. 

 

6. Darte un beso (Prince Royce)

 

This is a really fun song PACKED with “te” verbs, and if you want to contraste DOs and IDOs. Just preview the video below to see if you should show it in class or not– I found it a tad too suggestive for class.

 

7. Dímelo – Enrique Iglesias

 

An oldie but a goodie, we finally have some examples of double object pronouns together. 

 

 

8. Que Bueno, Que Bueno – Jarabe de Palo 

 

So many examples in this song they’re hard to list! (Shows a brief second of smoking and a glass of wine– heads up.)

 

9. Sólo Le pido a Dios – Mercedes Sosa

 

This is a really meaningful song with pronouns in the context of subjunctive forms. A little more advanced, but I love this one. 

 

10. Te mando flores – Fonseca

 

A few examples of double object pronouns, and one of my personal old favorites. 

 

 

What song did I miss? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Sad Spanish Songs: Your Essential Break-Up Latin Playlist

Sad Spanish Songs: Your Essential Break-Up Latin Playlist

Inside: The best sad Spanish songs: A Latin Playlist.

 

When I’m sad or frustrated, my husband often tries to fix it. This often makes me mad, which is obviously confusing to him. 

“Don’t you see? I’m upset. Right now I just need to sit here and feel bad/mad/sad for a minute.

This had never made sense to him, but I maintain that sometimes a bad day needs to be felt before moving on. If you’ve had that bad day, here’s your list for when you need a moment. 

Spanish music is famous for its romance and passion. Not surprisingly, its sad music is just as good, if not better: packed with feeling, longing, or whatever you feel when you’re lonely or your heart’s been stomped on.

And really– when you feel that way, you just want songs that empathize with you. 

There are some great angry break-up songs, but this list is all about the best emotion-packed songs. I’m working on the following lists to add to my Songs in Spanish collection:

 

 

The Best Sad Spanish Songs

 

Let’s take a tour of our top picks! Grab the tissues, a fake microphone, and all your feelings.

 

1. Creo en ti – Reik

  

Uy uy uy — this has got to be one of the best break-up songs. Written by the left-behind-party who continues to love the one who left. Reik’s sad songs are so good you kind of just want him to keep writing unhappy tunes, full-time.

 

2. Si tú no estás aquí – Rosana 

 

I dare you to listen to this song without either tissues or chills. I didn’t include this one because of a fancy video or sound. Rosana and her guitar convey all the raw emotion you could possibly want in a sad song.

 

3.Sí no te hubieras ido – Marco Antonio Solís

 

A perennial favorite at karaoke locals, this song blames unhappiness on the person who left. La gente siempre pasa, pasa, tan igual, el ritmo de la vida me parece mal… life feels wrong without you. I love the Maná version as well, but I had to include the original here.

 

4. Corre – Jesse y Joy

 

Sometimes it’s just time to go, as Jesse y Joy tell us here– without even looking back.  They have a plethora of sad songs to choose from, but this one is so powerful it had to be on the list.

 

5. Tantas veces – John Secada

 

Sometimes in a broken-heart situation, it was partly your fault too. Here’s your song of regret, wanting to win the other person back, and one that cuts to the soul. Perdón, vida de mi vida, perdón…

 

6. Otro día más sin verte – Jhon Secada

 

An oldie but a (famous, famous) goodie. Here’s your song if you’re counting the days without that someone. 

 

7. El amor que perdimos – Prince Royce

 

The famous chorus here– y sufrí, hasta el fin, no te quiero ver…–  makes this one the anthem of those looking back on years with someone, as only a bachata can.

 

 

8. Dile al amor – Aventura 

 

If you’ve reached the point that are DONE, and you want to tell love to stay away from you, here’s your bachata perfecta. 

 

9.Ojala pudiera borrarte – Maná

 

I love Maná. If you ever ached for someone so bad you wish you’d never met them, this is your song. Vuelve, corazón, no vuelve… 

 

10. Mi problema – Ismael Serrano & Natalia Lafourcade

 

I just discovered this gem of a song, and it is exquisite. Ever feel like amigos y enemigos a la vez? Relationship are complex; here’s your perfect duet capturing that complexity.

 

11. Mil pedazoes – Cristina y los Subterreanos

 

Heart shattered into a thousand pieces? This one is for you, and just plain spells out what it’s like to have a broken heart.

 

12. Eterna soledad – Enanitos verdes

 

 

 

13. Deja vu – Prince Royce, Shakira

 

This is a new one, but I’m loving these two voices together (even if you can’t use the video in class). “¿Quién puede hablar del amor y defenderlo? Levante la mano, por favor”–  if you feel done with love altogether, this just might be your jam for a while.

