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Singing Japanese songs as a way of learning the language Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Culture

There are many ways of learning a foreign language. How about singing a song in the language of your study? It might be easier to study Japanese this way than learning from the book. I would like to share a story of Nicholas Edwards who has now become such a famous pop singer in Japan.


Nicholas is originally from Portland, Oregon. He studied Japanese while he was in high school.  Learning lyrics of Japanese songs and actually singing them was one of the ways that he used to learn Japanese.

He is now a pop singer in Japan. Below are some of the highlights from his blog site regarding how he learned Japanese by singing songs.



(I think there are still thousands of Japanese vocabulary cards left at my house in Oregon. I can’t remember much about those days when I couldn’t speak Japanese any more.)



(Back then when I was a high school student, my hobby was to listen to Japanese songs over and over with the lyrics on my hand. I wrote down the words I didn’t know and kept on listening to songs by memorizing the words. By the time I knew it, it was often 3 in the morning. I was so into the world of learning Japanese.)


~all from his web site: http://ameblo.jp/0nyk0/entry-11093197638.html


If you like singing, how about try singing some Japanese songs like him? It might give you a different experience of learning Japanese!

You can read more about Nicholas Edwards here including his bio, and how he has become a pop singer in Japan.

If he can do it, I think you can also accomplish the goal of learning Japanese.  As long as you put your mind into it, you can achieve anything!  Good luck on learning Japanese and keep up with your hard work!


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About the Author: keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.


  1. bethany Fultz:

    I would love to know japanese. It seem so awesome to know how to do it. I love it’s customs and traditions.

    • keiko:

      @bethany Fultz Hi Bethany,
      There are many ways to learn Japanese. You just have to find the best way that suits you. 🙂 Good luck!