Listening and Speaking

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin: Listening and Speaking Activities

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author who is known as the “King of Latin Pop”. He holds dual American and Spanish citizenship, and began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. Since the beginning of his solo career in 1991, Ricky Martin has become one of the best- selling Latin music artists of all time with over 70 million records worldwide. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, where he achieved modest stardom. In 1994, he appeared on the US TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer.

In early 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed “The Cup of Life” at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. Following its success, Martin released “Livin’ la Vida Loca”, which helped him attain success worldwide. It is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition easier for other Spanish-speaking artists to move into the

Ricky Martin

English-speaking market. His first English-language album (titled Ricky Martin), sold 15 million copies and is his best selling album to date. In 2018, he portrayed Antonio D’Amico in the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

ACTIVITIES

1. Speaking Part – Questions: Answer the questions by filling the blanks and then record yourself saying the questions and the answer (send the audio to the teacher).

1. ¿Cuál es el nombre real de Ricky Martin? El nombre real de Ricky Martin es _________ 2. ¿Quién es Ricky Martin?
Ricky Martin es ________________

3. ¿De dónde es Ricky Martin?

Ricky Martin es de ___________

4. ¿Cuántas nacionalidades tiene Ricky Martin?

Ricky Martin tiene ______________

5. ¿En qué idiomas canta Ricky Martin?

Ricky Martin canta en _______ idiomas. Canta en _______ y en __________.

6. ¿Cuál es una de sus canciones más famosas?
Una de sus canciones más famosas es ______________

7. ¿En qué serie actuó Ricky Martin?
Ricky Martin actuó en la serie ___________________

2. Listening Part – Song: complete it by filling the blanks —> Vive la vida loca

Livin La vida loca

Ricky Martin: Livin’ la vida loca

loca, reina, bebía, vida, besa, cartera, dragón, diosa, beso, baile

 La ____ de la noche

La ____ del vudú

Yo no podré salvarme

Podrás salvarte tú?

La tela de la araña

La uña del ____

Te lleva a los infiernos

Ella es tu adicción

Te ____ y te desnuda con su ____ demencial

Tú cierras los ojitos y te dejas arrastrar

Tú te dejas arrastrar

Ella que será

She’s livin’ la ____  ____ 

Y te dolerá

Sí, de verdad te toca

Ella es tu final

Vive la ____ ____

Ella te dirá

Vive la ____ ____

She’s livin’ la ____  ____

Se fue a New York City

A la torre de un hotel

Te ha robado la ____

Se ha llevado hasta tu piel

Por eso no bebía

De tu copa de licor

Por eso te besaba

Con narcótico sabor

Es el ____ de calor

Ella que será

She’s livin’ la ____  ____

Y te dolerá

Sí, de verdad te toca

Ella es tu final

Vive la ____  ____

Ella te dirá

Vive la ____  ____

She’s livin’ la ____  ____

Te ____ y te desnuda con su ____ demencial

Tú cierras los ojitos y te dejas arrastrar

Tú te dejas arrastrar

Ella que será

She’s livin’ la ____ ____

Y te dolerá

Sí, de verdad te toca

Ella es tu final

Vive la ____ ____

Ella te dirá

Vive la ____  ____

She’s livin’ la ____ ____

3. Listening Part – Choosing a song: Choose one of Ricky Martin’s song and then send to Mrs. Navarrete an audio (no longer than 20 seconds) with the song playing and say that you like that song (in Spanish) For example: me gusta ____ (name of the song).

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