The easiest way to start learning a new language is by listening to songs. When you listen to a song that you really like it will help speed up your learning process. And you will get to learn a new language in a fun way. In addition, you will get to improve your pronunciation and expand your vocabulary. There is a wide range of beautiful lyrics that are loved all over the world. Let’s see if you can remember some of these catchy tunes.
1. « Quizás, Quizás, Quizás »
The song «Quizás, quizás, quizás» is one of the world’s most famous songs. It was composed by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés in 1947. You may even have heard its English version, which sings: «Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps». It was sung by Bing Crosby in 1948, then Nat King Cole, and finally by Doris Day in 1964. The story of the song is quite sad. A man wishing that a woman would only tell him if she loves him. But the woman never answers definitely, she is only saying « Quizás… ».
2. English « Last Christmas »
This song is one of the most popular Christmas songs. But actually, it’s not about Christmas, it’s about a broken heart that happened to be broken in Christmas! Such a sad story but such a beautiful song that we are used to listening to during the Christmas holidays. It was written and produced by George Michael and it became popular all over the world.
3. Italian song « Caruso » by Lucio Dalla
The song Caruso was written and sung by Italian musician Lucio Dalla in 1986. It has become one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking songs of recent times. Lucio Dalla dedicated it to one of the greatest Italian Opera singers, Enrico Caruso. The song tells the pain of a man who is about to die while he is looking into the eyes of a woman who was very dear to him. This story is inspired by Enrico Caruso’s life.
4. Russian Kalinka
This song has become the symbol of Russia. It was written in 1860 by the composer and folklorist Ivan Larionov. The word “kalinka” comes from the plant “kalina krasnaya”, viburnum in English. Kalinka is also a dance. Although Kalinka is not practised among Russian people in daily life, it became famous nationally and internationally as an icon of Russian dance.
5. German song « Du Hast » by Rammstein
The song Du Hast is one of the most famous songs of the German band Rammstein. This song has become a soundtrack for numerous films, most notably The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture. The song’s title is a play on the homophones du hasst (« you hate ») and du hast (« you have »). The translation can be « You hate me but still want to marry me » and also « You want to marry me but I don’t want to. »
6. French La Vie en rose by Édith Piaf
“La Vie en rose” is one of the most popular songs of world-famous French singer Édith Piaf. A masterpiece that has met international recognition. We can translate the song’s title as “Life in Pink” or “Life through Rose-coloured glasses“. “La Vie en rose” still lives on through different versions that singers are singing over the years.
Music makes our lives better. It is always with us through different moments of happiness or sadness. It is something that makes us feel better.
What is your favourite foreign song?