do you sometimes listen to a music that you don't understand?

Spain
July 9, 2010 2:18pm CST
aside from english music, i do listen to spanish songs and i greatly enjoyed it as i understand the lyrics.. it may sound weird but i'd like to ask you if you sometimes listen to a foreign music that you don't even get its meaning. i admit, i have a collection of arabic music that i copied from my local friends here and i used to enjoy them at times even though i don't understand...the ones with drums on the background is a good stimulant to start something.. and lol when i remember the muscle pulling that my friend taught me, i even laugh alone by myself as he really did it very gracefully and i always failed doing it...
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
9 Jul 10
All the time! I listen to music in Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic languages quite often. The Spanish music actually has helped me to increase my vocabulary but I am far from fluent.
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@elmiko (6640)
• United States
9 Jul 10
thats good you learned some things.
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
Wow, that's great.. they said music is a universal language and it is just up to us on how dedicated are we to learn and practice the said language... at least we should start it by music.....so how do you find the arabic music?
• Spain
10 Jul 10
hi elmiko, yes, music is a good starting point, goodluck Canellita!...
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
10 Jul 10
hey Kumar!! yeah it happens A LOT not only SOMETIMES and I do enjoy listening to them no matter how illiterate I could be toward the lyrics as long as I go along with the music and the dancing movement... As for the Arabic music; I do understand them very well unless if the singer sings in particular dialects where I find some difficulty and get myself to focus deeply on the meaning hoping to get the meaning but, sometimes I just can't get it well and get other friends to translate
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
you are luckier than me as you understand arabic.... i've been here for quite some time now but i cannot even make a straight conversation with the locals... i had a crash course with the said language with writing and speaking at the nearest al-dawa center here but i was not able to continue after 3 meetings.... i was transfered to another place and i hardly found my free time although i am willing to attend no matter how far my new location and the al-dawa has....
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 10
maybe coz u tend to speak in English most of the time...If you have Saudi friends; let them talk with you in Arabic or even the saudi dialect starting from a simple conversation or even few words each time you speak with them..It does help very much and sometimes faster than the course itself...besides, it does take time to learn as it might not be that easy..As for me, we learned Arabic in school...but don't worry as things would be cool with you soon
• Spain
11 Jul 10
its a long shot for my saudi friends lol as they also tend to speak english with their foreign friends like us.. it is an added points for them... you are very lucky there in malaysia for the inclusion of arabic subject in your school curriculum... learning arabic needs a lot of patience of course, and i'd like to add this lol that sometimes i pretend to be as one of them when we are conversing even though i've only known simple words lol but i know how to use it...
• Spain
10 Jul 10
all the time it help u not think at all
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
yeah its free and easy....
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@crackx (628)
• Belgium
9 Jul 10
Yea, happens quite some times. But this isn't the reason which most of the people here have (the language). I listen to heavier groups (mostly metal), and there I don't really understand what they say, yet I like to hear it :D Might seem weird, but it's quite normal if you're into it.
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
music really has an excellent power conveys us to listen even if we don't understand...
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jul 10
hi kumar I love to listen to Scottish and Irish songs although' I do not know the language but the music is so good and so much fun to listen to. As I have grgrgr grandparents on both sides that are from Scotland and Ireland I have an affinity to the music although I do not know the language at all. And I have heard some fantastic Arabic music as their instruments are so different from what I am used to and the sound is fascinating too.
• Spain
10 Jul 10
Hi Ms. Hatley, music is a part of who we are and how we express ourselves... No matter how hard for us to figure out what does its lyrics brings, as long as it is a vibrant, active and healthy music, i think that would make our life meaningful...As for me here, lol, if i want to burn out i used to play arabic... i have a wide range of collection of spanish and english music and of course i use to select which genre to play depends upon my mood...
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
9 Jul 10
no i think thats a waste of time.
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
Hello Elmiko, But to those who loves learning language, it really needs investing time and patience....
@geojb90 (471)
• Romania
9 Jul 10
To me music has no language, it's music and I understand it no matter in what language it is being sang. A song I like very much is Alkistis Protopsalti - Pame Havai, it's in Greek and I like this language very much along with many more.
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• Spain
10 Jul 10
Hi There Bro, yes, it has no language and i can understand that. But by extension of course is that, if we have the knowledge to understand the concept through its lyrics, of course is an accomplishments even though it is not written to our local language....
