Music- Foreign Alphabets

Have you ever wondered what music in other languages sounds like? Have you ever been stumped by how to Google search in a language you don’t speak or look up something in an alphabet you don’t know?

When I lived in China, I heard songs everywhere–out in public, on car radios, during fountain water shows, and at my host family’s home. The lyrics were completely inaccessible, and yet touched something deep within my soul: I quickly fell in love with the music. I desperately wanted to use the internet to find these songs, but not knowing more than a handful of Chinese characters, I had no idea where to begin. One day, I stumbled onto the name of a Taiwanese pop singer, Leehom Wang–whose songs I recognized–and the YT search algorithm did the rest.

Over the years, I’ve learned plenty of hacks to search in languages I don’t speak, but as it was a long process and steep learning curve, I thought I would save you the trouble and compile some of my research here. You might not love my song choices (primarily pop genre), but the suggestions on the sidebar will be in your target language, which is a great head start, particularly when you are dealing with foreign alphabets. If you speak another language and have any favorite songs to share, feel free to comment below. Enjoy!

RESOURCES: Sounds European, Language Game #1, Language Game #2. For music only in Spanish, see HERE.


Song Links

  1. MANDARIN CHINESE
  2. RUSSIAN
    • Despacito Cover, Клава Кока, Russian
    • Девочка, Irina BilykRussian
  3. ICELANDIC
  4. FRENCH
    • Dadju – Reine, Roi Cween, French
    • Mon paradis secret, Vitaa, French
    • Le Sens de la Vie, TAL, French
    • A nos actes manqués, M. Pokora, French
    • La vie en rose, Edith Piaf/Luciana, French
  5. SPANISH
    • Flamenco, Zapatos de baile, Spanish
    • Hoy es domingo, Diego TorresSpanish
    • Todo mi amor eres tú, MJ, Spanish
  6. JAPANESE
    • きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ – PONPONPON, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Japanese
    • 浜崎あゆみ, Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese
  7. KOREAN
    • 네모난 바퀴, Boa KwonKorean
    • BTS (방탄소년단) ‘DNA’, Korean
  8. ITALIAN
    • HAUSER and Señorita – Vivo per lei, Italian
  9. EUSKARA, CATALAN, & GALICIAN
    • Aldapan gora, Huntza Band, Euskara
    • ‘Go!azen’: ‘Euskararen Txantxangorria’renEuskara
  10. QUECHUA
  11. EVEN MORE!
    • Šeduikytė- NebijokJurga, Lithuanian
    • Tu to Na AaiHindi
    • Kesäyö, Laura SippolaFinnish
    • A Nossa Vez, CalemaPortuguese
    • Miremengjes, Alban Skenderaj, Albanian
    • Langt igjen å gå (ft. Lex Press), Innertier, Norwegian
    • คนตอบบ่อยู่ – เอิ้นขวัญ วรัญญา, Thai
    • Paskong Pinoy (Christmas), Tagalog
  12. ENGLISH- COVERS
春雨裡洗過的太陽- Mandarin
Golazen- Euskara
Þú hefur dáleitt migIcelandic
A Nossa Vez- Portuguese
A nos actes manqués- French
蔡依林- Mandarin
Almost Is Never Enough- English

One thought on “Music- Foreign Alphabets

Comments are closed.