Good Language is a kind of music...
And put to drums...
So what does English sound like to non-native speakers?
You can learn a lot from English songs... well maybe not all songs...
Some Good musicians/bands for learning English:
- Bob Dylan
- Tom Waits
- Arcade Fire
- Modest Mouse
- Vampire Weekend
- David Bowie
Why are they good? Well, they’ve all got at least one of the following qualities:
- Repetitive – As Jason said, the more you repeat, the more you remember.
- Easy to understand – If you can hear the lyrics (song words) easily, you’ll pick them up quicker and learn quicker.
- Great storytelling – So much of speaking a language is about being able to tell a story. I’ve chosen some of these bands for their great storytelling.
- A link to culture and humour – Music, culture and humour (sense of comedy) are closely connected to language.
- Good use of idiomatic language – Idiomatic language (phrases, phrasal verbs, idioms, proverbs, etc.) are a key part of learning a language.
- Powerful “earworms” – This is a new word in English, borrowe from the Germans. It means that the song will stay in your head for a long time. If it stays in your head, you’re repeating it and learning faster!
And The Saddest Song ever Sung
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