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:
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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