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Spanish Phrases in “Lento“ by Julieta Venegas

I’ve always loved this song since I first heard it when I was living in Chile. The title, “Lento” means “Slow”. Throughout the song she says “más lento”, “slower”, many times.  Lots of Spanish phrases use this word “más” in front of an adjective like “lento” in order to compare two things. In English, we say “slow” and “slower.” In Spanish, it’s “lento” and “más lento.” Listen for this when you hear the song.

“Lento” not only sounds pretty, but I like the message that she is sending to the guy who is interested in her. She is telling him to slow down, have patience with her and wait for her. Here are my favorite lines.

Ser delicado y esperar,                                                 Be delicate and wait
dame tiempo para darte                                              Give me time to give you
todo lo que tengo                                                           Everything that I have

“Delicado” looks a lot like “delicate” in English, but it might be better translated here as “sensitive.” I don’t hear a lot of women asking their guys to be “delicate”, but I do hear the word “sensitive” used often.

Here’s a link to the rest of the lyrics for the song.