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Understanding songs (theme: Movie Soundtrack)

Understanding songs (theme: Movie Soundtrack) – Understand the message that is conveyed through the song

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People say that music is universal language.

No matter where you come from or what your native language is, music is something that we can always relate to with people from all over the world. It is also a good and fun way to learn a language. This time you are going to learn English from the movie soundtrack.

Movie Soundtrack or Original Soundtrack (OST)

Movie and soundtrack are inseparable. When we watch a movie, music and songs are always there. Usually, a movie will have its own music and songs called soundtrack to accompany and synchronize with the story.

Up to this point, some of you may be asking “How can listening to songs help us to improve our English?” The following explanation might help you to answer the question.

EmotionalExperience make your learning enjoyable.

The songs can evoke our emotion and make us enjoy the story more. Sometimes, you feel that a certain song is made for you because it describes what happens to your life or it reflects your feeling and emotion. This is because most of the songs are written based on real experience.

Many people could have the same experience and that is why we can relate to a certain song. When you can relate the learning material with your experience or the things that you like, you will enjoy it more; and your brain will work way better when you enjoy the learning process.

Try to listen to this song and feel it. See what kind of emotion that is expressed through the song and how does it make you feel?

Do you know what soundtrack is it?

Get Acquainted with English Pronunciation.

Listening to English songs will help you to be familiar with English words and tone. You can learn how native English speakers say the word, so you will not have any difficulties when listening to people speaking in English. Also, try to sing along when you listen to a song. Listen carefully to what the singer says and try to say the words the same way. Without realizing it, you learn how to pronounce English words correctly.

Learn New Vocabularies and Everyday Language..

Have you ever had a song that always plays over and over again in your mind even without you realizing it? Songs often contain repetitive words and phrases. This will simply make them get stuck in your head. It is really an effective way to memorize new English vocabularies and phrases. Since English songs are intended for English native speaker, many English songs also contain up-to-date everyday language. There are a lot of useful words and expressions that you can use for daily conversation.

The Lyric Helps You Understand English..

Understanding the lyrics will help you to understand the message in that song. If you already watched the movie, maybe it will be easier for you to understand the meaning of the song. If you have not watched the movie, you could still get the gist of what the movie is about through the song.

When you find English songs that you like, try to catch what the singer says. If it is difficult, you can look for the lyrics on the internet. If you do not understand the words, open your dictionary. You can also learn language patterns or grammar from the lyric. When you understand the grammar or the language pattern, it will help you to have better understanding of the lyric. In that way, not only can you enjoy the music, you can also sing wholeheartedly because you understand the meaning.

Try it!

Here is the lyric of the song above.

Song title: A Thousand Years
By: Christina Perri

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.

One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more


There are many benefits from learning English through songs, such as:

  1. Emotional Experience Make Your Learning Enjoyable
  2. Get Acquainted with English Pronunciation
  3. Learn New Vocabularies and Everyday Language
  4. The Lyric Helps You Understand English
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