improving your pronunciation with music

Singing along to improve your English pronunciation

There are lots of reasons why music is a fantastic way to improve your English and you can find a few of those reasons here.
But, one quick exercise you can do with music is simple – Just choose an English song and learn it! Doing that can widen your English vocabulary and it will definitely improve your pronunciation because you have a clear model to follow and you focus on rhythm and intonation.
In case you are stuck for a suitable song, I have suggested 3 great English songs below. Choose the right song for your level and then try these tips:

  • The first time – Don’t read the lyrics, just close your eyes and listen to the story/enjoy the music
  • The second time – Follow the lyrics and see if you can just silently mouth the words in time to the music
  • The third time – Try to sing along but don’t worry if you can’t keep up all the time. After that, you can check any vocabulary you didn’t understand from the context if you want to but remember it’s not important if you don’t catch every word.
  • Finally, sing along loudly and with confidence – you can even dance 🙂 Make sure that song gets stuck in your head until your find yourself singing it on the way to work, at the gym and in the shower!
    What is great is these ‘chunks of language’ will start to come naturally to you in everyday conversation too and you will be using lovely, natural pronunciation!
    So, that’s all, just choose your song below and get started!
    Oh by the way, let me know if you enjoyed these English songs by writing a comment at the bottom. Happy learning 🙂

Perfect for low levels

Brilliant for intermediate students

(Hmmm, I noticed a couple of mistakes in this one – see if you can spot them!)

A great challenge for high levels

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

8 thoughts on “Singing along to improve your English pronunciation

  1. Hi Nicki, I would like to say ‘thank you’ for the many free exercises with useful links, that offer numerous possibilities !
    Today I’m happy about the lovely songs 😄
    I’m also excited about the specially tailored subscriptions ! I could significantly improve my English skills in a really short time.
    Best regards
    Ulrike – from Germany

    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the songs Ulrike, 3 very catchy tunes 🙂 It really is a fun way to work on pronunciation. Thank you for all your nice comments about my website in general too, that’s great to hear!

  2. Hello teacher, I’m from Venezuela and Im very motivated to learn and improve my english. I heard the first video, it seemed interesting, I was singing too, there was several words I didn’t understant, but I feel cool. Thanks a lot for your great help. God bless you.

    1. Ah Jimy, it makes me so happy that you tried the challenge!! Like you said, it doesn’t matter about all the vocabulary as long as it improves your confidence and you enjoy learning! Thank you for brightening my day with your lovely feedback 🙂

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