In a previous post, I talked about how music and language are linked and how music is a universal language. We start by learning letters and words in speech, as we do with pitches and rhythms in music. As we grow, we learn more words that can add to our communication abilities with others to provide nuances and more accurate information. You might be thinking, but what about music? It can't communicate like that. Actually, music is great at communicating feelings and those nuances - just see this article from Dartmouth College!
The Music & Language Learning Center offers group classes and tutoring in several languages (Spanish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, and French) and in various facets of music (Music History, Appreciation, Theory, Composition, and Conducting). Did you ever think about why music and language are linked together? Or how they are very much the same? In this blog, we are going to uncover the connections between music and language.
Grammar is a key component of any language. It provides a structure in which vocabulary can be arranged into a comprehensive sentence and a method for speakers to express themselves in conversation.
In my early days as a student, I always found that learning songs helped me build my vocabulary. Do you remember the songs that we learned to be able to learn the alphabet or even the days of the week? Even though learning a new language can be challenging, by adding music to the mix can make the process more enjoyable and effective. In this blog, we'll break down the straightforward ways in which music enhances language learning.
Portuguese literature boasts a rich tapestry of stories that captivate readers of all ages. For young readers in particular, immersing them in the enchanting world of European Portuguese children's books can be an excellent way to foster a love for reading while providing cultural insights. In this curated list, we'll explore some of the best European Portuguese children's books that promise to delight and inspire young minds.
Are you wanting to find ways to introduce your kids to European Portuguese through song? Learning songs in a different language is a great way to gently introduce the language to your children. There are a variety of benefits - it can help them improve their listening skills and pronunciation, and learn vocabulary and sentence structures. There’s also a 2018 study from MIT that stated that music can be “beneficial in improving language skills, and possibly more beneficial, than offering children extra reading lessons.” To gently introduce European Portuguese to your learner, check out these songs!
Learning any language can be an exciting and rewarding journey. It is important to set clear goals to stay motivated and find quality resources to help you in your journey. The psychologist, Richard Mayer, developed The Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, which focuses on how learners process and understand the information presented through different multimedia modalities, such as text, visuals, and audio.
How can this theory be applied to learning songs in another language?
Portugal is a country with a rich cultural heritage, with ramifications throughout time and space. In this series of blog posts, we’ll briefly go over Portugal’s history, traditions, and cuisine, and hopefully understand a bit more about the country and its people.
Writing a summary of Portuguese history is a nearly impossible task. Not only is Portugal an old country with a long history, this is a complicated history that has been thoroughly whitewashed.
So you’re considering learning a new language. Maybe you’re moving to a Portuguese-speaking country, or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, choosing a language to learn is the beginning of a long journey, so here are 6 reasons for you to learn Portuguese.
While growing up in Portugal, my favorite TV program was Cartoon Network. I woke up early on Saturdays to watch the Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends… In English. With no subtitles.
I and many other people my age were exposed to English early on, which allowed us to start getting used to the language while relatively young. This, allied with the fact that it’s uncommon to dub films in Portugal, made learning English a lot easier for a lot of people.
While there aren’t a lot of widely available cartoons made in Portugal, there’s a wide variety of dubbed cartoons. In this article, we’ll cover cartoons for all ages.
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