Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kevin, Karla y La Banda

Holy smokes!  This is a cover band that redoes songs from the American pop scene . . . in Spanish. 

Now you're thinking that's not such a big deal but, the thing is, this band is actually good!  Their translations, though not word-for-word, are very true to the spirit of the original songs.  They rhyme and they match the original rhythm of the song and, this is the best part, they can sing!  They sing very well, in fact.

Kevin, Karla y La Banda have a website, but I have a hard time navigating around it.  I can't find the songs I'm looking for on their site, but I can find them easily enough on YouTube.

One caveat, and this is only a problem for Spanish teachers, the lyrics are lacking accent marks in most places.  Still, I forgive them for that.  The music is great.

Here are links to two of their songs that my students really enjoy.

Call Me Maybe (Spanish Version)

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Spanish Version)

Hasta pronto,


Monday, November 26, 2012


I have let this blog sit for awhile for a couple of reasons.  I was feeling discouraged because no one seemed interested in stopping by and reading.  I suppose I need to continuously put up quality material and practice patience - so that is my goal for the new year.  The other reason is that I was finishing up grad school.  I hope to tell you in another couple weeks that my paper has been accepted and that I have passed.  In the meantime, my fingers are crossed and I am secure in the knowledge that I did my best work.

I have begun a small side business over at Teachers Pay Teachers, selling some of my lesson plans and my artwork.  I figure this is a good forum to share that work with others.  I hope, if you are reading this, you will take a moment to stop by and maybe you will consider supporting me.

Here is a link to my Holiday Backgrounds for PowerPoint.  They are a bargain for $5.00 because each image is less than ¢15.  It's what you'd pay for a fancy cup of coffee . . . right?

The images are made for slides, so you will have plenty of room to write lots of text.  Additionally, most of the images come in sets of two - one title slide (like the image above) with a large graphic and one regular slide with smaller graphics and more room for text.

And, as an extra, people who order and leave me a comment here to let me know what they think, will be emailed a bonus pack.  Hooray!  (You will have to leave me your email address for me to mail the bonus pack to you.  But, worry not.  I have no mailing list or anything like that.)

I had a successful Thanksgiving lesson that did well last week, and this coming week I have a seasonal lesson on las posadas in the works - and another one on el Día de los Reyes Magos.  More news on those when I finish.

Hasta pronto,