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French singer, Édith Piaf. Photo: Nationaal Archief

I am loving Féfé's new album, and counting down the days until he hits Sydney again. I don't understand half the songs, but I sing along in my made up French (a bit like the Swedish Chef muppet).

Do you listen to music in languages you don't understand, or do you need to understand the lyrics to like the song?

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I listen to opera, which is usually in different languages, but otherwise my music tends to be in English. There is something to be said about foreign language music though. I like listening to the melody rather than thinking about the words.
Yes, why not? I find that with foreign language, I can actually enjoy the music without bothering with the meaning. I love folk songs, a few love songs in French, Hungarian, and some old Asian melodies.
Yes, sometimes. I've been listening to a bit of Louise Attaque to practice my French.
Only with some French songs. Otherwise all the other songs I listen to are in English.
Each one of my family members have different taste in music so I end up listening to a wide range from opera, to rap, Hindi to Spanish. For me words doesn't matter that much, its the beat that counts. I do like to follow meaningful lyrics but its the tune/melody that I tend to go for. sometimes I come across these rap songs of which the language is totally foreign to me (specially the raps by Niky Minaj) but I still listen to them and enjoy!
I love listening to Edith Piaf and Melody Gardot (the latter has some songs in English, some in French). It takes me right back to my honeymoon, travelling down the Seine River in Paris at night time while Piaf was playing over the boat's loudspeaker. My only overseas experience to date, and I doubt that the English-language versions would bring back the memory with such immediacy and potency. I think music transcends language anyway.
I love listening to music in another language, it's a lot of fun.

Some in French are just very romantic, and sound better by far.

At the moment I love listening to ''The Cup Song'' that's in Gallic...love it!

You can see it on YouTube, with all the kids in a school class room.
Not really, only in restaurants which I enjoy as background music. I guess if I found a foreign CD that I liked, I would probably purchase it.

Sometimes. Listening to foreign music can be a brilliant way to practice language skills!
Ooh yes, I sure do! I absolutely love Edith Piaf. I also love an African singer by the name of Geoffrey Oryema - his music is so very relaxing. And nothing beats The Gipsy Kings! If you haven't heard of them, they are a Mexican band. I love their sound. Definitely check them out, especially their Spanish cover of The Eagles 'Hotel California'.
I love listening to music in a foreign language. I love Rasmus Seebach, (Danish) Niels Brinck, (Danish), Burhan G, (Danish) Edith Piaf, Coralie Clement, (French) Emilie Simon (French) and Putamayo.
I love listening to Bollywood music.
Madeleine Peyroux is magnifique!
Love opera an Sigur Ros they sing in a made up language an it's remarkable great band
I listen to Mexican music. I have no idea what they are saying but I love the rhythm.
by Gia
I sometimes enjoy listening to music in other languages if the melody appeals. When I am writing or studying I like to listen to music but English lyrics can distract me so it is helpful if I don't understand the words. Recently I discovered a group I loved. The CD was in English but I found the other three albums they have released are in Spanish. I enjoy the Spanish ones too.
Yes. I love love love Edith Piaf. I also love the Gypsy Kings who are Mexican.
Can understand German, but don't have any CD's of German singers.

Enjoy anything sung in Latin eg Gregorian Chants.

Can get gist of BVSC songs in Spanish.

I enjoy instrumental music usually more than vocalised.
Michael Crawford, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Katherine Jenkins, The Three Tenors, Roy Orbison & any groups from the '60's are my vocal faves.

Yes Opera all the time.
Yes I do, being brought up in a european household we had all sorts of music, now I listen to latin american, sometimes italian, it depends on my moods, and now egyptian, because I do belly dancing, and my zumba class has latin music.
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