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Cosmos

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I'm a huge fucking weeaboo so I listen to Japanese music all the time. Like, more than I listen to English music. I also like K-pop. In general, I'm pretty open to listening to non-English music.

I look up the lyrics and sometimes even have them memorized, but generally I still enjoy music even I can't understand what the lyrics are. Some people think that's weird, but I don't think it's any different than enjoying instrumental/non-vocal music; music is such a powerful medium that you can understand the emotion and ideas a song is conveying even if it doesn't have words.

So does anyone else enjoy listening to foreign music?
 

ActualKiwi

Return Of The Spinning Kiwis From Middle Earth~~
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I love me some scandinavian ( I think) fantasy-esque stuff, despite the fact I speak none of the extant (or ancient) scandinavian languages.
 

AN/ALR56

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I really like German March songs and Soviet folk songs
Song of the Volga boatmen is a classic,Moscow nights is beautiful and panzerlied is awesome.
I kinda like all music styles, I love listening to various cultures.
But I'm sorry, this is the real j-pop
 

Golly

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I've finally stopped ignoring it. I definitely like J-Pop and K-Pop. I've always been someone who pays too much attention to lyrics to the point where I'll dock an otherwise decent song major points if I don't like the words. That criteria is totally wiped out if I can barely make out what's being said. It's arrogant, but I almost count J-Pop and other music in languages I don't speak as scat or even instrumental just because I really like how the syllables and vowels fall into place. I'll look up the lyrics out of curiosity, but because the lyrics rarely translate gracefully to English without extensive rewrites, I only use that knowledge as a vague way to give the song more context. So I guess you could say, in these instances, I don't like music in other languages in spite of my inability to understand it, but because of it.
 

Positron

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All the time!




I'm a dirty cultural appropiator
 

Zeorus

voilà la guimbarde
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I listen to a lot of French and Quebecois music, as well as all the classical and opera that my wife and I enjoy together (often in French, German, or Italian). I also use music when I'm learning a language to help me get used to hearing it.
 

Valiant

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Not really but generally a song to hrab my intrest is the melodly and the song. Besides...

Music is the language of the soul.
Music is the language of the soul.
MUSIC IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL.
*Cat Empire music plays*
 

Mark Corrigan

Jeremy's autistic friend
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Sure. Here's something in Occitan:


In Breton:


Irish Gaelic:


Finnish:


Hindi (or maybe Sanskrit, dunno):


On the whole the idea that somebody may not like a song because he or she doesn't understand the lyrics is completely baffling to me.
 
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