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Use Songs to Improve your English Listening

Singing songs is a fun way to improve your English listening and increase your vocabulary. You'll need the LYRICS (song text).

Follow the 3 steps described in How to Improve your English Listening.
In step (1) HEARING the text, you can check what you hear with the lyrics, or have a look at where you can practice your listening with songs or...
sing karaoke. There are gaps in the lyrics (different for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert levels), and you can replay each part of the song as many times as you like before you checking your answer.

You need to understand the concept of "rhyme". Many songs use rhyme (similar sounds) at the end of sentences, which can help you guess the words.
For example the song the song "Way Back into Love":
I've been living with a shadow overhead
I've been sleeping with a cloud above my bed
I've been lonely for so long
Trapped in the past, I just can't seem to move on!

In step (2) UNDERSTANDING the text, looking up the background and meaning of the songs at songfacts or genius can help you understand the song better.

In step (3) copy the PRONUNCIATION, singing along is more fun than reading the lyrics out loud.

- Websites from English-speaking countries generally have the best quality lyrics. Use for example or
- A subtitled (karaoke) version of the video may be available online. Look for example at my playlist "Recent Hits with Subtitles" for some newer songs.