Spanish Learning Songs

Canciones Infantiles

Trying to teach your children some Spanish? Living in a bilingual or bicultural  family? Wishing your bundle of joy learns Spanish easy and fast? Or maybe you just want to pass down your Hispanic culture to your offspring?

Start by using well known Spanish learning songs or canciones infantiles. Maybe you remember them from childhood. Maybe you want to start the tradition of passing them down to your children.

Whatever your reason, here you have some of the most beloved lyrics of children’s songs in Spanish, and sometines in both Spanish and English to help you start your journey.

El Abecedario – Spanish Alphabet Songs

Alfabeto Español – Spanish Alphabet 1
Spanish Vowels – Vocales en Español

Los Números – Learn Numbers in Spanish

Numbers in Spanish – Números en Español- Dos Elefantes Song

Los Colores – Colors in Spanish

Colors in Spanish

Foods – Drinks – Animals

Arroz con Leche
La Granja de Mi Tío – Old McDonald in Spanish

Traditional Hispanic Songs

Los Pollitos – Baby Chicks
Happy Birthday Song in Spanish
De Colores – Of Colors
Pin Pón
La Serpiente de Tierra Caliente

Villancicos de Navidad – Canciones de Navidad

Spanish Christmas Songs learn what they are, their meaning and importance in Hispanic culture.

Mi Burrito Sabanero
Campana Sobre Campana
Popurrí de Navidad- Los Toribianitos
Los Doce Días de Navidad This page comes with a free PDF activity for the 12 Days of Christmas.

I can not say enough about the advantages of teaching and learning Spanish through music.  You probably have noticed how Spanish linguistic patterns are different from those in English, and how many times we hear people saying “In Spanish you say things backwards.”

Spanish songs lyrics help our children retain grammatical structures and vocabulary much better  than many other traditional methods of teaching Spanish do.

The learning process becomes much easier when you attach words to beautiful music, and in many cases learners don’t notice the process.

Think about it, who doesn’t like music? The natural response when introducing songs to children is for them to be interested. Mix singing with dancing and movement to get the greatest results.

A little bit of preparation goes a long way. I frequently recommend mothers to think about what their little one is experiencing now in his life to match it with songs.

If you know you are going to the petting zoo introduce an animal song that teaches the names of farm animals. When you get to the place, sing the song, that’s right, sing the song with your little one. He will love it! Mine did.

There is always a chance to enjoy music while we learn, just look around and see the simplest things in every day life like meal time, counting while in the car, or simply dancing to the rhythm of a nice Spanish song as an opportunity to give your child the extra edge of being a bilingual one!

Learning How to Speak Spanish Yourself?

What I recommend adults who want to learn Spanish is to follow this simple plan called how to learn Spanish I created.

It is very straight forward and easy to follow. It clarifies what you need to know before you choose what method or approach you should follow based on your personal characteristics and personal situation.

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Easing the Bilingual Learning Process

Articles & Resources to Keep You On Track

Here I am posting resources I use with my son or that were recommended by readers like you.  Through trial and error I found myself gravitating to the same places and aides.  Spanish learning songs for children, bilingual education articles, Spanish toys and games, and Latin travel became my bread and butter in the bilingual process. Here I contribute my 2 cents and I hope you feel inspired to do the same!

When I started to teach my son Spanish I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. At the beginning everything went smooth until…he started nursery school.

Well… at that point his world was mostly in English.
his teacher, his classmates, the majority of his friends, daddy’s family and daddy spoke English.  Ian started talking in English more than Spanish.

Red flags went up in my head. I looked for any reading material, game, toy, and activity to help my son be fully bilingual. I also concluded that to preserve culture the best vehicle is language.

