You never know what you’re going to pick up from following tweets from pop culture icons like @jesseyjoy or @juanes, or from news sources like Venezuela’s version of Fox News @globovision or Honduran @diariolaprensa. A great tweet came through today as an example.
One of my favorite groups, the Mexican trio Camila, tweets mainly through two accounts, @pablocamila (the guitarist) and CamilaMX, the official twitter. Mario Domm has an account @dragondomm but he doesn’t tweet terribly frequently.
Today this tweet came from @pablocamila:
Quién irá a ganar este partido? Cuál fue la predicción de mi tocayo el pulpo?
In less than 140 characters, you have the vocabulary word ‘tocayo’ (I don’t know when I acquired that word but it’s a fun one to have), future for the concept of “I wonder” (extra interesting in the ir + a construction), cuál instead of qué as the question word, and the whole phenomenon of this prognosticating octopus Pulpo Pablo, which is frankly, just flat weird, but hey–by the time you watch videos and read articles about him choosing Spain to win it all (as of this writing the game is tomorrow, so we’ll see if he’s right), and why not throw in some video of Spain searching for their own Pulpo Paul, not to mention the wealth of hilarious stuff there is to find out there about Argentinian chefs putting octopus paella on the menu ad nauseum, your students will never forget the word for octopus and get some really funny culture mixed in their language acquisition in the process.
Every Spanish teacher should be on Twitter. Start by following me, @secottrell, and looking at my lists of language teachers and music, and follow them. From there it’s a yellow brick road.