It’s simple, really! The thing is that songs are catchy. Did you know that babies can appreciate songs while still in the womb? I think you’ve seen in it on TV; sometimes, expectant couples place a headphone on the expectant lady’s belly so that the baby will grow up preferring a particular kind of music. Sometimes they put on classical music because they believe babies who listen to classical music will grow up to be geniuses since such songs are related to geniuses. Well, you can’t learn much from classicals in terms of language because they contain no lyrics. However, you can learn and understand the pronunciation of a language better by having fun with children songs.
“Hakuna Matata” is Swahili for “No Worries”. These Swahili words among others were made famous by the all-time favorite classic Disney movie “The Lion King”. This movie is very moving emotionally and has some of the most beautiful and catchy songs ever done in movies. Hans Zimmer is an amazing composer. Anyway, back to how songs can help you learn a language. You have already picked up two Swahili words and anyone who has ever watched The Lion King is familiar with these two words regardless of their backgrounds.
Rhymes, Rhythm, and Melody
Children songs are catchy and that’s why we never forget them even during our last days on earth. The brain functions on impressions. By impressions, I don’t necessarily mean something good. An impression can be positive or negative. That’s why we never forget the most beautiful moments in our lives and we never forget the most disturbing moments either. Most children songs are impressive in a positive way. This is particularly true for children. It is their first time hearing such wonderful rhymes, lyrics, and songs. You can imagine what a wonderful time they have listening to them. It is like hearing the most beautiful song, only that this is the first time you have ever heard something like that. You can imagine the bliss in their innocent and innocuous little hearts. Now combine that with the lyrics in the songs, repeat it a couple of times, and just like that, the words stick.
A, B, C, D….E, F, G, H…. 1, 2, 3, 4….5, 6, 7, 8 – that’s how children learn the alphabets and how to count. If you look at the alphabets for the first time, they are an abstract concept. The same is true for numbers, especially considering that numbers can go all the way to infinity and beyond. Songs enable children to at least remember the alphabets and count from one to ten. When you are learning a new language, be it whatever or whatever, if you can find some children songs that are used to grasp the basics of the language, regardless of your age, don’t be surprised if you get it within a week. If it is an adult, it is even easier because an adult has a better understanding of what is taking place and he or she has a better chance of mastering the song. It is a two-step process. First, know the song, and then afterward brake it apart to figure out what it really means.
Children songs are particularly useful for kids since they are meant for them. For an adult, unless you are still in contact with your inner child, learning children songs may seem a bit ridiculous and, of course, childish. Nevertheless, it is how you look at things that make them so. If you are fun and open-minded, you’ll realize that you never really grew up. Only those who think they did are the ones who are unhappy and unable to make progress in their lives. I’m not saying that you should become a child to be successful in your endeavor. I am, however, saying that given a chance, your child will learn his or her native language faster through song. In addition, if you are an adult learning a new language, you’ll also find it easier to pick up the language by exploring a couple of native children songs.