Courtney Allan

Sing your way to fluency: How music can help you learn a new language

Sing your way to fluency: How music can help you learn a new language

Learning a new language can take time. It can often require years of homework and tutoring sessions, as well as maintaining personal discipline to study every day.

For those who have studied a language, they know first hand how difficult it could be to learn a foreign tongue, especially if you don’t speak it often.

As repetition and rhythm are two crucial components when learning a language, this is exactly where music comes in.

Earworms MBT Language Learning Bundle is a language learning program based on music.

The reference to “earworms” in the title refers to the phenomenon when a catchy song gets stuck in your head and refuses to escape, no matter what you do.

The course uses the same principle to teach you a new language.

How it works

You simply listen to music that is filled with rhythmic repetitions to start learning a range of verbs, nouns and useful words and phrases.

Before you know it, you’ll be able to navigate common situations and hold a general conversation in a new language.

Listening to music puts you in a relaxed state of alertness, or the “alpha state”. This is not unlike the elusive “flow state” that’s often sought after by creatives, and is considered to be the ideal state for learning.

When you listen to music that’s designed to teach you a new language, you bury the words deep into your aural cortex, which is the part of your brain that handles instant word recall.

You’re able to choose from a range of languages, including Latin American Spanish, Italian, German and French. Once you choose your language, you’re given 200 minutes of continuous audio as well as access to a supplementary phrasebook.