How to guide:
Start with simple songs
To begin with, use songs that are easy to understand with simple lyrics – repetitive if possible – so you can get to grips with the sound of the language and some vocabulary.
Find songs that have accompanying lyrics you can follow. This will enable you to single out words and phrases more clearly and it will help you to learn the spelling of the words. A good way to make the most of auditory and visual learning.
Practise singing along to the song using the lyrics, even if you’re not a fan of karaoke. After a few goes, see if you can sing to the music without looking at the words. This will cement the vocab and syntax into your memory. As you reproduce the sounds, your accent will improve since you will naturally try to replicate what you hear.
If you search the net you will come across a good range of songs and playlists (or foreign language films).
Follow your interests
If you especially enjoy hip hop or rap for instance, find music specific to these genres and you’ll enjoy engaging with it. Or do you like football? Perhaps you can listen to chants in your target language and work out what they are saying. Famous Christmas carols in a foreign language is another good angle, as are national anthems.
Music and film are not only good ways for a student to advance their linguistic skills, but also to learn more about the people and culture linked to the language – a good way to enrich learning. Update those playlists now. Forza/Yalla/ поехали!
How To Use Music To Help You Learn A Language (babbel.com)
Tips for learning a new language through music (vistahigherlearning.com)
Learning a Language Through Music: How to Train Your Brain (berlitz.com)
Singing can facilitate foreign language learning | SpringerLink
The Potential Role of Music in Second Language Learning: A Review Article (efpsa.org)