Yes, you can learn a language by listening to songs in the language.It’s easier for us too since it’s accessible and English is not so foreign. It’s all around us! Songs are best used to see the flow of the language. How something connects to something else. But some songs are a a little too creative when it comes to grammar (many are, in fact) – so here are some of my top picks of songs unrecommended for learning grammar!
The Way I Are – Timbaland
I guess you can tell why even from the title alone, isn’t it? But just to make it clearer, here are the snippet of the lyrics:
Can you handle me the way I are?
Okay fine, maybe he was trying to be different or show that he’s proud of being who he is (a different and unique individual), well, point taken. Still doesn’t make the sentence grammatically correct. Whenever you are talking about yourself, use “I am.”
“I am singing.”
“I am listening to Timbaland.”
“I am proud of who I am.”
You use “are” for you and they.
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
I want your love and I want your revenge,
you and me could write a bad romance.
If you break the sentence into two, it will sound like this:
You could write a bad romance.
Me could write a bad romance.
See why you shouldn’t use you and me here? It should’ve been you and I could write a bad romance.
FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
Now I’m Four Five Seconds from wildin’
And we got three more days ’til Friday
I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’
I swear I wish somebody would tell me
Ooh that’s all I want
First of all, Rihanna is trying to be creative by creating a word “wildin’” – I think she means to go crazy.
Try not to use this word in exams!
Woke up an optimist, sun was shining I’m positive
Then I heard you was talkin’ trash
Hold me back I’m bout’ to spaz
“Then I heard you were talking trash.” Not was.
Was is for he, she, it or I. For you or they, use were
Lay me Down – Sam Smith
In that sense, the title of the song is not wrong, as could imply that someone should place him (or his body) somewhere, but this sentence is not quite right:
Can I lay by your side?
Next to you
It should’ve been “Can I lie by your side” instead, because this would mean he wants to voluntarily lie down next to his lover, and not that he wants to be “placed” there by someone else.
Or… does he?
I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepson
I really, really, really, really, really, really like you.
And I want you.
Do you want me too?
We like the song. It’s catchy, it’s playful, it’s Carly! (call me Maybe is still stuck in my head, by the way!)
But when in more formal situations, try not to use “really” five times for emphasis, alright? There are other words to indicate a strong emphasis for “like” – see how the song would look like if we use each of them:
I strongly like you
I terrifically like you
I extremely like you
I awfully like you
But of course, that wouldn’t make a catchy song!
So, there they are! Please don’t get turned off from enjoying these songs. (Sam Smith is personally one of my favourites) – From now on you can listen to these songs and know what mistakes that exists in these songs!
If you have any more songs that you would recommend to be unrecommended,to write to me! Until next time!