Bilingual Resources I Tried

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3 Facts on How Children Learn a Second Language

Reading “Second Language Acquisition in Childhood” by Barry McLaughlin answered many  questions I had about the second language learning process in Pre-K children. Here are 3 important conclusions the book showed:

  • Language learning is not a uniform process. Children vary greatly when learning either a first or second language, as well as how fast they learn it. So learn to recognize your child’s speed and help in the process. Be patient and don’t correct him constantly, which may cause him to stop trying.
  • Our children show different learning styles. Some take language word by word literally, and others do it more globally using whole clues or phrases to express themselves. Pay attention to your child’s style, re-phrase things for him without saying “you are wrong.”
  • Cultural environments play an important role in language development. Depending on the environment, some parents expect more of their children and also give more input to their children in terms of language.  Strive to provide a rich environment for your child to learn more easily. Take him to Hispanic art shows, musical events and festivals that enrich his environment and give him a chance to use Spanish.

Learn Spanish Abroad Guide

Do you want to Learn Spanish Abroad? This is one of the best ways to learn Spanish quickly, properly and having fun.

This is my top recommendation for anybody who is seriously interested in furthering his Spanish learning skills.

As good as it sounds, it is very important to plan and prepare once you have made the choice to pursue this option. Let me tell you a story…

I once had a student who traveled to Peru to learn Spanish abroad. He was extremely excited, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, Jeff came back with an o.k. experience but not the perfect one he could’ve had.

How do I know this? Because he told me that the trip was o.k. Unfortunately the instruction was not
high quality. Yes, he spent a Summer in Peru traveling and “learning” medical Spanish but also he ended up with a teacher who was not very well versed in medical Spanish.

Besides, Jeff felt he had lost his most precious opportunity to learn medical Spanish in a limited amount of time.

At the end, he shared with me that this probably happened because of his lack of preparation, research about the school and selection of the school with the lowest price as a top decision making point.

I thought it couldn’t be that difficult to plan and make a decision about it until I did a Google search for learning Spanish abroad and came up with a laundry list of schools that offer many choices and prices.

I thought about Jeff and the many people out there who maybe looking to prepare themselves for a similar experience, and I put together this cluster of articles and information about how to learn Spanish abroad at the bottom.

When You Learn Spanish Abroad You Gain…

  • Excellent ear training opportunity. Learning from real native Spanish speakers constantly while immersed in the culture forces you to be more aware of normal pace conversations, language usage, inflexions, etc.  Also, language learning without culture is not as effective.
  • Gaining fluency fast. It is like taking the fast lane of learning. In a normal weekly class you may be a bit embarrassed about talking, here you just have to do it. You even forget to feel uncomfortable after a while!
  • Increasing vocabulary that comes from constant exposure to the natives. You need to communicate, if not you will be isolated. Subconsciously you start acquiring a lot more expressions and words in Spanish. It is the typical “you pick it up.”
  • Culture understanding comes with learning Spanish abroad. Sharing foods, seeing the locals behave, and participating in their conversations are pleasant enriching experiences that cement language learning. Who knows…Maybe you will become more open minded!
  • Writing in Spanish like a pro. Yes, it requires discipline but if you pound the road you will be light years ahead. There is no secret to perfection, practice, practice and practice.

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Please recommend a good Spanish language software! Is what many readers ask me for, and to be honest with you it took me a while to find these choices I am writing about here. Why? Because as a tutor, teacher and a native Spanish speaker I know the stumbling points of learning a new language, so I wanted to make sure I can point you in the right direction.

Tell Me More Spanish 5 or 10 Levels

I know one size does NOT fit all, but I have been able to single out the best way to learn Spanish using a software program. Here is why Tell Me More is an excellent choice:

Ease of use*** This software has plenty of sections that paired with technology make this Spanish software a dream. It may take some people more time to learn how to handle its technology but once you know it becomes a real asset!

It is all well worth it because the program has a great visual appeal due to its clean lines, uncluttered screens, simple icons, and pleasant color scheme making it fun and relatively easy to use. It also has 3-D animations and detailed graphs that help you understand your progress and the content.

Content***** All programs come with 20 initiation lessons, and after that the levels really start. There is a placement test to help you choose 5 consecutive levels amongst 10 distinct levels of content, from Beginner to Advanced.

Roughly levels 1-5 are the equivalent to 2 years of high school Spanish, and 6-10 to 2 more. The content always has a picture or graph to help comprehension, but the program is not limited to only graphics and video like Rosseta Stone.

