So I had this idea for a fun warm-up today that I thought the students might enjoy. I ran it past my 16-year-old daughter and got a thumbs-up, so it's a go!
Here's what I'm going to do. Take titles from the Top 10 and translate them into Spanish, then allow the students (beginners, mostly) to guess which songs they are. I think they would get a kick out of it and that positivity at the beginning of the class period can make for a better learning environment for everyone. Plus, I think the students like to know that I take the time to appreciate their music too. (Dear lord, I sound so old when I say that. But I have to admit, the Top 10 is no longer my music - in any sense of the phrase.)
Here are some of this week's Top 10 songs, as indicated by iTunes downloads:
1. See You Again - Te Veo Otra Vez
2. Shut Up and Dance - Cállate y Baila (Great! I'm doing commands this week, so this is perfect.)
3. Uptown Funk
4. Trap Queen - I'm gonna be honest here and say that I'm not sure what this means in English, but it sounds slightly naughty to me. So to avoid embarrassment and inter-generational culture clash, I'm going to skip this one.
5. Earned It - Lo Ganaste
6. Want to Want Me - Quiero Que Me Quieras (Subjunctive!)
7. Girl Crush - Encaprichada Con Ella (This implies a bi-sexual infatuation. Know your audience before you bring this topic into your classroom.)
8. Love Me Like You Do - Quiéreme Así Como Me Quieres (You're welcome to improve on this translation if you like. It's a tricky one.)
9. Chains - Cadenas (Easy one!)
10. Thinking Out Loud - Pensando En Voz Alta
Have fun with this one. The Top 10 is a gift that keeps on giving, so you could pull this activity out every couple of weeks and it stays fresh. Better yet, invite your students to take a try at translating some of these song titles themselves!