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The Subjunctive: Will You Resist? Posted by on Feb 9, 2009 in Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar

I have always used songs in my lessons because I think they’re a fun way to learn. When I teach the subjunctive I always use a song by a Spanish duo, el Dúo Dinámico. They come from a very poor Spanish family (Basque and Aragonese) and are famous all over Spain and South America. One of their songs appears in Pedro Almodóvar’s movie ¡Átame! (Tie me up! Tie me down!). In “Resistiré” there are a lot of verbs used in the subjunctive and let’s try something here: you watch the video and supply the correct form used in the song. As a clue, the verbs are used in time expressions starting with “cuando”. Shall we go for it? Here are the verbs.

perder – dormir -cerrar -dejar -sentir-costar -rebelar -poner -soplar -romper -ser -apuñalar -reconocer – amenazar -salir -pasar

Post your answers and prontito les doy la respuesta.

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


Comments:

  1. Carolina:

    Great tool!

  2. A+:

    Seriously, I had to listen to it 15 times (nobody would be that patient in a real conversation), but it was satisfying. Muchas gracias por el ejercicio.

    They are a bit like your embarassing uncles, not so cool, but the song had me tapping my feet! There are a few that I can´t hear even though you´ve put the order. And I still don´t know what the song´s about 🙁

    I can guess the gist is we should be strong against the struggles that life throws at you.
    So, I’ll keep on with the challenge of learning spanish.

    Cuando:
    Pierda….?
    Duerma con la soledad
    Se me cierre la salida
    Y la noche no me deje paz
    Sienta miedo del silencio
    Cueste mantener sin pie
    Se rebele los recuerdos
    Y me ponga con…..?
    Aunque los vientos de la vida sople fuerte
    Aunque los suenos se me rompan en…..?
    Cuando el mundo pierda por la mafia
    ????….sea yo
    Me apuñale la nostalcia
    Y no reconozca ni mi voz
    Me amenaze la locura
    Mi monera salga…?
    El diablo pase la factura

  3. Sam Bastiman:

    Pierda
    Duerma
    Cierre
    deje
    Here goes
    sienta
    cueste
    rebele
    ponga
    sople
    rompa
    sea
    apuñale
    reconozca
    amanece
    salga
    pase

  4. Emily:

    Says the video does not exist.

    • Adir:

      @Emily Hi, Emily! I’ve just replaced the video. Thanks for warning me! =)