Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tu Falta de Ortografía

I'm thrilled to have found Zambombazo website and equally thrilled to share it here with you today - just in case you haven't already come across it yourself.

Zambombazo is a website that is updated regularly with songs, news, video, and cartoons from around the Spanish-speaking world.  And, as if that were not enough, there are teacher-ready activities there that go along with all these wonderful bits of authentic language.
The site describes itself thus:
Una variada oferta de actividades divertidas basadas en productos culturales auténticos (videoclips, canciones, tiras, noticieros, etc.) en las que se pretende aprender por descubrimiento sobre el idioma español y las culturas del mundo hispanohablante.
I sincerely recommend a visit if you have not yet been there.  There are commercial products available on the page and I can only imagine (given the quality of the free materials on the page) that they are good, but I am not associated with them in any way.  Nor have I yet had the opportunity to purchase them myself, though I intend to do so when the opportunity avails itself after the Christmas spending season draws to a close. *sigh*

Specifically what I found over at Zambombazo today and wanted to share with you was a delightful song and accompanying cloze activity.  The song is called Tu Falta de Ortografía and is by Adalberto Álvarez y su Son.  It has a Caribbean sound and rhythm and the pronunciation is very good for students.  The theme of the song has to do with a break up letter and the bad spelling and punctuation in it.  The Spanish teacher in me could not stop laughing!  

But the best part is the activity sheet which is already made up for you.  It is a review of preterite and imperfect and has the bonus of the little spelling and punctuation lessons contained in the song.  The folks at Zambombazo have done all the work for us.  Just print, copy and ¡Zas!  ¡Lección instantánea!  It gives me a warm feeling inside, really.

 They have the song online at Zambombazo already however, if you would like to see the group perform it on stage, here is a link to the same song on YouTube.

Hasta pronto,



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