Learning Spanish Through Songs in 2021 – A No Brain & Very Funny Approach to the Spanish Language Learning [New for You?]

Learning Spanish Through SongsLearning Spanish through songs? Probably you’ve heard already this language learning technique, or maybe you also practiced it, but to what extent?

Did you ever think that this could be the main (if not the only) technique that will allow you to easily learn the Spanish language?

Here’s the first song, in order to, so to speak, “warming up the engines”, before venturing into an explanation of the many undeniable benefits of learning Spanish through songs and music:

Rosas [La Oreja de Van Gogh]

If you prefer singing by reading a written text, here are the lyrics of this magnificent Spanish song with the English translation:

En un día de estos en que suelo pensar:
One of these days when I’ll sit thinking:
Hoy va a ser el día menos pensado
“Today will be the day least thought out”
Nos hemos cruzado, has decidido mirar
We have crossed paths, you’ve decided
A los ojitos azules que ahora van a tu lado.
to stare into the blue eyes that are now by your side.
Desde el momento en el que te conocí,
Since the moment I met you,
Resumiendo con prisas tiempo de silencio,
Summarizing in haste a time of silence,
Te juro que a nadie le he vuelto a decir
I swear, I haven’t told anyone else
Que tenemos el récord del mundo en querernos.
That we hold the world record in loving one another.
Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada,
That’s why I waited, with my face pouty,
A que llegaras con rosas, con mil rosas para mí,
For you to return with roses, a thousand roses for me,
Porque ya sabes que me encantan esas cosas,
Because you know I love those things,
Que no importa si es muy tonto, soy así.
I don’t care if it’s dumb, that’s how I am.
Y aún me parece mentira que se escape mi vida,
And it feels surreal that my life should escape me,
Imaginando que vuelves a pasarte por aquí,
Imagining that you’ll come back around here,
Donde los viernes cada tarde, como siempre,
Where Fridays, every evening, like always,
La esperanza dice: “Quieta, hoy, quizás, sí…”.
Hope says: “Be still, maybe today…”
Escapando una noche de un bostezo de sol,
Escaping one night in the tired sun,
Me pediste que te diera un beso,
You asked me to kiss you
Con lo baratos que salen mi amor
With how cheap they are, my love,
Qué te cuesta callarme con uno de esos
What does it cost you to quiet me with one of them?
Pasaron seis meses y me dijiste adiós,
Six months passed, and you told me goodbye,
Un placer coincidir en esta vida.
An agreeable pleasure in this life.
Allí me quedé, en una mano el corazón
There I stood, with my heart in one hand
Y en la otra excusas que ni tú entendías
And in the other the excuses that even you didn’t understand.
Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada,
That’s why I waited, with my face pouty,
A que llegaras con rosas, con mil rosas para mí,
For you to return with roses, a thousand roses for me,
Porque ya sabes que me encantan esas cosas,
Because you know I love those things,
Que no importa si es muy tonto, soy así.
I don’t care if it’s dumb, that’s how I am.
Y aún me parece mentira que se escape mi vida,
And it feels surreal that my life should escape me,
Imaginando que vuelves a pasarte por aquí,
Imagining that you’ll come back around here,
Donde los viernes cada tarde, como siempre,
Where Fridays, every evening, like always,
La esperanza dice: “Quieta, hoy, quizás, sí…”.
Hope says: “Be still, maybe today…”
Y es que empiezo a pensar
And then I started to think
Que el amor verdadero es tan sólo el primero
That only the first love is true love
Y es que empiezo a sospechar
And then I started to suspect
Que los demás son sólo para olvidar
That the rest are only meant to be forgotten.
Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada,
That’s why I waited, with my face pouty,
A que llegaras con rosas, con mil rosas para mí,
For you to return with roses, a thousand roses for me,
Porque ya sabes que me encantan esas cosas,
Because you know I love those things,
Que no importa si es muy tonto, soy así.
I don’t care if it’s dumb, that’s how I am.
Y aún me parece mentira que se escape mi vida,
And it feels surreal that my life should escape me,
Imaginando que vuelves a pasarte por aquí,
Imagining that you’ll come back around here,
Donde los viernes cada tarde, como siempre,
Where Fridays, every evening, like always,
La esperanza dice: “Quieta, hoy, quizás, sí…”.

