Qué Pasa, Raúl

Hosted ByRaúl Guerrero

A podcast for Spanish learners and music lovers. Your host, visual artist Raul G, uses pop songs to help you learn useful language, grammar and simple phrases. in the process you will also discover great singer-songwriters, famous in the Hispanic world.

Sucedió en Mazatlán

José Ángel Espinoza, better known as Ferrusquilla, was a Mexican songwriter and actor. Early in his career he became known as El Hombre de las Mil Voces, for his ability to play multiple characters for radio drama productions and to (allegedly) being able to impersonate God himself!

One of Ferrusquilla’s most recorded songs was El tiempo que te quede libre. The version to top all others would be that of María Dolores Pradera, one of the most elegant performers to ever have come out of Spain. With her beautifully clear phrasing style and deep voice, she was known as La Gran Dama de la Canción Española.

The song is also a perfect illustration of how the present subjunctive works. In its lines we find no less than four different uses of this tense. We take a close look at each through the episode, as well as hearing the story of how the song was conceived. ¿Estáis listos?

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