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
19 Jul 10
I like listening to Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese songs. Korean songs, especially ballads sound so sad, and even if I don't understand the songs mostly, I can feel the emotion of the singer. Japanese, because I love soundtracks from anime. Some taiwanese because of the drama series I've watched. I've been to Hongkong lately, and the love songs I heard there sounded good. I also love listening to spanish songs because I love the language. Sometimes, I watch MTV Asia, and they feature other Asian songs, and yes, even though I don't understand the lyrics, I really love the melody and the arrangement...:)
• Spain
21 Jul 10
So you love sentimental music? I almost forgot to mention that I love listening to Charice, a Filipina singer. I love this young lady. she looks so nice and very down to earth. i also use to listen some of your pop and ballad music sang in english...
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
Yes, I do love sentimental music, and a lot of different kinds of music. For me, it's a choice per song, not per genre of music. Like, I love rock music, but not all rock songs, something like that. Charice is a good singer and one so young at that, she can belt out songs like a full grown diva. I guess a lot of Filipinos are good singers (a lot of Asians, actually).
• Spain
24 Jul 10
well i love live music most of the time... you are right filipinos are good singers.. a lot of singers from your country had already reached international stardom... bollywood singers, actors and actresses are great.. chinese movies on the other hand are really amazing...
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
in music, the lyrics are secondary... the heart and the soul of any piece of music are the notes that make it... so, if sometimes you are also listening to a japanese song and enjoying it, it's not the lyrical composition but the musical composition to gets into you... don't forget that music is a universal language.
• Spain
12 Jul 10
Hi Sir, Yes and I am much more delighted if I both understand the lyrical composition along with the musical composition and the language as a whole...
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
2 Aug 10
that's absolutely correct, kumar. the ultimate joy in music is feeling the it deep in our hearts and appreciating it into our soul... by understanding the lyrics as well as the musical composition... thank you, my friend...
• Spain
2 Aug 10
you are most welcome Sir!
• Portugal
11 Jul 10
Very good post, Kumar. As i said, definitelly yes. Music has no other language besides the Universal one ;) May i ask, again, your opinion on my own Portuguese music? http://www.rrw.pt/skills_the_bunny_crew_1 I hope it isn´t an off-topic. It´s an invitation to make this discussion even more practical as you guys help me to understand how people outside my country feel about my music. Peace
• Spain
12 Jul 10
Hi Skills, Thanks and as I have said I really enjoyed listening your music and I am looking forward to hear more from your compositions soon.. Peace
• Portugal
12 Jul 10
Hey, Kumar! I´ll keep you informed about our evolution. By the way, feel free to join us on facebook (www.facebook.com/skillsandthebunnycrew). I´ll try to keep in touch with your posts, here. Peace
@annawen86 (547)
• Indonesia
30 Sep 10
i do. i'm listening to music from japan, korea and china. i'm only understand a little bit chinese and korean language. but i dont really understand their language. but i love their music.they are so wonderful. so romantic, so sad and so touching
• Spain
30 Sep 10
hi anna! thanks for dropping your response here. as upstairs said, music has its own language. i always listen to arabic music too although i don't really understand. i just love the beat. as for asian music i would love to try too. i used to listen some but i don't know if it's still considered as a sole asian music as it is very pop. like an american style. i am talking about charice, and lea salonga. lea sings european style. love them both...
13 Jul 10
The first foreign music that I've heard was from many years ago " Lanca Perfume " ( don't know if I got the title correctly ). It was just relaxing listening to it. There have been a few Japanese and Cantonese songs that I liked. But at present, I'm listening more to Korean songs. Even though I don't understand their language, most of their melody are so upbeat that sometimes, I can even sing a few tunes. Whenever I would like to know more about the lyrics, I just search from the internet and they have their meanings. Not only am I enjoying to listening their songs, I do learn a little also about their language.
• Spain
13 Jul 10
Hi There, Sometimes we really like the music on how it makes us feel even though we do not understand. As they said, music is music and it has its own language.
10 Jul 10
My gosh, I'm obsessed with Japanese songs. I really love it when they like play with the beat and getting through harmony, and also the cute way of them pronouncing the their language that somehow it got me influenced on learning it. I
• Spain
11 Jul 10
yes their dance move are really amazing.. love to watch japanese performers too...
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
10 Jul 10
Yeah totally! I have a Buddha bar album where most of the songs are Pakistani, at least that's what I think it is hehehe. But I really love the beat and the rhythm. I play it every time I do my yoga :) Korean songs are also very popular in our country. I don't normally listen to them but there's one song that's very popular, I guess you're familiar with Nobody But You? Yeah I like listening to that also. But most songs that I like that are not English are Indian, Pakistani, or Brazilian songs coz I like the beat :)
• Spain
11 Jul 10
thanks for liking Indian music.. sure, INdian music is everything.. Deep, meaningful, spiritual, pleasurable to every listeners as it stresses a vocal presentations and yet it is not repetitive like any other of popular kind of musics...thanks alot
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
10 Jul 10
You don't have to understand lyrics to enjoy music. The melody of a song can be understood without a language barrier. In high school, we used to listen to songs of other countries. The beauty of the music outweigned the ability to know what the lyrics were. Music is so uplifting. You don't need words to appreciate or understand it.
