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Duke100782
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 Message 1 of 9
2015 June 07 at 3:57pm | IP Logged 
Hi HTLALers, can you recommend all-time favorite foreign language songs one can learn for cultural
performances? Ideally, these would be the classic songs that resonate through different generations of that
language's native speakers, and may have spread overseas and become internationally recognizable. These
would be the kind of songs that can be sung during cultural exchange programs.

Maybe we could post the language then the song. I'll go first.

Mandarin Chinese: The Moon Represents My Heart (月年代表我的心)-Teresa Teng
Mandarin Chinese: Jasmin Flower (茉莉花茶 - Moli Hua) - Folk Song
Tagalog: Anak - Freddie Aguilar
Brazilian Portugese: Lambada - Kaoma

Any other suggestions for other languages?

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emk
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 Message 2 of 9
2015 June 07 at 4:54pm | IP Logged 
For French, this album has pretty good coverage of classic childhood songs. I bought this the other day, and I was delighted to realize I already recognized over half these songs from listening to my wife sing to our kids. And my wife knew most of the rest; she just never sang them around the house.

There are a few small issues here and there, as with most of these compilations of children's songs. But if you want fun songs that are instantly recognizable by French speakers, it's a good starting point.
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2015 June 08 at 1:31am | IP Logged 
Spanish: Macarena
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Soffía
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2015 June 09 at 9:34pm | IP Logged 
Icelandic...

Heyr himna smiður
Á Sprengisandi
Ólafur Liljurós: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D78E6TGIKw
Sofðu unga ástin mín
Hani, krummi, hundur, svín
Hátíð fer að höndum ein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZw2WCtQGM
Krummavísur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4seuBFxIM
Þegar vetrar þokan grá: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41kAurqUFqI

One of the best parts of the Icelandic course I went on last summer was getting to learn and sing a lot of
traditional songs. :)
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Gatsby
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2015 June 09 at 11:51pm | IP Logged 
French - La vie en rose (many artists, the most famous being Edith Piaf)

Edited by Gatsby on 2015 June 09 at 11:53pm

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nikolic993
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2015 June 10 at 1:03am | IP Logged 
Cantonese: BEYOND【海闊天空】 Song.
Olly Richards singing the aforementioned song.

Ex-Yugoslavia songs (I can list a lot of songs here but I'll keep it short):
Prljavo Kazalište - Tu noć kad si se udavala
Prljavo Kazalište - Zbog mene ne plači
Yu Grupa - Kome se raduješ
Kerber - Na raskršću
Riblja Čorba - Lutka sa naslovne strane
Galija - Dodirni me

Edited by nikolic993 on 2015 June 10 at 1:18am

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Duke100782
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2015 July 04 at 1:23am | IP Logged 
What are the iconic traditional songs for Russian?
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Chung
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2015 July 04 at 5:54pm | IP Logged 
Duke100782 wrote:
What are the iconic traditional songs for Russian?


Maybe "Дорогой длинною" ("Along the Long Road") a.k.a. "Those were the Days" in its English adaptation would fit the bill (the tune's the same but the adaptation's lyrics differ noticeably from the Russian original).




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