It’s almost the weekend.
How about some music to get your feet tapping? I’ve got a Friday Song for you…
La canción de viernes: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra
This well-known song by Juan Luis Guerra showcases the Dominican Republic’s upbeat merengue and lilting bachata, for which Guerra’s music is praised. The lyrics of the song are a beautiful prayer for a reprieve from poverty. God willing, the poor will have, at least, what they need to stave off hunger, even if only coffee to fill their bellies.
On a language note, this song is often used in intermediate classes to showcase the subjunctive, as influenced by the the use of the wishful “ojalá“.
The subjunctive mood is used to express doubt. In this context, the singer is expressing his hope/ his prayer that his people will be fed. Unfortunately, it is not a certainty.
Conjugation of llover (to rain) in the present tense. Note the stem change from ‘o’ to ‘ue’
- yo lluevo
- tú llueves
- él / Ud. llueve
- nosotros llovemos
- vosotros llovéis
- ellos / Uds. llueven
Conjugation of llover in the subjunctive
- yo llueva
- tú lluevas
- él / Ud. llueva
- nosotros llovamos
- vosotros llováis
- ellos / Uds. lluevan
The subjunctive is a hefty lesson on its own with several rules and exceptions. It’s the stuff of lengthy discussions. But that’s a lesson for another time!
What music are you listening to this Friday?
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