Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. -Lou Rauls
Music Stimulates Memory
Rhythm, rhyme, and melody all assist in making music easy to remember. I can remember songs from my childhood like it was yesterday. Catchy refrains get stuck in my head for weeks. For many, music can be a powerful tool for stimulating memory.
Music is naturally repetitive
Repetition is an integral element for much of modern music. This provides the language learner with a way to drill pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar that is entertaining and not monotonous. Just like going to the gym.
Music is the gatekeeper for many cultural doors. If you are familiar with a country's music, it will be easier to connect with a country's people and culture.
Listening to songs in a foreign language provides a fun and effective way to learn new vocabulary and word combinations.
Big Benefits for Children
The benefits of using music on language training are exponentially increased if started at a young age. Research suggests that when children start music training at a young age, they develop bigger vocabularies, a better sense of grammar and a higher verbal IQ (PNAS).
The rhythmic patterns and prosody of a language are easier to notice in music rather than everyday speech. This makes it easier to articulate words and develop more proper pronunciation.
Learn Language the Way It Is Really Spoken
Informal language is a common trait among most music. This affords an opportunity to learn slang and idioms in a way that music is actually spoken.
Music is Easily Accessible
Many language aids are expensive and hard to come by. In this day and age, it is possible to find music in nearly every language at the click of a button.
Language in Context
Music gives language learners the opportunity to learn language in context, rather than isolated drills or rote repetition. This provides a more natural way to learn structure like word order and conjugation.
Music is fun
Last but not least, music is fun! What better way to boost your foreign language learning skills than letting loose and feeling the rhythm?
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