Use Songs to learn Chinese: MSG Playlist #3

MSG Weekly Playlist #3

Studying flashcards everyday to learn vocabulary can be a drag. To mix things up, you can listen to music and pick up new vocab while improving your listening skills. Singing AKA studying in the shower can also help you fit study time into already overbooked days. Unfortunately, few Chinese learning sites online recommend true bops; 小苹果 (the song everyone inextricably recommends) is great for karaoke, but can drive you crazy if you listen to it too many times. So, Mandarin Study Guide will be adding 4 new songs to our Spotify playlist every Wednesday. We will post key vocab terms, lyrics, and translations for each song. Most importantly, each song will be enjoyable to listen to – the goal is to stealthy integrate studying into free time, so the music needs to actually be good.

This week’s selections are popular pop, R&B, and rap songs. If you are new to using music as a study technique start with #4 Okay. It is mostly in English and easy to understand.

In addition to the key words + translations listed below, flashcards for the key words for week three can be accessed on Quizlet (Quizlet for week one, week two). If you’d like to study the key terms in Anki, follow our importing guide to convert the cards over from Quizlet. Happy listening!

Lyrics, Translations, Key Terms, and Music Videos for Playlist Songs

#1 Manta by Lexie Liu

#2 曖 Tensions by 孫盛希

#3 Airplane Mode by 9m88

#4 Okay by Jackson Wang

Let us know in the comments below if you’d like us to include any specific songs in next week’s playlist. Or if you decided after this post that using music to learn Chinese isn’t for you, but you’re still looking for ways to study Chinese outside of just using textbook and flashcards, then you should consider using poetry to learn Chinese. Like always, if you enjoyed this post please make sure to share it or tweet about it!

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