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"Music & Education"

Some people believe that listening to music is the best way to learn a second language. Others argue that it is not always appropriate for use as a learning tool.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

One of the greatest achievements of human evolution is music. Different cultures and ethnicity might have different languages, but everyone understands music. Maybe that is why listening to music is the best way to study foreign language. Or is it? Let us view this idea from both sides.

Our minds are tweaked to making out sounds or in other words, we excel in understanding music. Why is that? When the first word was spoken by our ancestors, so did music come to existence. At that time, music was simple, plain and chaotic. It was just a mixture of sounds grouped together randomly. However, as our language became more complex, so did music. There is a bond between music and language, which was forged through millions of years of evolution. That bond, made it easier to study a secondary language through music.

Not just any kind of music will help you with your language study, though. It is the music with lyrics that can benefit you the most. With lyrics, you can learn different intonations, stress, idioms, structures and even a sense of what you are saying, which is very crucial. The reason why you can speak your native tongue so well is because you have a sense of what you are saying. That sense can tell whether you use one word or a phrase correctly even when you do not have the faintest idea of the structure. That is the key to learning success.

I do not recommend using music as the sole way to learn because it is not as simple as it may seem. First of all, you need to have a certain degree of understanding of the language. It makes no difference if you cannot understand even a small part of the song. Secondly, you have to start from the slow jazz or ballad and work your way up to pop and rap. Fail to follow this process and you will find yourself with a tangled and twisted tongue. You will either bite your own tongue off or you will attract wild animals. Therefore, you may use this method alongside hardcore studying to maximize the results.

Music is just another form of language. You will be surprised by how much you will improve simply by listening to music daily. Even so, you need to build up fundamental understandings of the language in order to have the full benefit

Comment from ITP

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