I was aware of this website for quite some time and really haven’t been using it much to learn languages. As you probably already know, I love learning new words and phrases via song lyrics. If nothing else motivates me to learn a new then music will! I also wrote a post on how to learn languages with music and even included a section in the Ultimate Language Learning Journal dedicated to learning new vocabulary from popular song lyrics. With that being said, how cool would it be to listen to a song and learn new words from the lyrics as you type them in? That’s exactly what Lyricstraining does! I was actually recommended this website by one of my amazing Catalan tutors. She reminded to use this website to learn Catalan using lyrics to popular songs.
Which Languages Does LyricsTraining Include?
At the time of writing this blog post, LyricsTraining has English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan, Turkish and Japanese(Romaji) at the moment to learn. Yay! I can use this website to learn 3 of my current target languages! Or at least two out of three because I can’t learn Japanese with Romaji (or in the Romanised Alphabet) but that’s another post in itself. I hope the add more languages as time goes on. Definitely check back later if your language is not listed there.
How Does LyricsTraining Work?
As you can see from the image above, you’re going to want to choose your level before you begin. What you do is watch the clip and as you’re watching the clip the lyrics will appear and it is up to you to type in the lyrics as quickly as possible. Which means that depending on the difficulty, you will have to type in the lyrics as they are being sung or are about to be sung. That higher the difficulty level, the more lyrics you will be required to type in. If you choose the Expert level for instance, you will have to write down all the lyrics from memory in order to win. Songs are sorted by their specific languages. You will see a flag at the top right of the clip to help reveal what language it’s in. If you want to save your high score, LyricsTraining recommends you sign up for an account. Which is absolutely FREE. However, you do not have to sign up for an account in order to use this site.
It’s a great way to get your listening and writing comprehension in at the same time. I feel like I am making more of an effort to learn through active listening. Rather just listening to the song and hoping I can understand it all the way through. This game requires me to engage with the song and want to learn the lyrics more actively. It also gives you the option to type out your answer or to select your answer. Keep in mind that this website does NOT translate any of the lyrics for you at all. Which means you will need a dictionary on you when you play this game. Assuming if you’re not familiar enough with the language to understand the context.
- Provides a great way to listen to music while typing in the lyrics at the same time.
- Authentic songs sung by artists/bands who are native speakers.
- Incredibly easy to use.
- You can print out the lyrics.
- Typing out or choosing your answers engages
- More songs still need to be added
- Popular languages like French and Spanish have more videos available than languages like Catalan and Dutch
- Japanese is in Romaji rather than in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
- User submitted content can mean that anything could be posted as a result.
- No dictionary or ability to translate lyrics into one’s native language. (Not necessarily a con for me personally. But I am sure others may find it inconvenient having to use a dictionary outside of the website to assist with learning what they just listened to.)
Can you use this as a stand-alone resource? Absolutely NOT. However, it’s a fantastic supplement for those of us who love using song lyrics to help keep our motivation alive. It definitely has a lot of potential to be a great resource but it looks like it still has a long way to go. If you’re learning French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan or German it’s definitely worth a shot. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for Japanese learners until they provide an option that includes Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Why? Because it’s a ultimately a crutch that disables you from becoming literate in Japanese. Not to mention how much it slows your progress down. Again, this will be another topic for another post. Overall, it’s a great supplementary resource. I would highly recommend it to those learning any of the above languages I’ve mentioned.
What do you think? Have you used LyricsTraining before? If so, do you like using or not? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.