Spanish Modal Verbs in a Song

El Perrito Chiquitito is a Spanish song for children full of Modal Verbs in the Imperfect Tense.
The song is a true story about a naughty little puppy who wanted to escape and succeeded.
It is sung to the tune of a traditional Spanish children’s song:
El Barquito Chiquitito!

Modal Verbs, 3rd person, Imperfect Tense:
no sabía    – it didn’t know
no podía   – it couldn’t
no debía   – it was not supposed to …
Modal verbs need a 2nd verb in the infinitive:
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.

LYRICS + 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





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