 

14. El Perdedor – Enrique Iglesias 

 

It’s pretty awful watching the one you love with someone else. Enrique Iglesias has this one covered if that’s you. 

 

15. Suelta mi mano – Sin Bandera

 

 

16. Fuiste tú – Ricardo Arjona y Gaby Moreno

 

Caught in a it’s not me, it’s you situation? This one’s for you, with an incredible duet. 

 

 

17. Imagíname sin ti – Luis Fonsi

 

Before Despacito, here’s a song from Luis Fonsi packed with regret and sentiment. 

 

18. Vuelve – Ricky Martin

 

Just wishing you could convince your ex to come back? Ricky Martin wrote the song you need. 

 

19. Por tu maldito amor – Vincente Fernandez

 

This one is reaching way back, but it’s hard to match force of these words or the sentiment in his voice. I’m fairly certain a number of broken hearts have raised a tequila glass to this song, over the years. 

 

20. Mi historia entre tus dedos – Gianluca Grignani 

 

Ever been told “we can still be friends”?

 

 

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Spanish Valentine’s Day Songs: A Cheesy, Catchy, and Clean List

Spanish Valentine’s Day Songs: A Cheesy, Catchy, and Clean List

 InsideA list of Spanish Valentine’s Day songs to use in the Spanish classroom. 

 

When it comes to Latin love songs, the possibilities are basically endless. And I mean that quite literally. So Spanish songs are an obvious choice when creating Valentine’s Day plans!

However, when it comes to working with teenagers in the Spanish classroom, it can’t just be any song. We want clean songs, with catchy music and comprehensible lyrics. 

Another catch is that Valentine’s Day can be tricky in the classroom. We don’t want to send the message that life is all about being in a couple, or that romantic love is everything. I’ve tried to gather a balanced list here so you can get awesome ideas for whatever angle you choose to use. 

If you are looking to use classics, you might want to see my love songs in Spanish list— the all-time greats, or check out my page of songs in Spanish. I’ve also got a sad songs in Spanish list! 

Not sure what to do with a song? Read how to teach Spanish with authentic songs, or save yourself some serious planning time and grab my growing activity sheets bundle. 

 

Spanish Valentine’s Day Playlist

Whether you’re looking for catchy, cheesy, or friendship-based songs, there’s something for everyone here. Let’s get started!

 

Catchy and Current Romantic Songs

 

Here’s the music that tends to appeal to all ages and groups. Some of these songs have really nice videos as well, perfect for a MovieTalk or class story. You could also story-tell, before watching anything, as a way to set up the song. Then, show the video clip and let them see the story “come alive”!

 

1. Chocolate – Jesse and Joy

 

Chocolate + amor = perfect Valetine’s Day vocabulary. Yes please!

 

 

2. Robarte un beso

 

Good video, good music, and fairly comprehensible lyrics. You could spend a whole class period telling the story of the people in the video. I love that it captures love in all walks of life, not just the typical hot guy + hot girl you find in so many songs. I’ve got a great lesson for this song with reading and letter-writing if you love it as much as I do!

 

3. Cuando te veo (ChocQuibTown)

 

The lyrics here are so, so good– super romantic and sentimental, but clean. And the video is beautiful and totally appropriate. 

 

4. Eres – Café Tacuba

 

A teensy bit old compared to the other songs, but so perfect for Valentine’s Day-themed lyrics (and features a high school-level relationship). You could follow up with “Lo que más quiero en este mundo…” activities or brainstorming. The video would be perfect for storytelling too. 

 

5. Querido Tommy – Tommy Torres

 

The song tells the story of a fan who writes the singer (Tommy Torres) asking for help to write a song to the girl he loves. There’s good comprehensible language even for lower-level classes, and the phrases are perfect for Valentine’s Day. 

 

Platonic Songs or Friendship Songs

 

Sometimes you want something outside the usual romantic-love box, especially when working with middle or high school. These songs are either platonic or can be applied to a variety of situations.

 

1. Yo Contigo, Tú Conmigo

 

Totally upbeat (and featuring minions), this song could applicable to almost any relationship– friends, family, even pets!

 

2. Aprender a quererte – Morat

 

The music and video are amazing, with vivid scenes of everyday life in parts of Latin America. The lyrics sound like a love song, but the video expresses friendship and compassion, and people coming together from all walks of life. (It was created to fight against child labor.)

