Learn English through songs you like
Think of the song you listen to when you think of your best friend. I’m sure you have one. There’s probably another you listen to when you’re sad. How about the power-up song, or songs you go to when you need energy to complete something? Look at that amazing list of songs you must have made by now and think about the incredible influence this has in our lives. Music has the power to calm, influence and inspire across the world. We are taught patriotism through our national anthem, which we sing and spirituality through religious chants. Music is one of the few activities in life we do that utilises the entire brain. That’s why you can learn English through songs.
Expand your vocabulary
Imagine learning new words just by listening to music. You might like a rhythm, or the way the words flow in a particular song. Gradually, you will find yourself singing along in your head. Soon enough, you will start noticing new words, or words that are used in different contexts with different meanings. If you get into the habit of listening to one song a week, within the year, you’ll have 52 new songs, and a lot of new words too!
Build your personal dictionary
Think of the songs you love. We’re sure you have some for every situation. Do you realize that the lyrics of the song usually follow an emotion? As you listen to songs, you’ll develop a range of vocabulary for an emotion. Soon, you’ll not just be saying happy. A music collection will teach you words like bubbly, delighted, sunny, cheerful, ecstatic, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a word master.
The art of pronunciation
At some point of time, we have all been confused about how some words are pronounced. Surprisingly, music is an easy pronunciation exercise. The power of repetition will soon let your tongue wiggle and waggle with the words very easily. You just might pick up an accent or two along the way and learn how words are pronounced in different parts of the world.
Lloyd, Felix, Cyril, and Nigel are names of Ed Sheeran’s guitars.
That’s just the beginning. You’ll get curious and find out that Adele was discovered after her friend posted demos of her performance on Myspace in 2004, or that Ryan Gosling could have been a member of the Backstreet Boys, or that Akon is the one who discovered Lady Gaga. You’ll become a source of information, along with being a more interesting person to talk to. Bonus: You’ll never run out of trivia, or chit-chat while meeting new people.
Either, Neither, Nor, Or (Grammar)
One way to learn grammar is through theory. Here’s another: just listen to music. You will learn how sentences are constructed and see other grammar points in action while singing along to your favourite tune. You’ll develop an instinct for the correct order of a sentence. You’ll also learn word and sentence stress by listening to the way words and sentences are strung together.
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