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22 minutes | Apr 16, 2019
Eta que ta’aquí -Andre Veloz (Dominican Republic)
In this episode the Extra Chunky Spanish team walks learners through the song, Eta que tá aquí by Andre Veloz. This humorous Dominican merengue is an ideal song for learners. The song contains only 62 unique words, provides plenty of repetition and is fun to listen to. Listen as our show hosts guide learners through the vocabulary of the song, point out of some of the cultural references and pick up some Dominican style Spanish along the way. The song provides students with a rich context for the learning and teaching of Spanish language, culture and social issues. The free study guide which is available for download below addresses the use of “non standard” Spanish which is celebrated here through the song’s inventive use of colloquial Dominican expressions. Teaching with this song provides a great opportunity to help students to understand that although certain varieties of Spanish are considered “standard”,, they should not consider one way of speaking correct and the other not correct. Language is a reflection of the community that speaks it. What is considered “correct” is often a matter of convention and decided in the interplay of language, power, and politics. While students may need to learn standardized versions of the languages that they study for practical purposes, it is important that both teachers and students learn about and respect the many varieties of Spanish spoken in our own U.S. communities and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The artist, Andre Veloz is one of the very few women represented in bachata. Through her music and media, she constantly challenges the male dominated conventions of the genre and the music industry at large. Although she has an affinity for the traditional, roots version of bachata, she brings a fresh and unique body positive feminist perspective to her music. These topics are addressed in several texts included in the study guide. Music is an ideal way to pick up a language. Research into language acquisition informs us that people acquire language in only one way: by hearing messages that they understand. This key element for language acquisition is called “comprehensible input”. Our podcast will help to make our selected songs comprehensible for students. Not all songs are ideal for language learning. The songs we will include in the Extra Chunky podcast will be carefully selected for features which maximize repetition of core vocabulary and structures while at the same time providing a compelling story or cultural context. We recommend that you print out the lyrics, make notes where necessary and listen repeatedly. Download the song and make it the first song in your Comprehensible Spanish playlist. Listen in your car, at the gym, around the house. . . If you work with the song a little each day, soon you will no longer need the notes. You will be soon be listening to and understanding a song in Spanish. If you continue this process with new songs, you will vey quickly begin to build your vocabulary and develop a sense of the syntax and structure of the language. Imagine how much Spanish you will have acquired once you have mastered a Comprehensible playlist of 5-10 songs! Click here to download the Study Guide and Resoucrce Pack. Made for teachers and independent Spanish Learners. Download Below you will find some interesting videos related to Eta Que Ta’ Aquí. To see the videos, don’t click on the pictures – instead click on the links found just under them. They aren’t always easy to see. Here is a link to a video that I made to illustrate the vocabulary in the song: https://tinyurl.com/y6hvojc4 See Andre Veloz perform live on Dominican TV: http://tinyurl.com/y5qaxz4z This is a version of the song used in a JUMBO supermarket commercial that that pays tribute to hard working women who need a break. Highly recommended #AUTHRES. https://tinyurl.com/y3jax88y Andre Veloz Talks Navigating Male-Dominated Genre & Body Positivity in an English language interview from “Ain’t I Latina?” https://tinyurl.com/y4xkowv2 This is the compact version of the song. This is ideal for teachers since it omits references to drinking found in the full length version. https://tinyurl.com/y5r2lnle Think you really know this song well? Challenge yourself or students to keep up with the music in this fast-paced Karaoke video. https://tinyurl.com/y6ejgk24 This episode’s Extra Chunky Podcast team: Kevin LaMastra – podcast host, music aficionado, and Spanish learner. Elba Ceballo- Spanish teacher from La Vega, Dominican Republic Las Hermanas Peñaranda – Spanish Teachers Eliana and Sobeida, from Colombia The post Eta que ta’aquí -Andre Veloz (Dominican Republic) appeared first on The Extra Chunky Spanish Podcast!.
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