Korean through music – TVXQ – Off road

TVXQ are practically an institution in Korean music – they have been topping the charts for more than 10 years and are similarly popular in Japan and other parts of Asia. This is one of the songs from the album released just after their 10-year anniversary. It wasn’t released as a single but I liked…

Korean through music – Big Bang – Let’s not fall in love

Big Bang – Let’s not fall in love (우리 사랑하지 말아요) Big Bang are massive in Korea and all over the world right now so it’s worth listening to some of their music, whether you’re a fan or not, just to be in tune with what’s popular. It can give you something to talk about…

Multilingual: Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Learning new words to a familiar tune can help to get new vocabulary stuck in your head – hope you and your pupils enjoy these multilingual versions of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ English This version gets gradually faster and faster… Japanese 日本語 Korean Chinese (Mandarin) Italian French Spanish German Polish Irish Please let me…

Korean through music – Stand up by J-Min (일어나)

Stand up by J-min This song is the main theme for a popular Korean series, To the Beautiful You, which I have been watching recently. As well as being very catchy it is also quite easy to understand so I would like to use it as a focus for learning some new Korean words. Watch…

Music and TV for language learning

Listening to music can be an enjoyable way of learning a new language or simply getting used to the sounds and patterns of that language. Through music you can learn new vocabulary or reinforce what you have already learned – I love the thrill I get when I hear a new word or grammar structure…

Counting in various languages

Learning how to count can be a challenge in any language so why not reinforce mathematical skills through a foreign language? These songs are catchy so should stick in your mind! Some videos with numbers in various languages English, Spanish, French and Japanese in this video The next video is also in Japanese but includes…

Songs for classroom management

I love using music in the classroom, as a way to set a mood, to reinforce behaviour expectations or as a way to use transition time so it isn’t wasted (e.g. times tables song, etc). Music can be useful for introducing new material, reinforcing through repetition and rhythm or for revision of something we used…

Lullabies from around the world

A beautiful project by Metronome Film funded by the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation. They have animated lullabies from many countries around the world and are planning to add more. Watch the videos below or click through to their website for more information: http://www.lull.ru/eng/ What a great way to introduce…