Despacito, the Spanish song by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and now with the collaboration of Justin Bieber has made it to number 1 of the Billboard charts, is the first foreign language song that manages to achieve this since Macarana in 1996. In my house the song plays non-stop and my 12 year old pre-teen daughter has learned the lyrics by memory, to the point that she is now teaching all her class mates as well, who, mind you, do not speak a word of Spanish. She has of course learned some words that might not be 100% appropriate for her age, however it has motivated her to understand and use her Spanish to such an extent that I feel that it is the right thing to support her further.
Music as a language learning tool has amazing benefits, it creates a need to “speak” (sing really, but you know what I mean) and understand what it is you are saying. For small kids it is an amazing tool, hence we thought we would list a few songs that have helped our families in Spanish, German and even Chinese that might help you in your bilingual roller coaster ride…and hey, it might make a dull car ride a bit more fun!
You can also find your single language version for most languages online
The original version is better:) But it was Justin Bieber’s collaboration that made it go to No. 1
Or any other of the Enrique Iglesias songs, most of them exist in English and Spanish
A beautiful Canto-pop ballad from the 90’s sung in Mandarin that is easy to follow
An “Ohrwurm” that will be repeated over and over again
A bilingual and personalised story that will spark your kid’s imagination and language ability.
You can customize the name and look of the child and choose any combination of two out of ten available languages.
(Some available language combinations: English-Spanish, English-German, English-Russian, English-Chinese, English-Portuguese, English-Italian, English-Dutch, English-French, French-German, Russian-German, Spanish-German.)
The books are now also available in one language
TimTimTom – Reading in Two Languages is Double the Fun