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Thread #146504   Message #3392107
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Aug-12 - 04:04 AM
Thread Name: How to learn a song in another language?
Subject: RE: How to learn a song in another language?
Hi, Morwen -
  1. If you're singing in a Romance language like Spanish, I think it helps to have familiarity in some Romance language, not necessarily Spanish.
  2. Make sure you understand the song - get a good general translation, and then make sure you understand what every word means.
  3. Listen to a recording by a native speaker, and then sing it over line-by-line
  4. I think the word I want is "elisions," but my understanding of "elision" is to sing two or more syllables distinctly, but on a single note. It happens often in Spanish, and it's a very difficult trick to master. Try singing the passage slowly enough that you can pronounce every syllable, and then gradually increase your speed.
Hope that helps.
-Joe-