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  • By: Herschel E. Chalk III
  • December 11, 2018
Spanish From Songs

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Are you studying Spanish and want a fresh way to learn? Have you ever considered learning Spanish from songs?

 

In today’s blog post I will provide you with three key benefits of learning Spanish from songs. As most of you should know by now I have been studying Spanish for years and currently write entrepreneurship articles for El Sol de Ohio in addition to Spanish content via my personal blog. Through this process I have become a more effective speaker and writer.  However you may have not known that one of my favorite ways of learning Spanish is from songs.

 

Even on an elementary level we are taught language and vocabulary through song, so why shouldn’t it work on a higher level. I have news for you, IT DOES!

 

Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll find when you listen to music in Spanish and seek to improve your Spanish from songs.

Your Vocabulary and Grammar Become Better

 

By listening to songs in Spanish your vocabulary and grammar will dramatically improve because you will begin to have a better context for the new words and sentences you’re learning. Studies show that you are far more likely to remember words and if you have learned them through song than by merely reading off of a vocabulary list.

 

Think about it. When you were a preschooler, would you have memorized the alphabet as quickly as you did if you had only heard it as spoken dictation rather than as a song? Or what about the names of the notes in a scale? If you’re a native English speaker, I bet you can’t even think the words “doe, a deer, a female deer” without automatically humming the next line of the song in your head. This simple song is tattooed in your memory. And there’s no reason why you can’t extend this memory technique to more complex vocabulary and grammar, by listening to songs in a foreign language and learning Spanish from songs. Or any language for that matter.

You Establish and Create an Ear for the Language

 

Listening to songs in Spanish have given my listening comprehension skills a major upgrade. Traveling throughout different parts of Latin America you hear various accents and dialects that often times are difficult to understand. Who likes listening to the same conversation over and over again. Particularly when it’s your parents attempting to scold you for something you’ve done in the past or remembering an embarrassing moment in your life.

 

But tell me who doesn’t love listening to their favorite song over and over and over and over again? After a few basic repetitions of one of your favorite Spanish songs you will have developed an ear for the sounds, vocabulary, accentuation, and intonation. More importantly you wont be able to get the song out of your head.  If you are able to follow along with the lyrics while you are listening you’ll begin to make the connection from the sounds to the words and your comprehension will greatly improve.

 

Considering that I am at an advanced level of Spanish,  the song that I have recited below has an extremely fast cadence. However if you are just starting to learn Spanish from songs you don’t want to pick one that is faster than your everyday speech. It will be far too difficult for you to comprehend and you’ll become frustrated. Once you develop an ear for basic songs to continue improving you’ll want to move forward with faster or more complex songs so that you don’t lose momentum in your listening comprehension progress.

 

You’ll Appreciate the Beauty in Other Cultures

 

When you know and understand the music from another culture, you begin to understand the culture itself. You understand the type of songs people enjoy and the lyrics teach you popular colloquial expressions (both good and bad) and subtle key phrases and stories that are linked to the values and heritage of that culture. Be forewarned the Spanish I’ve learned from these songs isn’t always the best. Or what we may consider to be POLITICALLY CORRECT.

 

A lot of my favorite songs are in my native tongue however I’ve developed an affinity for numerous Spanish speaking songs as well.

 

Whatever your favorite musical genre may be, I am confident that you can find a song that suits your particular needs and which will allow you to vastly improve your foreign language speaking skills.

 

There’s always room for more variety in your study habits. So if you haven’t listened to music in a foreign language. Nor had the opportunity to learn Spanish from songs (or any language for that matter)  in your studies thus far, then now’s the time to change up your routine and have some fun in the process.

SPANISH FROM SONGS

“SOLITA”

Here are the words to my part…
Qué te parece si me esperas sola, solita
Creo, mami, que tu cuerpo me necesita
Y hacemo’ toa’ las cosas que tú quiere’
De la manera que tú quiere’
Qué te parece si me esperas sola, solita
Creo, mami, que tu cuerpo me necesita
Y hacemo’ toa’ las cosas que tú quiere’
De la manera que tú quiere’ (¿qué te parece?)
Si me esperas sola te voa’ a robar, mi loba
Tú con ese nalgaje toas’ me las cobras
No me deja pasar ni una
Por la baby doy mi fortuna
Si le busca el playlist en el celu
Tiene tos’ los temas de Ozuna
Mía es la bebé
Trépate y házmelo como quiera
Usted me dice que yo tengo flow pa’ repartirle al que no le dé
Y si está sola, solita, rápido solicita
Que yo llego en el Ferro pa’ comérmela completita
Sola, solita, rápido solicita
Que yo llego en el Ferro pa’ comérmela completita
Sé que te gusta lo que yo tengo
Cuando me llama, rápido la atiendo (Doble U)

 

When attempting to learn a song I traditionally listen to it multiple times in order to determine which words I am able to comprehend. Then I will review the lyrics online in order to determine how close I was to what was originally said. Often times I will have to also incorporate a dictionary into the process as there may be some new vocabulary that I have to familiarize myself with.

 

I do have one question for you though. How do you think I did on my verse? If you’re familiar with the entire song, who’s verse was the best? Be sure to leave your comments below. I’m always looking for some positive feedback.

¿Quién Lo Hizo Mejor En “Solita”?

Solita - Nestito "El Chocolatito"

About the Author: Herschel E. Chalk III

Herschel is a "MASTER IN THE ART OF LIVING," he makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing, to him he's always doing both.

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