6 Great Tips to Learn A Language Through Songs and Music

What makes songs such an effective language learning tool?

  • It works. There is considerable scientific evidence that demonstrates how music can help second language learners acquire grammar and vocabulary and improve spelling. 
  • Everyday language and colloquial speech. Songs and music almost always contain a lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and expressions. And since the intended audience is native speakers, songs and music include up-to-date language and colloquialisms. 
  • Get familiar with the sound of the language. Listening to songs will also allow you to focus on your pronunciation and understanding of the language’s rhythm, tone and beat.
  • Songs are emotional. Our relationship with music is deep, powerful and hugely rewarding. It is a key that unlocks our emotions, influences our moods and enhances our mental and physical well-being. When something is emotional, then of course it is also easier to remember!
  • Music is an easy habit. One reason people find language learning difficult is they can’t find the time to devote to their studies. But when you’re learning a language through songs, you don’t need to set aside too much time because you can take the music with you wherever you go. You can play songs in the car, the kitchen and the shower. And by choosing music you like, you can listen to the same songs over and over again, without becoming bored.
  • Music teaches you a different culture. Whether you’re listening to Buena Vista Social Club or Les Colocs, music gives you insight that new culture and how speaking people speaking that language think and feel. Familiarity with popular songs and artists gives you something to talk about with your new friends.

So what are you waiting for? Crank up that stereo and start learnin’!

Here are a few resources that may be helpful:

Youtube offers tons of fun music videos.

Lyricstraining is an easy and fun way to learn and improve your foreign languages skills, through the music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Lyrics.com is an extensive database of lyrics in English.



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