Los Días De La Semana

by Mike Wilson

The purpose of this song is to learn how to say the days of the week in Spanish, and lyrically, there's not much more to it. Written as a slow Spanish waltz (so you have time to focus on the pronunciation of each day), our instrumental background recording features a simple rhythm section with a Spanish guitar, brass, and percussion. The song is a short, two-part proposition with verse one naming off the days of the week, followed by an English tag line. Add part 2 the second time around with verse two echoing each Spanish day with its English translation, then ending with the same tag line.

You'll notice the names of the days are not capitalized in Spanish as they are in English. In general, when a word is capitalized in Spanish, it is also capitalized in English. Not so when going from English to Spanish. The days of the week are one such instance. The Spanish days are also preceded by the article "el" or "los" if plural.

To help with learning the pronunciation of the words, we have provided you with a pronunciation guide, which you can find on our web site as a free download. (See details in the box following.)

In Spanish, you would "roll" your r's if a word begins with "r." but since all the r's in this song are in the middle of the words, it is more like tapping the roof of your mouth with your tongue, almost like a "d" sound. Also, your d's should sound close to "th," as in the word "the." We like to mention that smiling puts your mouth in the best shape or position for speaking Spanish. You can stop smiling once you're fluent… unless you like what it does to your countenance, of course.

Online extras - The free, downloadable extras mentioned can be found under the Graphics and Extras for Volume 20, No. 5 at MusicK8.com

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.