Here’s the official, gorgeous version (a cover) of the same song:

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Learning Spanish Through Songs: The Many Benefits of This Learning Approach

Learning Spanish Singing SongsFrom a specifically linguistic point of view, we can only draw up a partial list of the possibilities and potentialities offered by the song text. Learning Spanish through songs allows, indeed facilitates:

  • learning and memorization of phonemes, vocabulary, and morphosyntactic structures thanks to the repeated listening of a text without lowering or losing motivation thanks to the different tasks that can be assigned
  • effective work on pronunciation thanks to the appropriate use of rhythm in the song
  • enhancement of basic communicative skills:

a. listening

b. speaking (in tests of comprehension of the text listened to, in singing the proposed song),

c. reading of the transcribed text,

d. rewriting of the text; and integrated communicative skills: commentary, summary, paraphrase, inter register translation, etc.

  • learning through the involvement of the whole body. The action of singing, in particular, allows the phonatory apparatus to be exercised with different activities, but also allows the dramatization of text and context.
  • learning poetry: the use of the text of the song, of the songwriter’s song in particular but not only, is to all intents and purposes the use of a literary or poetic text, with its rhetorical figures, the specific vocabulary of literature and poetry, the rhimes, etc…

In today’s songs, in particular, the importance of the text is often predominant over the pleasantness of the melody because it has become one of the privileged channels for conveying emotions.

  • learning the culture of which language is an integral part: the uses of a song for the cultural aspects contained in it: civilization, history, geography, customs, and habits of a country. You can learn songs about political commitment, society, women, love, work, etc…
    the use of a song for independent learning of a foreign language;
  • learning geography & history, not only the culture: Through song lyrics and accompanying videos, you can learn about a foreign country even without visiting it. How many young people around the world, in the 1960s in particular, learned about England and the English language through the songs of the Beatles, and how many people around the world who have never visited Italy see it through the words of ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu’?

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Me Voy (Julieta Venegas)

Porque no supiste
entender a mi corazón,
Lo que había en él.
Porque no tuviste el valor
De ver quién soy.

Porque no escuchas
Lo que está tan cerca de ti,
Sólo el ruido de afuera
Y yo, que estoy a un lado
Desaparezco para ti.

No voy a llorar y decir
Que no merezco esto, porque
Es probable que lo merezco,
Pero no lo quiero, por eso…

Me voy, qué lástima pero adiós
Me despido de ti y me voy,

qué lástima pero adiós
Me despido de ti.

Porque sé que me
espera algo mejor
Alguien que sepa darme amor,
De ese que endulza la sal
Y hace que salga el sol.

Yo que pensé,
nunca me iría de ti,
Que es amor del bueno,
de toda la vida

Pero hoy entendí que no es
Suficiente para los dos.
No voy a llorar y decir
Que no merezco esto porque
Es probable que lo merezco
Pero no lo quiero, por eso…Because you did not know
how to understand my heart,
What was there in it?
Because you didn’t have the courage
To see who I am.

Because you don’t listen
To what is so close to you,
Just the noise from outside
And I, who am on one side,
Disappear for you.

I am not going to cry and say
That I do not deserve this, because
It’s probable that I do deserve it,
But I do not want it, that’s why…

I leave, what a shame but goodbye
I bid my farewell and
I leave, what a shame but goodbye
I bid my farewell to you.

Because I know something
better waits for me
Someone who knows how to give me love,
The kind that sweetens salt
And makes the sun come out.

Me who thought,
I would never leave you,
That it was real love,
lifelong love

But today I understood that it isn’t
Enough for the two of us.
I am not going to cry and say
That I do not deserve this because
It’s probable that I do deserve it
But I do not want it, that’s why…

Some Translation Notes from the Songlations Journal

Me despido de ti y = I bid my farewell and

Me voy, qué lástima pero adiós = I leave, what a shame but goodbye

despedirse de = to part company with, to separate from, to bid farewell to

adios = goodbye, farewell

This form of saying goodbye can sound long-term, like you won’t see someone again for a while, if ever.

