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Hispanic Heritage Month: Music is a Love Language

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

by Elizabeth Godinho, MSW Intern

What do love and a Spanish guitar have in common? They are both forms of communicating with our loved ones how much we care about them.

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we can reflect on the language and culture that it brings. Spanish is one of the world's most widely spoken languages. In fact, it is “one of the most romantic languages because of its passionate, emotive sound.” Have you ever listened to a Spanish song, and even if you do not understand the lyrics, it makes you want to dance? This is because the pitch, rhythm and tempo are communicating signals to your body. It does not matter what language you speak. Music is universal. Similarly, there are universal languages we use to communicate love, called the Five Love Languages.

According to Dr. Chapman, there are five primary love languages that people speak:

  1. Words of Affirmation

  2. Gifts

  3. Acts of Service

  4. Quality Time

  5. Physical Touch

Words of Affirmation:

People can use words of affirmation as a part of their love language. This includes telling someone supportive, uplifting and empathic statements. Some examples of this include: “I love you.” “I am grateful to have you in my life” “I think you are amazing at ____.” “One of the things I love about you is____.” “You are such a hard worker.” “Thank you for making me feel safe.”