lunes, 31 de mayo de 2010

Listen+Learn Spanish tip

Don’t insist on memorizing things you don’t have a clue what they refer to, especially if you're trying to learn a song phonetically.
Enjoy the songs first!
Do some music appreciation: consider the different genres and subgenres, the songs' texture (melody, harmony, rhythm combination).

There is a reason for music to be a universal language.

domingo, 30 de mayo de 2010

Listen, sing and remember

Listen+Learn Spanish bonus track:
Maná, Eres mi religión ¡que tengan un buen domingo!

miércoles, 26 de mayo de 2010

Escucha y aprende español (Listen and Learn Spanish)

Listen and Learn Spanish is for you to
play games,
work on sportive activities,
sing along
and why not, dance!

ON TWITTER so far:
Listen+Learn Spanish review: songs 2 listen, sing + remember.

We started with the Love song series, different types, different rythms:
Juanes's A dios le pido,
Daddy Yankee's Que tengo que hacer,
From Buena Vista Social Club, Dos Gardenias /

More information at and

Teaching Spanish (behind the scenes)

I was preparing the class "Fútbol, Pasión de Multitudes" as the World Cup season seems to have started already and, to my surprise, after finding the Official song in its bilingual version (English and Spanish) I realized it had lost all its essence, since there is no mentioning to, for instance, famine, poverty, wars-i.e. reality in the poorest regions of Africa- which are part of K'naan's original message. So sad...
All the same, here I share the bilingual version of Waving flag and links to both versions lyrics.

martes, 25 de mayo de 2010

¡Viva la patria!

El Bicentenario de la República Argentina tiene lugar hoy, 25 de mayo de 2010, doscientos años después de la Revolución de mayo de 1810 en la cual se destituyó al virrey español Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros y dando lugar a la creación de una Junta de gobierno conformada por destacados representantes del pueblo. Así tuvo su origen el primer gobierno patrio.

lunes, 24 de mayo de 2010

Spanish Language demo class: Fútbol, Pasión de Multitudes

Spanish Expressions

¡Hola a todos!

Here are two colloquial daily expressions:

- ¿Qué talco? (for "¿qué tal?"-> how are you?/how's it going?)
Talco is the Spanish word for "talcum powder"

- ¿Qué tul? (also for "¿qué tal?"-> how are you?/how's it going?)
Tul is the Spanish word for "tulle"

Cariños desde Argentina (warm greetings from Argentina)

(posted at

domingo, 23 de mayo de 2010

Listen and Learn Spanish

The more exposure you have to the language in actual use - whether passive (listening/viewing) or active (conversation, reading) - the better. So, listen to songs and work on activities.
Follow us on twitter in the launching of this project

viernes, 21 de mayo de 2010

Learning from mistakes

¡Hola a todos! (hello everyone!)

I will take the chance to talk about LEARNING FROM MISTAKES.
There is a tendency in youngters and grown ups in my country - Argentina- to be a bit afraid of talking, trying, taking risks, participating when in language classes, probably because of a long tradition of being either "punished" or negatively criticized for making mistakes.
But the bottom line is that if learners don't try, take risks, experiment, work the language out, practice, produce in class first and out of class next, it will probably take them longer and it will be harder for them to suceed in learning.
So, once again, the piece of advice, for any language course attendee: do not worry about making mistakes, do worry about not learning from them
¡Éxitos! (Wish you success!)
Cariños (kind regards)

(posted at

domingo, 9 de mayo de 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul
Kisses to all mums
Besos para todas las mamás

jueves, 6 de mayo de 2010

English class (click here)

There is free public class, in case you want to join us

See you there!

English class (click here)

There is free public class, in case you want to join us
See you there!

miércoles, 5 de mayo de 2010

Canciones para aprender español (Songs to learn Spanish)

A few contributions for tutors and learners:
"Bonito" (by Jarabe de Palo) in Si, Hablo Español course and "Clandestino" (by Manu Chao) in SSA language and culture DISCRIMINACIÓN presentation#2 can also be found in

For lyrics of Top Artists (pop mainly)
For lyrics of traditional songs (Mexican folklore too)
For children (I know, the singers have a little of American English accents but they deserve being listened too! ;-) Thanks tutor Antonio!)


sábado, 1 de mayo de 2010

¡Feliz día del Trabajador! (Happy Labor's Day)


Brindemos por el trabajo digno, por la remuneración justa, por trabajo para todos y por la erradicación del trabajo infantil.

y que estudiar y jugar sean las únicas ocupaciones de un niño