It’s almost the weekend again and I’ve got a Friday Song for you.
La canción de viernes: Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias and featuring Juan Luis Guerra
I must say I love me some Enrique. My husband also insists Enrique looks a lot like him. I say they both trace their roots back to the Iberian Peninsula… ? Gotta be nice, it’s my birthday tomorrow after all.
Speaking of Enrique’s origin, he’s from Spain and speaks Castilian Spanish. If you listen carefully in the song above at minute 0.58 he sings the word veces (times) and makes the distinctive Castilian ‘th’ sound for ‘c’… and again in the word lucero (bright star) at minute 1.02.
Use as a listening exercise: The slow rhythm of this song, the clear pronunciation of the lyrics and the ‘cleanliness’ of the lyrics, make this a good song to use in the classroom. Students could try to identify the reflexive verbs or the subjunctive verbs.
This version of Cuando Me Enamoro is listed as a song perfectly suited to dancing the rumba. The rumba or rhumba is a sensuous dance and music style with ties to Cuba. Interestingly, ballroom rumba differs significantly from Cuban rhumba both in its music and dance. Rumba was the primary marketing term for Cuban music in North America.
The video below shows pros dancing the ballroom rumba. Now there’s one I’ll never be able to do!
Have a great weekend!
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I gained a greater appreciation for Spanish in high school because Senora Becker loved Spanish music! It was a good way to study the language, too. Thanks for sharing!
It really is. When I taught English as a Second Language, it was the students who listened to a lot of English music who did better.
My mom taught ESL for 23 years. She loved using music, and so did the kids.
very effective took â˜º
Very effective tool â˜º
I play this song on video at the end of the school day for my second graders when we have time. It promotes compassion, solidarity and confidence. The children get up and dance. Itâ€™s a great way to end the day.
Sounds like a lovely idea indeed! Power of music 🙂
Just today, I was talking about Enrique with my friend. We were discussing our favorite songs of his. ðŸ˜„
I have quite a few, I’ll admit ðŸ˜‚
I loved Ring My Bells, Addicted and Hero!
Hero, Bailamos and a few well of his Spanish ones too.
I love Enrique! I missed seeing him by one day when he was in concert in Buenos Aires. This song is great. I like lots of his music especially Duele el Corazon and even though I’ve heard it a million times, Bailando (Spanish version).
Aw man! Lol. At least you got in some other fantastic opportunities in BA. I’d love to see him in concert too. And I definitely like those two songs of his as well!
Thank you for sharing. I like your resources. I love this song as do my students. It is a fun way to learn about communities, new words, or simply just sit back or dance along to it. My students enjoy listening to Enrique. Great to use with reflexives.
I love Enrique. Lol. Loved his music as a student and now as a teacher I’m always trying to find ways to use his songs. I’m so glad you enjoyed!