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Unlocking Brain Power Through Music


The cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language are widely recognized, ranging from improved memory and problem-solving abilities to enhanced multitasking skills. However, the road to language proficiency can be arduous when traveled through traditional methods alone. An intriguing and scientifically supported strategy to accelerate this journey is through music—specifically, by engaging with the lyrics of foreign language songs. Let’s explore how the melodious waves of music can enhance language acquisition.

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Dernière Danse by Indila

Tristesse by Zaho de Sagazan
Song Playback Speed 75%
Zaho de Sagazan (born December 28, 1999, at Saint-Nazaire, France) is a French singer, songwriter and composer with influences combining classic french chanson and electro.
She is daughter of French artist Olivier de Sagazan.

Addiction by Xiao Bing Chih

Master Chinese through music by learning the heartfelt lyrics of this popular song. Enhance vocabulary, improve listening skills, and immerse in Chinese culture.

Hanoï Café by Bleu Toucan

Learn French Lyrics to Hanoï Café by Bleu Toucan. Discover the joy of learning French through music! Engage with songs to enhance vocabulary, pronunciation, and cultural understanding.

The Beginner by Joker Xue

The Beginner by Joker Xue
Song Playback Speed 100%
Joker Xue is a Chinese singer-songwriter and record producer. Formerly known as Jacky Xue, Xue is known for his hit songs and stage charisma with his signature musical style. Since his 2006 debut, Xue has produced a string of hits detailing love’s triumphs and woes.

The Dark Plum Sauce by Ronghao Li

Li Ronghao is a Chinese singer-songwriter, actor and producer. He has released six studio albums, three EPs, and won the Golden Melody Award for Best New Singer in 2013. He has also acted in three movies, most notably the hit movie Duckweed

Tristesse by Zaho de Sagazan

Tristesse by Zaho de Sagazan
Song Playback Speed 75%
Zaho de Sagazan (born December 28, 1999, at Saint-Nazaire, France) is a French singer, songwriter and composer with influences combining classic french chanson and electro.
She is daughter of French artist Olivier de Sagazan.

J’ai demandé à la lune by Indochine

J’ai demandé à la lune by Indochine
Song Playback Speed 75%
Indochine is a French rock and new wave band formed in Paris in 1981. They became very successful in the Francophonie, Europe and Latin America in the 1980s, with songs like “L’Aventurier” and “Canary Bay”.

Demain c’est toi by Zaz

Demain c’est toi by Zaz
Song Playback Speed 75%
Isabelle Geffroy, known professionally as Zaz, is a French singer and songwriter who mixes jazz, French variety, soul and acoustic. She is known for her single “Je veux”, taken from her self-titled debut album, released on 10 May 2010. Worldwide Zaz has sold over 5 million albums, including 2 million outside France. 

The Science of Learning Languages with Music

Music and language are intricately linked within our brains. Research has demonstrated that exposure to music can facilitate language learning in a variety of ways:

  • Improved Memory and Recall: According to a study in the journal “Memory & Cognition,” learning new phrases in a song format can lead to better recall. The rhythmic and repetitive nature of music can create a mnemonic device, aiding in memorization and retrieval of foreign words.
  • Pronunciation and Listening Skills: Songs in a foreign language can expose learners to the correct pronunciation and intonation of words. A study by the University of Edinburgh showed that singing in a foreign language can significantly improve learning how to speak it.
  • Cultural Immersion: Lyrics often contain cultural references and colloquialisms, offering learners a deeper understanding of the context in which the language is used. This can enhance the learner’s ability to use the language in a way that’s both fluent and culturally appropriate.
  • Enhanced Cognitive Functions: Music listening and practice have been shown to engage the brain in a way that improves brain plasticity, according to research published in the journal “Brain Sciences.” This increased plasticity can facilitate language acquisition and cognitive functions related to language skills.

Practical Benefits of Learning Languages with Music.

Increased Engagement and Motivation

Music can transform the language-learning experience from a chore to a pleasurable activity, thereby increasing a learner’s motivation and time spent engaging with the language.


With the proliferation of music streaming platforms, access to foreign language music is easier than ever, allowing learners to immerse themselves in the language environment at any time.

Emotional Connection

Music has the power to evoke emotions, and emotional engagement can enhance the learning process. By connecting with the emotional message of the lyrics, learners are more likely to internalize the language.

Strategies for Incorporating Music into Language Learning

Active Listening

Actively focus on the lyrics, perhaps following along with a written copy. This can aid in understanding and memorization.

Sing Along

Singing the lyrics can improve pronunciation and fluidity in the language, even if it’s done privately.

Use Lyrics as a Learning Tool

Analyze the lyrics as a text, translating them, and examining the grammatical structures and vocabulary used.

Repeat Frequently

Repetition is key in language learning. Repeatedly listening to a song can reinforce language structures and words.

Science Based References 

Singing can facilitate foreign language learning

This study by Karen Ludke, which was published in the journal Memory & Cognition, found that people who learned a foreign language through singing were able to remember phrases more accurately compared to those who learned them by speaking.

The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Assessing Musical Sophistication in the General Population.

PLOS ONE, 9(2), e89642. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089642 Müllensiefen, D., Gingras, B., Musil, J., & Stewart, L. (2014).
A study by Müllensiefen et al., which talks about the musical ability in non-musicians and its relation to cognitive abilities including language

Dr. Daniele Schön’s Research

Dr. Schön’s research at the Institute of Neuroscience in France has explored how music and language share processing systems in the brain, and how music can improve language skills in both infants and adults.

Shared Neural Resources Between Music and Language

A paper by Aniruddh D. Patel explores the neural correlates between music and language, indicating that there is an overlap in brain areas used for processing both. Patel’s work is influential in the field of music cognition and its relation to language learning.