Listening to music lyrics is a great help when learning a language!
When native speakers speak, they speak quickly with little break between words. For example, if I pronounced
"lookathat" as pretty much one word, if you speak English, you will probably be able to distinguish it into "look at that". This is because you can understand where the words begin and end.
A team led by Daniele Schön invented just six words: gimysi, mimosi, pogysi, pymiso, sipygy, and sysipi, and after seven minutes of listening to these words repeated in random order, student volunteers couldn’t distinguish between them. It took over 20 minutes for listeners to learn where one word started and the next one ended. 1
The following time, the volunteers were played music and they learned the word boundaries much quicker and better.
You can see the average accuracy is significantly increased when listening to music.
Music can also play a big role in aiding in memorization of words. 2.
How? When you need to think of what letter comes before
K, you probably sing the alphabet song. This is because we can quickly associate a distinct tune with a unique set of memories directly.
Because of music, we can memorize ungodly amounts of information without real effort.
The source also provides steps to memorizing your own song which I'll put here:
- Count the number of syllables of your sentence. In this case, “Un momento, por favor” has seven syllables.
- Find a song or a nursery rhyme with the same number of syllables. This step is the crucial one, so be sure to choose songs you’re really familiar with. For our example, the first line of the chorus from “Do-Re-Mi” fits perfectly: “Doe a deer, a female deer…”
- Now swap the target phrase in place of the original lyrics, maintaining the melody. So this time, you sing “Un mo-men-to por fa-vor” to the tune of “Do-Re-Mi.”
- Repeat as often as possible. This last step is another important one. You’ll find that it can sound a bit awkward at first. Don’t be discouraged and stick with it. Keep on singing until it stops being awkward. And when it stops being awkward, sing it around 30 more times.