Canción "Como yo" de Tonina Saputo

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level B2

Tonina is a classically-trained American musician, journalist and poet from St Louis. She sings in both Spanish and English and one of her songs (in collaboration with Javier Limón) was even named by former US president Barack Obama as a particular favourite. Listen to this poetic and rather melancholy song to practise cuando followed by the subjunctive and como vs cómo (with and without written accent).

 

Exercise: "Como yo"

Watch 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.

Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 2 answers

NikitaA1Kwiziq community member

Lyrics Meaning

No puedo entender esto parte.

solo mira el aguila cruzando el mundo azul (mirar: to look/see, so translation would be only look the eagle crossing...etc?

solo cantan las sirenas en el ancho de los mares (only sing the mermaids?

Un poco confundida. 

Asked 2 months ago
JohnB2 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hola Nikita,

This is a great question and I can't resist a challenge. The sentence structure is confusing but if you break it into phrases it opens up possibilities. I would go for "gaze" or "watch" for mirar, especially when you see Tonina's steady gaze in the video; but it could be "see" meaning "to be mentally conscious of."  I think como is "like" meaning "in the same way as."

The intro. from Shui says that the lyrics are poetic and melancholy so we need to bear that in mind. It also seems to be a song of love and possibly loss. I think it translates like this:

"Remember that only the eagle crossing the blue world gazes like I gaze;

Remember that only the mermaids in the wide oceans sing like I sing."

Saludos. John

Lyrics Meaning

No puedo entender esto parte.

solo mira el aguila cruzando el mundo azul (mirar: to look/see, so translation would be only look the eagle crossing...etc?

solo cantan las sirenas en el ancho de los mares (only sing the mermaids?

Un poco confundida. 

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ConnorA2Kwiziq community member

faulty links?

For me, the two links at the top for the two lessons (cuando y Como ) both direct me to the cuando lesson page 

Asked 7 months ago
ShuiKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Connor

Thanks for spotting that! All fixed now.

Gracias y saludos

Shui

faulty links?

For me, the two links at the top for the two lessons (cuando y Como ) both direct me to the cuando lesson page 

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