If you are a fan of Selena Gomez, you might have noticed that she translated some of her popular songs into Spanish. Besides, there are many rumors on the Internet that she might be Mexican, so the obvious question is – does Selena speak Spanish?
No – Selena can’t speak Spanish fluently as a native language, but on the other hand, she can understand it in conversation.
There are various rumors and fake stories on the internet, so let’s break it all down.
Spanish Commercials and El Hormiguero
At first, we should mention that she was in various Spanish commercials, but the comments on Youtube were not so great. In fact, many Hispanic viewers started to make jokes and said that her Spanish is “terrible.” It seems that the biggest problem is her pronunciation since, according to most viewers, she sounds like any other English-speaking American; her accent simply doesn’t sound Spanish.
There is also a Spanish TV show, El Hormiguero, in which they bring celebrities from all around the world. Gomez attended the show multiple times and even tried to translate English lyrics into Spanish. However, according to most people who watched the show, the lyrics she sang were “all but Spanish.” She does have Hispanic roots, but she speaks Spanish just slightly better than an average American.
In a recent interview, Selena stated that she looks in a mirror every day and thinks about how she wished she knew more Spanish.
Spanish Lyrics and Mexican Roots
Most people began to wonder if Selena speaks Spanish when DJ Snake released the song “Taki Taki.” It features verses from Ozona, Cardi B, and Selena in both Spanish and English, which triggered a dilemma among fans. Even before that, she released a Spanish version of her popular song “A Year Without Rain.”
Besides, Selena’s is half-Mexican, or what both Americans and Mexicans call Texicana. Her father, Ricardo Joel Gomez, has Mexican roots, but Selena said that he is in Texas, and she is always working and traveling so there isn’t much time for her to practice Spanish with him.
As she mentioned, she can completely understand any conversation in Spanish, but it’s a bit difficult for her to piece back the response.
Although Selena can understand the language pretty well, she can’t actually speak like a Spanish. She does have Mexican roots, and she has translated some of her songs, but it’s yet unknown if she will do anything to improve her Spanish in the future.