¡Otra miércoles, otra canción! Esta semana, tenemos Jesse & Joy’s “Mi Tesoro”.
Hangin’ with las Hermanas Huertas
Here’s another sweet love song from one of my favorite couple of hermanas (the other being HA-ASH, of course). It’s fun to listen to, fun to watch, and fun to learn with, inasmuch as the lyrics flash across a window full of psychedelic colors and shapes. (Sorry, all you old-timers — no bouncing ball to follow here.)
The tune is upbeat, and Joy’s beautiful voice takes it over the top. What I was encouraged by was just how much of it I was able to translate on my own, before double-checking myself with online tools. According to Duolingo, I’m down to 40% Spanish fluency. I think they’re just ticked that I haven’t practiced in a while after that discouraging break in my rather long study streak a while back. (More on that later.)
Evidently, though, 40% fluency, along with constant immersion into Latina pop, has me at the point where a clearly-sung number like this one is reasonably easy to comprehend! See how you do with it (those of you who are studying with me):
Isn’t that lovely? Check out the chorus:
Eres mi tesoro; cada segundo me enamoro más, si a mi lado estás.
Lo tengo todo; es suficiente con los ricos besos que tú me das!
Which, loosely translated, means…
You are my treasure; every second I am more in love, if you’re by my side.
I have it all; the rich kisses you give me are enough!
I took some liberty — not a word-for-word translation. However, as we’ve discussed before, that’s pretty much the way much interpretation goes, since the answer to “how do you say ____ in Spanish” is often, “you don’t!”
See? There’s an example. The colloquialism for sadness/melancholy “the blues”, literally translated, would not grok with a native Spanish speaker. But while I have your attention…
As I mentioned earlier, I fell behind in my Duolingo practice after growing discouraged (and a little angry) about breaking my approximately 2 month-long streak back in February. Well, I’m at it again. Frankly, I’m quite astonished with just how well I could still breeze through the exercises after such a long hiatus!
Granted, I haven’t gone cold turkey on studying, having participated in the 1st of a series of 5 courses from UC Davis, and having reviewed quite a few of my Rocket Spanish (affiliate link) lessons from the past year and a half in preparation for moving forward into Level 2. But I was still plenty pleased to learn that some of what I’d studied had “burned in”, so to speak. It’s very exciting!
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¡Hasta luego, amigas!