Harry has toured the world and played concerts in countless Spanish-speaking countries. Can the singer actually speak Spanish himself?
Harry Styles cannot speak fluent Spanish. However, he has taught himself some sentences and phrases to connect with his Spanish-speaking fans.
Harry Jokes About Being Monolingual
In 2019 Harry made a joke about his lack of fluency in other languages. He said he thinks “music is the universal language. Especially songs performed in English, ‘cause that’s the only language that I understand.”
Harry delivered this line as a part of his comedic monologue, but further research proves he cannot fluently speak Spanish. Keep reading to learn more about his attempts to talk in Spanish, as well as his ties to Hispanic culture.
Harry Frequently Travels to Spanish Speaking Countries
Harry must have picked up a little Spanish while visiting a myriad of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In 2013 he enjoyed a relaxing day vacationing in Spain while preparing for One Direction’s concerts in Badalona and Madrid.
Harry Speaks a Little Spanish at Shows
Harry shows his dedication to his fans in many ways, including learning their languages. At a 2018 show in Mexico he spoke a little bit of Spanish in between songs:
Harry said short phrases like “good evening, I am Harry” and “I want to dance” in Spanish, eliciting screams of excitement from the crowd. He also sweetly told the crowd that he loved them with his whole heart.
Harry’s Spanish was slightly awkward and he laughed a bit as he stumbled through phrases. Fans commented on the video praising his efforts and saying his accent is charming.
Harry Celebrates Mexican Culture at his Concerts
Harry also embraces the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries he visits. At his Mexico City show he waved the Mexican flag on stage along with a Gay Pride flag.
Furthermore, Harry expressed his appreciation of Mexican culture with his wardrobe. He wore a stylish Mariachi-inspired jacket for his Mexico City concert. The dazzling suit jacket featured pink fringe hanging from the sleeves, resembling a traditional Mariachi player’s outfit.
Harry Has Multilingual Tattoos
Although Harry cannot fluently speak Spanish, he does have the language tattooed on his body. His knee tattoos feature the words “yes” in Spanish and French on his right leg, and “no” in the same languages on his left leg.
Harry’s Spanish Fashion Source
Harry is known for breaking boundaries with his clothing choices. He actually reached out to a Spanish fashion designer, Archie Alled-Martinez, to craft his one-of-a-kind look for London’s 2019 Jingle Ball.
Luckily Archie is multi-lingual and was able to communicate with Harry and his team in English. The young designer was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, before moving to Paris to work for Givenchy in 2018.
By working with Archie, Harry transcended cultural boundaries as well as gender norms. Archie worked with Harry’s aesthetic of adrogonous fashion. The designer said he appreciates Harry opening up the possibilities for men’s fashion and believes that strict gender conformity is outdated now.
Harry may not speak Spanish, but he is clearly in touch with Spanish culture as well as his Spanish-speaking fans. He will likely learn more phrases and speak the language with more confidence on stage in the future.