Ileana
Professional Teacher
Language is Music!

Hello Romanian learners!

I've come across this great video of a female polyglot explaining how to learn languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFpzeGoP-Kg

I learnt Spanish, Portuguese and Italian just by watching TV so I agree with what she says.

What do you think?

Let me know which music genre you like and I'll post some youtube links with Romanian music.

 

Aug 5, 2014 12:34 PM
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Ileana:

 

  I will show you some of the simple songs  that are used to teach English in the USA:

 

   Not all of these are in my Notebook Entries, but some are:

 

"Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream."

 

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"Ten Little Indians"

 One little, two little, three little Indians.

Four little, five little, six little Indians.

Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians.

Ten little Indian boys.

Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians.

Seven little, six little, five little Indians.

Four little, three little, two little Indians.

One little Indian boy.

 

   The point of this is that long before American Children  learn to acquire a large vocabulary, their confidence and ability to pronounce  all words is "highly developed".  Foreign Students hesitate, and claim shyness about speaking,  often because they lack confidence in:

 

FIRST:   the correct pronunciation of many words

and   SECOND:   the   correct       making of simple and basic Phrases

 (word combinations which go together).

 

    

August 7, 2014

Bună Vladimir,

Mulțumesc pentru împărtășirea experienței și opiniilor tale.

Cred că această metodă de învățare este foarte eficientă în primă fază, pentru a te obișnui.

La tine ce metodă îți dă cele mai bune rezultate?

August 6, 2014

I still remember snatches of the Spanish songs we were taught at school (as well as trabalinguas/tongue twisters!), and I thought it was a great way to learn, so today I've been trying to find some music I like (and have a chance of following!) in Romanian on YouTube. 

 

So far I've found this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQAwlYHvwGE&index=2&list=PL-wzD5mHB86Kneh96gI6m-NgXK2S1Xf3H

 

I like many of the traditional ones I've heard too.

 

If you know some slowish ones I might be able to join in with please do post them!

 

Mulțumesc,

Norm

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2014

Thanks again for your great advice, Bruce.
English is lovely and much easier to learn than other languages, in my opinion.
Feeling the language is definitely a must.

August 7, 2014

Beyond all of that lesson material of simple "conversational" English is the other element that is frequently missing in   modern teaching.   That is FEELING.

 

  When one listens to the incomparable power of feeling, expressed in such songs as  Anita Baker singing

"Sweet Love,"   a student  discovers one  of the mysteries of the English Language;  that is its ability to convey powerful feeling through sound.

 

     Anita  Baker is not demonstrating  any kind of modesty  or restraint. All is cast aside as she pours out the true feeling from her heart.  This "visceral" element is important to make the study of  a language more than a tedious and boring  job.   Language,  combined with  musical sound, can be a very inspiring, exciting, and truly joyful activity.  Sound opens up nerve channels in the brain and body which are often dismissed when foreign students are taught.  Musical Tones are often the key that are overlooked in language exercises.   Here is the link to Anita Baker.

 

  http://www.italki.com/entry/399051

August 7, 2014
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