I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Education Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish
Songs teach language. Consider a song like "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega. An American teaching English overseas once told us that students love that song.Recently we asked people on the Special English Facebook page to suggest other songs that English learners might like. Noemi Nito wrote: I'm one of those English students who love "Tom's Diner." I started learning English with "Lemon Tree" by Fool's Garden. Another favorite is "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden. Another person, Asi Tambunan, suggested the song "God Only Knows" by Orianthi. Gyongyi Jako wrote that ABBA's songs from Sweden are perfect for class work. Other good songs for learning English are songs by the Beatles and John Lennon, as well as Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World." Paul Cifuentes says Bob Marley's songs are amazing for teaching. Another teacher, Joseph Deka, says songs by Johnny Cash have always worked in his classroom. He says his students can hear the words, plus the songs often have stories. He also likes "We Will Rock You" by Queen and "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston. He says young children love "C Is for Cookie" by Cookie Monster from the TV show "Sesame Street." Nina John Smith suggested these songs: "It's My Life" and "We Weren't Born to Follow" by Bon Jovi. Also "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica.Aurelio Lourenco Costa Gusmao says he began to like English after his teacher played the Westlife song "I Have a Dream." He wrote: That was eight years ago. I was in the seventh grade. And from that day on, my dream of improving my English skills became attached in my mind. Teachers can use this song to convey the message to their students that they should have their own dream for the future. Aurelio's story was no surprise to another commenter, Katie Kivenko. She especially likes songs by Michael Jackson and Queen. She wrote: When you listen to your favorite songs, you feel emotionally high and it moves you to action.For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal. Do you have any favorite songs for learning English? You can share other music suggestions for English learners at our website, voaspecialenglish.com or on Facebook at VOA Learning English. We are also on Twitter and iTunes.
(Adapted from a radio program broadcast 06Jan2011)
English has been my passion since I was 16,but even that I can speak and read well
I"m still learning and now. I'm teching my older daughter, but some times she doesn"t care,we sang together.
Dust in the wind,wind of change,all out of love, etc...
i start learned english with UPTOWN GIRL a song by westlife band ,in Malaysia for the very first time i used to write the words every time i sing it and i will check it better there is any wrong spelling using the dictionary
ABBA? Bob Marley? The Beatles? Sean Kingston? o.O Nothing wrong with any of these but they all stand out as having unusual accents if you're trying to learn American English (that's shown in this vid). I would have thought songs contain accents as "neutral" as possible would be best for learning English. Although I guess it depends what level you're at - sooner or later you may want to start learning how to understand light accents. :P
a very good song to learn French is "Voulez-Vous coucher avec moi ce soir" from the movie Moulin Rouge by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and .. (I've forgotten the fourth woman's name). However, you should see a doctor, after you sing it to a French female.
My favourite songs for to learn english are: One of Us from Joan Osborne, Lady in red, Girl I´m gonna miss you, party in USA for Miley Cirus, I still believe from Brenda K Starr, I get weak from Belinda Carlisle and other much
this is hussain
I really like your especial english programes and it is so beneficial for me because i want to improve my english and exactly this is the videos which wanted and searched those.
not really they are just putting their favorite songs some of the songs that really helped me are BACKSTREETBOYS'S music WEST LIFE's music and these kind of songs they are super cool and they talk very slow on their music for example on the song incomplete he says I TRIEEEEEED TO GO ON LIKE I NEVER KNEW YOU he said it very slow
True,the songs of the mentioned artists can teach us to learn to speak the english language.But it started only then when I had once heard or listened about the effects of music in the VOA`s program so many years passed
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