Leon, Nicaragua- Day 12 of Spanish Language Immersion

Nicaragua Spanish Language Immersion with The Spanish School
Octubre 25, 2016

Day 12 of Excursion to Colonial city of Leon
Leon esta mas o menos 2 horas norte desde la capital Managua.

Este dia maravilloso vimos muchos museos.
Cathedral León, Museo de la Revolucion, Museo Ruben Dario
Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdian ( hosts the largest collection of European and Latin American Art in all of Central America, including opus of Picasso, Chagall, Goya, Fragonard), Basílica Catedral de la Asuncion.




Let’s not forget our AMAZING LITERARY HERITAGE. Let us not forget How many Poets have won or been nominated for the Nobel Prize. Lorca didn’t win but if he was around long enough ( he died at 42 years old) I am sure he would have. Here’s some poems from this genius Spanish poet during his sojourn in New York City.

Read in English with Spanish subtitles.

You may also read more about Lorca & his theory of Duende in my blog, http://www.laescuelaespanol.com

Garcia Lorca- Click on Video of 5 Poems from Poet in New York

Nicaragua & Costa Rica Immersion this Fall, 2016

I am gong to Nicaragua & Costa Rica in October for 2 weeks,
( October 11th to be exact to October 28th). I have 2 students
( one is a really hot French young man & another cute Latin girl) coming with me and there is still room for 2-3 more people.

There will be Daily Spanish Language Immersion ( 2-3 hours), while you sip on Nicaraguan Coffee underneath the gorgeous flora and stay at Marlene’s Bed and Breakfast (photos are below) and will be going to Trips to the Colonial cities like Granada, Leon and artisanal cities like Masaya. The last night is to celebrate dancing at ” EL CHAMAN” discoteca.

My Mother’s Spanish style house in the heart of Managua-
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Spanish & Latin Pop Music in 21 rst Century

There is more to Popular Spanish music than just Ricky Martin, Shakira and Julio Iglesias.Here is a list of some music I just discovered recently.Most of the artist I have selected have reached the top in Spanish music Charts for 2010.

Estopa is a pop/flamenco duo founded in 1999 by brothers José and David Muñoz of Cornellà de Llobregat (Baix Llobregat), Catalonia. Their first album, Estopa, has sold well over 1,000,000 copies to date (the equivalent of an American platinum album) and their latest, Voces de Ultrarumba, sold more than 200,000 copies on its first day of release. Their playful, Rumba-tinged compositions have made them one of the most successful pop groups in Spanish history, in terms of both album sales and critical acclaim. The name of the group, “Estopa” (tow, in english) refers to when both brothers worked together at a SEAT automobile factory and, in their own words, a boss kept on screaming at them, “¡Dale estopa!” which means something like “Work hard!”.

Estopa – Vino Tinto

El Run Run con Rosario has been on the top charts for 21 weeks in 2010.

David Bisbal (born June 5, 1979) is a Spanish singer. Bisbal was the second finalist of the reality show “Operación Triunfo”, a show inspired by American Idol.Bisbal’s first album, Corazón Latino (Latin Heart), was a smash hit in Spain and all over Latin America, so much so that he had to schedule a 2002-2003 tour that covered the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and a good portion of the rest of South America and Central America, as well as the United States. It is estimated Bisbal has already earned over one million US dollars in his career as a singer. Ave María, Lloraré Las Penas and Dígale were huge hits.

David Bisbal- Ave Maria

Bustamante’s breakthrough was in the TV hit Operación Triunfo. This program, similar to American Idol, broke ratings records as well as dominated the top position of the CD sales charts during its 5 month run. When the program ended in February 2002, David Bustamante was one of the three finalists.David Bustamante has had big success in Spain and Latin America. He has sold over 1,400,000 units. His new album Al filo de la irrealidad went platinum at the top of the Spanish charts, and it was released by Universal music, in the USA and Latin America the last 3 March 2008.

David Bustamante- Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti

Jorge Drexler (b. September 21, 1964) is an Uruguayan singer, the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award, which he won for composing the song “Al Otro Lado del Río” from The Motorcycle Diaries. Though Drexler himself sang the song on the soundtrack, it was performed together by Antonio Banderas and Santana at the 77th Academy Awards ceremony.

Drexler was born in Montevideo, where he studied medicine and became a doctor. He also studied music and recorded two albums (Radar, La luz que sabe robar), which were only released in Uruguay. In 1995 he was invited to Madrid (Spain) by well-known Spanish songwriter Joaquín Sabina, who introduced him to other important Spanish singers. Drexler went to Spain to record the album Vaivén in 1996 with Spanish musicians. Vaivén included some old songs from his previous releases mixed with new compositions. He moved to Spain and recorded another five albums: Llueve (1998), Frontera (1999), Sea (2001), Eco (2004) and 12 Segundos de Oscuridad (2006).

