Spanish Singing Games and Songs 2
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Spoken Spanish in Spain and Latin America is quite distinctive from spoken English. For that reason
a few lyrics are accompanied by the sounds of the Spanish language. A guide is provided of the more
distinctive sounds to aid the pronunciation of the other words in the songs below:
a sounds like ah (father) as in madre
i sounds like ee (feet) as in mi
e sounds like e (met) at the beginning or within a word as in leche
e sounds like ay at the end of a word as in leche
o sounds like oa (boat) as in no
u sounds like oo (boot) as in una
c sounds like th before the letters i and e as in cinco
cc sounds like ks (accident) as in accidente
j and g sounds like ch (loch) as in juego and girafa
g sounds like h (hallo) before the letters i and e as in gente
ll sounds like y (yard) as in llamas
ñ sounds like ni (onions) as in señorita
qu sounds like k as in ¿qué?
rr sounds like a Scottish r as in arroz
v sounds like b as in vaca
z sounds like th (thin) as in arroz
h is always silent unless the word is of foreign origin
u is silent after g and q as in ¿qué?
There are many sites on line that provide help with pronunciations
To listen to music from these songs click on O
At a later date these songs will be available to buy in book form at the Gryphon’s Garden website. In the meantime....
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La Tia Monica O
Think of an eccentric beloved maiden aunt who enjoys a good knees up and you have a picture of Tia Monica. In the traditional song she goes to market wearing a sombrero and other articles of clothing, waving them as she passes by.
In the version below learn the names of body parts in Spanish, new verses and movement can be added. At: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9fd1pNzPmQ watch Spanish children dancing to this song.
Debajo un botón O
Children love the repetition of the last syllable of every sentence in this popular Spanish nursery rhyme.
Los pollitos dicen O
This popular lullaby sung in Latin America can be played as an action activity. Find on video at:. http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1530318/los_pollitos_dicen/
Juanito cuando baila O
Learn the names of body parts with this cumulative action song. A ‘dedito’ is the little rather than the forefinger.
At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyzKoECGjpQ watch Spanish children miming to a delightful version of this song by José-Luis Orozco.
This gentle lullaby is sung at bedtime to children in Mexico and other countries too.