Spanish Friday: Música Latina


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spanish friday, latina-ish, learning spanish Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Mi profesora de español me sugirió que yo escuche a música latina para mejorar mi fluidez. Yo nunca la había escuchado y no sabía donde empezar. Afortunadamente algunas colegas y amigas tuvieron sugerencias para mí.1. Shaka y Dres, “Hay Una Niña”http://youtu.be/vyRW5IoP0j0Una compañera me contó sobre Shaka y Dres, los hermanos salvadoreños que nacieron en Bélgica. Ellos se han involucrado con mi empresa, Glasswing International, una organización sin fines de lucro que hace programas de educación y salud en comunidades en riesgo en El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Panamá.2. Matt Hunter, “Mi Señorita”http://youtu.be/WevfKZSXRfMTracy de Latinaish escribió recientemente sobre un cantante latino y joven, Matt Hunter, que ha sido comparado a Justin Bieber. Admito que tengo algunas canciones de Justin Bieber en mi iPod — pero solo para el gimnasio.Este género de música es totalmente diferente que la música que “me gusta.” En realidad, a mí no me gusta música pop, pero necesito escucharlo para motivarme a hacer ejercicio, vea?3. Don Omar, “No Sigue Modas”http://youtu.be/0zPjfX8PiGwComo música pop, siempre yo pensaba que a mí no me gustaba música reggaeton. Pero a mi sorpresa, sí, me gusta. Yo digo a mí que tengo que escucharla para mejorar mi español.¿Hay música que estás avergonzado admitir que a tí te gusta? ¿Cuáles son tus favoritas canciones españoles?English TranslationMy Spanish professor suggested that I listen to Latin music to improve my Spanish fluency. I had never listened to it before and didn’t know where to start. Fortunately some colleagues and friends had suggestions for me.1. Shaka y Dres, “Hay Una Niña”A colleague told me about Shaka y Dres, Salvadoran brothers who were born in Belgium. They have gotten involved with my employer, Glasswing International, a nonprofit organization that does education and health programs in at-risk communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.2. Matt Hunter, “Mi Señorita”Tracy at Latinaish recently wrote about a young Latino singer, Matt Hunter, who has been compared to Justin Bieber. I admit that I have some Justin Bieber songs on my iPod — but only for the gym.This genre of music is totally different than music that I “like.” Really, I don’t like pop music, but I need to listen to it to motivate myself to exercise, see?3. Don Omar, “No Sigue Modas”Like pop music, I always thought I didn’t like reggaeton. But to my surprise, yes, I do. I tell myself that I have to listen to it to improve my Spanish.Is there music you’re embarrassed to admit that you like? What are your favorite Spanish songs?

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9 thoughts on “Spanish Friday: Música Latina

  1. I’m not ashamed of any of the music I listen to – I will admit I have Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez – I even get in the mood to listen to my teen heartthrobs, New Kids on the Block, once in awhile LOL.I like Spanish-language music from most genres – everything from Pitbull and Shakira to Chicano rap like Akwid, to Mexican mariachi, Salvadoran cumbia, and everything in between. I’ll just name a bunch you should check out to see if you like: Juanes, Celso Piña, La Santa Cecilia, Natalia Lafourcade, Julieta Venegas, Espinoza Paz, Los Tigres del Norte, Sie7e, Prince Royce, Aventura, La Arolladora Banda El Limon, Roberto Tapia, Pedro Infante, Los Hermanos Flores, Celia Cruz, Nortec Collective, ChocQuibTown, Molotov, Calle 13, Daddy Yankee, Jarabe de Palo, Orishas, Mexican Institute of Sound, Crooked Stilo… Okay, that’s a good variety to start :)What genre do you prefer in English? … I can find you equivalents in Spanish, I’m sure.

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    1. Thanks for all these suggestions! I will definitely check these out. Well in English (other than pop haha) I listen to what I guess would be called alternative/indie rock, like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Wilco, Interpol, Regina Spektor …

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  2. My absolute favorite Spanish language music is from the Spanish band El Canto del Loco. Puede Ser and Contigo are both awesome songs. I also have a soft spot for Mana and another Spanish band called La Oreja de Van Gogh. Music is such a fun way to improve language skills. If you have any interest in Arabic music, listen to Mabalash (You Better Not) by Shireen. Arabic music tends to be very fast and really great for working out. As for guilty pleasure exercise music, I go with Glee songs. Those really speed me right along on runs or the elliptical.

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  3. Hola, keep up the good work!Some corrections.1- Mi profesora de español me sugirió que yo escuche a música latina…[Mi profesora de español me sugirió QUE ESCUCHE MÚSICA LATINA…]2- Como música pop, siempre yo pensaba que a mí no me gustaba música reggaeton. [Al igual que el pop, siempre pensé que no me gustaba el reggaeton]3- Pero a mi sorpresa, sí, me gusta. [Pero PARA mi sorpresa, sí me gusta]4- Yo digo a mí que tengo que escucharla para mejorar mi español. [Y me digo a mí misma que ….]5- ¿Cuáles son tus favoritas canciones españoles? [¿Cuáles son tus canciones favoritas en español?]

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