November seems to be kind of a popular topic for songs. Celebrate this oddity by playing a couple of songs, starting with Noviembre sin ti by Reik, winners of this year’s Latin Grammy for best albúm pop vocal grupo o duo. The things I like to point out in this song are:
–understanding ‘hojas’ by context if they know ‘caen’ (and it’s November, sooo…)
–‘aquel’ for distance in time and not just space
— who/what is the subject of ‘me dice’ in the chorus?
Here’s another version at a concert. Both of those videos do not have copyright problems; show away!
The other song is packed with cultural connections: 19 de noviembre by Carlos Vives.
What I do with this song:
–Play it and see if they can catch the date at the beginning (in Spanish 1)
–Offer some sort of reward for who can figure out what 19 de noviembre is in Puerto Rico and why Carlos Vives is singing about it when he’s Colombian.
–Look for patriotic vocabulary.
¡Disfruta de noviembre!