Music ~ Musique ~ Música

Popular Music and Language Learning 

Intermediate Assignment:  Complete each blank, then listen to the music video below

You can look at the menu, but you just can’t _______
You can feel the cushions, but you can’t have a _______
You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can’t have a _______
You can feel the punishment, but you can’t commit the  _______

You can build a mansion, but you just can’t live in _______
You’re the fastest runner but you’re not allowed to _______
Some break the rules, and live to count the _______
The insecurity is the thing that won’t get _______

You can see the summit but you can’t reach _______
Its the last piece of the puzzle but you just can’t make it _______
Doctor says you’re cured but you still feel the _______
Aspiration’s in the clouds but your hopes go down the _______

Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame – Lyrics


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Singing along to music of a foreign tongue that you enjoy can be an excellent way to help you learn!  MASTER A LANGUAGE RHYTHM, pronounce new sounds, idioms, and phrases in a foreign language more easily while singing. 
When listening to foreign music that you enjoy, sometimes it may help if you google/read THE LYRICS (the written words to a song).  Also, as you listen to television, regularly use closed-captioning/subtitles of the same language you are learning.    

NOTE:  In every language, many songs may contain bad grammar, non-standard language, and/or self-invented words. Lyrics, closed-captioning, and subtitles often contain mistakes, cultural translation errors and/or misspellings!  

Are You Learning English? These Songs May Help

Doctor! Doctor!

Broken Heart_โฟร์-มด Four-Mod – Thai Pop Duo

Swahili Learning through songs Jambo Song

Jambo, Jambo Bwana, Hello, Hello Sir, Habari gani, How are you, Nzuri sana. Very fine. Wageni, mwakaribishwa, Foreigners, you’re welcome, Kenya yetu Hakuna Matata. In our Kenya there is no problem. Kenya nchi nzuri, Kenya is a beautiful country, Nchi ya maajabu A wonderful country, Nchi yenye amani, A peaceful country, Watu wote, Everybody, Wakaribishwa, is welcome, Hakuna Matata. (mpaka mwisho) There is no problem. 


Do a search on YouTube of new vocabulary for songs containing words that you are learning.

Do a search on Google whenever you would like to have the lyrics to a song.

Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go

Santana ◊ Corazón Espinado (Lyrics)  

Classical Music

(Windows Media Player)

How did I become fluent in 11 languages.

Country Music

Enjoy both videos!

American country music is nice for English-language learners. Country music is generally slow, and nice and usually tells a story.  Country music has a warm, southern twang and is different from standard English.   

George Michael – Careless Whisper (Lyrics)

GENESIS – That’s All – That Song!


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