Learning a language can be tough, to be sure, but it can be made a little bit easier with how you learn it. Yes, poring over text books and using flashcards is a big part of studying. But adding a variety of mediums to your learning process can help you absorb difficult concepts more readily. Plus, it makes the whole thing more fun. From music to movies, here’s how to leverage different forms of media to help you learn a language.
With such a broad range of diverse vocabulary opportunities, movies offer up genres from science fiction and romantic comedies to documentaries and thrillers. Each one can help you absorb not just the mechanics of the language and usage rules but the cultural slang as well. Films that started out as books can add a visual context to dialogue that brings the characters and settings to life, to result in a deeper understanding.
In addition to being a great learning aid, watching foreign films is a social activity that brings people together. You can discuss what’s going on, articulate your opinions and voice criticisms. The addition of subtitles allow you to simultaneously hear and see the words so you can gain a better appreciation of the pronunciation and spelling of words. On top of that, you’re learning a ton about the context in which they’re being used.
Music and language have a lot in common. For one thing, they’re both universal at their cores, and both bring people together. Music can be very unique to an individual but at the same time, it can give us a common understanding about a particular time and place. Both also possess tone, rhythm, melody, volume, pitch, intonation and carefully-spaced pauses.
There are three key ways in which music can improve language learning:
- It improves memorization skills. Here’s a simple example: if someone were to ask you what letter comes before M, you’d probably find yourself quickly reciting the ABCs. Music is such a pervasive part of our nature, we can’t help but use it to match words with song.
- It gives context and application to language. Songs present an environment, a theme and a platform for learning any language because it puts things into context. Music acts like a memory hook, helping your brain associate words with feelings.
- It offers motivation and mood boosters. Sometimes you just can’t help but get happy and involved when you hear your favorite song. By applying language to that technique, you’re setting the tone for creativity and fun.
Learning a new language in an innovative way can be more engaging and effective than traditional rote forms of recitation. Couple movies and music with BRIC Language Systems for a well-rounded approach to learning.