第58話:Learn English through Songs: My Top Picks / 歌で英語を覚えよう

Learn English through Songs: My Top Picks

Just as I have mentioned in my previous blog post, listening to music is one of those things I like doing when I’m free. I mostly do my tasks with some music on. Whether I’m doing house chores, studying or relaxing, there has to be some music in the background to accompany me. Music doesn’t only turn tedious tasks to enjoyable ones but in fact also makes you learn something new. It helps you learn a new language without even realizing it! So without further ado, I’ll be sharing with you artists you can listen to, as well as some recommended songs you will surely enjoy listening  and singing along to all day!
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1. Artist: Taylor Swift
Why listen to her: Taylor mostly writes her songs in a first-person point of view so when you sing along to these tunes, you’ll get to have a feel of talking directly to the listener. There’s also a good variety of words and expressions in her lyrics ranging from simple and casual ones to more complex and poetic lines. Her songs are also relatable and fun to listen to.  

What song to listen to: Shake it off

Why listen to it: You’ll get to learn some useful phrasal verbs. It’s also great for pronunciation because she repeats some words in the chorus.

Taylor Swift:おすすめの理由は、彼女の歌のほとんどが、自分が相手に話しかけているような感じなこと。だから聞き手に直接話しかけているような感じになれるのよね。歌詞にはシンプルでカジュアルなものから複雑で詩のようなものまで多彩な言葉や表現方法が出てくるわ。聴いててとっても楽しいわよ!

オススメの曲:Shake it off

Sample Lyrics (歌詞抜粋):
Phrasal verbs (出てくる熟語)- stay out, get down, come over

I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain.
You could’ve been getting down to this sick beat.
Won’t you come on over baby? We can shake, shake, shake

Pronunciation practice (発音練習におすすめ)

And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Other recommended songs (その他オススメの曲:Mean, Lover

2. Artist: Niall Horan 

Why listen to him: Coming from a well-known boy band that released fun and catchy love songs like “What Makes You Beautiful”, Niall is no beginner in making light and likeable songs. He also doesn't over-pronounce words making them clear enough to catch.  

What song to listen to: Heartbreak Weather

Why listen to it: It is an upbeat song but words are sung in a slower pace. The rhythm of the song is easy to follow. It also uses verbs in different past tenses.

Niall Horan:おすすめの理由 / What Makes You Beautiful」のような面白くてキャッチーなラブソングを提供してた超有名バンドからの輩出、なので彼は明るく感じの良い曲つくるわ。過剰な発音なく歌ってくれるのでクリアでわかりやすいの。

オススメの曲:Heartbreak Weather

Sample Lyrics (歌詞抜粋):
Verbs (Past tenses) 様々な動詞の形が出てくる(過去形)

Andyeah,we were dancing,dancing to Bruno
And I couldn't turnaway from you
And I was blinded by the sparks
I was holding you close in the dark
Finding reasons to stay where we are

Other recommended titles (その他オススメの曲): 
Slow hands, Too Much to Ask 

3. Artist: Adele 
Why listen to her: Not only that Adele has a voice that will definitely make you feel the song’s intense emotions, but she also enunciates the lyrics clearly. Her songs are usually slow and soulful which makes them perfect to learn English with. She also speaks a clear London accent which is great for getting used to new words and phrases.  

What song to listen to: Someone like you
Why listen to it: Great for familiarizing with verbs in the simple past tense.

Adele:おすすめの理由 / その歌の激しい感情を伝える彼女の歌声、これはもちろんだけど、やっぱ発音がはっきりしてることね。彼女の楽曲は基本ゆっくりで魂がこもっていて、英語勉強に最適。発音はロンドン流で新しい単語やフレーズに慣れるのにとてもいいわね。

オススメの曲:Someone like you

Sample Lyrics (歌詞抜粋):
Verbs (Simple past tense) 過去形の動詞が出てくる
I heard that you're settled down
That you found a girl and you're married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things, I didn't give to you
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain't like you to hold back or hide from the light

Other recommended titles (その他オススメの曲): Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

4. Artist: Bruno Mars

Why listen to him: Bruno Mars’ songs are undeniably catchy because of their melodies and lyrics. Some of his songs are also perfect for learning English slang just like his tune titled “The Lazy Song”.

What song to listen to: Just the way you are

Why listen to it: This song is great for beginning learners of English as it helps them practice the simple present tense of the verb. The song also uses simple vocabulary making the song easy to sing along to and understand.

オススメの理由 / メロディーと歌詞ですぐわかるけど、彼の歌は間違いなくキャッチー。「The Lazy Song」っていう曲なんかまさにそうなんだけど英語の俗語を覚えるのにいいわね。

オススメの曲:Just the way you are

Sample Lyrics (歌詞抜粋):
Verbs (Simple present tense) 現在形の動詞が出てくる
Oh, her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful
And I tell her every day
Yeah, I know, I know
When I compliment her she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so
Sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me, "Do I look okay?" I say,

Other recommended titles (その他オススメの曲): The Lazy Song, It Will Rain

Learning a language isn’t always dull and difficult. It can also be fun and easy at times. Good thing we always have entertaining ways to learn a new skill, right? You can listen to these songs for free by going to YouTube or Spotify. You can also listen to them or even download these songs through your iTunes subscription. I hope you take the time to listen and learn a thing or two from these recommendations and let me know what you think about them. Happy listening!

-      Teacher Marilou 



1.     House chore (noun) - tasks such as cleaning, washing, and ironing that have to be done regularly at home (名詞) - 掃除、洗濯などの家事
2.     tedious (adjective)- too long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous (形容詞)-長ったらしくて退屈な
3.     first-person (noun)- a literary style in which the narrative is told from the perspective of a narrator speaking directly about himself or herself (名詞)- 一人称(IWeであらわされる)
4.     relatable (adjective)- that someone can understand or feel sympathy for(形容詞)話される / 関係づけられる
5.     well-known (adjective)- widely or generally known(形容詞)- よく知られている
6.  over-pronounce (verb)- to pronounce (a word, syllable, etc.) in an exaggerated, affected, or excessively careful manner (動詞)誇張して発音する
7.     upbeat (adjective)- lively and cheerful (形容詞)- 生き生きとして元気そうな
8.     intense (adjective)- extreme and forceful or (of a feeling) very strong (形容詞)- 激しい
9.     undeniably (adjective)- certainly true (形容詞)- まぎれもなく

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