Practice Body Part Names through Songs

For children, there are plenty of songs that help them learn and practice body part names. “The Hokey Pokey” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” are both great examples.

For adult learners of English, there a lots of options too. Just look at this list of songs with body parts in the title.

I’ve discovered one song in particular that includes lots of body parts in the lyrics: Rihanna’s “California King Bed.” The singer also repeats many of the body parts, making this an ideal song for listening practice.

“California King Bed” -Rihanna

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The Simple Past in Miley Cyrus Mashups

A lot of people are talking about Miley Cyrus these days. She has had her controversial moments, but you can’t deny that “Wrecking Ball” is a quality song. It has inspired a lot of mashups with other popular songs.

For those studying English, “Wrecking Ball” also includes many examples of the simple past. You can complete a fill-in-the-lyrics exercise below to test your listening skills.

  • Mashup of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons
  • Mashup of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “Sweet Dreams” by Beyoncé

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Practice WH Questions through Songs

I am firm believer in language learning through music. According to The Telegraph, listening is a fundamental part of the language learning process. A common mistake we make is simply not doing enough of it. 

Here are some songs to help you practice the WH question words. Listen for them! 🙂

  • WHO…?

“Who do you think you are?”

“Who’s gonna save the world tonight?”

*Gonna = going to

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