This article is about mi tema favorito (my favorite topic): la música (music). I am going to teach you how you can learn Spanish through music… and believe me, nowadays this is a technique I also use to keep practicing French and Portuguese. Yes, mis amigos, I also speak these two languages and is there any better way to learn it than by singing? (Please don’t make me sing).
I advise you to read until the end so I can share some of my favorite playlists in Spanish, according to the music genre you prefer.
Learn Spanish through Music with this technique
Listening to music in Spanish will help you improve your Spanish pronunciation and listening skills. A veces, la letra puede ser difícil de entender (Sometimes lyrics may be difficult to understand), of course… but it’s a very fun and low-key activity that doesn’t require a lot of effort and you can dance, sing and practice Spanish at the same time.
I personally love listening to Portuguese music, and I use the same steps I will share with you. They helped me a lot to sing correctly and, of course, fill in the “missing pieces” to stop mumbling parts I didn’t understand before. This keeps me motivated. And you know that la motivación es muy importante cuando aprendes idiomas (motivation is very important when learning languages).
So now, the first thing you must do: Escoge una canción de tu género favorito (Choose a song from your favorite genre). Make sure it is a song you actually love to listen to, because with this technique you will be hearing it A LOT!
Step 1: Listen to the song several times
The number of times depends on you. Your goal is to see how many words, phrases or chunks you can get just from listening to the song. Once you have reached your limit and don’t understand anything new while listening to it again, move to Step 2.
Por ejemplo, yo he escuchado una canción hasta 100 veces, pero no me importa porque me encanta. (I have listened to a song over 100 times, but I don’t care because I love it!)
Step 2: Find the lyrics
You may do this by going on Google to find the lyrics. There are a lot of online resources where you can find la letra (the lyrics) and translations.
Once you have found them, what you want to do is read the lyrics while listening to the song, so now las palabras que hacían falta (the “missing words”) are evident and you know what you haven’t been able to understand before.
Step 3: Be aware of the words you don’t understand
You may look up the words and phrases that you are not familiar with, as this will help you increase your knowledge of vocabulary and chunks.
You might still not understand a sentence after translating the words, but no te preocupes (don’t worry), that is why you are learning Spanish with chunks instead of word lists.
So, how does that work? Well, what I want you to do is listen to the song and look for word combinations you hear the singer use and where you think “oh, so THAT’s how you say that in Spanish!”… tthen, that is a chunk!
- Por un beso de la flaca yo daría lo que fuera (For a kiss of the skinny I would give anything)
- Valió la pena, lo que era necesario para estar contigo, amor (It was worthy, whatever it was necessary for being with you, my love)
Now, let’s put them together in a sentence you may actually use:
- Yo daría lo que fuera para estar contigo, amor (I would give anything to be with you, my love).
We call these word combinations “chunks”. And once you’ve heard them in the song… you can memorize them and start using them yourself… and you’ll sound just like Marc Anthony or Maluma when you’re speaking Spanish!
This chunking method will help you be fluent in Spanish much faster. If you’d like to discover more, register for our Free Spanish Training, where we give you WAY more examples!
Shhh! Ahora ya sabes uno de nuestros secretos (You now know one of our secrets).
Step 4: Now we listen again (and sing… if you want)
This is my favorite part! You can stop making up words and you can actually start singing the proper lyrics and the coolest part of all: ENTIENDES LA CANCIÓN (You understand the song).
Y esa sensación es maravillosa (And that feeling is amazing)…
So, which song do you want to start this method with? Let me know in the comments below! Let’s share and create a Spring Spanish students playlist together, shall we?
Anyway, mis amigos, as I promised at the beginning of this video, in the description I will leave the links to the playlists I like to listen to (not to improve my Spanish), but because me encanta la música en español (I love music in Spanish).
In the description you may find three links:
- Rock en español para los amantes del Rock clásico y alternativo (For classic and alternative Rock lovers)
- Salsa Nation para los bailadores como yo, y que prefieren la Salsa (For the dancers like me and for those who prefer Salsa)
- And if you prefer pop songs and more contemporary ones try Sólo Pop (Just Pop)
There are a LOT of music genres and many other playlists, like rancheras, música tradicional mexicana, tríos, boleros, mariachi, so you just need to choose one to start applying this method and start improving your Spanish… with music of course.
I really hope you have enjoyed today’s piece and remember ¡Ay! ¡Ay! ¡ay! ¡Canta y no llores!
Enjoy your singing!