Language Challenge 180: Week 5 Giveaway – Sing With Señor

by Corey · 24 comments

Sing with Senor - Language Challenge 180Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its fifth Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – this time for the lovely, fun and enjoyable CD “Uno Dos” from the band, Sing with Señor! This giveaway will only be open for 6 days, so enter today!

Congratulations to Celia who won last week’s giveaway which was a copy of the fantastic book Language is Music by Susanna Zaraysky!

One of the most enjoyable ways to learn a language, especially for children, is to learn it through songs. There is something about our brain that tends to hold onto words and sentences when they are joined with music. Think about those annoying jingles that we can’t get our of our heads, no matter how hard we try!

The song-writer of Sing with Señor, Felipe Canete, used to teach Spanish to middle school students. They were the inspiration for him to pick up his guitar one day and to sing an original song to help with language learning. The rest, as they say, is history: From that point on, Felipe started writing songs that both fit his students’ curriculum as well as made language learning fun. Luckily for us, he is now focusing on music 100%! Keep an eye on this band – more great things are to come from them!

Watch this lovely video from Sing with Señor of their “Uno, Dos” song – I love it!:

We are delighted to have this opportunity to give away a copy of Sing with Señor’s fantastic CD “Uno Dos”! The tunes are lovely, the words are catchy and whether you and your children are learning Spanish or not, this CD will get you singing in no time! Enter below!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below with your top parenting tip for Felipe who will be a new father this month! What do you wish you had known before you had your first child?


The winner will be chosen at random using

Note: Only one comment from the same person will be counted. Replies posted in response to someone else’s comment won’t be counted.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules!

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 Mary Kay April 6, 2012 at 2:55 am

Best of luck to you Felipe! The first thing I wish I had known was that birth was going to bring out an entire range of emotions that I didn’t know I had. Please support the mother of your child as much as possible as she transitions to motherhood. This may possibly be one of your most important roles.

Also, in the case that your child is colicly and crying uncontrollably, the Dr. Browns bottles that have this contraption inside that somehow keeps the gas out of the baby, worked like a charm for me, and saved me from much misery.

2 Jenny April 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

My #1 parenting tip is to have humility. As parents, we have to admit that we don’t know everything and we don’t know the best way to do everything. We’re not going to get everything right. This doesn’t mean we give up, but we give ourselves permission to ask God and others for help.

3 Michelle April 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

Congratulations, Felipe! I agree with Mary Kay that supporting the mother of your child is very important!

Remember to nap when the baby is napping: a sleep-deprived parent can be a very cranky parent!

And just enjoy: it is easy to feel like you should be doing something “productive” instead of just being with your child. It is ok to just be and enjoy!

4 JenneferJ April 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

My tip for you: The stuff isn’t important. Baby won’t care if he/she has the newest stroller or the coolest toys. Baby wants to be with Mom or Dad.

5 Karim Siebeneicher Brito April 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

Congratulations Felipe! You´re about to start the most intense experience in adulthood, which is parenting. I wish you the best of luck in everything!
My linguistic tip is you should try to teach your child about languages, encourage him/her to speak them, but never to make it a very controlled or imposed experience. Your child should not relate the idea of learning a language to that of an unpleasant obligation.

6 Andrew April 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

I have to say is the best thing advice personaly is never stop loving or supporting them. be there for them in everyway. trying to provide for them is the main thing but well support and love is one of the most important. reason i know is because of examples. my one cousin she hates her parents cause they didnt support her of her lifestyle she chose. she wanted to be a make up artist not a lawyer. my friend he is gay and his parents havent spoken to him since he came out. my other friend lost both his parents and kinda wished he had a better connection with them before they left. support and love thats all i can say no matter what. yea it can be difficult but never forget to show your love (better than saying it at times) . i have to say my parents are realy good cuase i had doubts before if they loved me or if they would support me. but rough times happend and i know they will always have my back. by the way i dont wanna win the giveaway i just wanted to give this advice. wish you luck and strength!

7 Wendy April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

A practical but very important tip: spend some time interviewing pediatricians before the baby is born. I spent too much time getting the nursery ready and didn’t have a doctor lined up. Then I scrambled to find a pediatrician who was accepting new patients after my daughters were born. This became an issue for us when one of my daughters had a serious eye infection when she was 7 weeks old, and we weren’t happy with the way the pediatrician handled it. At that point, we started interviewing other doctors until we found one we were comfortable with.

8 Simon April 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Congratulations in advance! My best advice is to spend lots of time with your little one – even doing mundane things like diapering and bathing. Also, you will win lots of good partner points if you make sure your partner always has water and a snack nearby – breastfeeding requires an extraordinary amount of food/water. Enjoy!

9 Heather April 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Congrats! My best advice is to rock and hug and love that little one as much as you can. They grow up so fast and before you know it, they don’t want to be rocked anymore.

