5国语言达人老外: 听歌学外语只需5步

英语口语2018-09-01 01:33:16




Jimmy's Note

It’s a well-known fact that music can be an effective tool for learning a foreignlanguage. Like original-version films, song lyrics are a good source ofvocabulary and expressions that you can memorize—and have fun doing so.Furthermore, listening to or humming foreign songs helps you improve yourpronunciation


Hereare 5 steps to optimizing your learning with music and enjoying yourself at thesame time.


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1. Choose a songthat you like


Youdonthave to go out of your way to find music to listen to. Instead, you shouldstart with songs that you already listen to. Then, look up the lyrics to thesongs you like


Youcould listen to your favourite foreign-language song dozens of times per daywithout actually paying attention to the content or the meaning of the lyrics.I think by now you’re aware that repetition is one of the most importantfactors to learning a foreign language


2. Try to sing orhum the song without looking


Ifyou want to improve your pronunciation, you should sing the song—trying yourbest to pronounce the words properly—without reading the lyrics. In fact, assoon as you try to sing the song by reading the lyrics, you’ll pick back upyour bad pronunciation habits. Its O.K. if you dontunderstand the meaning of what youre singing: The point of thisstep is to pronounce the words well


Auser pointed out to me in a comment that an extra step could be to try to writedown the lyrics while you’re listening to the song. This is a great exerciseand should fit into this process as Step 2B! (However, this step likelyrequires you to have reached an intermediate level of language


3. Look up thelyrics


Next,you can look up the lyrics on the Internet.


Ifyou use iTunes, you should install a software program that scans your musiclibrary and automatically adds the lyrics to your MP3 files. If you have a PC,I recommend the software program called LyricsFetcher; if you have a Mac, Irecommend Get Lyrical. These programs make it possible for you to see the songlyrics directly on your phone or iPod as youre listening to the music

你若使用iTunes,则应安装一款程序,能够浏览你的音乐库,然后自动将歌词添加到你的MP3文件中。若你用个人电脑,那么我建议你安装LyricsFetcher程序;如果是Mac,我建议Get Lyrical。这些软件能让你在手机或者iPod上听音乐的时候直接看到歌词。

Thisway, even when you’re out and about, you can listen to your favourite music andread the lyrics at the same time!


4. Listen to thesong while reading the lyrics


Whenyou actually listen to the music with the lyrics, youllbe surprised at how many words and phrases you already knew, but just hadntrealized until now. (Its not always easy to understand thelyrics of a foreign-language song on your own


Focuson the phrases that you find most interesting, or perhaps just the refrain.Even if you only know the refrains of your favourite songs, that’s enough foryou to learn hundreds of foreign-language words and phrases. Here are someexamples:


Anyways,everyone has their own tastes—the point is to choose songs you like!


5. Listen to thesong again and sing along


Nowthat you know the words and have grasped the general meaning of the song, youcan continue to listen to the song while singing along. Once you’re fixed onyour favourite song, you’ll certainly want to sing it while driving or taking ashower, for example. (Personally, these are the only places where I do mycatastrophic performances :-)) Before you know it, you’ll have memorized thesong!


Repetitionis one of the fundamental pillars of memorization. If you follow these 5 steps,I can guarantee that you’ll significantly improve. Learning a language withmusic is fun and takes minimal effort. It’s a nice complement to MosaLingua’sspaced repetition system


Onetip I have for language learners is to alternate between seriouslearning(e.g. the MosaLingua application or grammar lessons) and fun activities (music,films, etc).This will help you continue practising without losing your attention orconcentration or getting tired. You may be really surprised at your results!



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