Finding Lyrics and Singing in Foreign Languages

The internet is a great tool and time-saver for singers, and has many lyrics sites with thousands of songs. The most direct way to find specific lyrics is to do the following:

  • Use a search engine such as Google or Lycos.
  • Enter in the song title, artist or band and lyrics.
  • Click 'search'.
  • A page will appear with a variety of websites to choose from.
  • Click on the information that best suits you, which will take you directly to the lyrics.

Singing in a foreign language can be rewarding, and open up other opportunities in your singing career. Whether you are a guest at a home function or a venue event, it is considered polite to announce or sing a song in their language to make the audience comfortable. Pronouncing languages correctly can be difficult; located on the Internet are sites to learn a variety of Asian, European and English languages. Select a site that offers audio pronunciations.

Most languages are easy to sing to as they employ the Roman alphabet used in English, although the words may sound different. Try one of these first; a language from any European country is a good introduction. Filipino is an Asian language that's been romanised; this too is a great introduction for beginners to foreign languages. Some words seem long to read but when singing them it is quite comfortable; just approach them in sections instead of trying to read the whole word at once.

Select a song, preferably a slow one, so that you can hear the words clearly. Locate a copy of the words on sheet music or off the Internet so you can follow along with the grammar; this method of learning languages quickly is effective and easy to master.