Sing ‘n Speak Spanish has a new CD of Spanish learning songs for kids. I wrote about their great little story books earlier, so I was excited to hear the new music. Qué feliz estoy has 20 songs and comes with a booklet with the lyrics in Spanish and also translated into English. The CD can be ordered from iTunes, cdbaby or directly from Sing ‘n Speak Spanish. You can also browse the song list and hear sound clips.
The core of the Sing ‘n Speak Spanish program is to learn vocabulary through song. That is, these songs are specifically written to incorporate a significant amount of vocabulary related to a theme. The topics are ones that are commonly included in elementary Spanish Programs: greetings, classroom vocabulary, numbers, colors, body parts, adjectives, feelings, days of the week, months, weather, family members, clothes, household items, food, verbs and the alphabet. The tunes will be familiar to many children because they are melodies from traditional American and Mexican folksongs.
The songs have patterns, but most do not have a chorus. Each verse incorporates more vocabulary related to the topic, so the result is vocabulary-dense music. The Sing ‘n Speak Spanish program intends for children to memorize the songs. If children learn and sing them, they are a very efficient way of producing lots of vocabulary.
There are 20 songs on the CD, so I will not try to comment on all of them. I will highlight a few that I think will be particularly popular with teachers and kids.
Hay siete días en la semana – Many visitors reach Spanish Playground looking for songs that teach the days of the week in Spanish. This catchy tune with lots of repetition is a great addition to the songs that are available.
Los meses – Like the days of the week, the months are most easily memorized in song. I like this song a lot because the months really fit the tune, with the stress on all the correct syllables. It is lots of fun to sing!
¿Por qué canto tan bien? – This song reinforces the first person singular of common verbs in the present tense as well as the verb gustar. I like it because there is a logic to the lyrics that kids will get – being good at something takes practice. This is a great message for language learners!
Un día escolar – This song moves through a typical day, using lots of reflexive verbs in the first person singular of the present tense. The logical progression of actions and the strong rhyme scheme help kids memorize the words.
Check out the other songs on Qué feliz estoy on iTunes or cdbaby. You can find links in the first paragraph.
Disclosure: The company sent me a copy of this product to be able to write the article. I may have been compensated for my time. All of the ideas and opinions are my own.