Why It Matters: ¿Necesito un suéter?

A great way to practice your Spanish is to have a conversation with people that you meet while you are shopping. Talking to salespeople can help you practice the vocabulary you will learn in this module.

Here are a few songs to try on before you step out into the module—can you see what these titles have in common?”

Juanes — La camisa negra
Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), known professionally as Juanes, is a Colombian musician.

You can view the transcript for “La Camisa Negra” here (opens in new window).

Monsieur Periné — La tienda de sombreros
Monsieur Periné is a Bogotá-based musical ensemble from Colombia with an Afro-Colombian sound that mixes Latin and European flavors. Their style mixes elements of cumbia, tango, danzón, bolero and pop music, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. At the Latin Grammy Awards, the ensemble was named best new artist of 2015. (English translation of La Tienda de Sombreros)

You can view the transcript for “La Tienda de Sombreros” here (opens in new window).

We will also learn about the weather in this module which is useful when you talk to other people. Instead of just saying it’s “hot” or “cold” when somebody asks you about the weather, you can get very descriptive. For example, in the video below pay attention to the image chosen for the song playing. Is the image clear, or is it blurry? Is it dark or bright? What emotions can you feel with the music? Now, read the title. Can guess what it means?

Santiago Vazquez – Nublado
Santiago Vazquez is a musician from Argentina who works in a variety of genres, including tango, jazz, electronic, and Afro beat.
Click here to read more about Santiago Vazquez.

You can view the transcript for “Nublado” here (opens in new window).