September 2, 2020
Learning through songs is not just something for children. In fact, learning a language through music is a great way to assimilate syntax and enrich your vocabulary. It also helps with memorization and makes it much easier to learn and remember new words!
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How can I use Chinese songs to improve my Chinese?
Using music to learn Chinese is one of the best and most fun ways to improve your listening and reading skills. It is a great way to acquire more vocabulary and to experience Chinese culture at a deeper level.
One of the great things about Chinese music, in general, is that every music video and song you play has accompanying lyrics, so you can always sing along. Karaoke culture is also very big in China, so knowing some Chinese songs will definitely help you next time you go to KTV with your friends.
It is best to start out with slower songs until you have built the confidence to sing faster or even start rapping! For now, here are some famous song suggestions to get you started:
Tian Mi Mi by Teresa Teng (an oldie but a goodie!)
Mingming Jiu by Jay Chou
Paomo by G.E.M.
Yanyuan by Joker Xue
Say It by Luhan
PengYou by Zhou HuaJian (another great classic)
Where can I listen to Chinese songs?
These apps can each provide you with a new playlist every day based on your listening habits and preferences, thus making it much easier to discover new music. You can even download the songs for free!
Popular streaming apps and services such as iTunes and Spotify also work in China. If you are outside of China, YouTube Music is another great place to search for Chinese songs.
Here is a list of music-related vocabulary to get you started:
|个性电台||gèxìng diàntái||personal Radio|
|新歌推荐||xīngē tuījiàn||new song recommendation|
|最新专辑||zuìxīn zhuānjí||latest album|
|流行音乐||liúxíng yīnyuè||popular music|
|古典乐||gǔdiǎn yuè||classical music|
|传统音乐||chuántǒng yīnyuè||traditional music|
|电音||diàn yīn||electric tone|
|声音太大了||shēngyīn tài dàle||It is too loud|
Put on your dancing shoes
No matter where you are in your Chinese language learning journey, you can use music as a fun and inspirational way to improve your speaking (and singing) skills. You will also learn more about Chinese pop culture and the music scene in general, so why not give this learning method a try and listen to some Chinese songs today?