One of the easiest ways to learn Spanish phrases is through song, and with these 5 Spanish songs, you’ll be learning Spanish in no time. Before we name them for you, these aren’t ordinary “learn words” or “learn numbers” kind of songs. These are actual songs in Spanish, with full phrases and meaning. So, if you want to learn a few good phrases to flirt with people, or to simply have a good time, try remembering the lyrics to these songs.
Spanish Song No. 1 – Suerte By Shakira
If you were born in the 1990s and early 2000s, you already know this song. Of course, you’ve probably listened to the English version, Whenever Wherever. However, the reason it’s one of the best Spanish songs to learn Spanish with is the fact that it’s slow and you can hear nearly every word in the lyrics. Not to mention, the English version is a good translation of the Spanish version.
It’s perfect for all beginners because you don’t need to worry about messing up the translation. It’s done for you. Of course, it’s not a literal translation, because the chorus for both songs are different. As you know, the English version stars “Wherever, whenever/We’re meant to be together”, whereas the Spanish version starts “Contigo, mi vida/Quiero vivir la vida”, which translates to “With you, my life/I want to live the life”. So, although you can get an idea of what the song is about, with the English version, you still need to translate the song for yourself, to see the difference between the two.
Spanish Song No.2 – Recuerdame by Carlos Rivera/Disney
One of the great teachers of culture, language and life lessons is Disney, and their film Coco couldn’t have showcased the Mexican culture better. At its heart, it’s a movie about honouring your past and your family, but it’s also a great exposition of the Mexican traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead. So, there’s no better place to learn Spanish with the songs from that movie. Even La Llorona, which is sung by Miguel’s great great grandmother is a nod to the beauty of Latin American music.
However, like Suerte by Shakira, Recuerdame has both an English version and a Spanish version. So, it’s another great song for beginners to translate. You can easily compare and contrast the lyrics, and see what the difference is. For example, the first lines of the English version are “Remember me/though I have to say goodbye”, and the first lines of the Spanish version are “Recuerdame/Hoy me tengo que ir, mi amor”, which translates to “Remember me/Today I have to leave, my love”. D you see the difference? Why don’t you give it a try?
Spanish Song No. 3 – Échame La Culpa by Luiz Fonsi and Demi Lovato
If you’re looking to translate a song yourself, without the aid of an English version, then this is the perfect song to listen to. There aren’t too many verses, and you’ll find the chorus and bridge easy to sing along to. Not to mention it’s a good song to dance to. Échame La Culpa also has a few English lyrics to help you ease into the Spanish rhythm. Not to mention, those English lyrics mirror the Spanish ones. After all, “Put the blame on me” is exactly what “Echame La Culpa” means.
It’s a great song to put your translation skills to the test, because there is no English version, and the only English lyrics in the song are song during the chorus. Also, because Demi Lovato doesn’t speak Spanish fluently, you can easily hear each word and translate them, without having to refer to written lyrics. So, if you’re ready to try to translate Spanish yourself, start off with Échame La Culpa, there aren’t any difficult lyrics and you can dance along to it.
Spanish Song No. 4 – Despacito by Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee
You’ve most likely have already heard this song, over and over again, on the radio, in your own playlists and at any summer party that’s taken place over the last few years. Well, other than having a version with Justin Beiber singing along, it’s got a good beat and you can hear each word easily. Of course, if you listen closely, and if you already know a few Spanish words you can get an idea of what they’re singing about, but even so, you might find some lyrics that sound poetic.
And, if you’re listening to the version with Justin Beiber, like with Échame La Culpa, the English version will mirror the meaning of the Spanish lyrics, so you can get an idea of what the song is about, without having to use your translation skills. Not to mention, if you’re trying to flirt with someone in Spanish, you can try to use a few phrases from this song and see if it works.
Spanish Song No.5 – Bulería by David Bisbal
If you want a real taste of Spanish culture, then try to listen to Bulería by David Bisbal. From mainland Spain, his diction is the most Spanish you’ll get, compared to songs from Latin American Pop/Dance. Many of David Bisbal’s songs incorporate many traditional Spanish elements, like Flamenco and those guitar riffs you’ll hear on the streets of Spain. And while Bulería is a fast song, you can easily hear each word he sings.
Think of it this way, songs like Bulería are the boss levels in a game, while the others help you strengthen your skills. So, this song is for those who are a little more advanced in their education. Of course, even if you’re a beginner, you can still try to translate this song or some of the phrases in it, especially if you’ve listened to the other songs and practiced with them first.