Reggaeton helps in learning English?
Reggaeton is a popular musical genre in many Latin American countries that is characterized by its catchy rhythm and lyrics in Spanish that often deal with themes of love, partying, and sensuality. Although reggaeton contains the Spanish language, many songs include words and phrases in English or the so-called “Spanglish”.
Reggaeton could be a useful tool to become familiar with the Spanglish used in some Latino communities, but the lyrics are not a pedagogical resource designed specifically for learning English, their lyrics can become vulgar or inappropriate for certain ages and educational settings. It is also possible that some words and expressions in reggaeton are not precise or are misused, which could lead to confusion or misunderstandings when learning grammatical structures. The rhythm and structure of reggaeton is forced for rhymes and can make it difficult to learn correct pronunciation and the natural rhythm of English.
Although reggaeton can have some small benefits for learning English in the so-called “listening”, it is important to carefully select the songs and not exclusively depend on this musical genre to learn the language. Sure it is advisable to listen to the music but let’s not memorize or standardize the lyrics, let’s use other educational resources, such as English classes, grammar books, movies and TV shows in English, to obtain a complete and effective learning.
“So don’t tell your guys that I’m still your bae, yo.
Cause it’s a new day, I’m in a new place”
(No le digas a tus amigos que sigo siendo tu novia.
Porque es un nuevo día y estoy en otro lugar).
“Tusa” Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj
“But you said you love me
and I started to believe it”
(Pero dijiste que me amabas
y empecé a creerlo)
“I’m the real deal,
I don’t have to pretend”
Sou el verdadero, el auténtico. No tengo que pretender.
“Chambea” Bad Bunny
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