Why I Listen to Songs in Foreign Languages

Words by Jessia Khalis

One of my favorite things to do is listening to songs in languages I don’t understand. Some people think it’s necessary to understand the lyrics in order to fully appreciate the music. But I think there’s something about listening to how the instruments sound, and how each of the words are being pronounced; that’s what makes it such an interesting experience. It forces you to give the song your own meaning and you don’t have to be right about it. After all, listening to music, to me, is a very personal experience. You are free to feel however you want to feel, and your interpretation is not limited to the lyrics; it’s about how the music makes you feel.

Here are some of my favorite foreign-language songs- Some of them are recommendations from friends, some from movie soundtracks, and others I came across on the internet. Let go of the comfort of knowing what these songs are all about and give this experience a go!


Gym and Swim – IRONMAN

เผลอสุขใจ(บนค่าย) – ปิ๊งและเพื่อน

อย่าเสียใจคนเดียว (Original Version) Better Weather


Cam – “Nước Sâu”

Vũ. Phút Ban Đầu – Vũ.( Original )

marzuz Em dạo này.

Sol Ly


Epik High – Umbrella ft.Younha

Pink Elephant – Highway

SHINee – Honesty

달빛요정역전만루홈런 – Goodbye Aluminium


Hu, Xia, 胡夏- Those Bygone Years 那些年

Jay Chou 周杰倫【夜曲 Ye Qu】


Sigur Rós – Sæglópur

Sigur Rós – Starálfur


横顔 – 笹川美和

moumoon – フォーエヴァー

【DECO*27】声声 feat.とぴ 【中文字幕】

ハルカトミユキ “Vanilla” 2012.11.13 Live at 下北沢GARDEN (Official)

古川本舗 – 春の feat. 大坪加奈(from Spangle call Lilli line)