Carlos Vives - Cumbiana

"Carlos Vives - Cumbiana" has been shared to the blog from the Spanish reading practice section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills.


Spanish online reading and listening practice – level B2

Carlos Vives is a Colombian singer-songwriter. He’s won two Grammy and 14 Latino Grammy awards. He’s also a prolific actor, mainly in telenovelas, as well as a judge for numerous Spanish-language versions of The Voice.

This song is taken from his latest album, also called Cumbiana, where he celebrates the cumbia musical genre as well as promoting the biodiversity of the swamps and rivers of Colombia. He accompanied its release with a short documentary called El mundo perdido de Cumbiana, describing his creative process which was inspired by the amphibious region on the north coast of Colombia and their belief in ancestral spirits.

This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple, using ya, and the difference between decir and contar.

Exercise: Carlos Vives – Cumbiana

Watch and listen to the video, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later.

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Shui Ng González

Shui is Kwiziq's Content and Language Manager and Head of Spanish. She is an experienced technical writer, translator and project manager. Shui grew up bilingual English-Spanish in the UK, completing her studies in London, Madrid and Paris where she now lives. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. Her love of languages and technical knowledge make her a perfect fit for Kwiziq.