City researchers say singing helps foreign speakers

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SINGING helps students of a foreign language learn how to speak it, according to researchers from the Capital.

Experts at Edinburgh University found that adults who listened to short Hungarian phrases and then sang them back performed better than those who spoke the phrases.

People who sang the phrases back also fared better than those who spoke them 
rhythmically.

Dr Karen M Ludke, who conducted the research as part of her PhD at Edinburgh University’s institute for music in human and social development, said: “This study provides the first experimental evidence that a listen-and-repeat singing method can support foreign language learning, and opens the door for future research in this area.”

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