What is Your Favorite Kind of Music?
Do you enjoy listening to music? What sort of music do you enjoy? Do you enjoy music from a variety of countries? Have you ever used music to practise English?
You Can Use KPOP to Practise English?
This week in Spotlight English we feature some music from Korea. Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma explain that this particular music has global appeal and crosses cultural divides.
From personal experience I can confirm that it does! In 2008, I lived in a small English town close to the sea. One day I was surprised to hear Korean music and voices in the house. My son, David, had discovered KPOP – Korean pop music. He was listening to the girl band, Wonder Girls. I was amazed by their music videos and their precise dance routines. Soon even I was singing along to their songs ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Nobody’. I was able to do this because KPOP often combines both Korean and English languages. Later the Wonder Girls released English versions of their songs. They became the first group from South Korea to feature in the US music charts.
You can see the Wonder Girls song “Nobody” in English
Even at the time I thought that this music could possibly help people practise English if they sang along with the music. In fact, many people practise English by listening to music and copying the words. It can be very effective!
This week Spotlight English features the programme ‘KPOP: Asia’s Popular Music.’ Why not listen to the programme to find out more about KPOP and practise English at the same time? You can also see the program on YouTube. Speak out loud with us as we speak slow English. Then maybe have fun dancing to some fast KPOP music!
Listen to the program KPOP: Asia’s Popular Music
Do you use music to practice English? What songs would you recommend for this purpose? Do you listen to KPOP? Tell us about it below!
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