TELL ME MORE Spanish Version 10 comes with 10,000 exercises which I think are necessary to solidify knowledge. There are 10 hours of very well done videos that make your learning experience pleasant and varied.

Technology***** is pretty advanced in this Spanish learning software program, one of the characteristics I loved the most.

I know how frustrating can be to learn at home with nobody to correct your pronunciation…not any more because Tell me More has the most advanced speech recognition technology on the market, which translates in pronunciation improvement. It also has a Spoken Error Tracking System that pinpoints mispronounced words.

You can also learn with your MP3 Player. It also has a feature that allows you to have a translation of the material you are learning. You decide if you want it on or off.

Price*** Tell ME More has a higher price point compared to Rocket Spanish but Tell Me More V10 Spanish is a winner overall because of the content, technology and return policy it offers. It addresses reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture.

Summary of TELL ME MORE Spanish  Review

  • It covers all the skills necessary to learn a language which are reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture.
  • Your needs determine the type of product, therefore it is tailored for specific uses like travel, home schooling, professional needs, students, and personal or enrichment.
  • It was updated in 2009 to version 10 with great visuals, drills, and fresh content like the Euronews videos.
  • This software has cutting-edge speech recognition technology allowing you to assess your pronunciation and improve it through detailed graphs and 3D animation.
  • Opportunity to update your software for life online any time a new version comes on the market.

Cons

  • Even though its technology is cutting edge, it could be difficult for some to manage. Once you learn it it becomes almost impossible to expect less when comparing it to other software programs out there.
  • Price may seem higher in comparison to other downloadable Spanish learning software but always remember to compare apples to apples.

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Rocket Spanish Review

My second top choice is Rocket Spanish. What I can personally tell you is that the dialect is excellent. The creator is from Chile and the dialect he uses is very good quality of Latin American Spanish.

The program claims you can finish it in 8 weeks. Well…as a native speaker I think this is a bit of a stretch, more if we are talking about a person who never had formal Spanish learning before. Nevertheless the program is good quality.

Ease of use***** is highly rated in this program. Why? Because Rocket Spanish divides the content into small chunks for learners to manage. Each section is about 25 minutes long and there are 33 sections in total. The menus are pretty simple and the main method of learning is through visual/video form.

Content**** The lessons have excellent simple content. Rocket Spanish is geared to conversational Spanish in a more informal environment.

I also like the culture infused lessons that teach you how life is in Latin America. Each audio lesson comes with a transcript that you can follow to improve understanding and pronunciation.

This Spanish learning software also provides a Learning Lounge which includes grammar, vocabulary, common phrases, and interactive exercises. I think just listening and viewing are not enough to cement your knowledge. This is the major difference with programs like Rosetta Stone.

My favorite content of Rocket Spanish is the games section which comes very well equipped with its MagaVocab that helps you learn about 1,000 words in a short period of time. Megaverb helps you practice tenses and verbs meaning, and MegaAudio helps you train your ear.

Technology** in this Spanish learning software is basic. Nothing like Tell Me More but it does the work. Rocket Spanish Premium is available for download which makes it portable.

Price***** is greatest advantage of this product. It is one third of the price of similar programs or less when we compare the downloadable version to other Spanish learning software. It has a 60 day guarantee which makes it even more attractive.

Summary of Rocket Spanish Review

  • Perfect Spanish learning software for conversational Spanish.
  • Simple to use and portable. Clean design with no fancy whistles.
  • Excellent games that help you reinforce basic vocabulary, grammar and conjugation concepts.
  • Very appealing price point when buying downloadable version instead of shipped software.

Cons

  • Very simple technology with no speech recognition.
  • It is geared to conversational Spanish. If you are looking for reading, writing, pronunciation and speech this software may not be enough. For the person who doesn’t want to go in depth in grammar, conjugation, and perfect writing skills this is the best choice.

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One thing is for sure, culture is a very important part of learning a new language. Now that you will be starting to learn Spanish don’t only do it through a Spanish software program but also complement it with traveling, foods, Spanish movie watching and cultural knowledge which is abundant in this website.