• Spain
11 Jul 10
Personally, i find myself initially attracted to a song based on the music, on how it sounds..understanding the concept through its lyrics are very important though...
@Wabuge (42)
• Kenya
10 Jul 10
Yes i do at times! A good example is Shakira's worldcup song, WAKA WAKA..! Am very sure only Africans know the meaning of the song as some elements have been borrowed from an old African classic WAKA WAKA done by by Zangalewa a music group from Cameroon if am not wrong. This song has become a big heat to many worldwide and everyone is singing along yet only a dozen know what it means. At times is the tune used that makes many to love particular songs. look at K'naans worldcup song WAVING FLAG, the song has been re-done in so many languages like Spanish and Italian. but the tune still makes one jump to the song. I remember an old North African song HABIBI, the song has an Arabic setting and 15 years later since i heard it first i still love that song. Songs are a way to sooth our soul, whatever is my taste is another mans poison, and thus at times we find ourselves listening to the best music around the globe. so lets us appreciate good music. have a good day..!
• Spain
11 Jul 10
Thanks Bro for your nice response here.... havn't heard waka waka but i know more about vuvuzelas.. lol you said it right, habibi is an inspirational song and it is one of the best arabic music.. it is really a wonderful to hear great musics...
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
10 Jul 10
Yes!I love Tokio Hotel which is a German band. I listen to their songs. When I have time, I look for English translations of their songs.
• Spain
11 Jul 10
nice to hear that band.. havn't heard german band before but i used to listen german operas....so that would be quite different as i am more into classical in terms of european musics...
• Pamplona, Spain
10 Jul 10
Hiya kumar, Spanish Music I love most of it especially Flamenco. I love listening to the Joteros of the Spanish Ribera of Navarra singing as well they give me the goosebumps to listen to them. The other week I was listening to the Lords Prayer in I think it´s in Aramic it is so beautiful I found it on you tube by coincidence just by chance and I bookmarked it somewhere I´ll see if I can find it. I don´t understand the words but yet they seem so familiar to me I don´t know why. You can learn Spanish by listening to songs yes that is how I actually started out Letters and listening to Songs. If someone listens to Nino Bravo they will pick up quite a bit of Spanish as he had a very powerful voice sang very well and the words were very clear to all. He never swallowed words or phrases so he would be a good one to listen to. Not an affiliate link its a reference to this response. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAEIrp4MFBE&feature=fvw What beautiful music you don´t have to understand the words to this just relax and listen. To learn Spanish listening to music there are so many Groups new ones older ones but the trouble is the Spanish they sing is not so pure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAKTGJHnQw El Canto del Loco is a good singer he writes his own songs and is easy to understand and more in keeping with your age but I think he is fantastic has a nice soothing voice full of meaning. Let us know what you think verdad que es fantastico? is´nt he just great. Take care now.
• Spain
11 Jul 10
Hola Sra. Angela, My dad came from the southern part of Espana and i am sure he used to do this during his yester years....What i love about watching flamenco are the graceful movements of hands especially for ladies and the fast heel tapping for male performers... there are some spanish singers that both sings english and spanish and i observed that they sings spanish more deeper and warmer and that's what i love about them as i can really see their emotions there .. J Lo, Enrique, Mark Anthony, Ricky M just to name a few...
• United States
10 Jul 10
Yes I am from the U.S.A. and my husband is from Mexico and I have still not really learned a lot of Spanish like I should have known by now but I understand most well some of it, But yes I enjoy some Spanish music and some of it I have no clue what they are saying or singing but I love some of the music!!
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
9 Jul 10
Much of Enya's music is in Gaelic, which I do not pretend to understand, but the language itself is so beautiful that it adds to the beauty of her music. At the same time I think my favorite album of Celine Dion's is her French album. I think when a language is beautiful, it adds to the beauty of the song and I love beauty!
• Spain
10 Jul 10
like spanish, which consider to be the language for lovers, as many of us say.. i think the inclusions of french, italian, and any other languages which belongs to romance languages are really beautiful languages... i am not claiming to be a an elonguent and fluent spanish speaker but like i said i really love the said language especially in the field of music...
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