Thanks to WhistleFritz and Tomoson I received a complimentary Spanish language music CD for the purposes of review.
As with many language learning programs and early childhood education music I was afraid the CD was going to be too hokey or infantile for my girls to enjoy. They’ve both (almost) outgrown Mickey Mouse and Dora the Explorer. I was nervous neither they nor I would enjoy the music CD. I was very wrong.
With the first song my worries were put to rest. If you didn’t know any better you’d think you were listening to salsa or cumbia written for adult ears. The WhistleFritz Sabor Spanish Learning songs are upbeat and played in a style more conducive to enjoyment and continued listening and dancing by the whole family.
Even though the songs are upbeat they are easy to understand. It took a couple of listens for me but I was able to decipher the words and start helping my daughters sing along with the songs. I can attest that using music for language learning is most effective. Though I grew up with a Spanish speaking mother and did speak Spanish at home to a certain degree it was not until I discovered Spanish language music that my vocabulary and comprehension vastly improved. I always like to know what songs are saying so I tend to pay very close attention to the words, even in English. My daughters are the same. For them it’s not just about the beat, but also the pleasure of being able to sing along correctly. I appreciate that these age and content appropriate songs were put to rhythms that are palatable to all ages.
Get ready to shout “¡Sabor!” That’s what people call out in Spanish when they hear great music. Once children sample these playful original songs and beloved family favorites, they’ll want to sing and dance to them again and again (and they’ll be learning Spanish as they do!) This festive new collection of interactive Spanish learning songs puts the emphasis on active, whether it’s making animal noises, playing games, calling out responses, singing, or dancing. Internationally beloved singer-songwriter Jorge Anaya is your musical guide to this fabulous fusion of world music styles, including cumbia, calypso, salsa, and merengue, that keep the Spanish language-learning party going. From “Uno, Dos y Tres” and “Mi Día (My Day)” to “En El Rancho de MacDonald (Old MacDonald)” and “Cuando Sea Grande (When I’m Big)“, each lively song introduces Spanish vocabulary for words and phrases children use every day. A Translation Guide is included, providing an easy reference for parents and teachers who are first-time learners of Spanish. Get ready to be immersed in irresistible rhythms and pulse-pounding beats, and get ready to shout, “¡Sabor!“
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