El Perrito Chiquitito

No sabía, No podía, No debía …

El Perrito Chiquitito:  Sung to the tune of ‘El Barquito Chiquitito’ this is a song about an adventurous puppy.
Guitar chords + the lyrics of the song are printed below the video clip.
The puppy wanted to escape but it didn’t know how to (no sabía), it couldn’t (no podía), and it was not supposed to (no debía) escapar.
Modal verbs always go with another verb in the infinitive, in this case ‘escapar(to escape):
No sabía escapar  –  it didn’t know how to escape
No podía escapar it couldn’t escape
No debía escapar –  it wasn’t supposed to escape

The story ends in the perfect tense.

Watch the video and sing along.  The words are also printed below with the guitar chords:

A            E       A
Había una vez
.              E                   A
un perrito chiquitito,
(There was once a little puppy) x2
A            E       A

Había una vez
.             E                    A
un perrito chiquitito,

.           D
Que no sabía,
That didn’t know how to,
.          A
que no podía,
that couldn’t,
.         E                              A
que no debía escapar.
that wasn’t supposed to escape.

Hold up your hands and
 count to 6 on your fingers whilst singing:

.     A           E                A
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
.                 E                     A
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas
1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks went by(x2)
.     A          E                   A
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
.                E                      A
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas …


.        D
Y aquel perrito,
.         A
y aquel perrito,
.        E                                      A
y aquel perrito escapó.

(And that little puppy,
and that little puppy,
and that little puppy escaped.)

Repeat!

For more practice using Spanish Modal Verbs in the context of scoring goals on a Playstation this time, go to:
Modal Verbs in Spanish




perrito chiquitito


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