- What is Songlations?
- Who are you and what languages do you know?
- Have you translated ____?
- Do you take requests?
- What is the history of Songlations?
- Where are you on social media?
- Can I re-post your translations to other websites?
- How do I cite you?
- What do the abbreviations in your posts mean?
- How do I donate?
What is Songlations?
“Songlations” is a blog with English translations of Spanish song lyrics, intended for an audience interested in understanding the original Spanish lyrics. I try to strike a balance between fidelity and transparency, i.e. to be literal, but also sound natural. The translations are meant to be educational, so I will err toward a faithful translation if necessary. If the literal translation is too complicated, I will explain further in the translation notes instead.
I assume that the people using these translations are learning Spanish, not native or heritage speakers. The translations are faithful to the meaning and phrasing of the lyrics. The notes at the end provide further clarification. Questions and comments are great, of course, and very welcome.
My translations are not meant for karaoke or fandubs, but you are welcome to further edit my translations for those purposes. If the final work is available online, I’d love to see it!
Who are you and what languages do you know?
I am Cairaguas Gonzalez, the translator, a fluent heritage speaker of Mexican Spanish (my home language). My parents are immigrants from Mexico. I was raised in California in a neighborhood with a dense Spanish-speaking immigrant population. I started translating as a hobby to maintain my Spanish vocabulary, spelling, and written grammar.
I am only fluent in English and Spanish. I studied French for three years. I can read French, understand some French radio, and have very simple conversations with patient people. I took one semester in German and retained a little bit, but not enough to read, hear, or speak it. I watched enough subtitled anime during high school and college to remember some really common Japanese words and phrases. Anime and manga translators influenced my translation style by helping me realize what I like in translations: e.g. notes, explanations of puns or wordplay, not changing the literal meaning too much, but also not using unusual words or syntax or being too literal, etc.
The only languages I am comfortable speaking and listening to at a normal pace are English and Spanish.
Have you translated ________?
The easiest way to find out is to do a Google search limited to Songlations. Here is and example that searches the old and new site at the same time:
Do you take requests?
I used to, but don’t anymore. Too many requests, not enough time to translate, sorry. If you suggest a song from a singer or band that I translate a lot, I’ll take it into consideration but it won’t be translated immediately.
What is the history of Songlations?
2004-2009: I started posting occasional song translations to my Geocities website. The last two years, I was posting in LiveJournal but adding links to Geocities. Yahoo closed down all Geocities pages on October 2009.
2007-2016: I created and posted in Songlations at LiveJournal. I became more organized and serious about translating. I posted over 300 songs at LiveJournal.
2016-2021: Songlations was on hiatus due to a major life changes (graduating, new job with a longer commute and more computer work, family weddings & funerals, other things).
September 2021-now: I moved to a WordPress site hosted at Songlations.com. The first years will be transitional (moving posts and re-adding formatting, replacing dead links, checking old comments, tagging posts). The old posts will keep their old post dates unless I make big edits. I plan to add new translations once a month, but may skip months when regular life gets busy. I am not taking song requests at this time.
Where are you on social media?
New posts will be shared on social media, so follow me to get notifications.
- Twitter @songlations – update notices and news
- Facebook – update notices and news
- Tumblr – automatic notifications for new posts
- Songlations at LiveJournal – many old translations, but no new translations.
- Songlations_ES – my reverse Songlations blog, with my rare Spanish translations of English songs. Currently not being updated.
- Spotify Playlist, Translated Songs – playlist of all my translated songs either here or at the old site. Find songs you like, then come back to find the translations.
Can I re-post your translations on other websites?
No, don’t post my full translations somewhere else. I am fine with people taking quotes for art projects, music discussions, and things like that. I am fine with English fandubs. You can also use full translations for private educational purposes (not posted publicly). Please attribute the translation by linking back to or citing Songlations somewhere.
How do I cite you?
Formal citations for school reports and similar projects: Let’s say that you are writing a report on student protests in Latin America and you want to cite the translated lyrics of “Shock” by Ana Tijoux. Here is how you do it. Assume today’s date is December 5, 2020. The translation was posted on March 31, 2012.
|MLA style||Gonzalez, Cairaguas. “‘Shock’ by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics.” Songlations. LiveJournal, 31 Mar 2012. Web. 05 Dec 2020. <http://songlations.livejournal.com/51479.html >.|
|APA style, website||Gonzalez, C. (2012, March 31). “Shock by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics. Songlations. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from http://songlations.livejournal.com/51479.html.|
|APA style, blog||Gonzalez, C. (2012, March 31). “Shock by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics [Web log post]. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from http://songlations.livejournal.com/51479.html.|
|Chicago/Turabian style||Gonzalez, Cairaguas. “‘Shock’ by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics.” Songlations. http://songlations.livejournal.com/51479.html.|
Informal citations: If you are quoting part of a translation somewhere online, a simple link back to the post or the main page is sufficient to make me very happy. Here is the HTML to turn text into a link:
What do the abbreviations in your posts mean?
- lit. = literally (what the words say exactly)
- alt. = alternative translation noun,
- m. = masculine noun noun,
- f. = feminine noun
- col. = colloquial
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Finally, just telling people about Songlations helps drive traffic to my blog. WordPress ads generate a little bit of money though not much currently, about
$0.07 $0.25 per month since Songlations.com is still new, but that is more than I got from LiveJournal (nothing). In time, I hope increased traffic will make Songlations pay for itself.
Last edited September 28, 2022