Let’s be honest firts: I have a lot of fun listening and dancing to reguetón, but as a teacher I have to say it’s not the best music to learn Spanish. Sometimes, when I ask my students if they know any songs in Spanish, they mention some popular reguetón song and I’m like this:
Why reguetón is not the best music to learn Spanish
I understand this kind of music is very popular and I know why… it’s almost impossible to resist the rythm when it sounds. It doesn’t matter how much you love high quality music, there’s nobody in this world that has not danced to a reguetón song ever in life. I tell ya!
Then, there’s no doubt it’s a good choice for a college party, but what about the Spanish lessons? Let’s see why it’s not the best choice of music to learn:
#1. Reguetón singers, even though they’re usualy native from South American countries, don’t seem to know much about the Spanish language and there are plenty of wrong words or wrong uses of words or sentences that have no sense or meaning because, mostly, the rythm is what really matters.
#2. Lyrics are… definitely for people above 18 years old 🙂 Their content is pretty hard to explain in a class sometimes and most of the times it’s about word games and guessing what’s the hidden meaning behind what they are actually singing.
#3. Also, lyrics are most the time very sexist and I wouldn’t like anyone to learn that kind of content.
5 reguetón songs you shouldn’t learn Spanish from
I’m going to be honest for the second time here today: my whole point was to share with you these 5 songs I kind of like and are very trendy at the moment (or were recently) in Spain so you can, you know… not learn anything from them but just dance, maybe 😉
1. Chantaje – Shakira
This woman really knows how to adapt to our changing times! She went from being a cute pop girl to being a reguetón queen.
2. Me rehúso – Danny Ocean
This one is actually kind of romantic… more or less.
3. Mi cama – Karol G. y J. Galvin
0% romantic. No comments on the lyrics :D!
4. Felices los 4 – Maluma
Still not very romantic.
5. Te boté – (lots of names here)
Te boté means “I left you”, but not in a nice way. Anyways!
So now, have I ever used this kind of music in my lessons? I have. Will I do it again? I will! Because, yes, people like them and, well, lyrics are often witty somehow. Nevertheless, I will never admit this in public…
Don’t tell your mums your Spanish teacher showed you this 😛 And if you are really interested in music to learn Spanish, maybe you can check this other post I have with 5 songs I really, really enjoy and are really, really useful.
But for now, just dance and have a little fun! Still, if you manage to learn some lyrics, you’ll be practicing Spanish pronunciation anyway and that’s a win already.
Do you like these songs after all? And, more interesting question: do you know any other reguetón songs I shouldn’t miss? Let me know in the comment area!