Everyone keeps going on and on about learning languages through music. What is this all about? Is it as easy as filling up your devices with Spanish music and letting the songs work their magic?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, learning Spanish through music is a very powerful tool; but no, it’s not a miracle. It requires some work, but it’s definitely worth it!
If you’re ready to give this method a go, read through seven amazing tips that will work wonders on your Spanish!
1. Pick Spanish songs you like
Really. It sounds quite obvious, but for this method to work you will have to listen to the same tunes over and over again, so make sure your picking the songs carefully!
2. Do some research
There are great websites out there that have suggestions of songs for different levels.
Check out TodoEle (http://www.todoele.net/canciones/Cancion_list.asp). It’s aimed at teachers, but has a great collection of Spanish songs for beginners, all the way to advanced learners.
3. Print out the lyrics
Unless you’re at a stage where you can pick out spoken language quite easily, you’ll need some support to understand the language.
4. Make sure you get the gist
You don’t need to spend hours trying to translate each sentence. Just make sure you understand what the story is about, if it’s a love song or a party anthem, if it’s sad or happy…
There are many translations of Spanish songs on the Internet, but if your new favorite is not out there yet, a quick translation on Google will help you get the gist.
5. Practice some active listening
Listen to the song with the lyrics in front of you, follow it through and even try some signing if you don’t have any close neighbors around you! Learn the chorus and practice it whenever you get a chance, even if its muttering it on your daily commute!
5. Shortlist new vocabulary and start using it
To be able to really learn something from songs, you need to pick out vocabulary and use it in different situations.
Go through the lyrics and choose some new words or phrases every other day, and challenge yourself to use them at least three times in your Hello Pall conversations.
You’ll add loads of new vocabulary to your basic Spanish, and move from beginner to intermediate in just a beat!
6. Once there’s nothing left to learn, move on!
It’s really tempting to keep on listening to the same old songs for ages, but that’s not going to help your Spanish.
Once you’ve used up the song, get out there and look out for new tunes to take your Spanish even further!
7. Try out the radio
How can you find new songs to keep pushing yourself? Easy: get hooked by Spanish radio and find the latest hits.
Go online and discover radio stations from Spain and Latin America, you’ll feel really excited when you realize you’re actually able to pick out some random words!
To get started, check these ones out:
- Los 40 Principales (www.los40.com): it plays both Spanish music and international hits.
- Cadena Dial (www.cadenadial.es): it focuses on Spanish music of different styles.
Keen to get started?
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