CARNAVAL — Spanish Learning Songs
Carnaval–Spanish Learning Songs collects 14 fun and upbeat tunes, sung entirely in Spanish, as an engaging tool to help young listeners learn the language through immersion in not only sounds, pronunciations and vocabulary, but with the musical forms as well.
Guided by the keyboards and musical direction of Didier Prossaird from the acclaimed salsa band Sin Miedo, and featuring the beautiful vocals of Cuban soprano Ileana Peréz, the lyrics cover a wide array of topics, including Spanish speaking people’s vast geographic origins in the infectious salsa of “¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?),” to traditional Spanish celebrations, as in the thoroughly danceable “Carnaval.” Children will also enjoy songs about such familiar themes as holidays and family gatherings in the folksy, banjo-driven “Halloween,” and the horn-infused march of “Thanksgiving,” as well as a host of songs about various critters, the seasons and going camping.
The songs of Carnaval employ repetition, which is key to language learning. The vocabulary is learned in context and not just isolated, which means the message of the song is not lost simply because you don’t understand the entire verse. Cognates (words that look like and sound like words in another language) are included to further help the listener learn the meaning of the songs. The accompanying booklet offers the lyrics in both Spanish and English and a downloadable translation guide expands the booklet to include vocabulary and pronunciation guidelines to further connect the language for the listener/learner.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.