Do you listen to songs in another language?

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@swirlz (3138)
Philippines
March 16, 2008 5:56am CST
Do you listen to songs in another language? Or do you think that you need to understand the song in order to appreciate it? Personally, I don't mind if the song is in another language. What matters to me is the music. Even if I can understand the song but the music isn't melody to my ears, I still wouldn't appreciate it. Among the music that I don't understand but I appreciate a lot are Josh Groban's songs, Chinese songs (during the F4 era), Japanese songs (animes) and Korean.
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89 responses
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
i believe that music is an universal language i dont care about the lyrics the correct combination of the melody and harmony is enough for me to appreciate a song.
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• India
28 Mar 08
not that much attentive to other languages except hindi, english and tamil....
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@echosu (152)
• Singapore
27 Mar 08
In my opinion I like the song which I can unsderstand, when I listen a song in another language I will find out the meanning of the song.
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• Canada
27 Mar 08
I love listening to music in other languages, especially in languages like Russian, German, and Croatian. I love the sounds of the different languages, and the ability to listen to music without being distracted by words that I already understand. It's not about the lyrics for me, it's about the flow of the song.
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@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I dont listen to songs in anything but english at least the full song anyway some song thats in english have a bit of another language in them so that about it Other wise i dont have a clue as to what there saying
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
16 Mar 08
Yes.. they would all be anime songs. I like the rhythm and the melody they have even though I don't understand most of the words in their lyrics. Just listening to them makes me happy and that's good enough for me. While I'm even posting this response, I'm listening to some
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
I love anime songs too. Sometimes I sing along with it, because they also have subtitles. hehe. But I could never place anime soundtracks with their corresponding shows whenever I hear them alone (without watching the show). It would always leave me wondering what show it is related. hehe. Maybe it is because I concentrate more on the anime and it's story rather than the songs. But the songs are catchy too.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
Whenever I go to an anime store at malls in our place, I'd often hear some of that and try to guess from what anime show I heard it from. Sometimes, I tend to forget but later on realize when I'm no longer at that store I play most of them in Windows Media Player wherein I could also view the lyrics while the songs is playing which helps whenever I want to sing along
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
I never have these tracks to play in Windows Media Player. My ex does. He downloads these tracks so he could listen to it whenever he wants to. hehe. I find it weird because I could never remember these songs, their titles, and shows associated, and I just wonder how he could download it without such information. hehe.
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I personally don't listen to any songs that I can't understand. I don't mean that listing to music in another language is bad, it's just not something that I can enjoy. I can't enjoy it, if I can't understand it.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
That's pretty understandable. It used to drive me crazy when I can't understand a song. I just realized recently that what drives me crazy was the fact that the song gets stuck in my mind and I can't sing it. It was then I realized that I can appreciate music even if I don't understand the lyrics.
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
19 Mar 08
You make a point there. I might have to try and listen to some music in another language sometime soon.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I hope you'll enjoy it.
@Darkwing (21588)
17 Mar 08
I'm English, but I like Rammstein, a German band, who sing in German, but I understand the German language, so can relate to it. I think so far, they've only translated one of their songs to English. It doesn't really sound the same though. I think I prefer it to be sung in their own language. Brightest Blessings.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
My sister too doesn't like it when songs she likes are translated into another language. It is quite usual here in the Philippines to air Korean shows that are dubbed in Filipino. The sountrack of the shows are naturally in Korean, so before it is being aired here they translate the songs into Filipino or English, then use it as a soundtrack. My sister says that the lyrics are so corny, and that there's nothing wrong in using the original soundtrack.
@Darkwing (21588)
28 Mar 08
It's true what your sister says, my friend. Translation takes something away from the original lyrics.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
Yes, I agree. Sometimes they don't mean the same anymore. Sometimes it seems as if they just forced the lyrics to fit the number of syllables in a line.
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• Philippines
20 Mar 08
Yes. Besides English and Tagalog, I have a very ecclectic taste in music (if its in another language, the melody comes first and if it catches my ear I research for the meaning, most of which i find beautiful). I listen to Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Romanian, Russian, some from Africa and New Guinea, Spanish, Latin and Greek.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
Wow, that's a lot. Where do you find these music?
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
Limewire. All over the net, I employ a trial and error scheme to expand my musical horizons. ;p
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
I see. But it's difficult to search for something you have no idea of. I only search songs from Limewire which I have the title and/or the artist at the very least.
@posham (1237)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
Yes, i do, right now, there are anime songs in my ipod.. including the one from slam dunk, naruto, etc.. sometimes, even without the lyrics, you understand the song, even just the emotion that omes along with it.. like instrumental songs, there's emotion that you understand even without the words... i like latin songs sometimes though i don't understand it..
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22 Mar 08
Have you listened to any work by Adiemus (Karl Jenkins is the name of the composer, Adiemus is the name of the project). It's big and orchestral and has loads of influences from world music. I think one of their songs is in latin, a lot of them have nonsense words that are simply meant to capture the culture the music (that particular peice) is derived from.
