"Dos Oruguitas" was Lin-Manuel Miranda's first song written entirely in Spanish. Though Miranda spoke Spanish at his New York home as a child, he's not fluent in the language anymore. When he set himself the task of writing a Colombian folk song that feels like it's always existed, it took him out of his comfort zone.
Miranda insisted on writing the song first in Spanish, with a thesaurus beside him at all times. "It was important to me that I write it in Spanish, rather than write it in English and translate it, because you can always feel translation," Miranda told The Los Angeles Times
. "There are masterful translators out there - I am not one of them. I was really proud of it, I felt like I pulled it from a deeper place within myself."