Learning a song may be helpful to get the right rhythm and nuance of the target language. Recently I found a new song that touches my musical interest and linguistic interest.

Actually my English is poor enough that I could hardly understand what the song was exactly saying. Oh my! I could catch the meaning only after lots of Googling.  (... and found lots of wrong translations, because of the metaphoric phrases of the lyric.)

Halo by Beyonce.

Sang in a very fast spoken way, perhaps in Afro-american accent, it's extremely difficult for me to even mimic the sound. Trying to adapt myself to the song, I found that I wasn't aware of lots of speaking habits of the native speakers. Those habits are not heard without careful and analytic listening, however yet, if I pay a very good attention, then I can listen out all the details and pieces of the muted words.

Phrase after phrase, sentence after sentence, I had to repeat and practice by hearing multiple versions sang by different persons (thanks to Youtube), to catch the exact way of those schwa/muted words. Even several dozens of repetition isn't enough to make myself wording and rhythming comfortable to this song.

After detailed analytic listening and understanding, with lots of repeated practice myself, I'm a bit accustomed to the song, and I can now hear what the singer trying to say, without distraction caused by the native speakers' habits. 

Without proper understanding and thorough absorption of those speaking habits, I could never be even close to singing the song. Anyway, this is my next target song of my Piano journey. I'm sure that I can sing in a lot varied ways comfortable within my voice range (low and narrow) for my Piano practice, without any strangeness, yes, after I fully absorb the native speaker's accent.

--2014-04-17.


Here goes the lyric..



Halo by Beyonce.

Remember those walls I built.  Well, Baby, they're tumbling down. 

And they'dnt even put up a fight. They didn't even make a sound.


I found a way to let you in. But I never really had a doubt. 

Standing in the light of your halo, I got my angel now.


It's like I've been awakened. Every rule I had you breakin'. 

It's the risk that I'm takin'. I ain't never gonna shut you out.


Everywhere I'm looking now. I'm surrounded by your embrace. 

Baby I can see your halo. You know you're my saving grace.


You're everything I need and more. It's written all over your face. 

Baby I can feel your halo. Pray it won't fade away.


I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo. 

I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo.


Hit me like a ray of sun. Burning through my darkest night. 

You're the only one that I want. Think I'm addicted to your light.


I swore I'd never fall again. But this don't even feel like falling. 

Gravity can't forget. So pull me back to the ground again.


It's like I've been awakened. Every rule I had you breakin'. 

It's the risk that I'm takin'. I'm never gonna shut you out.


Everywhere I'm looking now. I'm surrounded by your embrace. 

Baby I can feel your halo. Pray it won't fade away.


I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo. 

I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo.


Halo, halo


Everywhere I'm looking now. I'm surrounded by your embrace. 

Baby I can see your halo. You know you're my saving grace.


You're everything I need and more. It's written all over your face. 

Baby I can feel your halo. Pray it won't fade away.


I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo. 

I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo.


I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo. 

I can feel your halo halo halo. I can see your halo halo halo.


Posted by nomota multilingual

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