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 personalised, bilingual underwater adventure that will spark your kid’s imagination and language ability.
You can personalise name and look of child and choose two out of ten available languages.
TimTimTom – Playfully Reading and Learning Languages