There are many songs that become popular and then make a crossover to other languages. Some turn out to be good, but others are a complete disaster. I assume that translating a hit song to a different language is difficult. Think about the challenge of keeping the essence of the original lyrics yet finding the appropriate words to fit in the melody… that takes some in-depth language skills! That is why both versions do not have the exact same translation. There are other songs that not only are in Spanish, but are also available in different rhythms. For example, I found two versions of Hotel California that have the flamenco influence from Spain and Total Eclipse of the Heart with three versions: a pop Spanish, a merengue and a Mexican style. Go ahead, click on the MP3 link to listen to a demo of each song and decide if these songs are just as good as their original versions.
Why Bilingual Songs Are Great for Language Learners
Blondie - “Llámame”
Superstars like Michael Jackson or Backstreet Boys took songs that had already sold a gazillion copies, got someone to adapt the lyrics to Spanish, hit the studio and released them on Latin radio. With Spanish-speaking audiences expanding in the U. Taking songs that had been proven to be very popular was a no-brainer. Likewise, Spanish-language pop music was soaring as well, thanks to histrionic balladeers with youthful modern looks. In practice, however, things were never as bright as in theory. More often than not, the results were awkward, and sometimes cringe-worthy. Weird translations made lyrics sound like gibberish instead of heartfelt, and most vocal coaches would underestimate the difficulty of a non-Spanish speaker singing outside of their own language. What is it about Spanish versions and Richard Gere movies? But perhaps the most bizarre of these occurrences was the Scorpions, the German mainstays translating their reflections about the fall of the USSR in Spanish, for some reason. They made a Russian version as well, which went better with the theme of the lyrics.
You Get an Ear for the Language
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? This simple song is tattooed in your memory. Spanish songs can give your listening comprehension skills a serious upgrade. Your comprehension will skyrocket. When you get to know the music of another culture, you get to know the culture itself. You understand the type of art that the people enjoy, and the lyrics teach you popular colloquial expressions and subtle turns of phrase that are closely linked to the values and heritage of that culture.
Modified on May 26, by Guest Blogger. Do you make certain unintelligible sounds in order to emulate the words that you think your favorite Latino pop star was trying to use? Do you sometimes have no idea about the meaning of these lyrics, even though you know them all by heart? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then chances are you have fallen victim to what I like to call Spanglish Music.