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Spanish for children numbers

Me gusta contar (I like to count) is a Spanish counting song. I like this song because it teaches kids to count by tens. It is an easy way for them to become familiar with the numbers and once they know the tens, the numbers one to one hundred are simple. This song is easily adapted as a listening exercise, and it is also fun to sing because of the dynamics.

You can use this song as a Spanish listening exercise by having children point to the numbers as they hear them.  This is a good exercise to do before they learn to sing the song.  First, have each child write the numbers one to ten and the tens in order, or give them an handout with the numbers. Play the song and have the children touch each number when they hear it.

Once the kids are familiar with the Spanish numbers, put the numerals randomly on paper or poster board. Write them different sizes and at different angles. Several children can sit around each number set and touch the numbers when they hear them. You can separate the ones from the tens to make the numbers easier to find. Kids have fun with this activity, because it is not easy to find the numbers and keep up with the rhythm of the song. Be sure to try it yourself to see if it is an appropriate activity for your students or children.

The dynamics make Me gusta contar fun to sing. Kids love singing louder, then whispering and then clapping. In general, it is important to encourage children to use expression when they speak Spanish, and this is a good way to practice.

In this song, kids sing and count up by tens, and then back down from one hundred to zero.  If you are working with a group, different children can hold up the numbers as the group sings them. To do this, they have to be aware of what they are singing and how it fits into the sequence. You will have to adjust the rhythm, slowing down so that the kids have time to hold up their numbers.

The Spanish words are on the screen at the end of this song, but I have included them with a translation below the video.

Una, dos y tres / One, two and three
cuatro, cinco y seis / four, five and six
siete, ocho, / seven, eight,
nueve y diez. / nine and ten.

(whispering)
Una, dos y tres
cuatro cinco y seis
siete, ocho,
nueve y diez.

(clapping)

Me gusta contar,/ I like to count
contar hasta diez, / to count to ten
luego hasta viente, / then to twenty
por fin hasta cien, / finally to one hundred.

(getting faster and louder)
Diez, veinte , treinta, cuarenta, / ten, twenty, thirty, forty,
cincuenta, sesenta, setenta,  / fifty, sixty, seventy,
ochenta, noventa, cien. / eighty, ninety, one hundred.

Y al llegar a cien, / And when I get to one hundred,
empiezo a restar / I begin to subtract
de diez en diez / by tens
hasta terminar. / until I finish.

(getting slower and softer)
Cien, noventa, ochenta, setenta, / One hundred, ninety, eighty, seventy
sesenta, cincuenta, cuarenta, / sixty, fifty, forty
treinta, viente, diez, cero. / thirty, twenty, ten, zero.

Una, dos y tres
cuatro, cinco y seis
siete, ocho,
nueve y diez.

(whispering)
Una, dos y tres
cuatro, cinco y seis
siete, ocho,
nueve y diez.

(clapping)


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