Languages by Lyrics is a Mac OS X application for utilizing song lyrics and music to augment learning a foreign language.
Remember how you learned your ABC's?
Lyrics with music can be a powerful tool to assist with learning a foreign language. When words are combined with rhyme and music, the human brain can more readily retain the words in a natural way. This accelerates acquisition of vocabulary and thinking in the new language as opposed to just memorizing it. Music makes learning a foreign language fun.
This application assists with adding lyrics and translations to foreign language songs that are already purchased and downloaded in the user's iTunes library. Two different learning exercises are included. The first exercise prompts the user to select the correct original lyric text while the song is playing. The second exercise prompts the user to select the correct translation for each lyric while the song is playing.
The application is free and includes two exercises for learning the song lyrics. The Pro Version can be purchased In-App and includes three additional advanced exercises to fully master learning the lyrics of a song.
Once a song is learned it can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime to facilitate long-term retention of the language.
User interface updated for a cleaner appearance and more intuitive functionality. Facilitated searching for song lyrics and translations with the user's default web browser. Updated for macOS 10.14 and higher. Implemented macOS Dark Mode. Fixed a bug involving retrieving artwork from the user's iTunes library.
Ratings and Reviews
Warning waste of money$$
i want my money back…..Can not even translate Mi casa es su casa…. Also does not read or recognize most of my iTunes library. Not worth it be warned!!!!!!
A Supplement for Learning a Foreign Language
I have been studying Spanish for a year now. Over the year I have acquired a fair number of Spanish songs. Before this app was available, I initially tried to learn the meaning of the songs by searching the web for the original language lyrics. I would then copy the lyrics and paste them into my word processor. I would then try to find a translation in to English or use one of the automated translation services on the web. Finally, I would then try to pair up each translated lyric phrase with the original lyric phrase. This was very tedious and took a long time. In the end, I had to hold a printout of the document and read it as I listened to the song. The only way I could test myself was by covering up part of the paper with an index card as I listened to the song.
Then I found this app! It does everything I did by hand, but it automates much of the process. It allows me to quickly get the lyrics and the translations. It has some powerful editing tools (spell checking in different languages, ability to combine lyric phrases, split lyric phrases, etc.). In a short time I have the lyrics and translations ready. Then I can start using the exercises in the app to learn the lyrics. The first exercise is easy and passive. The next one is harder. The last one is a little harder yet. But when I am able to do the last exercise, when I hear the song while driving in my car, I automatically know the meaning. It has been a fantastic supplement for learning a foreign language.
Great Suppliment for Learning a New Language
I am in the process of trying to learn Italian. I'm using a combination of Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur CD's, and listen to a LOT of Italian music…as well as watch Italian movies with subtitles! In other words, immersion. This app is a wonderful supplement for 1.) learning/seeing the lyrics in Italian for some of my favorite music, 2.) practicing already acquired language by way of learning the translations, and 3.) learning new vocabulary via the lyrics of these songs. I've always been able to remember so much more via music (think of all the preschool songs that TEACH!), and now I find myself beginning to sing along with the two songs I've downloaded and worked on with this app. Not only singing along in Italian, but KNOWING what I'm singing! This probably isn't an app for someone just starting out, but is very helpful when one has become a bit familiar with the language they are trying to learn. Why? Well, often the online translations are a little goofy (afterall, it's computer generated and cannot know the human inflection or purported meaning of a phrase), and when one is somewhat familiar, the ability to make corrections to what IS correct is a good thing. One also needs to be aware that due to copyright laws, the lyrics found online can't be "zapped" into the app; you have to highlight, then click the "Acquire Lyrics" button, then they immediately appear in the app. Overall, I would recommend this app for a serious language learner. It's another great tool that, when combined with other methods, really facilitates a proven method of learning.
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- First Solo Software, LLC
- 3.7 MB
- Requires macOS 10.14 or later.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2012 First Solo Software, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Version $9.99