Sometimes it can be difficult to stay inside and study English in the traditional ways. That’s why we’ve made a list of some of our favourite songs for learning English, so that you can practise your language skills wherever you are!
What are the best songs for learning English?
1. Wake me up by Avicci
With plenty of repetition and lots of metaphors for more advanced learners, Avicci’s ‘Wake Me Up’ is a simple and effective tune to help you practise your English.
2. Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran
This romantic ballad by Ed Sheeran has made it into our top 10 due to its slow pace and repetitive chorus. The song also offers plenty of opportunities to practise the imperative.
3. Budapest by George Ezra
Best for intermediate learners, Budapest by George Ezra is a list of all of the things the popstar would leave for his partner. As well as giving you a great opportunity to practise the second conditional, this song’s quick pace can help you get used to the common English contraction ‘I’d.’
4. Hello by Adele
This powerful song is so brilliant for learning English because of its slow start and clear lyrics. In fact, for someone new to learning English, Adele’s clear London accent is great for getting used to new words and phrases.
5. Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi
With common idioms like ‘let my guard down’ and ‘pull the rug,’ Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ offers a great range of new phrases for upper-intermediate learners.
6. All of Me by John Legend
John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ is great for practising phrasal verbs like ‘pin down’ and ‘draw in.’ For upper-intermediate learners that would like a challenge, there’s also great new idioms to learn too!
7. Shallow by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
From the soundtrack of the hit film, ‘A Star is Born’ this incredible song from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper offers English learners a slow-paced intro, as well as a wide range of new vocabulary.
8. New Rules by Dua Lipa
Although its lyrics are somewhat fast-paced, New Rules by Dua Lipa is the perfect song for practising the negative imperative as well as common abbreviations and slang terms like ‘ain’t’ and ”em’.
9. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
For students who have difficulties with negative constructions, Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ offers great opportunities to practise the difference between ‘did’ ‘didn’t’ ‘do’ and ‘don’t.’ Just look out for abbreviations like ‘wanna’ that might cause some difficulty for beginners.
10. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Last on our list is ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars. For people new to learning English, this catchy song by Bruno Mars allows learners to practise the simple present without difficult accents or phrasal verbs.
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