Mexican men should be ugly she said
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Serenades still sometimes happen in Mexico.

We got woken up one night by una serenata under la ventana de nuestra vecina (our neighbor’s window).

My wife thought it was so romantic. A real life vision from the time of sus abuelos (her grandparents).

The girl didn’t seem pleased though. She just stayed inside. She didn’t even show her face in the window. Elena said, “she must be angry with him”.

I guess it was a make-up-for-some-bad-behavior-serenade.

Eventually, our neighbor could resist no more. She came to the window and later opened the door….

The morning music I used to hear was very different to the romantic serenades.

Our apartment backed onto a car wash. The workers in the car wash played Mexican Banda and Norteña music all day long.

And they started early.

If you haven’t heard Mexican Norteña music it might sound offensive to your ears.

The culture of this music in the village dance halls is that anyone can have a go. However, just because someone has the gumption to try singing doesn’t mean they sing well.

In fact, most sing terribly,

Yet, after hearing the songs over and over I started to get used to the sound.

One song in particular “Profundamente” by “El Coyote y Su Banda” grew on me. I really started to like it. I still like it.

Back then I was teaching English to a group of nurses, a tough job but someone had to do it.

I remember one of the girls telling me she didn’t like handsome men like Brad Pitt. According to her, men should be fuerte, fornido y feo. (Strong, hefty and ugly.)

She would probably like El Coyote.

Music is a really good fun way to pick up words.

El Coyote’s nasal voice is a little difficult to understand at times. That’s why I have added a transcript and some hints to help you understand more of El Coyote’s Spanish.

Profundamente transcript

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14 Comments posted on "Mexican men should be ugly she said"
michael hoganNo Gravatar on December 16th, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

I love El Coyote. I teach in Mexico. I love his song “Arboles en la barranca” and I think you are a fine teacher. Un abrazo.


Bobby CoxNo Gravatar on November 12th, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

Good fun if a bit ‘loud’. How about giving us the transcript for his other songs, it certainly helps to imprint the words on one’s brain!


klemen peterNo Gravatar on November 6th, 2012 at 9:15 am #

en tu parte mucho gracia


CharlesNo Gravatar on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

I agree that this is a good way to train your ear by listening to music and lyrics; but to learn one should watch the transcript and translation two or three times and then try to understand with out looking at the transcript. This is great stuff.


Tracey YatesNo Gravatar on April 26th, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

I love this music with all my heart. I think it would help cheer up someone having a bad day.


sally cobbNo Gravatar on April 12th, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

love the music Marcus, it adds a bit of fun to the learning. I´m enjoying synergy spanish too, thankyou


rita cowleyNo Gravatar on March 9th, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

love this,fabulous would love more of the music and transcriptions.thank you so much,cheered me up no end


gregg dickinsonNo Gravatar on March 9th, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

gracias Marcus I’m taking your advanced intensive course… could you add songs like that to you lessons loved it


valNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

I love this teaching method. Thanks so much for the transcription – awesome idea Marcus!


PaulineMcHughNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

gracias por la musica espanol. Me gusta cantar. Tiene mas musica en espanol con las palabras?


malcolmNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

El Coyote strongly resembles two other people… -One is John Candy, the movie comedian and the other is Oliver Hardy from the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy back in the 1920s and 30s…


dartsplayerNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

Very happy, like the music but don’t think the singer will ever be No. 1. Enjoyed though.


SharonNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 9:52 am #

Ooooh…Spanish music is so upbeat, and this is a great choice Marcus. Gracias x


ChristineNo Gravatar on March 8th, 2012 at 3:50 am #

Gracias por la musica espanol y por las palabras. Yo prefiero el grupo “Mana”.


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