Villancicos de Navidad (Christmas carols)

inter2ling 24/11/2017

Spanish Christmas carols are called “villancicos” and are popular songs composed as early as the XIV century and transformed by spontaneous additions made by the singers. For this  reason there are very wide variations in their lyrics.  They were played with improvised instruments such as stones, sticks, etc… They are informal, cheerful and often irreverent.  “Villancicos” were made to celebrate, so lets practice our Spanish while having some fun with a very popular song:

2020 Fum, fum, fum

2019 Los peces en el río

1 Listen the video once, following the text

2018 Ande, ande, ande

1 Listen the video once, following the text. 

2017 Campana sobre campana

1 Listen the video once, following the text.


2 Identify “el estribillo” y “las coplas”

The poetic form of the Spanish villancico was that of an estribillo (or refrain) and coplas (stanzas), The “estribillo” is the part of the song that is repeated after each “copla”.

3 Sing along.  You can also improvise your own instrument and make your own music.

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