SingAndStudy – Learn A Language By Listening To Songs And Playing Word Games

by Emilio Pérez Miguel on April 20, 2010

SingAndStudy

Name: Sing And Study
URL: http://www.singandstudy.com

For students of foreign languages, songs are one of the perfect frameworks for capturing new vocabulary. The reasons are obvious: songs lasts only a couple of minutes, and some sections repeat themselves over and over. And you have a melody to begin with – a melody that can dote whole segments of the composition with instant catchiness, if not the whole song.

I already reviewed one site for learning languages using videos, but this one is a bit different. Named Sing And Study, it stands as a (paid) Adobe application that you download and launch from your desktop. This application will let you create word games with these videos that you like. That is, you will define which words are missing from the lyrics as the song is playing. This has the immediate advantage of letting you set the difficulty level as specifically as you want. A song can be suited to just anybody, since you will determine what will be removed from where.

For instance, you could take “Like A Rolling Stone” and make filling the gaps something easy:

You never _____ around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did _____ for you
You never _____ that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to _____ on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it _____ when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal

Or you could make it all far trickier:

You never turned around to see the _____ on the _____ and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the _____ horse with your _____
Who carried on his shoulder a _____ cat
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal

And one of the best things of the whole app is that you can actually exchange the sets you have created with other teachers, effectively saving time in the process.

I think we agree, then, that such a system will cater for teachers 100 %. But individuals can also hugely benefit from it – just give the free trial a go and see if it clicks with you or not.

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