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Songs and Learning English

The usage of songs while learning a foreign language can be a very useful tool. It can help us avoid daily routine of grammar rules and boring exercises, it can become a great motivator for those students who are not that brilliant at mastering the barren language. Remember yourself muttering a line or two from a popular song no matter what language it is in. You copy the rhythm, the melody and the words just as you’ve heard them. What if you make an effort and find the lyrics, learn the lines and try to understand what the song is about? No doubt your language skills will only benefit from this. You can acquire new vocabulary, identify familiar grammar constructions and of course while repeating you practise your pronunciation.

 

However, there are several pitfalls which you should be aware of: vocabulary used in songs isn’t always of everyday use, you should keep in mind that lyrics are in the first place poetry and you know those poets! It’s difficult to define who or what they mean when they rhyme the word “love” with a “dove” – if it is a bird, a beautiful woman or a political leader.

English is not only an international language of business and travel, it also plays an important role in music – many singers try to release albums in English to be recognized all over the world. So, be wary of singers who come from countries where English isn’t a mother tongue. Their pronunciation sometimes leaves much to be desired.

And one more drawback which often discourages teachers of English from using songs at their lessons is faulty grammar. For example, we were strictly warned against usage of double negation in the sentence. Still, this phenomenon comes in many songs –“We don’t need no Education” (Pink Floyd).

Today we start a new series of exercising your language through songs. We’ve chosen a golden collection of worldwide known songs. And we will be glad to get Данный адрес e-mail защищен от спам-ботов, Вам необходимо включить Javascript для его просмотра. as to the choice of songs.

Now I would like to introduce Sting’s Shape of My Heart to you.

Shape of My Heart

 

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn't play for the money he wins
He don't play for respect


He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance


I know that  are the swords of a soldier
I know that  are weapons of war
I know that  mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my 


He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades


I know that  are the swords of a soldier
I know that  are weapons of war
I know that  mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my 


That's not the shape, the shape of my heart


And if I told you that I loved you
You'd maybe think there's something wrong
I'm not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one


Well, those who speak know nothin'
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost


I know that  are the swords of a soldier
I know that  are weapons of war
I know that  mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my


That's not the shape, the shape of my 
That's not the shape, the shape of my 

 

So, with this song we got acquainted with some of the cards vocabulary. Let’s revise:

hearts - the hearts

clubs - the clubs

diamonds - the diamonds

spades - the spades

 

 

Now, can you name these:

More enjoyable songs:

 

Like a Prayer by Madonna

 

 

Sail Away by Deep Purple

Денис Краликаускас(Lgroup)

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