 

 

3. Recuérdame – Coco (Carlos Rivera)

 

Hop the Coco-craze train and listen to this song in class. It’s an amazing mix of current culture + classic Latin/Mexican style. In the context of the movie, it was directed to the love within family. 

 

Or possibly this one:

 

4. Nuqui (Te Quiero Para Mi) – ChocQuib Town 

 

If you want to go in a totally different direction (love for a place), use this one. It has all the vocab to talk about love, but in the sense of loving one’s home. It’s so beautiful, understandable, and vivid I had to include it. 

 

Totally Cheesy Songs

 

And sometimes the best way to deal with love-obsessed culture, raging hormones, and mixed feelings about dating/ relationships is just to cheese it up. High schoolers are old to enough to enjoy the irony of over-the-top lyrics. 

 

1. El amor – Tito “El Bambino”

 

This is the essence of cheesy Latin music, and let’s be honest: I love it. The video is actually quite sweet too. 

 

2. Mi princesa – Victor Muñoz

 

Sentimental lyrics + fairy tale references + vintage movie clips + amor eterno = cheesy love song, check!

 

3. Cuando me enamoro – Enrique Iglesias & Juan Luis Guerra 

 

Did someone say romantic lyrics? Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra in the house, obviously. Features school-age romances in the video, but in a sweet and appropriate way.  

 

4. Limón y sal – Julieta Venegas 

 

It’s harder to find songs with female leads, but this is cheesy + comprehensible. The video is confusing to me, hah, but maybe you can make more sense of it! I love her music and voice 

 

 

5. El poeta – Chino & Nacho

 

Review the video, but this is a lively and sentiment-packed song about love. 

 

6. Amor con hielo – Morat

 

If you’re looking to go a completely different route, this is your anti-love song. 

 

 

What other songs to you love for Valentine’s Day in Spanish? Let me know in the comments below!

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 InsideA list of Spanish Valentine’s Day songs to use in the Spanish classroom. 

 

When it comes to Latin love songs, the possibilities are basically endless. And I mean that quite literally. So Spanish songs are an obvious choice when creating Valentine’s Day plans!

However, when it comes to working with teenagers in the Spanish classroom, it can’t just be any song. We want clean songs, with catchy music and comprehensible lyrics. 

Another catch is that Valentine’s Day can be tricky in the classroom. We don’t want to send the message that life is all about being in a couple, or that romantic love is everything. I’ve tried to gather a balanced list here so you can get awesome ideas for whatever angle you choose to use. 

If you are looking to use classics, you might want to see my love songs in Spanish list— the all-time greats, or check out my page of songs in Spanish. I’ve also got a sad songs in Spanish list! 

Not sure what to do with a song? Read how to teach Spanish with authentic songs, or save yourself some serious planning time and grab my growing activity sheets bundle. 

The Best Spanish Love Songs of All Time

The Best Spanish Love Songs of All Time

Inside: The best Spanish love songs: A Latin Playlist.

It’s no secret that Spanish is a romantic language– and no, I don’t mean that it’s one of the Romance Languages! Rocket Languages says: 

As one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, Spanish tops off our list as one of the world’s most romantic languages because of its passionate, sensual sound.

Hah! I think this is probably true. No wonder Latin music and poetry are famous. And of course, music in Spanish can make your perfect background for Valentine’s Day, or whatever love-is-in-the-air sort of time it may be.

You’ll notice this list is more classic– I’m working on the following lists to add to my Songs in Spanish collection:

Let’s take a tour of our top picks!

 

The Best Spanish Love Songs, of All Time

 

1. Bésame Mucho

 

Can it get any more classic than Bésame mucho? This is an iconic Spanish love song that belongs on every romantic Latin list.

 

2. No Te Apartes de Mí – Vicentico 

 

3. La Cosa Más Bella – Eros Ramazzotti 

 

Eros Ramazzotti’s voice in unmistabkeable, as are the lyrics

 

4. Bendita Tu Luz – Maná

 

 

5. Te Amo

 

Of course, Franco de Vita and a song that croons Te amo over and over belong on the top love songs list. 

 

 

6. Es Por Ti – Juanes 

 

Juanes is another iconic Latin singer and Es por ti is one of his best love songs. I love this live version. 

 

7. Si Tú No Estás Aquí

This is the essence of Latin music: guitar, lilting voice, and sentiment. Beautiful. Some songs capture the giddiness of new love; this one holds the depth of that couple who’s been through think and thin.

