Amazing Songs to Help Learn Foreign Languages

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By The Language Team

Arabic: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PesUuUMWsyI

This is a children’s song in Arabic. Children’s songs are wonderful to learn vocabulary from verbs, to phrases, to idiom.

Japanese: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew4Gh4PIpzk

The vocabulary in this song is common, daily used so, in my opinion, they are very helpful to know these. The song is fairly slow which makes it easy for learners to sing along and memorize new words.

Chinese: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6gsbI35SH4 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6gsbI35SH4 30:47 minutes to 33:42 minutes in

Both of the songs are very slow, so one can hear the tonalities in all of the words. The first song is wonderful because it has many different people singing along to welcome people to Beijing. The second song is sung by people who have learned Chinese as a second language and it venerates the moon festival, which is a huge deal.

Russian: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XjMjizrcZ0

This is a song from one of the most popular Soviet cartoons. The song is touching, positive, and very simple even for beginners. Listening and singing the song might help expose you to Russian culture, getting some understanding of Russian ideas and prospective.

German: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFnaHxjgWTg

This song is from an up-and-coming band in German. The song is touching, sweet, and touches on concepts of longing. The steady rhythm and clear pronunciation makes this sing

Spanish: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVT9Fuq9Zw

This song has slow rhythm and has a specific Spanish vocabulary that is easy to follow. Listening to this song with the translations can help learn the pronunciations of the words. He has no accent and no off-beat rhythm that can make this song hard to follow at any level of Spanish. 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKGbjJarMeA

The repetitiveness of the vocals and lyrics makes this song easy to follow and to understand. This has low vocabulary words and very bouncy and you can even dance to it! Selena is known and listened to and always played in dances, so it’ll be interesting to actually know what she is saying. 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBYO1ZfxxSM

This song is hard to find the meaning, but by breaking down the lyrics and finding the definitions, it can expand your vocabulary. The lead singer takes vocabulary and symbolisms from different cultures to give the song a bigger meaning. This would be for higher-level Spanish speaking students, but is a great example of different Spanish speaking languages and metaphors.

Italian: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2RccC7UCnY

This song is absolutely great. This song will build your vocabulary like adjectives and other descriptive words in Italian and the words are incredibly clear. The song itself is so catchy that you’ll never get it out of your head.

French: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pglCuQ5VLY

Vendredi sur Mer is an especially interesting and creative French artist because she doesn’t actually sing! Her music sounds a bit like spoken word poetry but paired with really catchy electropop beats. This song, in particular, has easy to understand lyrics, so it’s great for French learners wanting something they can groove to while also improving their listening comprehension.

Portuguese: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJJ0C_DeqXc

This song, Como vai você (Eng. How are you?) was composed by one of the most known pop music composers and singers in Brazil and abroad, Roberto Carlos. His style expresses emotions of many Brazilians, especially when he addresses the theme of love which his recurrent in his compositions.

The lyrics of this song can fit beginners and intermediate Portuguese learners. This song can give an opportunity for enlarging students’ vocabulary such as verbs, such as the ones highlighted with bold and a green v. One can practice verbs in the present and past tense in statement and also sentences of commands (negative and affirmative). 2. https://youtu.be/eYF8tR1Zzu4

This song is a great example of a Brazilian Pop song that mixes traditional sounds with modern music. It helps introduce students to Brazilian music and the lyrics are very simple and used in everyday spoken Portuguese.

Latin: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5b7tgkdFH0

So, nearly everyone has heard this song, but little did anyone know the words were in Latin. Listen along for a slow pronunciation of words we’ve never heard. Unfortunately, there is still some speculation as to how Classical Latin was pronounced, but with Medival Latin, such as this song is sung in, we are more certain.


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