It’s almost the weekend.
How about some music to get your feet tapping?Â I’ve got a Friday Song for you…
La canciÃ³n de viernes: OjalÃ¡ que Llueva CafÃ© 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.Â The lyrics of the song are a beautiful prayer for a reprieve from poverty.Â 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 “ojalÃ¡“.
The subjunctive mood is used to express doubt.Â In this context, the singer is expressing his hope/ his prayer that his people will be fed.Â Unfortunately, it is not a certainty.
Conjugation of llover (to rain) in the present tense.Â Note the stem change from ‘o’ to ‘ue’
- yoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â lluevo
- tÃºÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â llueves
- Ã©l / Ud. llueve
- nosotrosÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â llovemos
- vosotrosÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â llovÃ©is
- ellos / Uds.Â Â Â Â Â llueven
Conjugation of llover in the subjunctive
- yoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â llueva
- tÃºÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â lluevas
- Ã©l / Ud. llueva
- nosotrosÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â llovamos
- vosotrosÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â llovÃ¡is
- ellos / Uds.Â Â Â Â Â lluevan
The subjunctive is a hefty lesson on its own with several rules and exceptions.Â 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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ðŸ˜ŽRyan was listening to something I canâ€™t even repeat this morning.. ðŸ¤£ his music interests never matured past puberty! And Iâ€™ve been on an audio book kick, no music for me lately. ðŸ¤“ But I am excited for an outdoor concert weâ€™re going to in 2 weeks.. Michael Franti. ðŸŽ¶ Happy Friday to YOU!â˜€ï¸
Hahaha… Well… if you heard the english translations of some of the popular Spanish music right now… LOL
I hope you enjoy the concert… this weekend now?
This message was also in my spam! WP!!!
Hahaha… concert is next weekend! One more week to go!
I love the sound of this music! â˜€ï¸
Me too. I only wish I didn’t have two left feet… then I could dance to it better too! Lol
Thatâ€™s me too! Iâ€™m not good at dancing, but I still try to sometimes… ðŸ˜Š
I first heard this song on a Putumayo Record back in the 90’s. It always makes me feel good listening to it, even with my rusty Spanish comprehension skills.
Haha. A friend gave me a Putumayo collection, some years ago. I may have to go pull it out!
Great tune, thanks!
Glad you liked 🙂
I love how upbeat this song is. It makes me want to sing along. 😀
Yup. Makes me want to sing and dance every time. Really wish I could do the dance better! Lol
I hope it’ll rain coffee every day! Thanks for sharing this delightful song!
It’s a favourite of mine… although I often forget about it ðŸ™ˆ