Learning through music is a great example of using Comprehensible Input, which means learning through interests. We know that learning through things we like helps us learn faster and more efficiently. So why not start with music?
I practiced learning many songs in Spanish when beginning to understand and practice the language. I recommend finding artists you enjoy, downloading the songs, listening to them and writing down the lyrics. After writing down the lyrics, try your best at analyzing and translating those lyrics. Then memorize the chorus and eventually the whole song!
Remember that enjoying the process is key to learning another language. If you make it too hard, you risk giving up too soon. However, if you make it too easy by not setting small achievable and regular goals, you risk not ever completing your task of becoming bilingual. Find that happy balance!
Here are some Spanish speaking Artists I love:
Perota Chingó= Argentina
Jarabe de Palo=Spain
Calle 13=Puerto Rico
Stay tuned for a list of my favorite Spanish songs, that I will be sharing soon!
Have a wonderful day and go enjoy some beautiful music!
Do you want to see a kinder world? If so, like Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see.”
Growing tensions between different races and cultures is a sad reality of today. One way to bridge gaps is to learn Spanish. Learning any second language will grow your compassion, empathy, and understanding of other cultures and their differences.
If we want to see a kinder world, we have to learn how to open our hearts and relate to the differences around us. Research has shown that students who study a second language have more compassion for the speakers of that language. This study proved true from whatever second language the student was learning. Therefore, if you would like to become more of a cultural bridge in your community, learning Spanish is a sure way to connect and open your compassion channel to our neighbors across the border and Spanish speakers already living in the United States.
Just yesterday I interacted with an amazing young man, living and working in the United States, who wanted to learn to read and write English so that he could begin his own business. He was so kind and enthusiastic when I spoke to him in his native tongue. It was delightful getting to interact with someone who appreciated it so much! Start learning Spanish today so that you too can have peace building interactions and grow compassion within!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!