Singing the Basics Beginning Spanish

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In more than a decade of widespread use, tens of thousands of students across the country have been learning and retaining important content in their Spanish classes—and having fun doing it—with Singing the Basics Beginning Spanish.

Listen to song samples here, and view lyrics below.

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I wrote the songs for this CD when I started teaching first-year Spanish after a couple of years teaching Spanish II. I was determined that my students would not be as clueless about the basics as so many of the students who had been passed along to me. I wrote some songs, used them in class, and the next year, the Spanish II teachers asked me why my students tended to sing to themselves during quizzes and tests—and expressed their amazement that my students knew things like the stress rules.


When my colleagues and former students let me know that the songs really worked, that was all the excuse I needed to invest in some recording equipment…(and write a bunch more songs!)


A teacher’s guide is included with the CD to help you make best use of the songs. (I’m discounting and phasing out CDs and the hard copies of the teacher’s guide. When my current supply of books runs-out, I will send the teacher’s guides electronically.)


Days of the Week


lunes is Monday
martes is Tuesday
miércoles Wednesday
jueves Thursday
viernes is Friday
sábado Saturday
domingo is Sunday


lunes, martes
miércoles, jueves
viernes, sábado, domingo


lunes is Monday…
(whole thing two more times, end with…)
hoy es…(current day)

The Weather Song (plus months and seasons)

En invierno hace frío
diciembre, enero, febrero

En primavera hace viento
marzo, abril, y mayo


En verano hace calor
junio, julio, agosto


En otoño hace fresco
septiembre, octubre, noviembre

The Cow Song

Helping verbs don’t help
They only get in the way
Before you use soy, eres, es, somos, son
Think of what you’re trying to say

Use ser for being
Not for doing

Use it for the cow is fat,
Not the cow is mooing!

The Question Song

To make a statement say the subject then the verb
To make a question, just say them in reverse
Flip a question mark for where the question begins
A right side up one always goes where it ends

¿Por qué? asks why
¿Cuándo? asks when
¿Dónde? asks where
To find out Who, ask ¿Quién?


¿Qué? is what
Which is ¿Cuál?
How is ¿Cómo?
Put an accent on ’em all!

The Stress Song

Where’s the stress if a word ends in vowel, n, or s?
Second to last, Second to last, Second to last!
Where’s the stress if it ends in another consonant?
On the last, on the last, on the last!

But if you see an accent
Thatís what you put the stress on
They put a little mark there
So you won’t say it wrong!

Where’s the stress if a word ends in vowel, n, or s?
Second to last, Second to last, Second to last!
Whereís the stess if it ends in another consonant?
On the last, on the last, on the last!

But I and U are weak vowels
Youíve gotta make a diphthong
You smash ’em with the next vowel
Cause they can’t stand alone!

The Date Song (asking and saying)

¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?
Es el…de…
¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?
Es el…de…
Es el…de…

LONERS (gender rules and articles)


Most words that end in L, O, N, E, R, S
For one reason or other
Are known as masculine
In many other languages, there are two words for “the”
“el” is “the” with masculine words
feminine is “la”.


All words that end in “D”, “CIÓN”, or “SIÓN”
And many words that end in “A” (or “Z”!)
Are known as feminine
And as there are two words for “the”
There are two words for “a”
Un is “a” with masculine words
With feminine, “una”.

The Taco Song (phonetic pronunciation)

If you know taco, and burrito
And Pepe
You know the vowels

There’s no exceptions
Like with English vowels

This is always how they sound!

Es La Una (telling time)

Es la una
Son las dos
Son las tres
Son las cuatro
Estoy perezoso
Este verano
Me gusta comer y ver la televisión

Me despierto
A las nueve
Me levanto
A las diez
Yo me visto
A las once
Al mediodía veo el Jerry Springer show!

(Repeat chorus)

A las cinco
O cinco y cuarto
Yo cocino
El arroz
A las cinco y media
Cocino pollo
A las seis menos cuarto
Yo como los dos

La Familia Tradicional


Mi madre está casada con mi padre
Mi padre está casado con mi madre
Mis abuelos son los padres de mis padres
Y mis tíos son sus hermanos


La familia tradicional hispana
Es mas que padres, hermanos, y hermanas
Hay primos, que son hijos de mis tíos,
Y el hijo de mi hermana es mi sobrino


Nuestra familia es una familia unida
Nuestra familia, familia querida
Es lo mas importante de la vida

Siete Días (calendar vocabulary)

Hay siete días en una semana
Hay cuatro semanas en un mes
Hay doce meses en un año
Cincuenta y dos semanas en un año
Y yo trabajo de lunes a viernes
Viva el fin de semana
¡Libertad! Duermo tarde mañana
Viva el fin de semana
¡Libertad! Duermo tarde mañana

I am Yo (subject pronouns)

I am yo, and you are 
If we’re not on a first-name basis
Saying  is rude
He is él, and she, ella
If I’m speaking formally
I say Usted to you
We are nosotros
And they are ellos
In a group without a guy
Ellas means they too
“You all” are Ustedes
Everywhere but Spain
When they speak less formally
Vosotros is “you all”
Now get these into your brain!

-ar Verbs (basics of conjugation)


o, as, a, amos áis, an
o, as, a, amos áis, an
o, as, a, amos áis, an
present tense -ar endings are…
o, as, a, amos áis, an


The -ar ending’s infinitive
To ask, to speak, to buy, to swim
Take off the -ar, you get a stem
Put these endings on the end…
I ask, you speak, we buy, they swim

Direct Objects (pronouns and personal a)


You gotta know…what’s a direct object?
Three things to know about the direct object…


1. You usually find ’em after the verb
Answering who or what after the verb


I eat what?…cheese!
You hear what?…bees!
We see who?…Flea!   (bass player for Red Hot Chili Peppers)
She loves who? Me!


2. You can replace ’em with me, te, lo, la
Or with nos, os, los, or las
In the pre-verb spot


Yo lo como
Tú me quieres
Él nos oye
Quien te ve


3. When there’s a person in the direct object spot
An untranslated personal “a” is often forgot


Yo veo a Juan
Él oye a Shawn
Tú quieres a Tom
Extraño a Mom


You gotta know…what’s a direct object?
Three things to know about the direct object…


Written, performed, produced, recorded, and mixed by Todd Hawkins


CD, Teachers’ Guide/Activity Book




3 reviews for Singing the Basics Beginning Spanish

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Homrig

    I had two years of Spanish in college and three in high school. I was very fortunate to have Mr. Hawkins my very first semester. What I learned from his unique and creative approach to teaching in my infancy stage of a foreign language was instrumental in creating a foundation into understanding Spanish. I would recite the songs in my head during tests and drew from memory his lyrics when I needed them for assignments I took home. The knowledge I gained from listening to his music made the language much easier to comprehend as my course work became tougher. It didn’t hurt that it actually sounded great, too.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Becky Moulton

    My students and I love this music! I’ve been using it since it came out and have always highly recommended it. The lyrics are catchy, the music is “real”, and you don’t get tired of hearing it! It is fun, upbeat music–it tickles me to have 30 students singing their hearts out along with the CD. Happy students learn more!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beth Sims

    I have been teaching Spanish for nearly fifteen years and I LOVE these songs! My kids actually LEARN concepts from the catchy lyrics. They come in asking to sing these songs. I even find myself singing them in the shower!

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