At 2DayLanguages we know how useful it is to listen to songs to learn Spanish. In our lessons we take into account the four abilities of languages learning (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, oral expression and writing expression). And through songs, it is possible to put all of them into practice. For instance, the students read the lyrics of a song, listen to it and, after, they discuss it or write a new version. But not only in class you can practice Spanish through music, but you also can learn Spanish through songs at home. Here are the reasons why, and we will show you how to do it.
Methods to learn Spanish through songs
–Listening to songs and reading their lyrics helps to improve the grammar, the vocabulary and orthography. It will help you to remember grammatical structures and vocabulary.
–The language of the songs is quite diverse: you can find more poetic expressions in some songs to others who are more colloquial. Songs are easy to remember because their structures are usually repetitive. This makes you learn the vocabulary fast and makes it easier to remember.
-When you listen to a song, you can get to know prosodic aspects of a language. And if you dare to sing you can practice rhythm, pronunciation and intonation.
–Practicing Spanish through listening to music is easy, fast and you can do it wherever you are: at home, in the car, at work or while you are doing sport. It is important to choose the songs or styles you like the best in order to make it more fun for you.
-It is also good to get informed about the topic of the song, the band or singer, and learn about cultural aspects related to the language you are studying.
Now we recommend you a few songs to learn Spanish through songs, classified according to the grammatical aspects that you may want to practice:
Por and para:
For some students, the use of these prepositions is difficult, so that it is positive to check out examples of how and when they must be used. One of these examples is the song Por la raja de tu falda by the Catalan duo Estopa. If you like rumba and amusing songs, you will like this one. Moreover, it uses colloquial expressions.
Also, thanks to songs, you can learn different varieties of the Spanish language, as in the case of the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Julieta Venegas has several songs that you can learn easily due to their slow rhythm. The song Limón y sal contains a lot of present tenses with some irregularities.
One of the uses of the perfect preterit is to talk about experiences. In this M-Clan’s song we can listen about an astronaut who has lived in space and how he has felt.
La Oreja de Van Gogh is a classic in Spanish lessons. Their lyrics are usually simple for the students and they have a variety that allows to practice many grammatical forms. It is the case of the song París, in which we can see examples of the Spanish imperative.
Contrast between pretérito indefinido and pretérito imperfecto:
The alternation in the use of these tenses might be confusing as well. This song will help you understand that we use pretérito imperfecto to describe situations and indefinido to express actions. The author of this song, Joaquín Sabina, mixes colloquial and poetic language in his songs.
This is just a short list of songs, but there are many more. We encourage you to find out more music in Spanish, both from Spain and from Latin America. Listening every day to the language that you are learning is very important, so at 2DayLanguages we encourage you to enjoy the music and the Spanish language.