Tingaleyo: Learning Through Music

by Amber on April 3, 2010

Ivan just loves listening to songs sung in other languages, particularly Spanish. He seems to enjoy the different qualities in the sounds and melodic twists and turns of other languages.

I believe that listening to other languages is very valuable for kids, even if they don’t know what’s being said. Simply being exposed to the sounds and rhythms can open their minds to different ways of being and different cultures.

But what I like about Lisa Monet’s Tingaleyo is that she sings in both Spanish and English so kids can hear the foreign words as well as the meaning in their own language.

In this way the music becomes an avenue to a lesson without pushing academics or study. It’s fun! Let’s listen and sing along and before you know it we may be able to pick up the meanings in the foreign words!

Ivan loves the title song, Tingaleyo/Tinga Layo, probably because he’s heard Raffi sing it, though Raffi’s version skips the Spanish verses; My favorite has to be De Colores. It’s just such a beautiful and relaxing song.

If you’re at all interested in bilingual music for kids, you’ll want to check out Tingaleyo. And you can visit Lisa’s site to learn more about her other CDs: www.lisamonetmusic.com.

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Wendy H April 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for telling the world (and me) about this delightful album! Those of us who agree that children love to hear (& learn) lots of languages, cannot get enough of wonderfully sung bilingual music! W

Lisa Monet April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Delighted to see a review of our “Tingaleyo” at the Boston Children’s Music site!! A fan wrote to say that she read it, tried to leave a comment, but it got lost….this is what she wanted to say: “Thanks for telling the world about this delightful album (Tingaleyo)! Those of us who agree that children love to hear (& learn) lots of languages, cannot get enough of wonderfully sung bilingual music!” Wendy Hatfield

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