Today we will take a look at a great way to practice Spanish through music. We are talking about Listening to songs in Spanish while reading the lyrics (in Spanish of course) and having translations in English available in case they’re needed.
Today we’ll take a look at a beautiful song about love and losing someone special. The song is “Antología” (Anthology) by Shakira. The beautiful Colombian singer whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born back in 1977 in the northern city of Barranquilla, Colombia. Although she is Colombian, her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City where Shakira’s father was born.
Throughout her childhood she performed in several local events and Got rejected for the school choir because, according to the music teacher she sounded “ like a goat”, but luckily, it did not discourage her and she became a worldwide sensation a few years later.
Over the years, Shakira have sold several more than 70 million albums and has toured around the world. Besides her commercial success, she is also involved in several philanthropic activities including the “Fundación Pies Descalzos” (The Barefeet Foundation).
Now it’s time to take a look at a beautiful song that talks about the beauty and pain in remembering a lost love. This song is part of the album “Pies Descalzos” released in 1996.
I suggest you take a few minutes to listen to the song three times…
First, click on play and listen to the entire song while reading to the Spanish lyrics only.
Second, click on play and pause repeatedly so you can read the translation of each sentence.
Third, click on play and pause only when absolutely necessary. Focus on understanding the words in the song and the meaning of the words as much as possible. With a little practice, you will understand the entire song without problem.
Now it’s time to listen to the music and read the lyrics in Spanish and English:
Using songs in Spanish as a learning tool is a great way to practice your listening skills and improve your comprehension levels while acquiring new words and learning commonly used phrases.
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