Listening to Music in a Foreign Language Helps You Study

Listening to music while studying a foreign language can help you better learn and understand the language. If traditional studying methods are not working for you or you want just a fun alternative to traditional study methods. Here are what researchers have discovered when listening to music to learn a language: 


When you are first learning a new language, the words are going to be pronounced differently than in your native language. Singing songs in another language improves our pronunciation because we try to reiterate the sounds and tones that we hear when we sing, which is less effective when simply talking in another language. 


Song lyrics are a great way to learn vocabulary and the proper context for the use of those vocabulary words. Being able to use vocabulary of a foreign language helps you construct proper sentences and grammar for the language that you are studying. Song lyrics are also a great way to learn idioms and slang terms in another language that you would not typically learn in classroom setting. 


Singing along to a song in a language that you are learning can help you better remember words and their meanings according to researchers. Also, the catchier the song, the better! You really won’t be able to forget your vocabulary words then! 

  1. Linguistic Sensitivity

Researchers have found that learning at a young age can help you have a better understanding of foreign languages in the years to come. Music can have the same effect for those who started studying a language later on in life. 

Here are a few playlists to help you learn languages through music:  


Despacito– Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber 

Bailando– Enrique Iglesias 

Mia– Bad Bunny 

Mi Gente– J Balvin 

Echame La Culpa– Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato 


Grande Amore– Il Volo 

Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)– Il Volo 

Perfect Symphony– Andrea Bocelli and Ed Sheeran 

Con Te Partiro Andrea Bocelli

Strani Amori– Laura Pausini 


La Vie en Rose– Edith Piaf 

Ne Me Quitte Pas– Jacques Brel 

Papaoutai– Stromae 

Je t’aime…moi non plus– Serge Gainsbourg 

Non, je ne regrette rien– Edith Piaf 



By: Gabrielle Cellucci

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