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5 songs that are the same in English and Spanish

Updated: Feb 20, 2018

Songs that have the same music, and very similar lyrics in two languages are the perfect start for kids learning a new language. Knowing the English version by heart means one less thing to remember, and more time to enjoy singing.


1. Incy Wincy Spider In Spanish: Witzi witzi araña

This is a very good song to start learning Spanish. The lyrics are pretty much the same as in English, plus kids have the Fingerplay to guide them through it without getting lost.




2. The wheels on the bus In Spanish: Las ruedas del autobús

Just like Incy Wincy Spider this is another translation from English, but it sounds very nice in Spanish too.




3. If you’re happy and you know it In Spanish: Si tú tienes muchas ganas

In Spanish if we are happy we also clap our hands. Only, instead of saying “If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it” we say “If you feel like clapping, if you are right, and you have the chance”. This is a great song to learn verbs in Spanish.




4. Old MacDonald had a Farm In Spanish: La granja del tío Juan

Did you know that some animals also speak differently in Spanish? For example the dog says gwaw and not woof. Kids can learn some animal names and the sounds they make with this traditional song.




5. Twinkle twinkle little star In Spanish: Estrellita, ¿dónde estás?

This is probably one of the most widely known songs for children across many languages, and Spanish is no exception, of course. The music has come a long way since Mozart composed his twelve variations on an even older French folk song Ah! vous dirai-je, maman.




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