Whether you are watching your favouite movies, changing languages on your cell phone, reading books, there are many tips to help you practice in your daily life and make learning more comfortable.
So today we are going to dedicate an exclusive post to one of our favorite tips: learn English by listening to music. We are going to list here a series of tips on how you can use your favorite songs to acquire new vocabulary and increase your speaking . We explain below!
Start with your favorite playlist
Not sure where to start? Our first advice is that you start with your favorite songs, the ones you know “by heart”. Like movies, the songs you know are easier to understand, because they are already recorded in your brain.
Select your favorite artists, songs that never stop thinking and create a playlist to listen to every day. Thus, you add English in your daily life and train your listening. It the best method to improve your english.
Search for song lyrics on specialized sites
It’s time to further train your ears by searching the internet for song lyrics. We recommend that you always perform this search on specialized music sites, preferably international ones. The idea here is to get used to the spelling of the words and read the lyrics while singing.
Start with the artists you are most familiar with, in the styles that you are most comfortable with. Then the difficulty increases, with artists and genres you don’t know that much about. Rap lyrics, for example, are great for discovering new vocabulary, as they tend to be more complex.
If necessary, always consult a fully English dictionary
The songs generally have many idioms (the famous “idioms”), “phrasal verbs” and many phrases that do not have a direct translation in Spanish. Therefore, the recommendation here is to always use a dictionary with explanations in English to consult. Trust us, in time you will master it!
Try not to translate everything you hear
This complements advice three: in addition to not looking for the meaning of the words in English, the ideal is that you do not do the translation, but understand the context. That way, it forces your brain to think in English and makes learning more natural.
Make a list of the words you have learned
7 TIPS ON HOW TO USE MUSIC TO LEARN ENGLISH
It’s good to write down all the English words and expressions you learn from your favorite songs. So, have a shortlist that you can refer to when you need it. Not to mention, when you write and repeat what you’ve learned, it’s easier to record it in your mind.
Train your pronunciation by singing
You don’t need to say that, right? Whenever possible, sing along with the music! Besides a fun activity, you will also train different pronunciations. Begin by following the letter. Over time, you get used to it and you can quickly sing it all without even realizing it.
Also, another special tip: choosing songs with words that you have difficulty pronouncing will help you to train the way of speaking correctly.
Use music as a motivation to study
Do you want a better motivation than learning English to understand your favorite songs? There are many people who became interested in the language precisely for this reason.
And every activity gets more enjoyable with something playful involved, right? So abuse music during your learning process (and after that too, after all, we can learn new things every day).