Sing along: A traditional Spanish song

listen Los pollitos dicen is a traditional Spanish song about a mother hen caring for her chicks.

You can learn the words in Spanish with this fun video:

Sing along: A traditional Spanish song
Sing along!

The ‘ll’ grapheme

In Spanish a double ‘ll’ sound is pronounced as a 'y'.

Here are some examples of how this sound is used in the song:

  • listen Los pollitos - the chicks

  • listen La gallina - the hen

What did you hear?

You might have recognised some key words and phrases in the song.

Now see how many you can remember from the table below:

listen tienen fríothey are cold
listen tienen hambrethey are hungry
listen buscarto find
listen comidafood
listen otra díaanother day

Feminine and masculine nouns

In Spanish there are feminine and masculine nouns.

You may have spotted that the article that comes before the noun is determined by the noun itself.

For example, if a noun ends with a, eg la gallina, it's feminine so we use listen la.

Masculine nouns normally end in an o or an e, eg listen el pollito.

Remember the plural for listen el is listen los and the plural for la is listen las.

Check out these examples of nouns from the song and see if you can decide whether they are masculine or feminine:

  • listen los pollitos - the chicks

  • listen el trigo - the wheat