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English is a Crazy Language (Humor)

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February 25, 2011

Music is the Language of the Human Soul

 

I enjoy listening to music.  It is an essential part of my day as it re-energizes me and puts me in a good mood.  I listen to music wherever I am and whenever I want to.  As soon as I wake up in the morning, I tune in to my favorite local radio station.  I plug my ears with earphones when I'm walking or jogging.  When I'm commuting on a jeepney, I put on headphones and listen to some good songs rather than listening to the noise caused by vehicles.  I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to jazz, rock and pop music.  Sometimes, music also affects my mood.  When I'm happy, I enjoy listening to upbeat songs or danceable songs.  But when I am stressed, I would rather tune in to acoustic songs or soft music to help me relax a bit.  Do you like listening to music?  I'm pretty sure that most people do.  I think that the reason why many people like music is because songs help them express their thoughts and feelings.  Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author for children's books, once said, "Where words fail, music speaks."

 

 

Did you know that music helped me learn to speak English well?  When I was still three or four years old, my father used to play songs by The Beatles on our old radio cassette player.  The good thing was, I not only successfully memorized the songs but I improved in my English pronunciation and vocabulary as well.  Here is one Beatles song that I really like.  It is entitled “Here Comes the Sun.”

 


For the lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/here-comes-the-sun-lyrics-beatles.html

 


Studies have shown that  the brain areas involved in music are also active in processing language.  What does this mean?  It means that learning a new song can actually improve your English skills especially in areas such as pronunciation and intonation.  Isn’t that amazing?  If you are a music lover like me, try learning some songs in the language you are studying.  This is a fun way to improve your pronunciation and vocabulary.  Learning how to pronounce a foreign language like a native speaker is difficult -- but definitely not impossible.  Spend some time tuning your ears to the sounds and rhythm of the English language.  Try this song entitled, "Somewhere over the Rainbow."  It was originally sung by an American actress named Judy Garland for the movie The Wizard of Oz.  The one featured in the video below is a song cover by Jason Castro, a finalist in the hit TV show, American Idol.   A song cover is a contemporary version of an old song.

 

For the lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/somewhere-over-the-rainbow-lyrics-norah-jones.html

 

 

  Pay attention to the shapes his lips make, and also to his posture and any gestures he makes.  Then try to mimic them.  Look up all the words that you don’t know the meanings of with a dictionary.  Identify the different grammar points by performing a search in books and online.  If you still find this difficult, you can always consult your My Skype English teachers.  That’s exactly what we’re here for!  Like I always said, it is important for you to become familiar with the "rhythm" of the English language.  Enjoy!

 


*Be careful though with the choice of songs you listen to.  Some songs today contain foul language and poor grammar.  

 

 

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