We always try dynamic content in our Spanish classes and this week we talked about music. One of our students recalled listening, when he was young, a song performed by an English speaking artist, in Spanish. So we talked more about this and found amazing Spanish versions of once English top hits.

Here are 5 videos you will find very interesting

First Michael Jackson whit his version of “I can’t stop loving you”. The adaptation is amazing as well as the accent.

Bon Jovi has two songs in Spanish, “Bed of Roses” and “This Ain’t A Love Song”. We like better the second one.

Who can forget Harry Nilsson and his amazing voice singing “Without You”? Well, the Spanish version is as good as the English version.

Sting, in 1988 sings his hit “Fragile” in Spanish, a very good version!

And last but not least, Roxxete with “It Must Have Been Love”

We can’t forget ABBA, one of the best-selling music artists of all time and the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country (Sweden). ABBA also recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish. Here is “Chiquitita”

What do you think? Did these artists do it just for fun or tried to penetrate just a niche market?

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is a Roman Catholic Church like no others. It is an underground sanctuary built within the tunnels of a salt mine. For its concept and architecture it is unique in the world.

This wonderful salt mine is in the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, only 48 kilometers from Bogotá.

It was declared the First Wonder of Colombia in 2007 and has received more than 13 million visitors from all around the world.

Once you enter you can smell the minerals and after a short period of walking in the dark you can see the multicolored lights reflecting over the crystals and the beautiful sculptures carved by miners and famous sculptors.

If you happen to be in Bogota, learning Spanish at Learn More Than Spanish, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, is definitely a must see.

Take a look at this 360° panoramic photography by Carlos Suesku on 360cities.net and this video tour

What do you think?Amazing isn’t it? Please leave us your comments.

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“Dar papaya” literally “to give papaya”, is a Colombian saying meaning “don’t put yourself in a position where people can easily take advantage of you”.

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You will think that because we passed December 31th the party is over. No way! We still have a lot to celebrate.

In January and February we have three major festivals we love!

First, from December 28 to January 7, the Blacks and Whites’ Carnival “Carnaval de Negros y Blancos” in Pasto, proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Then, from January 4 to 11, The Manizales Fair, renowned nationally and internationally for its bullfighting season.

And last, but not least, from February 9 to 12, The Barranquilla’s Carnival, one of the biggest carnivals in the world that paralyzes an entire city.

As you can see, the party has just started. Take a look at our posts about these festivals and keep the party going!

Blacks and Whites’ Carnival “Carnaval de Negros y Blancos”

The Manizales Fair

The Barranquilla’s Carnival

The Barranquilla’s Carnival, one of the biggest carnivals in the world, has traditions that date back to the 19th century. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.

During 4 days, The Barranquilla’s Carnival paralyzes and immerses the city in intense festivities, a repertory of dances and musical expressions for everybody to enjoy.

Its most characteristic activities are the Battle of the Flowers and The Great Parade.

The Battle of the Flowers, “Batalla de las Flores” is a parade with floats, dance groups, and the most colorful characters, it is led by the Carnival Queen and followed by folk dances, musicians and dance groups.

The Great Parade, “Desfile de la Gran Parada” considered a day of mask and disguises where thousands of people wear costumes and fancy dresses.

On the third day, Monday, there is “El Festival de Orquestas”, a marathon concert of Caribbean music.

The last day (Tuesday) is a four-hour parade through the city with figurative burial of Joselito Carnaval which symbolizes the end of the festivities.

There is so much to say about the Carnival, feel free to visit these resources.

Colombia Travel

Wikipedia

Carnaval de Barranquilla Official Site

Bullfights, music and dance street shows, parades, fireworks and the international Coffee Beauty Pageant what else can you wish for?

The Manizales Fair, which this year runs from January 6-13, attracts visitors from across Colombia and all over the world. It is particularly well-known for its beauty pageant, where women from Brazil, Venezuela and Panama among others, compete to be “Coffee Queen”, and for its bullfighting season which brings together the best bullfighters from Colombia, South America, and the Iberian Peninsula.

Here are some highlights of the fair.

We asked our students what was the best song to party to and what had they learned about Colombia or the Spanish language, and because we recently talked about Colombian music style “Vallenatos” and its modern fusion with pop and rock, we narrowed the list to 5 Vallenatos.

1. Fonseca – Eres Mi Sueño

2. Diego, Ay Diosito

3. Carlos Vives, Volví a nacer

4. Fonseca, Te mando Flores

5. Fanny Lu – No Te Pido Flores

Which one did you like the most? Leave us a comment or fb.me/ILikeSpanish

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Proclaimed in 2009 by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the Blacks and Whites’ Carnival, “Carnaval de Negros y Blancos”, is the largest and most important celebration in southern Colombia.

Between December 28 and January 7, the City of Pasto attracts a large number of tourists who want to celebrate this cultural expression.

On January 6, the festivity starts with a magnificent float parade.

Take a look at last year’s parade.

If you want to know more about this magnificent festival, please visit

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From Colombia’s Caribbean region comes the “Vallenato”, a traditional music style that is enjoyed in almost every part of the country and played in almost every celebration.

Traditionally, three instruments make up a Vallenato band, one from Africa, other from the indigenous and the last one from Europe, a mix of cultures, races and sounds that just make this music unique.

The “Caja Vallenata”, a small drum held between the knees and played with bare hands. It was used by the African slaves brought by the Europeans.

The “Guacharaca”, a wooden, ribbed stick similar to a sugar cane, accompanied by a fork that when rubbed together emits a scraping sound, originally used by Colombian indigenous.

And the accordion of German origin usually modified just for the Vallenatos.

Every year, during the month of April, we celebrate the Vallenato Festival in Valledupar, Cesar, where the Vallenato comes from. For five days, the city just breath, dance and enjoy Vallenatos in a colorful display of parades, shows and musical contests. There is a King of the Festival, best interpreter of accordion, caja vallenata and guacharaca, as well as “piqueria” (battle of lyrics) and best song winners.

Here are some classic Vallenatos for you to enjoy!!! Also, take a look at our post about Vallenatos and pop fusion.

The Vallenato Festival

What do you think? Does it make you move?