Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
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I’m pretty sure this is gonna be one of our most played English Bites ever and I can tell you why: MUSIC. It doesn’t matter if you like pop, rock, country, heavy metal… but I’m pretty sure you do like something, at least a song (hopefully in English kkk) and that’s an awesome start if you don’t like to study English. If you like English, so it’s gonna be much easier.
Well, today’s Bite will be focused on how you can improve your English, learn new words, pronounce them better and have fun at the same time. I may be a little biased but MUSIC is what moves my soul and I mean it. If I’m in a bad mood, mad, upset, feeling down and then I decide to listen to a song I like, I normally get better and I quickly have my good vibe and positive energy back. Just out of curiosity, I’m absurdly eclectic – I love all types of music: pop, rock, classical, samba why not, electronic, blues, jazz, Latin, rap, black, new age, R&B, reggae – yeah I do listen to reggae songs – I’m just not really into funk music (I mean, our Brazilian funk). If I’m in a party or something, I’ll probably dance funk (or any other type of music it’s playing) and you know, just for fun but I don’t think I would spend my day listening to funk music. I do respect those who like, but I’m not really into it.
And guys, I must share something with you: I have learned so much from songs. Much more than any book or any class. I’ve always read the lyrics along with songs being played. I still do it and whenever there’s a new song I like, I get the lyric and I try to memorize it. I’ve always learned new words and how to pronounce them from the songs.
But Erika, what about the mistakes we usually find in some of them? Don’t you think you’re being irresponsible by telling everyone to use music to learn English? Are you sure that’s a good way to improve my English?
No and Yes. No, I’m not being irresponsible by sharing that tip with you guys because not only by my experience this has been such a great and a pleasant way to study but also from my friends and followers’ experiences. Yes, I’m sure you can improve your English by listening to music.
Just for you to know, my best friend’s brother, his name is Sandro btw, learned how to speak English and he speaks English fluently just by listening to Michael Jackson’s songs, watching his interviews, shows and whatever you imagine. He was so obsessed with Michael that we wanted to understand EVERYTHING he was saying. And… mission accomplished. Of course it wasn’t easy, he found difficulty… but he used to study A LOT… I mean, 3 or 4 hours per day… he was insanely dedicated to it.
If I could advise you, learn structure, grammar, verbs, vocabulary, expressions in English while you listen to music. I don’t recommend just listening to music like my best friend’s brother. Everything in life is a balance and it wouldn’t be different here. Use it as one of your possible ways to improve your skills, not the only the main one, ok?
Every time I hear a different and a new word, I write in my notebook and yeah, I have a notebook where I take note of every new thing so I can memorize it better and faster. It’s not something I’m just telling you do it. I do it as well.
Another suggestion: Divide your song into sections or sentences. After you hear it, pause the song and repeat out loud – shamelessly ok? Do it with the whole song and again and again and again… until you’ve memorized it. That’s what I do? Hum…. Stupid maybe? Perhaps, but I’m kind of used to doing that and it works for me so, just sharing! It might be helpful to you guys.
Another exercise I like to do is: FIND THE MISTAKE. Yep, I know. Some songs are perfectly fine and we can’t find any mistake (I mean, grammar mistake) at all. But some singers like Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé… usually, have songs where you can try to find at least one mistake like “she don’t” / “Is you big enough” / “it don’t” and so on!
So list your favorite songs. Build a new playlist on Spotify and keep track of the ones you’ve been working hard to improve your listening, grammar, and vocabulary.
Oh and one more very common question: Is there any genre, singer or song I should avoid? Well, I would say that you have to work with what you have. I listen to rap, like Eminem and I do like his songs but for me, it’s quite impossible to follow, I mean, listen, understand, repeat or sing what he says so I always pick other options. But if you love rap for instance, go for it and take it as a challenge I don’t know.
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