Hey everybody ;
I am wondering whether listening to songs can help me in the process of learning a new language or not !!
what's your point of view ??
Hi, that's a nice question. In my experience, there ares positive and negative facts.
- Songs can be remembered easily. But in general, learning a whole block of notions, hardly allows you to interact with language; and in facts, it yields very few but some new words. Piling up song after song (expecting some an "automatic learning") is therefore completely useless.
- Songs are poetry. I personally do not remember lyrics much better than I remember poetry or novels. Even, songs and poems often do not have a descriptive style: so it is a bit difficoult for my mind to grasp a "situation" to stick the new words onto. In this sense, Novels are more effective, and Jokes are perhaps the very best (but I said to myself--it's too easy--so I don't learn with Jokes).
- Songs suggest a passive studying. And generally speaking, this never yields good results.
In conclusion, Language learning mainly needs a creative approach where, thereafter, any kind of material can be useful -- be it songs or news, or movies... I think the best approach is therefore when I already am ACTIVELY SEARCHING in a song, the solution of a linguistic problem, instead than trying to "phagocytizing" a bulk of word-pills by mean of some music-sugar onto.
This goes well for any kind of studying. It is highly better to manage 30 basic words than be confused by many interesting--but practically useless words.