It’s Showtime!: Using Karaoke to Learn English

When you learn English, your textbook doesn’t have to be your only teaching tool! Living in New York City gives you countless opportunities to immerse yourself in American culture to help you learn the language. Watching movies, exploring the city, and attending local festivals are all fantastic ways to improve your English, but none are quite as much fun as a karaoke night with your friends!

How Karaoke Helps You Learn English

A close up of a microphone

Karaoke gives you the chance to be a rock star by allowing you to perform your favorite songs in front of an audience, without the assistance of the singer. It can be intimidating for those without great singing voices, but it’s a fun group activity for friends on the weekend. The words are displayed on a screen in front of you, so you don’t have to have your song memorized. Performing the songs gives you a chance to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation skills and feel more confident as you learn English. You may start to think about the song’s meaning as well. All this goes a long way to improve your fluency and comprehension skills.

Preparing for Karaoke

You will feel more confident performing if you know some of the words to the song, so you’ll want to choose songs that you already know and enjoy. You might also consider our favorite bilingual songs or songs from our list below, then look up the words online:

  • “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  • “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

You can find karaoke versions of many songs on YouTube, which will play the background music while displaying the words on the screen. The original singer’s voice will be removed, so you can sing along just like you would at the karaoke bar. There are even practice sites, like SMS Tunes and the Karaoke Channel, that allow you to record yourself while you practice. Once you’re ready, hit the stage and sing your heart out while you learn English.

For more information on English language courses, call ALCC American Language at 212-736-2373 today!

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