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Music is all around us … in shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

It helps us get up in the morning. 
We play it in the car to pass the time and many of us listen to music while running or when we work out in the gym.

The good news is that music can help us learn.
This is how:

Music can influence how we feel.
When we listen to music, our bodies release hormones like dopamine that can make us feel good, motivated and powerful. 

Our brains love music.
Scientists found out that listening to music gives our brains stimuli and keeps our working memory active and so it can help our brain create new neural connections and sharpens our memory.

 Music makes us pay attention.
Have you ever heard a song and couldn’t stop singing or humming it? Right – we all have.
Some songs just are catchy. We hear them and can’t get them out of our heads.


So, let's make use of the power of music.
Let's take ...

 Baby step 2 -  One Song Every Week


There are popular songs we probably hear hundreds of times  - on the radio, in films, in commercials or in shops or bars. 


A lot of them are simple. Often the same words and phrases are repeated again and again.
So why not choose one song per week (remember – baby steps!), look up the lyrics (symply by typing 'lyrics' and the song title into the google search-line), watch the video on youtube and sing along?

 

It’s fun, helps you remember the words and - thanks to all those hormones - can make you feel really good.

 

You probably have your own favourites but here is a short list of songs that can help you get started:

For songs that make you feel happy and uplifted try Katrina and the Waves with Walking on Sunshine (lyrics) or Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (lyrics). 

 

If you want to practice the “th”-sound while singing along you can go for Thunder by Imagine Dragons (lyrics).
Don't be afraid of getting it wrong – nobody is listening 😉! 

 

If you want to feel really powerful, try David Bowie’s and Queen’s Under Pressure (lyrics) and if you want to listen to a native speaker who shamelessly breaks the rules of English grammar, George Ezra’s Don’t matter now (lyricsmight be for you. 

Whatever you choose – pick a song you like, look up the lyrics, grab your earbuds and sing along.

Have fun listening!
Let me know how it works for you and what your favourite songs are.

In my next post I will give you another simple tip that can help you get better at English.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you,

Isabella.

 

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