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Singing can help when learning a foreign language
It is a source of national embarrassment – despite hours of lessons and listening to foreign language tapes, most of us A_____________________. However, a new study suggests there may be hope for those who have difficulty with a foreign language – they should try singing it instead.
Research found that adults who sang words or short phrases from a foreign language while learning were twice as good at speaking it later. It is thought that by listening to words that are sung, and by singing them back, the technique takes advantage of the strong links between music and memory.
Although not clearly understood, music is known to help students B_____________________ recall.
Dr Overy said singing could lead to new approaches to learning a foreign language. She said: “Most people C_____________________from songs they have heard and songs are sometimes used by language teachers with young children.”
Dr Overy and her colleagues used recordings of Hungarian words to teach 60 adults. They chose Hungarian as the participants D_____________________language.
The participants either listened to words that were spoken and then had to repeat them back, much like a standard teach-yourself tape, or the words were said rhythmically or sung.
After a 15-minute learning period, they were then given several tests to see how well they had learned the words. Those E_____________________scored highest. They were also better at recalling the words correctly in tests of long term memory. Interestingly, they did not sing the words when they recalled them.
Dr Ludke said the findings could help those F_____________________.
- when studying and can help to start memory
- who struggle to learn foreign languages
- had no experience of learning this
- have experience of remembering words
- who had used the “listen and sign” approach
- can barely order a simple drink while abroad
- facilitate verbatim memory for foreign languages