5 English Songs We Recommend You Sing with Your Child

2017.03.29

Research shows that children who listen to English when they are young have less trouble grasping the language when they get older. For Japanese people, who tend to have trouble with pronunciation, listening to a native speaker is very important. However, it is important to make English learning fun. Music is a great medium for learning a new language because children love moving to the rhythm and it makes it easier for them to remember the words. In this article, we will introduce 5 English songs that are good for you to sing with your little one.

Let It Go/Theme from the Disney Movie, “Frozen”

“Let It Go”, the theme song from the Disney movie “Frozen” is a song that many children already know and it is a great song for learning English. Children can learn Disney songs by watching the movie as well as listening to the soundtrack so they are perfect songs to use to learn English. It may be a good idea to have your child choose a song from their favorite Disney movie to start with.

Top of The World/ The Carpenters

It’s easy to sing lyrics makes this song another great song for learning English. Other Carpenters’ songs are also easy to remember so they are good for older children. For children who cannot read yet, songs with easy melodies are good choices.

I just called to say I love you/ Stevie Wonder

This is a song that everyone has heard before. The lyrics repeat the same phrases many times so they are easy to remember. The song also has a slow tempo and the English pronunciation is clear which make the words easy to understand.

I Want It That Way/ The Backstreet Boys

This song also has a slow tempo, which makes it easier for small children and elementary school children to sing along. The songs by The Carpenters and Stevie Wonder are older songs so it is hard for younger children to recognize them. However, the Backstreet Boys song has a more recent melody, which will make it easier for children to follow.

Twinkle, twinkle Little Star

Although it may not be considered an English song, “Twinkle, twinkle Little Star” is a song that everyone has heard and sung before. It is a popular song for children, which is sung around the world at daycares and kindergartens. This is a great song to help distinguish the difference between “L” and “R”. We also recommend, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It” because they have easy movement activities which help children remember the words and phrases.

Incorporating music to English learning is very important for young learners. Many kindergartens and daycares make music an important part of their curriculum for this reason.

It is normal to not understand the lyrics at the beginning. However, the more you listen to a native speaker’s English the easier it becomes to understand the words and sing the songs. The younger you are the easier it is to pick up the pronunciation. So we recommend that families with young children listen to English songs at home as much as possible.

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