The Most Powerful Tool to Unlock Language

We know that there isn’t a “fast track” or a “silver bullet” to learn language. The process of speaking another language takes time, effort, and plenty of practice! For those of us who started a bit later in our lives, we know that it felt like WORK. Learning was challenging, at times frustrating, and it was important to celebrate even our smallest victories!

Even though younger students have an advantage when it comes to acquiring language, all is not lost. One of my favorite (if not my favorite) tool for learning language is also the most fun:

MUSIC!

We’ve visited the topic of music in my earlier blog post, “The Best Way to Celebrate in Your Classroom.” In that list, I include songs with cultural value that could be used in a classroom celebration.

Today, I want to share songs that we use in our curriculum because of the way they boost language production. Even for adults and older students, opening up our minds and singing along to a kid’s song is valuable language practice! Click on the song titles below for an audio version of the song.

Los elefantes (This version is by El Reino Infantil)

This song helps practice numbers and has a clear cognate (“elefante”) that students can connect to. The verses also repeat many of the same phrases! If students can’t get the verse the first time, they’ll have a chance to by the fourth or fifth repetition. Here are the first two verses:

“Un elefante se balanceaba sobre la tela de una araña.
Como veía que resistía, fueron a llamar a otro elefante.

Dos elefantes se balanceaban sobre la tela de una araña.
Como veían que resistía, fueron a llamar a otro elefante.
Tres…”

Vengan a Ver Mi Granja (This version is by Jorge Anaya)

This song not only helps build Spanish vocabulary of animals, but also shows how some animal sounds are different in Spanish. Again, there is a chorus that repeats throughout the entire song. Repetition, repetition, repetition! Here is the first verse and the chorus:

“Vengan a ver mi granja que es hermosa,
Vengan a ver mi granja que es hermosa.

El pato hace así: cua cua
El pato hace así: cua cua

O vengan amigos, vengan amigos, vengan amigos, vengan.
O vengan amigos, vengan amigos, vengan amigos, vengan.”

Juanito Cuando Baila (This version was provided by Sara Seth)

This song practices vocabulary of body parts, repeats, and also practices pronunciation of individual syllable sounds. Here are the first two verses:

“Juanito cuando baila,
Baila, baila, baila.
Juanito cuando baila,
Baila con el dedito.
Con el dedito, ito, ito.
Así baila Juanito.

Juanito cuando baila,
Baila, baila, baila.
Juanito cuando baila,
Baila con el pie.
Con el pie, pie, pie.
Con el dedito, ito, ito.
Así baila Juanito.”

Whether you start using these songs today or wait until the Fall, sing them out loud! You’ll see and hear your language improving!

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