Liri-Blog

Insights & tips from Lirica HQ

One of the biggest nights in Latin Music!

This year the 21st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Las Vegas. Since 2000, the Latin Recording Academy has held the Latin Grammy Award ceremony to honor music recorded in Spanish or Portuguese.
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Keeping music in the family

It’s not uncommon for musicians to pass on their talents and passion for their work to the next generation, and while we can’t always be sure whether it’s the forces of nature or nurture at work, throughout modern music history there have been plenty of celebrated musicians whose children have tried to forge their own path to musical success...
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Celebrating the Day of the Dead

The origins of this festival are disputed by the academic community and it’s not clear whether it was originally an Aztec tradition or connected to the All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrations which are observed in Catholic countries. However, we can be sure that there’s no connection between el Día de Muertos and Halloween...
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Mexican flavors in Lirica

Vicente Fernández, affectionately known as “El Rey”, is a Mexican national treasure, much in the same way as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley in the USA. He has recorded more than 50 albums and sold more than 50 million records...
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Queen of Salsa

Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, known as Celia Cruz, was a Cuban singer and one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century. Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the 1950s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname "La Guarachera de Cuba"...
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Spanish sentence structure: Declarative sentences

You can think of sentence construction like building a pop song. To make both of these things work, you need to put certain elements together, in the right order.Get the order correct and harmony is achieved, but it can be very easy to sound out of key, especially when speaking another language...
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Basics of Spanish pronunciation

I (Conor, from the Lirica team) remember being on vacation in Spain as a child. I had recently acquired a pocket, digital translator and would occasionally feel the need to fulfill basic communication in Spanish and so, would type in individual words and have them regurgitated...
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Best songs to learn basic Spanish

Your brain processes music and language in the same part of the brain. Like speech, lyrics are made up of words held together in a grammatical structure and recited with a certain rhythm. That vocabulary appears in context often elucidating the artist’s culture...
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El perdón Key Vocab with Nicky Jam y Enrique Iglesias

The song is about a girl that Nicky lost due to his high-paced lifestyle involving a lot of travelling. The song’s music video was filmed...
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Tips for teachers: Make class entertaining with music

Teachers, ever tried using music in class and been pleasantly surprised at its effectiveness? Engaging young people...
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Tips for teachers: Gamify learning

What motivates a young person to learn a language? The answer, of course, is multifold. From what we've seen...
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Music & language: they complement each other

Repetition is a necessary part of learning vocabulary and constructs in a foreign language...
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Lirica: a short history

Lirica was founded by Paul Custance, formerly a Finance Director at Sony Music UK...
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