Learn Spanish With Selena
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LF Content Team | Updated on 02 February 2023
Learning Spanish with Selena's music is a great way to learn! It is fun, engaging, and includes a cultural aspect that is often missing from other language learning methods. So music and song lyrics are a great way to supplement your learning and stay motivated to keep learning Spanish!
Below are 5 song recommendations by Selena to get you started learning Spanish! We have full lyric translations and lessons for each of the songs recommended below, so check out all of our resources. We hope you enjoy learning Spanish with Selena!
Selena Quintanilla Pérez, (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), known as Selena, was an American Tejano singer. Called the "Queen of Tejano music", her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. In December 1999, Selena was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s". In 2020, Billboard magazine put her in third place on their list of "Greatest Latino Artists of All Time", based on both Latin albums and Latin songs chart. Selena has sold around 18 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female artists in Latin music. Selena was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and the former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques. In 1995, the United States Social Security Administration ranked the name Selena one of the 100 most popular names for newborn girls, and namesake Selena Gomez acknowledged Quintanilla's influence.
1 Tú, Solo Tú (You Only You)
2 No Me Queda Más (I've Nothing More Left)
3 Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love)
4 Si Una Vez (If I Once)
5 Como La Flor (Like The Flower)
Tú, Solo Tú (You Only You)
Mira como ando mi amor por tu querer
Borracha y apasionada
Nomás por tu amor
Mira como ando mi bien
Look how I'm doing my love for your loving
Drunk and passionate
Only for your love
Look how I'm doing my good
Tú, Solo Tú by Selena is a song about the pain of unrequited love. The lyrics describe the narrator's obsession with the object of her affection, and how they are driven to distraction and despair by her inability to forget him. The narrator is desperate to forget her love, but is instead driven to drink and destruction. Ultimately, she realizes that it is only their beloved who has filled their life with sorrow and opened a wound in her heart.
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No Me Queda Más (I've Nothing More Left)
No me queda más
Que perderme en un abismo de tristeza y lágrimas
No me queda más
Que aguantar bien mi derrota y brindarte felicidad
I've nothing more left
Than lose myself in an abyss of sadness and tears
I've nothing more left
Than endure well my defeat and toast you happiness
"No Me Queda Más" by Selena is a song about the pain of unrequited love. The lyrics describe the singer's feelings of sadness and loss, as well as her determination to accept her defeat and wish her former love happiness. Despite the fact that he claims that the relationship was not love, the singer still cherishes those experiences as the sweetest memories of her life. She had a hope and an illusion that her love would be reciprocated, but now she must accept that her former love will only be a friend. Despite the pain of being wrong and living in love, she still believes that it was the most beautiful and grandest love.
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Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love)
Con unas ansias locas quiero verte hoy
Espero ese momento en que escuche tu voz
Y cuando al fin estemos juntos los dos
Qué importa qué dirán
With a crazy craving I want to see you today
I wait for that moment in which I hear your voice
And when finally we're together both
What does it matter what they'll say
In Amor Prohibido by Selena, the singer expresses her desire to be with her beloved despite the disapproval of their families and society. She emphasizes that money and social status are not important in their relationship, and that their love is worth more than anything else. Despite the whispers of disapproval from the streets, they will continue to love each other.
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Si Una Vez (If I Once)
Yo te di todo mi amor y más
Y tú no reconoces ni lo que es amar
Yo me puse dispuesta a tus pies
Y tan solo con desprecio me has pagado pero ahora ve
I gave you all my love and more
And you don't even recognize what it is to love
I put myself ready at your feet
And only with contempt you have paid me but now go
In the song "Si Una Vez" by Selena, the singer reflects on a past relationship in which she gave her all and was met with disrespect. She expresses regret for having loved so deeply and admits that she was foolish to think that her love would be reciprocated. She acknowledges that her mistake is in the past and that one day her former partner will regret their actions.
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Como La Flor (Like The Flower)
Yo sé que tienes un nuevo amor
Sin embargo, te deseo lo mejor
Si en mi no encontraste felicidad
Tal vez alguien más te la dará
I know that you have a new love
Nevertheless, I wish you the best
If you didn't find happiness with me
Maybe someone else will give it to you
In Como La Flor by Selena, the singer expresses her sadness at the loss of her love, despite knowing that her partner has found someone new. She wishes him the best, but is still hurt by the fact that she gave him all the love she could and it wasn't enough. She acknowledges that she must move on, but the pain of losing her love is still strong.
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We have more songs with translations on our website and mobile app. You can find the links to the website and our mobile app below. We hope you enjoy learning Spanish with music!