Updated: Jun 4
One of the great things about learning a language is all the fun things you can do to learn. You can do a lot of the things you already love doing, like listening to music, just do it in your target language.
Here are some great ways we can use music to not only appreciate the beauty of another language, but add it into our learning routine.
1. Google the lyrics and read them out loud or read along
The lyrics to any song are often a Google search away. Reading them out loud is a great way to practice your rhythm and pronunciation, or you can also read along to the song to improve listening skills.
(Side note: couldn't resist the Rick Roll 😉)
2. Sing along
Learn the words and sing along. This is another great way to improve pronunciation and get even more comfortable speaking another language. If you can sing it, you can speak it!
3. Translate the lyrics yourself
Oftentimes, the lyrics are already translated for you along with the original text. Try not to peek, and use your knowledge and dictionary to try to translate the lyrics yourself. This is a great way to flex your translation skills, learn new vocabulary and, oftentimes, slang.
4. Make a target language playlist
Whichever music platform you use, create a specific playlist for your favorite music in your target language. Having a library of your favorite songs makes it easier for you to go back and listen again. It's also a great place to go back to and explore by looking at similar suggested artists. This way, you can grow your playlist and have more material to learn from and enjoy.
5. Look up and learn about the artist and their home country
Learning about the artist can bring you closer to their music. This is a great cultural activity to complete alongside listening to their music. Culture is a huge part of learning a language, and learning more about culture through an artist you enjoy is a great way to connect to not only their music, but also another culture.
6. Just listen and enjoy
It doesn't always have to be a learning activity. Relax, listen and enjoy some great music. Just giving yourself the exposure can be a great addition to a lesson, or just a way to have fun and appreciate the language. Taking breaks and having fun is a great way to not burn yourself out. The more you listen to and enjoy these songs, the more you'll fuel your interest and motivation to learn.
It's important to incorporate your new language into your daily life. Music is a great way to do that. Whether you listen in the car, during a work out or relaxing at the beach, it's a great way to keep your target language relevant and keep you motivated to learn.
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About the Author
Noelle is an experienced German teacher and coach. After having lived and worked in Germany in 2014, she returned to the US and earned a Second Bachelor of Arts degree in German, from an AATG German Center of Excellence. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation Studies and learning Spanish, French and Russian in her free time. When she is not teaching or traveling, you can find her exploring Texas or spending time with her partner and their two cats.