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How to learn Spanish by listening to music

Today I’m going to teach you how to learn Spanish by listening to music!

When it comes to studying a language, we should enjoy the process as much as possible, so that we keep motivated.

Listening to your favorite songs while learning at the same time is a fantastic way to achieve it!

So I’m going to give you a few tips to learn Spanish through music, tips that I have used to reach an intermediate level in English.

Since I have tested them myself, I can assure they really work!

Learn Spanish by listening to music

Songs are a great resource to improve your listening in Spanish, but also your speaking. Yes, the two skills that students struggle the most with!

You just need to know how to make the most of them.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

1) First, try to understand as much as possible

Once you find a song that you like, don’t search the lyrics immediately. First, try to understand as much as possible!

You won’t just hear words, but also music, edited voices, lengthened vowels, etc., so it will be more or less challenging, depending on your current level.

But actually it’s a great exercise!

Since people in real life will use just plain words, you ears will be more than prepared.

Listen to the song as many times as you want, until you feel like you have practiced enough.

Just afterwards, look for the lyrics, and follow the next step!

2) Listen and read at the same time

After you have become familiar with the song, you shoud listen to it and read the lyrics at the same time.

That way you will fix new words and structures in your head more easily, because both your eyes and your ears will be working collaborately to help you.

It’s also interesting to check how much you were able to get right without the lyrics.

Repeat this step a few times and soon you will realize that you have memorized the songs naturally.

Just like you do with songs in your native language!

3) Sing out loud

You have already memorized the song. Now it’s time to sing it out loud!

Try to sing the lyrics as clearly as possible, articulating the sounds carefully and paying attention the the movements of your mouth.

You can sing along with the artist and also on your own, at any time and any place.

It’s a really fun way to improve your speaking skills!

Another possibility is to use the lyrics to have imaginary conversations with someone else.

Forget about the melody, pace and rhythm for a minute. Picture someone in front of you, and start telling them whatever the lyrics say!

A man learning Spanish by listening to music
El chico está aprendiendo español escuchando música. Foto de Andrea Piacquadio en Pexels

4) Reflect on the language

You need to think in Spanish to master it definitely, so why not do it with the songs you like?

Reflect on the vocabulary, verb tenses, pronouns, grammar structures… everything!

Why did the artist choose that way to express it? Could have they done it differently? Are there other possibilties?

And if something doesn’t sound right to you, trust in your knowledge because you could be right!

Sometimes artists use unusual combinations just for the sake of pacing or rhymes.

It’s more entertaining to learn Spanish through music, right?

5) Learn Spanish with music: a fun fill-in-the-blanks!

Have you heard about Lyrics Training? It’s an online program that allows you to learn Spanish with music.

Choose a song, play the music video, and listen carefully. From time to time, the video will pause and you will have to fill in the blanks with the correct words.

Are you up to the challenge?

The catalogue offers hundreds of songs by artists from all of Latin America and Spain, which is fantastic to practice with different accents.

And here’s the best news: it’s absolutely free! So what are you waiting for?

6) An extra tool: Lyrics Translate!

Sanjay, one of my most attentive readers, suggested that I added Lyrics Translate to this list!

Honestly I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’m fascinated by it now! As you already figured out by the name, it’s a website dedicated to the translation of song lyrics.

The key is that all of the lyrics and translations are added solely by users! All of them are as enthusiastic about learning new languages as you.

Therefore in this fantastic community you can ask for a lyrics translation from any to any language, add your own lyrics, comment on other user’s contributions, and more.

Thank you, Sanjay! It’s always a pleasure when my readers give me feedback to help me improve the quality of my articles and my knowledge on new tools 🙂

And that’s all for today!

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Thank you very much and until next time,



2 thoughts on “How to learn Spanish by listening to music”

  1. Dear Kevin:
    I can confirm that learning a language through songs is educational and exciting! Training listening, writing, speaking is possible in a fun way, even activating long-term memory 😀 I consider music as a path, a job, an integral medicine; a language that transcends borders and screens!

    For sure I will share and reccomend your post!
    Hugs and keep going with your web site!

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