10 Fátimah April 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Greetings Felipe!,

I wish that I had known that I would have received a great deal of negative feedback from monolingual family members who continuously told me that “I had plenty of time to teach my child Spanish.” I did not want my daugher to “know” that she was speaking different languages. I only wanted her to know that mom says “bola” and daddy says “ball.” I have a relative who wants me to speak to my child in “English” when visiting his home. This has caused a great deal of tension and resentment. My sister told me I would be a “fool if I allowed someone else to dictate to me what language I should speak to my child.” I have been persistent in speaking Spanish to my daughter 85% of the time and 100% when she was 0 – 3 years young. Now she is six years young. While I have had a few lapses I would tell you to “anticipate chaos” and steady yourself for possible monolingual ignorance/envy as you speak to your child. Please stay the course. DO NOT GIVE UP! I have met too many young adults who now are angry with their parents for not teaching them their ancestral language(s). Also, please encourage your child to respond to you in the target language that you will teach him/her. Also, find outlets where s/he can hear and interact in the target language outside of your home. Great luck to you and your family!

11 Elizabeth April 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Congratulations Felipe! My best parenting tip is to not let your relatives get in the habit of buying the baby lots of toys because your house can become a toy dump before you know it. My kids get more excited than anything over a big cardboard box and some paint/markers. After they’ve worn it out, you can recycle it 🙂

12 Amanda Kendle April 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Good luck Felipe!! My best tip (after reading some other great ones above, I agree with them all!) is to avoid noise-making toys. Singing/beeping/sound effects toys drive parents mad and, at least in our experience, are not as interesting to our son as basic stuff like blocks and a few simple cars. In fact just this morning he played for several hours with the plastic plate and cups of a picnic set and that was way better than the annoying noisy truck someone else just bought him for his 2nd b’day.

13 Jessica Ward April 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations, Felipe! I wish I had trusted in myself and my abilities more. You definitely need family and others to show you the ropes, but really, everything you need is instilled in you the moment you hold them in your arms, helpless and new to life. You JUST KNOW somehow and YOU KNOW BEST because you’re the parent. It’s a wonderful and special feeling. Best of luck!

14 Yazmin @ A Pretty Rock April 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

¡Felicidades Felipe! We’re 18 months into our parenthood journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

My advice? Slow down and spend tons of time with the baby. At 6 months, you’ll be amazed your tiny baby can sit by themselves. At 8 months, you’ll marvel at how they ate your whole banana. At 12 months you’ll wonder what happened to the baby you used to cradle in your arms as they scamper away from you on all fours… if they’re not already walking!

Oh… and take lots of pictures. Lots and LOTS of pictures… You won’t regret it. 🙂

15 Denisa April 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Congratulations Felipe!
I think the most important thing is love and understanding.

16 amy gustafson April 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm


My advice is to remember that you can’t really spoil a baby in their first months of life. Don’t worry if he/she only sleeps on your chest or in a swing, don’t worry if they don’t eat on a regular schedule, do what you need to do to keep baby fed and happy at night.

Muchisima suerte!

17 Melissa April 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My advice is ‘it’s all normal’ Don’t read books or baby schedules or listen to people who tell you there is one right way about anything (Well listen politely and nod and smile but instantly forget their advice;) ). It’s all normal and it all changes over time.

18 Mikayla April 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I’m not married, nor do I have children but I’ve heard the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

19 Terra April 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Turn off the TV/Radio/Computer and tune in to your little one. You can’t get those moments back!

20 Sarah M April 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Congratulations!! I would like to give you a piece of advice that I received. You are your child’s best parent. So, relax and trust yourself. You will do great!!

21 Rachel April 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

The housecleaning and other things will always be there. The baby won’t. Don’tdepend on other people to teach your child. You will have the greatest impact.
Please don’t let your extended family/friends discourage you from doing what you think is right for your child (even if what you choose is non-traditional).

22 Li-Ha April 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Congrats Felipe! The best thing I did for my children (more fore the second than for the first one) is to sing to them. Even humming is good enough. Immerse them in music, not recorded tunes coming from plastic toys but human voices, or instruments played by human beings. My oldest one is 3 now and singing most of the time, loves going to concerts and is very curious about musical instruments and my little one (1) stops whatever he’s doing as soon as he hears music, starts clapping and stamping (his way of dancing)!

23 Eduardo Moreno April 12, 2012 at 4:41 am

I agree with Li-Ha 100% percent. “Music, music was my first love, music, music, music”

24 Eduardo Moreno April 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

Felipe, is your little one has not come out yet, sing and tell stories to the belly in a soft and gentle voice. Make it a habit to do it once or twice a day. Another thing I did was to speak to my daughter as she was being born. I explained what was going on, encouraged her and reassured her when she came out. Do it all the way until she reunites with mom. That way, she/he will feel accompanied and secure. But don’t forget to do the same to your woman. It’s a few hour of hard work for you, but the reward is priceless.

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