Learn a language while listening to music: how to get more effective results

Yes, it is well known that music can be a very effective tool for learning a foreign language. As with films in original version, the lyrics of the music are a good source of words and phrases to memorize while having fun. Also, listen or hum foreign songs to improve your pronunciation. This article offers some ideas to help you learn a foreign language with music, and invites you to practice this method that I like personally. English music is very present in our daily lives, whether at the supermarket, in the car, listening to the radio or watching TV... Wherever you go, musical notes accompanied by English texts bludgeon our brains. Through music, huge waves of words and phrases around us, with extraordinary potential for learning.
But often we do not pay enough attention (passive listening), so it does not improve our language level. Learning a language with music, is trying to deal with linguistic information while doing an activity that we like. The passion for music can be the key to improving language (either English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, etc.). I know many friends who have learned English while strumming a guitar and humming at the same time! Here are the steps to optimize your learning with the music while remaining an enjoyable activity:

1 - Choose the song you like

There is no need to go further to choose what music to listen to. The advice is to start with the songs you already listen. Then find the lyrics you love. We hear a dozen times a day our favorite songs, but maybe we do not pay enough attention to their content and meaning of their words. I think you now know that repetition is one of the most important factors in learning a foreign language.

2 - Try to sing or hum without looking

If you want to improve your pronunciation, it is important to try to sing in trying to have the best possible pronunciation without reading the lyrics. Indeed, when one tries to sing reading the lyrics, our bad pronunciation habits will resume. It does not matter if you do not understand the meaning of what you sing, most in this step is to properly pronounce. An additional step would be to try to write the lyrics by listening. This is a very good exercise (you must however have an intermediate level).

3 - Look for words

Then you can find the lyrics on the internet. To do this, just search in google "lytics Name Of The Song". And if you need translation, just search "translation NomDeLaChanson lytics" to get what you need in a few clicks. Personally, I prefer sites that have both the original text and the translation into your language on the same page... If you use iTunes, you can install a small program that plays your music library and automatically records the words in the MP3 file. I recommend the “LyricsFetcher” PC software or MAC “Get Lyrical”. They allow you a few clicks to have the lyrics right on your iPhone or iPod at the same time as the music. So even when you're on the go, you can, if you wish, listen to your favorite music while reading his words.

4 - Listen to the song while reading the text

It's time to listen to music with lyrics, you'll be surprised to find words and phrases you already know without being aware of it. In fact, it is not always easy to understand by yourself the words of a song in a foreign language. Focus on phrases of interest or maybe just the chorus. If you already know the chorus of your favorite songs, this is sufficient for you to learn hundreds of words and phrases in foreign languages.
Here are some examples:
For English: the title and the chorus of "We Can Work It Out" Beatles teaches us the term "work out" which means "solve".

Sting's voice "I Hope that someone gets my Message in a bottle," you will learn, without much effort, a complete sentence.

"No, No es amor / Lo you sientes / se llama Obsession" (No, this is not love / what you feel / it's called obsession) sung by Aventura. Here's the video of Obsession music on YouTube.

For Italian: there is a very beautiful song by Charles Aznavour: "La Mamma". Indeed, Aznavour also beautifully interprets the song in Italian.

After that, everyone's tastes, the key is to choose the songs you love!

5 - Listen again and start singing

Now that you know the lyrics and understood the general sense, then you can continue to listen to it while singing it. Once you have chosen your favorite song, you'll definitely want to sing it while doing other activities like, for example, driving a car, in the shower… After a while, you will eventually memorize the song! Repetition is one of the fundamentals of memorization. If you follow the those 5 steps, I guarantee you that you will improve in a meaningful way, and all without any effort, and in a pleasant way.
One of the tricks I can advise you on language learning is to alternate a bit "serious study" with pleasant activities (music, movies, etc. .) to keep repeating without a drop of attention. The results can be incredibly amazing! And you, have you ever learned a language through music? If so, what song? (please put a YouTube link in your comments)

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