You might be anxious right now. Good music is contagious, and every moment of the day is a right time to turn on a few tunes. Being new to Japan and its culture gives you an exciting opportunity many people never have. You might be interested in learning how to speak the island’s language. Learning a new language can be difficult.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be.
You can make learning Japanese a fun and memorable experience by listening to music. We all did this as children and can still repeat the nursery rhymes as a result. The ability for organized sound to get into our minds makes it the perfect learning medium that schools and universities haven’t thought of.
In this post, we cover why music can be your learning tool and how to use it.
Poets have a way with words. People listen to them for a reason. Japanese speakers are no different when language is taken to heights few people achieve via stanzas and rhyme. This is why learning a language through music can give you a huge advantage. You give yourself the opportunity to see language from those who’ve mastered it.
They not only mastered the words, but they apply their voice in a way that builds your conjugation and daily use of Japanese. Right now, there’s a world of options to start with. You can begin with classic artists or modern performers to better grasp how Japanese has evolved the way English does over time.
Every language is compiled with sounds that require our mouths to find the cadence and to accurately speak it with rhythm. Don’t be surprised if you can’t quickly speak Japanese at the onset. You need to develop your control over the sounds and how they blend with the full alphabet of Japanese. Music, song and lyrics can help you with this.
Just be sure to challenge yourself. Consider the speed of the music you’re listening to, and choose your titles based on this.
The faster you say things, the smoother your ideas come out of the mouth. Muscle memory is key to seeing how and why this works. Taking the time to think about how your lips must form slows you down. You don’t want that. You want to speak with Japanese people, and like any language, this is a competitive bout.
Get your ideas and thoughts out at a steady pace that others can respect.
It’s true; you won’t understand everything you hear in song and music. How many times have you thought a songwriter was saying one thing only to find the lyrics written another way? Welcome to the club. What’s most important at this time is the intent behind the sounds and the way your mouth has to adjust.
Listening is key. The closer you listen to Japanese speakers, the greater your own response is. This is due to the fact that you understand where the other’s person’s mind is. We can easily take for granted how well we are at interpreting our mother language. We forget that we’re actually interpreting it in fact.
Just think back to your days in school when you were asked by the teacher to share what you think a poet was trying to say. The same goes for Japanese, and the level of listening you need to interpret through should not be downplayed.
Now is when we start to have a bit of fun. There’s no point in learning music that you have no interest in. Ask your Japanese friends or teachers about which artists make what music or what genres there are. You get to pick the songs you learn and those you don’t mind listening to over and over again. This is what comes with a contagious melody.
Falling in love with the songs you want to learn is key to making the most of your education. Using music is about learning Japanese in a passive way. You’re also invited to dig more into the Japanese culture to find out what it is that makes people tick in Japan. Culture plays as large of a role in language as the alphabet and sounds do.
Reading and writing can’t be overlooked as you master a foreign language. You may find it necessary to read and write more than the average person just to catch up on the years of Japanese you missed out on. This section is for you. Your start by searching the for lyrics to the songs you like. This requires that you cover the prior step, which is to find music you can enjoy.
If you’re already studying the Japanese alphabet, then this is a chance to make a real impact in your education. Remember, you’ll be having fun with music and song while rhythm plays and melodies harmonize. Read the lyrics, not only to learn about what’s being said, but to see how the writer is using grammar and what rules they follow or break.
Now repeat the reading until you can see the symbols with clarity to understand what each line and stanza say.
It should go without saying that you need to put time into getting your favorite songs down. The same is true for your favorite English tunes. It’s only when you’ve heard them for the millionth time that the mumbling and stuttering become clear words. This is why starting with music you like is key to getting through your education.
As long as you search for fresh, new songs, you’ll get through because each song and its message are new to you. It’s a thrill… At this point, don’t be afraid to use nursery songs for Japanese as you’ll be able to really cover the basics.
There’s a bit of caution we have for you as you take your lyrics to the point of mastery. These lyrics help you to see how Japanese can be used and how to train your mouth to speak it. Now, poetry takes words to levels that not everyone uses day-to-day. You’ll have to create a very fine line between when and where you can use what you’ve learned.
You will, however, discover that learning comes easier and that understanding it is simpler. Consider where to not use your lyrics when speaking, and you can do this by first listening before sharing your ideas.
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