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by Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell on Sep 12, 2017

Looking for an alphabet song that matches the RAE?

They changed the Spanish alphabet…

Alphabet song updated by Calico Spanish.As we recently blogged, in 2010 the Real Academia Española made some rather significant changes to the official Spanish alphabet.  Let’s review what those were:

  • The letters ch and ll were removed; they are now considered “digraphs.”
  • The new name of “y” is ye.
  • The only name for “B” is be.
  • The only name for “V” is uve.
  • The only name for “W” is uve doble.

So, as we evaluated potential updates Calico Spanish Classic for Schools, our print curriculum for Spanish-language specialists, this update was a priority (along with adjusting our references to how the color words for “pink” and “orange” are used: see that other post for more information).

…so we updated our song, too.

Our major change to the Classic for Schools curriculum was to incorporate all of our alphabet lessons into the core chapters of the Teacher Manual.  Before, each chapter included only one letter, with all the rest included in supplemental lessons in the appendix.  Now, all of the official letters are incorporated into lessons in the chapters, with the lessons for “ch” and “ll” moved to the appendix for teachers wishing to do a lesson on these traditional (but eliminated) letters.

Obviously, we couldn’t update our alphabet lessons in Classic for Schools without also providing an updated song for teachers.  And in true Calico style, that song is now uploaded on YouTube for all teachers and learners to enjoy.  If you’ve been looking for an alphabet that you know reflects the current RAE official one, here it is:

And of course, you’re also always welcome to use our earlier song, based on the traditional Latin American alphabet that you’ll still find in many children’s learning materials.

We’re glad you enjoy our music, and we’re always looking for ways to provide you with what you need to teach well.  Enjoy!

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Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell
Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell is a homeschool mom of three bilingual children. She’s also a Spanish teacher and the COO and chief storyteller for Calico Spanish.


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