How to learn new phrases and vocabulary with songs


One of the common reasons why people start learning foreign languages is that they want to understand their favorite foreign songs. Thousands of people started learning French because they were obsessed with the song “Je suis malade” by Lara Fabian. And thousands of people fell in love with Spanish because of the famous song “Bésame mucho”.

If you love to listen to music and like to learn foreign languages, this article is right for you. Here you will read about how to learn vocabulary and new words with the help of your favorite songs in a fun way.

Why learning a foreign language with songs?

Before we start discussing different methods of language learning with songs, let’s take a look at three key benefits of these methods:

Popular songs help to learn slang words, shortened words, and idioms
Songs listening helps to pronounce unfamiliar words correctly
Songs help to understand a different culture

Method #1 – Draw the meaning of the word

As the famous saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And it’s so true when it comes to new vocabulary learning.

If you want to learn the words from the song, try to do the following:

Print the text of the song on paper. Or, save the text as an image and open in Paint, Photoshop, or any similar app.
Choose a few unknown words, preferably nouns, and try to draw what they mean. Let’s say you learn Spanish and want to memorize the word “corazón”. This word means “heart”, so your task is to draw a little heart.

Read and translate the text of the song as often as you find it necessary.

The images will help you not only to learn the chosen words, but also to understand the meaning of the entire song. Try this approach out, and you will be amazed at how it will facilitate your learning.

Method #2 – Watch lyric videos

Do you know what “lyric video” is? It’s a video in which lyrics of the song are displayed as subtitles. You can use this type of video to enlarge your vocabulary and learn new interesting phrases.

Here is what you should do:

Find a lyric video of your favorite singer on YouTube and watch it.
Every time you see an unfamiliar word – press a stop button. Add this word to your Reji app.
Then try to watch the video one more time and sing a song (or, if singing is not your cup of tea, just read it). Pay attention to pronunciation. Try to pronounce unfamiliar words in the same way as a singer does.
Repeat new words using the Reji app and sing songs using lyric videos as many times as needed to memorize all new words.

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Method #3 – Use social media in a new way

Do you like to share your photos and videos on Instagram and Facebook? Do you publish new posts regularly?  If your answer is “yes”, this approach to new phrases learning is right for you.

Here is how it works:

Next time you are going to publish a post, think about the song in the foreign language that matches your photo. For instance, if you learn Spanish and want to post a photo where you ride a bike, you can choose the song “La bicicleta” by Carlos Vives and Shakira (in Spanish, “bicicleta” means “bike”).
Choose the phrase, or sentence, or entire chorus of the song and use it as a caption for your post.
Translate the caption and add all unfamiliar words and phrases to your Rejiapp. Make sure that you understand the meaning of the text before publishing it online.

Here is an example of the post for Instagram and the phrases you can learn: