Do you love listening to English songs but don’t always understand the meaning of the lyrics? Do you love to sing along to your favourite English songs and wonder what they are about?
English music is popular all over the world and listening to this music is a great way to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and pronunciation skills.
British English is rich in sound and rhythm (intonation) compared to languages such as Japanese. It is believed that Japanese people and native English speakers develop the muscles around their mouth differently and use their tongues in different ways. When learning to speak with a British English accent, the tone of your voice and the shape of your mouth become very important.
By learning the meaning of the lyrics and practising the correct pronunciation of the words, you will be able to practise English in your own time in a fun and enjoyable way.
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Popular songs often contain idioms, slang and colloquial phrases that are very common in everyday speech but are rarely taught in English textbooks. You will study the sounds that native speakers don’t pronounce (H, Th, etc.), sounds that are not enunciated (T, D), and multiple sounds that are combined when spoken. This will improve your pronunciation and make you sound more like a native speaker.
Many popular artists have come from Britain including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse, Roxy Music, Artic Monkeys, Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Adele, Queen, Mumford and Sons, Jessie J, The Smiths and Muse.
Please choose your favourite song from one of the artists above and inform your teacher of your choice. If you would like to discuss another song or music video, please let your teacher know before the lesson.