When summer comes and the weather gets hot, it can be difficult to stay inside and study English in the traditional ways. That’s why we’ve made a list of some of our favourite songs for learning English so that you can practise your language skills even when you’re relaxing by the pool!
10 Best Songs for Learning English
1. Wake me up- Avicci
With plenty of repetition and a whole load of metaphors for more advanced learners to get to grips with, Avicci’s ‘Wake me up’ is a simple and effective tune to help you practise your English over the summer.
2. Thinking out Loud- Ed Sheeran
This romantic ballad by Ed Sheeran has made it into our top 10 due to its slow pace and repetitive chorus. The song also offers plenty of opportunities to practise the imperative. Practise the lyrics to ‘Think Out Loud.’
3. Budapest- George Ezra
Best for intermediate learners, Budapest by George Ezra is a list of all of the things the popstar would leave for his partner. As well as giving you a great opportunity to practise the second conditional, this song’s quick pace can help you get used to the common English contraction ‘I’d.’ Practise the vocabulary for George Ezra’s Budapest.
This powerful song is so brilliant for learning English because of its slow start and clear lyrics. In fact, for someone new to learning English, Adele’s clear London accent is great for getting used to new words and phrases. Learn the lyrics to Hello by Adele.
5. Someone you loved- Lewis Capaldi
With common idioms like ‘let my guard down’ and ‘pull the rug,’ Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ offers a great range of new phrases for upper-intermediate learners. Click here to learn the lyrics to Lewis Capaldi.
6. All of Me- John Legend
John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ is great for practising phrasal verbs like ‘pin down’ ‘draw in.’ For upper-intermediate learners that would like a challenge, there’s also great new idioms to learn too! Find out how to learn English with John Legend.
7. Shallow- Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
From the soundtrack of the hit film, ‘A Star is Born’ this incredible song from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper offers English learners a slow-paced intro, as well as a wide range of new vocabulary. Practise the lyrics to Shallow here.
8. New Rules- Dua Lipa
Although its lyrics are somewhat fast-paced, New Rules by Dua Lipa is the perfect song for practising the negative imperative as well as common abbreviations and slang terms like ‘ain’t’ and ’em. Practise English with Dua Lipa here.
9. Love Yourself- Justin Bieber
For students who have difficulties with negative constructions, Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ offers great opportunities to practise the difference between ‘did’ ‘didn’t’ ‘do’ and ‘don’t.’ Just look out for abbreviations like ‘wanna’ that might cause some difficulty for beginners. Learn the lyrics to Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself.’
10. Just the Way You Are- Bruno Mars
Last on our list is ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars. For people new to learning English, this catchy song by Bruno Marz allows learners to practise the simple present without difficult accents or phrasal verbs. Practise your English with Bruno Mars.
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