Music is an effective (and fun!) way to learn language. In this activity, students will learn the pop song “Fotografía” by Nelly Furtado and Juanes, a number one song in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the United States on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. The song is catchy and upbeat, with enough repetition of the chorus to memorize easily.
This song provides great practice of the present indicative of the irregular verbs ir and estar, as well as regular –ar verbs llamar, buscar, amar and llevar. In the past, I have used this song in the first quarter of Spanish 1 with my 7th grade class (we use McDougal Littell’s ¡En español! 1, and it goes well with Unidad 2, Etapa 2). It is also a great introduction to the direct object pronouns.
This listing includes 1) the Spanish lyrics with blanks to fill in while listening, 2) follow-up translation and reflection practice 3) teacher’s edition of the complete lyrics and answers to the translation practice and reflection, and 4) complete English translation of the song.
The song is available on iTunes, as well as on YouTube at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flr8vDQ9Wuc