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Let’s face it my friends:

Songs performed in English are topping the charts all over the globe, and even if you’re a fan of music performed in your native language, you surely listen to popular songs or some classic hits every now and then, don’t you?

If you’re anything like the average foreigner out there, I guess I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that you normally don’t pay attention to English song lyrics; you just allow the music wash over your ears and touch you emotionally rather than with the actual meaning of words.

To tell you the truth, my friends, I don’t even pay conscious attention to words when I listen to songs performed by my fellow country-men (or women for that matter!), and sometimes it’s next to impossible to decipher those lyrics regardless of the language! 😀

If you do learn lyrics of your most beloved English songs, however, you will most definitely avail of all the following:

1. Natural Repetition.

I’ve been touching upon the subject of repetition numerous times on my blog and YouTube channel, and the importance of repeating English word combinations is quite obvious – that’s how you MEMORIZE new English phrases!

There might be times when you don’t really feel like purposefully repeating any English content, and that’s the perfect time when you should probably listen to some song and sing along – repetition occurs naturally in songs!

You’re not going to feel as if you’re being engaged in a chore, and that’s a perfect example of using your hobbies in order to improve your English, by the way.

2. Learning English Vocab Contextually.

Do you come across new English words every now and then? We all do!

When you listen to a song and then you look up the related lyrics online (I guess you all know how to use Google guys?), you’re also bound to encounter new vocabulary and phraseology.

By the way – if you start looking up song lyrics of songs you’ve known for ages, you’ll be surprised to find out what the actual song lyrics are because you have lead yourself to believe down through the years that a certain sentence contains this or that particular word while in reality it’s something totally different!

Now that you start looking into it in a much bigger detail, you’ll learn quite a few new English words, and it’s all going to happen contextually which is VERY important (don’t know why? Read this article then)! Song lyrics are quite naturally made up of strings of words and sentences, and it’s probably the easiest way to grasp the concept of contextual learning.

3. Comprehension Development.

While it’s of the utmost importance of SINGING ALONG when learning song lyrics (if you just learn to recognize lyrics, you’ll be neglecting your speech development – spoken language and comprehension are totally different aspects of your general English knowledge!), the fact that you’ll be able to listen to a song and UNDERSTAND what’s being sung is also going to add to your overall English fluency improvement.

The more you listen to English songs by paying attention to words you mightn’t understand, the more your comprehension is being developed and it’s only a positive thing – for as long as you don’t completely neglect your oral fluency, of course!

4. Mimicking.

Mimicking others is the most natural way of learning just about ANYTHING in life, and the English language is no exception.

When you listen to someone speak or sing something in English and then you try to resemble it, that’s when you learn the natural way – just like any other God’s creature on this planet!

When learning English song lyrics, this mimicking happens without you even being aware of what you’re doing. You’re just repeating sentences with the end-goal of learning the song in mind while in reality you’re mimicking an English singing artist.

Now, my friends foreigners, are you ready to learn some English song lyrics?

Then open up YouTube, find the song of your choice, then google up that song’s lyrics, and off you go!

Thanks for tuning in,

Robby

P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!

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  • Francisco Javier

    I like using songs in my classes because they are a way to motivate students.