The Best Authentic Spanish Songs with Reflexive Verbs

The Best Authentic Spanish Songs with Reflexive Verbs

 Inside: Authentic Spanish songs with reflexive verbs: a classroom playlist.


I have collected lots of LONG Spanish music playlists… but sometimes teachers are looking for something specific. If you are looking for songs packed with reflexive verbs / pronouns, here’s your more targeted list!

(If you’re looking for more lists of Songs in Spanish by theme and category, I have a ton you can browse through or save for later.)

Let’s take a tour of our top picks!


Spanish Songs with Reflexive Verbs


Of course, always preview, and let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about the song here. 


1. ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? – Jesse y Joy


Here’s a great song about a couple breaking up and having to decide who gets the dog. You’ll get good examples of pronouns, especially in the chorus. (The official video is great, but contains one scene at 0:20 you probably won’t want to show in class– if not, use the lyrics video below.)



2. Me Voy – Julieta Venegas 


Julieta Venegas has a nice clear accent, and I love her songs. The chorus is great for introducing reflexive verbs in the context of “yo.”


3. Y No Hago Más Na – El Gran Combo


So many reflexive pronouns in this classic Spanish song, and even ordered to explain the events of a day. 

If you want some more explicit highlights of the grammar:



4. Di Que No Te Vas – Morat


I really love Morat. This song is actually not full of reflexive pronouns– it’s mostly just “no te vas“– but that line gets repeated over and over again. If you teach object pronouns first, and then reflexives, you could compare and contrast with the lines that are full of object pronouns. If you teach reflexives, just focused on the chorus– they’ll never forget te vas!

If you teach through CI without much targeting, just enjoy. 


5. Te Mueves Tú, Se Mueven Todo


This song is super-fun, and the second video includes a lesson on how to to the dance (not G-rated– preview and see what you think). 



6. Cuando Me Enamoro – Enrique Iglesias y Juan Luis Guerra 


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



7. Sin miedo a nada – Alex Ubago 


If you are looking for all sorts of pronouns together, this song provides lots of examples of both, to compare and contrast. Or just enjoy this Spanish classic!



8. Maquíllate – Mecano


If you like repetition, this one’s for you! A tongue-in-cheek song about make-up.


9. Somos novios – Andrea Bocelli y Christina Aguilera


Unlike most of the other songs listed here, this one focuses on “nos _____.” If you want a classic, use this one!



In researching this post, I came across more resources for reflexives. I’m just including them in a list here in case you need some more ideas!


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

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Authentic Spanish Songs for Teaching Preterite and Imperfect

Authentic Spanish Songs for Teaching Preterite and Imperfect

Inside: Spanish songs for teaching Spanish 2 classes, with an emphasis on the preterite and the imperfect.


40 Authentic Songs for Spanish I has consistently been one of my top hits. I figure it’s time for Spanish 2 to get some love! Here are 30 authentic Spanish songs with preterite and imperfect verbs throughout the lyrics.

Of course, the content of Spanish 2 varies. In my classes, I look for lots of input in the past tense as we’re looking to communicate about past events. Our music, stories, and novels are preterite and imperfect-heavy, and I use many of the songs from this list. Click here if you are wondering how to teach Spanish through authentic songs. (Or see my Songs in Spanish by theme and category.)

Let me know if I missed any of your favorites, or should be aware of lyrics or parts of videos I may have missed! Always, always, preview of course. 

We’ll start with songs that have a good mix of both, or you can jump to songs with a heavy dose of imperfect, or songs with mainly preterite verbs.




Spanish Songs with Preterite and Imperfect Together



Llegaste tú (Jesse y Joy): lots of opportunities to contrast the two tenses



En el muelle de San blas (Maná): storyboard possibilities



Tu mirada (Reik): clear contrast of tenses, with background action and then specific action in the first verse



¿Dónde Andabas Tú? (SanLuis)



Todo me de igual (Pignoise)



El amor que perdimos (Prince Royce): popular song, just be cautious of romantic themes



Qué hiciste (Jennifer Lopez): perhaps skip intro photo



Sofía (Alvaro Soler): some preterit, and very catchy



Rebelión (Joe Arroyo)



Supe que me amabas (Marcela Gandera): religious



Spanish songs for teaching the imperfect



Los Caminos de La Vida (Los Diablitos): gorgeous and full of imperfect verbs in the chorus.


Soy el mismo (Prince Royce): so many imperfect verbs: hablaba, llamaba, escribía, pintaba, daba, salía, robaba. Really good examples of talking about habitual past actions and characteristics. 