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@posham (1237)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
nope, not yet.. i'm no sure if any of his album is available to my country though... i'll try to check because i'm also looking for calming music and something to use also when i'm walking... some other world to escape to..
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@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 08
I mainly listen to songs in my own language of English. I also listen to songs in French, which I can speak. But although I think listening pleasure is enhanced by understanding the words of a song, I still believe that a person can obtain great pleasure from listening to a song whose words are not understood. I certainly can enjoy a song in any language, provided the melody and rythyms are beautiful to my ears.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
For me, it's the other way around. Though it's much easier to sing the song if we can understand the lyrics, I think we could appreciate the music more if don't understand the words, because we'll try hard to listen. We'll hear all the instruments, the rhythm, the melody, the things that usually takes the back seat.
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 08
I agree. My favourite songs are very lyrics-centred. When combined with beautiful melodies, that is what makes them special. But i can still listen to a song with words I don't understand and enjoy it; mind you, it has to be really good! For example, I like some Classical music, which is sung in say, German, but my favourite Classical songs are in English or French, as in folks such as Vaugham Williams and Debussy, and I understand what they are singing. Most of the Pop I listen to is in English; but I really adore Bossa Nova (such as Jobim) sung in Portuguese, in fact prefer it to the translated versions. It just sounds right in Portuguese.
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• United States
16 Mar 08
No, I don't. Have never really given it any thought. Perhpas I will have to check out some foreign artists. Thanks for an interesting topic. Have a wonderful Sunday.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
It's great that this discussion got interested in listening to foreign music. Goodluck to you. I hope you'll enjoy listening to them.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
*It's great that this discussion got you interested into foreign music...*
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
yes i also listen songs another language . I Contradict you because F4 members are not chinese there are korean that's all I know
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
I beg to disagree. The F4 are Taiwanese. And since Taiwan was once a part of China before the chinese civil war, and is now called the Republic of China, their language is still chinese. So F4 music is chinese.
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Aside from English, I also enjoy my own language too, which is Filipino.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
So, you haven't tried listening to songs in languages you can't understand?
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
19 Mar 08
Hello dear swirl. I love to listen to song in English very much though I cannot understand them very well, except a few simple songs. When I listen to English songs, I would listen again and again before I can follow it to learn to sing. To me, listening first before learning. Of course, I also love to Japanese and Korean songs, but I would not be able to learn to sing as I don't understand them at all.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
Hello williamjisir. It is difficult to learn a song in a different languange. What I usually do is sing whatever word comes to my mind.Sometimes, they're not even a word. Just enjoy singing to your favorite songs, even if the lyrics aren't right.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
I do listen to songs in a language other than my own. I really love opera, and I can understand a little Italian or French to know whether they are love songs, someone is being tormented, or something horrible is going on. I also find that listening to the song in another language makes it easier for me to learn that language. I do love the music, and I do know that many operas deal with murder and betrayal, but doesn't hearing it in Italian make it sound so wonderful?
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
Yes, you're right. Operas are more moving when they're sung in Italian. Even if I can't understand Italian or French, it is still easy to understand the mood of the song because you can feel it.
• United States
17 Mar 08
I'm with you. I listen to a lot of Japanese songs, whether just of the J-pop/J-rock variety, or strictly from anime. It doesn't matter that I can't understand the language, but rather the rhythm and melody is what counts. Some songs are just so darn catchy that I memorize the lyrics and sing along without even knowing what I'm saying! It doesn't matter to me. I just love music.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
Hehe. Sometimes without even knowing if you're singing the correct lyrics. hehe. I do this too.
@Annmac (950)
17 Mar 08
The man I work for is a big fan of a French singer called Mylene Farmer and though I can't understand the words I like listening to her music. I also have some Native American Music that I love, it's more a repeated chant than a song though. I like Opera occasionally and the language often is Italian but it's the music more than the words that I enjoy. Like you if I don't like the music I don't appreciate the lyrics. The only music I don't really like is Jazz, I don't know why but it really 'bugs me'
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
There really are genres that would bug us. I haven't known of a single person who listen to all kinds of music. I'm almost there, except that I really hate rock metal, or metallic rock (I don't know what they call it). It always gives me a major headache listening to it. But aside from this genre, I listen to everything else. From pop to alternative, to opera and instrumentals. I'm good.
@gmwgreat (287)
• Ethiopia
17 Mar 08
i like to hear spanish musics but i cant speak spanish, if u like to hear other language musics try ethiopian musics they r so cool, sorry if i become more nationalistic, cuz am ethiopian :D
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
18 Mar 08
That's understandable. Name a good ethiopian artist, I'll try to check it sometime.
• India
17 Mar 08
I am a music lover, who loves music from different lands. Once I heard an African song which was sung with just percussions(in the same beat throughout).I couldnt get the lyrics but it made my day.Some songs are so nostalgic that it justifys the saying that "music knows no language and it has no boundaries". Happy listening.
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
The only African song I've heard (I think it's African) is the one sang in the movie Mighty Joe Young. I really like that song, but I can't download it because I don't even know the title, and I'm not even sure if it's African. Happy listening to you too.