• 24th October, 2012

Sing me a song!

We all love music, right? Music can completely turn a stressful, rainy day on its head… well, for three to four minutes at the very least.

Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

We all have a favourite artist or group, but in which language? It’s not always necessary to know what the latest pop group or opera star is warbling on about, especially if it’s not in your native language, because simply feeling the melody and the passion in their voices can be enough to make us fall in love with and also understand their songs. “Music is the true universal language.” said Carl Maria von Weber, a German composer.

At one point or another we have all found ourselves singing along, whether we know the words or not, to a particular song that is stuck in our heads. Whether we hear them on TV or on the radio, in adverts or in movies, these songs stick with us for a particular reason. It is this reason why some artists “attempt” to translate their hits into other languages.

So, who can we point the finger at? Let’s go with Robbie Williams; he’s pretty famous across the globe and I’m sure you will all have heard his song “Angels”. You know? The one they play at weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, Match of the Day, the grand finale of every Big Brother? Robbie made a Spanish version for his Hispanic fans. If you want to learn to trill your r’s, why not have a listen? If you want to perfect your Spanish accent, why not give it a miss?

Shakira’s at it too. She has recorded songs not only in English and Spanish but also in Italian, French and even Arabic!! Are you jealous like me? Or, do you think she’s a bit of a show off?

The Latino influence on popular music nowadays is nothing new, but little by little we are beginning to open our eyes and ears to some great music from other countries.

Here are a few links to some songs, old and new, that the Lingualia team have recommended / or not / let’s not name names…

French: Stromae – Alors On Dance
Swedish: Timbuktu – Det Löser Sig
Korean: PSY – Gangnam Style (Sorry about this last one, I couldn’t help myself.)

Now it’s your turn, help us improve our playlists!!
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