Puerto Rico (Jerry Rivera): Puerto Rico, childhood



El Perdón (Enrique Iglesias & Nicky Jam): estaba + ando, iendo (beware the “tomando como un loco” line)


Tarde para Cambiar (Amaral)


Un Elefante se Balanceaba (Traditional Children’s Song)


El Barco Chiquitito (Traditional children’s song)




Spanish songs for teaching the preterite



Fuiste Tú (Gaby Moreno y Ricardo Arjona): fuiste, gorgeous scenes of Guatemala


Ayer (Gloria Estefan): good reps of tú and yo preterit verbs



Corazón en la maleta (Luis Fonsi): another break-up song, lots of preterit yo reps, me fui



La Selva Negra (Maná): 3rd-person preterit reps, environmentalism



Amor Con Hielo (Morat): break-up song



La Historia de Juan (Juanes): 3rd-person preterit reps, direct object pronouns, childhood, poverty, social justice



Nada Fue un Error (Coti, Julieta Venegas, Paulina Rubio): repetitive song with lots of fue



Batalla en Fukuoka (Juan Luis Guerra): reps of regular preterit verbs



Decidisite dejarme (Camila): lots of tú reps



Me equivoqué (Ventino): tú y yo reps



Ya No Sé Que Hacer Conmigo (El cauarteto de nos): tons of reps of first-person preterite (fairly negative, be sure to preview– also, “fumé, tomé)



Ella es mi fiesta (Carlos Vives): fue, fui, conocí



La gozadera (Gente de Zona y Marc Antony): 3rd person preterit, preview to be sure or use the lyrics video




Gracias papá (Casí creativo): preterite tú reps, fatherhood (careful– shows cerveza at one point)



Todo cambió (Camila): tú and yo reps in the preterit, plus vi and di



What other Spanish songs with preterite and imperfect do you like? Leave your recommendations in the comment section!

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Spanish Songs with Preterite and Imperfect

Battleship Verbs Game Printables for Spanish Class

Battleship Verbs Game Printables for Spanish Class

Inside: Battleship Verb printables for the Spanish classroom. 


*Update*…. since writing this post, years ago, I’ve switched up my teaching quite a bit. I used to focus a lot on explicit grammar and verb conjugations. Since then, I’ve thrown out the textbook, and switched to a proficiency-based, comprehensible-input driven classroom. I changed my strategy to not teaching verb conjugations until December, and now wait even longer. 

I know that’s not possible in every school, and I know that sometimes explicit grammar is required or needed. So I’m keeping these available! My students really do LOVE this game, and it is great review for rote conjugations.**


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Quickly conjugating verbs is one of the main components to learning (about ;)) Spanish, but it can get boring to a restless group of teenagers. My favorite way to do this, and make it fun, is through Battelship Verbs. When we play this in class, the students are engaged and on-task the whole time, and they love it. They have been known to take a game to lunch just to finish it. Battleship is also my go-to when I have to quickly leave plans for a substitute teacher who doesn’t speak Spanish. It works for groups, two against two, or when you are tutoring one-on-one and play teacher against student. You can practice whichever tense and verbs you may be working on.

Each team gets a board and fill in their ships vertically and/or horizontally in the top section (the ships may touch each other but shouldn’t cross) . They must try to fill in the opposing team’s side and record their hits and misses on the bottom section. To guess certain squares, the team conjugates the verb for that square and the opposing teams responds with “agua,” “tocado,” or “hundido.”

Here are several printables. The blank ones include a game that uses vosotros, and one that does not:

battleship blank vosotros _spanishmamaBlank Battleship With Vosotros

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Blank Battleship Without Vosotros

This one is for practicing regular verbs (can be adapted for any tense):

battlehsip regular verbs _spanishmama

Battleship with Regular Verbs

And this one is for practicing irregular preterit verbs:

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Battleship with Irregular Preterites

Have fun!


Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Inside: How to play Red Light, Green light to learn verbs in Spanish.


At first, I started out just playing “Red Light, Green Light” in Spanish, which is also fun. You simply yell “¡Luz verde!” and everyone runs toward you, and then yell “¡Luz roja!” for everyone to freeze. If anyone moves, tell them “regresa” and they go back to the start line.

My students, though, love to play outside and after a couple of rounds there wasn’t enough vocabulary to keep them learning. We decided to turn it into a verbs game. When we play it this way, whoever is “it” calls out a specific action to perform, like “baila.” Everyone advances, dancing. When “¡Luz roja!” is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back. So simple, but it’s amazing how they never tire of this one! Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying “luz roja” or “para” and catching unlucky moving friends.

This is adaptable for whatever you are working on and can of course work for any language. Here are some variations:

You can use simple, basic verbs: camina, corre, nada, baila, etc.

Or more complicated terms: conduce un carro, juega futbol, toca la guitarra, etc.

If you’re learning animals: nada como un pez, corre como un caballo, salta como un conejo, vuela como un pájaro, etc.

Note: You may wish to change the way I conjugated these verbs. I kept it simple, since most of my classes that are practicing these words are beginners. It would technically be more appropriate to use the affirmative Uds. command form since these are being given as plural commands. I adjust based on the class. 



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