The Success of Despacito – Use Music as a Language Learning Tool

TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool

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!

Multiple languages

TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


Moana – “How far I’ll go” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

You can also find your single language version for most languages online


TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


Frozen – “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel

You will hate me for this one, but it works

Spanish

TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

The original version is better:) But it was Justin Bieber’s collaboration that made it go to No. 1



TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


“Bailando” Enrique Iglesias – Bailando (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona

Or any other of the Enrique Iglesias songs, most of them exist in English and Spanish

Chinese

TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


张学友 , 我等到花兒也謝了 “Wo Deng Dao Hua Er Ye Xie Liao” by Jacky Cheung

A beautiful Canto-pop ballad from the 90’s sung in Mandarin that is easy to follow

German

TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


“99 Luftballons” by Nena

Oldie but Goodie!


TimTimTom - songs as a language learning tool


“Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil” from “Die Sendung mit der Maus”

An “Ohrwurm” that will be repeated over and over again


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