Aguas de marzo

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level A2

Soledad Giménez, also known as Sole Giménez, is a Spanish singer-songwriter. She is now a solo artist but became famous in Spain with the group Presuntos Implicados who formed in the 1980s. Soledad released the song Aguas de marzo in 2009. It is the Spanish-language version of a song originally written by the Brazilian Tom Jobim. The lyrics present a series of images of what is the end of the summer in the southern hemisphere and a rainy month in Brazil. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise the verb ser, the diminutive suffix -ito and gerunds. It is suitable for level A2 Spanish students.

Exercise: Aguas de marzo

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Q&A relating to this exercise 4 questions, 7 answers

DebbieA1Kwiziq community member

muchas gracias

A mi, me gusto mucho esta cancion.  Me ayudaron muchas las letras de la cancion, tambien.  gracias...

Asked 1 month ago
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muchas gracias

A mi, me gusto mucho esta cancion.  Me ayudaron muchas las letras de la cancion, tambien.  gracias...

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Rock AnthonyB1Kwiziq community member

What is the significance of omitting the indefinite article?

What is the difference between:
ser + [noun]

and 

ser un + [noun]

What is the use case for each?

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Rock Anthony

In this case I believe they are including or omitting the article just to make it sound nicer as a song, because it fits better in the sentence. In songs everything is "admitted". I believe the original song in Portuguese also does that, it includes some articles and others are omitted.  As a very general rule, when we use the article, we are thinking of the noun as a specific "something" while when we omit it we are referring to the noun as a more "general meaning" of that noun. 

As a very simple example I could say:

Tengo monedas 

I have coins 

Tengo las/unas monedas

I have the coins/some coins

In the first example omitting the article, we are saying simply that we have "coins" - in general; In the second example, with article "las" this is referring to some specific coins -maybe some coins that where mentioned before; with article "unas" this is referring to "a few" -we are being a bit more specific.

I hope this helps.

Saludos

Inma

What is the significance of omitting the indefinite article?

What is the difference between:
ser + [noun]

and 

ser un + [noun]

What is the use case for each?

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KalyB1Kwiziq community member

Soledad Giménez - Aguas de Marzo

Really enjoyed this!


Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Kaly

Glad you enjoyed it!

Inma

Soledad Giménez - Aguas de Marzo

Really enjoyed this!


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GarryA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

A great song and video. Excellent aural exercise . . .

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Glad you enjoyed it.

GarryA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is there a translation? I find many of the words are ambiguous . . .

GarryA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
aha! I found the click -interpreter. Very good!
JohnA2Kwiziq community member

Art Garfunkel has a nice version in English--

GarryA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is it one of those English or Spanish words to the tune of ". . ."? Do you have a link?

A great song and video. Excellent aural exercise . . .

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