 

8. Sin Miedo a Nada – Alex Ubago 

 

 

9. La Canción Más Bonita del Mundo – La Oreja de Van Gogh

 

This was one of the first songs I learned as a young Spanish speaker. Still love it!

 

10. Te Regalo una Rosa – Juan Luis Guerra

 

Here’s some Spanish love bachata-style (and incidentally, what we danced to at our wedding!). 

 

11. Luz de Día – Enanitos Verdes

 

 

12.Yo No Sé Mañana – Luis Enrique

 

More lighthearted than most on this list, Yo no sé mañana speaks to the uncertainty of new love with an upbeat salsa tone.

 

 

13. Todo Cambió – Camila

 

 

 

 

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Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Inside: Latin Christmas songs playlist to celebrate with family and friends. 

 

Whether you like to turn on the Christmas songs in October or you prefer to wait for December, there’s nothing to bring on Navidad nostalgia like music. I grew up listening to classic English carols and the likes of Frank Sinatra, but I’ve expanded the repertoire since marrying my Peruvian husband. Now there’s twice as much festivity, with a little more cha-cha-cha thrown in. 

 

Latin Christmas Songs Playlist

 

This list is a mix of original Spanish songs, villancicos, and ones that are familiar to English speakers as well. Some are religious and some aren’t; some are old classics and some are recent covers. (If you’re a teacher and are looking for a non-Christmas song, skip to the end for a great Latin Hanukkah song.)

So, grab a mug a of chocolate and curl up for some Christmas cheer!

 

 

1. Mi burrito sabanero (Juanes)

 

It’s really not a Latin playlist without this classic. And Juanes nails it!

 

 

2. Los peces en el río (Pandora)

 

This is an original Spanish song that you’ll hear again and again during the Christmas season. 

 

 

3. Feliz Navidad (Michael Bublé y Thalia)

 

Obviously, Feliz Navidad. Thanks to this song, basically everybody knows how to say Christmas in Spanish. I adore the version by Michael Bublé and Thalia!

 

 

4. El niño de tambor/ El tamborilero (Pandora)

 

There are tons of great options for this songs (Don Omar has a good cover), but this version is classic. 

 

 

5. Blanca Navidad (Matisse ft. Arthur Hanlon)

 

Here’s a fresh cover of Blanca Navidad that will get your toes tapping. Try the version by Andrea Bocelli if you love a more classic sound. 

 

 

6. Campanas de Navidad (Celia Cruz)

 

Throwback to older days of salsa-inspired music with this song by Celia Cruz. 

 

 

7. Noche de paz (Laura Pausini)

 

Beautiful, of course, from Laura Pausini (I like the Matisse cover as well). 

 

 

8. Campana sobre campana (Pandora)

 

It’s hard to beat Pandora’s version of Campana sobre campana. 

 

 

9. Ven a mi casa esta Navidad (Luis Aguile)

 

Luis Aguile’s Ven a mi casa esta Navidad is a must-listen-to and sure to bring back memories. 

 

 

10. Allá en el pesebre (Aliento ft. Majo Solis)

 

Beautiful, reverent cover of the traditional carol Away in a Manger. (villancico– religious). Listen to this one on Christmas eve. 

 

 

11. Adestes fideles (Andrea Bocellia)

 

To end on a more majestic note, O Come Let Us Adore Him in Spanish is a beautiful song. 

 

12. Canción para la Navidad (José Luis Perales)

 

 

13. Ocho Kandelikas – Latin Hanukkah Remix

 

To round out the holidays, here’s a great version of Ocho Kandelikas, in honor of Hanukkah.

 

Hope you enjoyed my picks for essential Latin Christmas Songs! What did I miss on your playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Best Thanksgiving Songs in Spanish for Kids

The Best Thanksgiving Songs in Spanish for Kids

Inside: Thanksgiving songs in Spanish for kids.

As you prep for the holidays, I’ve collected some Thanksgiving-themed songs for Spanish learners. They’re hard to find, as Spanish-speaking countries outside of Puerto Rico don’t celebrate the day. But here are my favorites!

(Also see my Thanksgiving in Spanish activities and resources post.)

 

Al pavo, pavito

This one is also a little game– if you click to the song on YouTube it has this explanation in Spanish: A group of kids (uneven in number) walk in a circle four times. Then, they stop and everyone hugs (in twos). The one who is left out runs after the others once they yell: “pavo, pavo, pavo!” The first one who is tagged has to chase the others, or be the one left out in the next round.

 

Día de acción de gracias

 

Yo soy un pavo

 

Canción de gracias y por favor

 

Te damos gracias (religious song)

 

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