Although he lives most of the year in Spain, his latest three albums were partially recorded in Uruguay with Uruguayan musicians. Juan Campodónico and Carlos Casacuberta, former members of rock band El Peyote Asesino, have produced Drexler’s albums since Frontera.

His music is a combination of Uruguayan traditional music (candombe, murga, milonga), bossa nova, pop, jazz and electronic music, which results in very personal compositions with original arrangements.

Jorge Drexler- Guittara y Vos

For Estopa’s Anniversary Compilation

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Canción Semanal- “Lo Positivo Atrae Lo Positivo”

Have you heard of the Law of Attraction, The Secret and Creative Visualization? These are areas in modern psychology that have been developed with success in the last decades.  Daysi Cerrara, international speaker, songwriter, therapist and life counselor has created this new song, hence has also created a new genre of music,

Listen to this very POSITIVE SONG,  ” Lo Positivo Atrae Lo Positivo”, Positive Attracts the Positive. There are so many beautiful uplifting songs in Spanish, that I decided to dedicate every week to a NEW song

Very Catchy song with beautiful lyrics on the video,  you can dance to. A  GREAT way to start your day !! Bien, Bien, Energia positiva !

“Lo Positivo Atrae Lo Positivo, yo me concentro en eso en cambio mi camino.”


Learn Spanish Grammar with Grammy Award Winners Manu Chao

This song, Desaparecido, by Grammy Award Winner for Best World Music Album, Manu Chao,  is talking about the immigrant experience all over the world. Desaparecido means disappeared in Spanish.  It’s very clever and catchy tune, the chorus is easy so you can sing along and learn Spanish. See how many Past Participles you can find. What other verb tenses are predominant throughout the song? Can you figure out the meaning of the song just by reading it? Please, leave your answers in the comments.

Lyrics to Desparecido

Me llaman el desaparecido
Que cuando llega ya se ha ido
Volando vengo, volando voy
Deprisa deprisa a rumbo perdido

Cuando me buscan nunca estoy
Cuando me encuentran yo no soy
El que está en frente porque ya
Me fui corriendo mas alla

Me dicen el desaparecido
Fantasma que nunca esta
Me dicen el desagradecido
Pero esa no es la verdad

Yo llevo en el cuerpo un dolor
Que no me deja respirar
Llevo en el cuerpo una condena
Que siempre me echa a caminar

Me dicen el desaparecido
Que cuando llega ya se ha ido
Volando vengo, volando voy
Deprisa deprisa a rumbo perdido

Me dicen el desaparecido
Fantasma que nunca est
Me dicen el desagradecido
Pero esa no es la verdad

Yo llevo en el cuerpo un motor

Yo llevo en el cuerpo un motor
Que nunca deja de rolar
Yo llevo en el alma un camino
Destinado aduando nunca llegar

Me dicen el desaparecido
Cuando llega ya se ha ido
Volando vengo, volando voy
Deprisa deprisa a rumbo perdido

Perdido en el siglo
Siglo XX, rumbo al XXI

Read more: Manu Chao – Desaparecido Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Read more: Manu Chao – Desaparecido Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Learn Spanish with Pop Songstress, Shakira

Shakira, the Colombian chanteuse became the world’s biggest Latin crossover artist with her hit album Laundry Service in 2001. Born to parents of Colombian and Lebanese decent, Shakira Mebarak discovered her love of singing and at very young age. The rest is history.

She’s an excellent song writer and lyricist. Through out the years she’s evolved from Rocker, Belly Dancer, and now she’s in her more diva phase with songs like Gypsy and She Wolf. I personally love her original raspy voice. She sang the soundtrack for the movie, ” Love in the Time of Cholera”. The haunting lyrics of Hay Amores and Despedida. Here are a few songs to see for yourself.

Donde Estas Corazon ? 

Shakira Playlist with over 10 of her most popular songs, please, see below for links to her lyrics

I find  listening to Spanish music an excellent way to learn Spanish. It’s great to hear the song first in Spanish, and then read the lyrics once in Spanish. Next, study the lyrics in English, then, listen to the song again, and see if you don’t have a better understanding. Here are some song lyrics below with the Spanish lyrics, and then the English Translation below.

        Shakira’s Song Lyrics:

For lyrics in English, please contact me and I will send you the Pdf File.