I think one of the great ways to get our young to learn English is through music. For many reasons. as I outline in this article. It is even better, more inspiring, more engaging when they see their fellow country men/women singing in English! So in this spirit, let's share some of our favorite international artists singing in their second language! Get the full player and lyric book HERE.
Here's a brave singer from Korea, to start off this directory!
Today's offering is a flashback to the first big "cross over" group. An international group that sung in English and had enormous success. Can't guess? Think German. Think Alphaville! They were huge (but still are - check out this 2007 video! Wow!) and they began the bandwagon of "2nd language artists" enjoying great success in the music industry... Enjoy the flashback!
Wow!! This is great. I had no idea they sang in English, besides the odd line here and there in the Korean versions. This will be a great way to connect with my students... especially my one ninth grader who's only spoken English appears to be, "Yo teacher! I am Big Bang."
Today, I get to highlight a group from where I'm presently working - Korea.
BIG BANG is a huge group here and have a cult following. Even better, their English songs are wonderful. Crisp pronunciation and they sound like native speakers! (many of the members lived in America). Here is the English version of
Always. I played this for many foreign teachers at a large lecture I gave and they just loved the language.... :)
Here's the real video and also the karaoke version I produced.
Today I highlight someone who is a blood sake and who I call the "Swiss Bob Dylan" - Stephan Eicher. Oh, how I enjoyed so many, many bottles of wine listening to him in the mountains of Corsica! He sings in 4 languages. This song, is my ultimate favorite, one of Neil Young's. Neil wrote it about where I'm from N.Ont. , about a place just down the road where he stayed when a teenager and I a young, young boy........ big birds flying overhead.... Stephan is the perfect example of an international artist, singing and inspiring through his singing in English....
Wow! Love it! They sure know how to have a good time and deliver and rock! Pure stuff and I even understood their pronounciation. You can't beat good old fashion rock n' roll. Great addition.....