Que es amor del bueno, de toda la vida = That it was real love, lifelong love

amor del bueno = the good kind of love, the real kind of love

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Spanish Songs of the Kelly Family

Here are 2 wonderful songs sung in Spanish by Jim Kelly and his band. For those who do not know this singer is one of the many brothers of the famous Kelly Family that had great success in Europe in the1990s.

Jim Kelly is an Irish-American singer, but he was born in Gamonal, a small town in the province of Toledo, in the heart of Spanish Castile!

Ojos Negros (Black Eyes)

Yo vendo unos ojos negros quien me los quiere comprar?
I sell black eyes, who wants to buy them from me?
lo vendo por hechiceros, porque me han pagado mal.
I sell them for sorcerers, because they have paid me badly.

Los ojos de mi morena, tan negros como el carbón,
My brunette’s eyes, as black as coal,
me tienen como en cadenas, atado mi corazón.
they have me as in chains, tied my heart.

Mas te quisiera, más te amo yo, y todas la noche
The more I would love you, the more I love you, and all night long
la paso suspirando por tu amor.
I spend every night sighing for your love.

Cada vez que tengo pena  voy a la orilla del mar,
Every time I am in sorrow I go to the seashore,
a preguntarle a las olas si han visto a mi amor pasar
to ask the waves if they have seen my love pass by

Brincan y Bailan (They Jump and Dance)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTwHJwFQvRY

En el portal de Belén hacen lumbre los pastores,
The shepherds build a fire in Bethlehem’s crib
Para calentar al niño que ha nacio’ entre las flores
To warm the child who was born among the flowers

Brincan y bailan los peces en el rio,
The fishes jump and dance in the river,
Brincan y bailan de ver a Dios nacido.
They jump and dance to see God born.
Brincan y bailan los peces el agua,
They jump and dance the fishes in the water,
Brincan y bailan de ver nacida el alba
They jump and dance to see the dawn born.

En el portal de Belén hay un hombre haciendo miga,
In the Bethlehem portal there is a man making crumbs,
Los pajaritos le cantan y el agua se va riendo…
The birds are singing to him and the water is laughing…

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Santa Maria (Holy Mary)

Here’s another Spanish song sung by the whole Kelly family in its golden age. The chorus of the song is actually sung in Italian as you can hear for yourself: Santa Maria prega per noi” (Holy Mary pray for us).

Spanish Lyrics English Translation
Para el cielo y la montaña,
para el río y el valle,
para mi pueblo y mi país,
para el sitio dondo yo naci.
Para mi madre y mi padre,
para mis hermanas y mis hermanos,
para mis amigos y para mi,
para los que tanto amo yo.
Santa Maria prega per noi!
Santa Maria prega per noi!
Para el mundo y el pueblo,
en sus crisis, en sus penas,
para los niños del futuro,
para las gueras que nunca terminan.
Santa Maria prega per noi
Santa Maria prega per noi
Para el cielo y la montaña,
para el río y el valle,
para mi pueblo y mi país,
para el sitio dondo yo nacì.
Para los heroes de hoy,
y los solitarios sin poder llorar
Y las madres la fuente de la vida,
para este mundo con tanta pena…
Santa Maria prega per noi
Santa Maria prega per noi
Santa Maria prega per noi
To the sky and, to the mountains,
To the river and the valley,
To my hometown and my country,
To the place where I was born.
To my mother and my father,
To my sisters and my brothers,
To my friends and myself,
And to those, I love so well.
Holy Mary pray for us!
Holy Mary pray for us!
To the world and the people
In their crises in their pains
For the children’s of tomorrow
For the wars that never end
Holy Mary pray for us!
Holy Mary pray for us!
To the sky and, to the mountains,
To the river and the valley,
To my hometown and my country,
To the place where I was born.
To the heroes of today,
For the lonely with no one to cry
To the mothers, the source of life,
To this world with so much pain…
Holy Mary pray for us!
Holy Mary pray for us!
Holy Mary pray for us!

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