Language Challenge 180: Week 4 Giveaway

by Corey · 39 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its fourth Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – this time for the book Language is Music! This giveaway will only be open for 6 days, so enter today!

Congratulations to Sarolta who won last week’s giveaway for a free month of access to Petra Lingua’s online language-learning program!

We often forget that language learning takes place in many different ways and comes from many different sources. We pick up language while singing a song, talking with a native speaker, playing an online game or even while watching a video. The key is in finding ways to make language learning feel enjoyable and successful.

Susanna Zaraysky, the author of the book Language is Music, understands this completely and fully. Having successfully mastered 7 languages, she knows what it takes to learn a language well. In her book, she gives us a whole list of tips and ideas that she has learned a long the way for how to make language learning fun, enjoyable and successful in our lives.

Language is Music also helps us understand the importance of a key element in language learning: listening. Picking up an ear for the language we are learning is so important. It helps us hear intonation and pronunciation and helps us become familiar with the “music” of the language we are learning. Susanna gives us tips on how to really hear the languages that we are learning to make it a fun, active and enjoyable experience.

We are giving away a free copy of Language is Music to this week’s winner! Enter below!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us about a song, band, music CD in the target language that you/your children enjoy listening to. Or, if you don’t listen to songs in the target language, tell us about an audio program that you/your children use to help learn the language.


The winner will be chosen at random using’s sequence generator.

Note: Only one comment from the same person will be counted. Replies posted in response to someone else’s comment won’t be counted.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules!

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 Hayley Armstrong March 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I am a professional musician from Australia. I play violin in a mariachi band in Mexico where I also sing in my second language, Spanish. This book would be a really interesting read, as I also work a lot with young kids learning music. Imagine if they could pick up a language while they were at it!

2 JenneferJ March 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Last year for the end of year program for Japanese school my class learned a song in Japanese. It was very pretty. Other than that, I listen to the intro music sequence to the anime shows I watch. Maybe I will find some more contemporary Japanese music at itunes. I will have to go look.

3 Michelle Gannon March 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love SURVIVAL PHRASES CHINESE podcast! The speaker is very easy to understand and the program is relevant.

4 Mary Kay March 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hello. I don’t know of any audio programs in Bambara, but here’s a favorite song of ours. The chorus “Je t’aime. Ne b’i fe. I love you” Allows her to hear three languages in a row. Although we have not started French with her yet, it’s still a favorite.

Also, with the current situation in Mali, (coup d’etat last week) there has been many possibilities to hear news stories in French, English and Bambara, as well as the MANY phone calls to family members in Bamako.

5 Karolena March 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I like listening to Julieta Venegas, Mana and Juanes in Spanish. In Arabic we listen to nursery rhymes and children’s songs- I haven’t listened to much pop music yet.

6 Melissa March 30, 2012 at 1:34 am

My 1yr old son loves Xuxa XSPB dvd’s and cd’s and I have learnt a lot of Portugese from them too. I also like Ana Catalina and Seu Jorge music.

7 Tiphanya March 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

We have this great book : with songs from asia, and 4 of them are in Japanese. My boyfriend knows one by heart, so it’s more or less our favorite.

8 Jessica P March 30, 2012 at 4:11 am

We listen to children’s songs and folk songs in French on cd. Sometimes we even do a jig to them in the center of the room!!

9 Jenny March 30, 2012 at 4:24 am

We love Alain le Lait’s songs to help kids learn French. He is at and also has videos on YouTube. Highly recommend.

10 Karim Siebeneicher Brito March 30, 2012 at 5:40 am

We had the nice surprise of knowing the French music by Zaz when living in Germany. She is one of our favourites now that we are learning French, and my favourite song is La Pluie.

11 Terra March 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

I can’t get enough of Juanes and my son loves Jose-Luis Orozco, but there are so many more!

12 Margareta March 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

We listen to Slovak cds for kids by Podhradska and Canaky. They produced a series of at least 5 cds with all the kids songs I remember from my childhood, folk songs and many others. We have it on at home and in the car. 🙂

13 Kjetil March 30, 2012 at 6:45 am

We listen to a lot of short children’s songs, but two of our favorites (Nįįžú and Hiinúk Wašįga)were created and sung by my husband.

14 Simon March 30, 2012 at 6:48 am

I love listening to Spanish Pandora stations – particularly Orishas and Company Segundo. It’s fun to understand more and more as my learning continues – and to look up words I hear a lot. I think learning a language in music is a nice supplement to the “How much does the camera cost?” content of the lessons I am doing. 🙂

15 Andrew March 30, 2012 at 7:18 am

awesome. I wanna know how you guys are doing with your languages. i have been focusing allot on russian french and portuguese and thinking about picking up turkish. actualy yesturday i spent 2 hours in english, 5 hours speaking russian( i volunteer in translation office helped a russian guy buy a house in town here) and then i speant the rest of the day in french (long lasting french book club at library is awesome way to pick up as well as radio canada) any tips you can reccomend?

16 Amanda S March 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

I have been listening to Disney songs in German. I like them because I know they pretty well in English and it helps with learning new vocab.

17 Maria Rita Castaldi March 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

Many years ago my lovely aunt brought me a tape from Turkey .. It was a tape by a Izel. She has a sweet voice. I was fourteen and I learned the lyrics without understanding them. Now I’ve lost the tape and remember a little bit of words, but I’m studying turkish and I’m happy because I finally understand the meaning of these words.

18 Cynthia H March 30, 2012 at 8:03 am

We like to listen to opera in Italian anytime we have an Italian meal, which is often. We love Caruso and Pavarotti.

19 Crystal Farmer March 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

I have an entire CD of Russian kids songs–most are from classic cartoons, some are modern like the Chicken dance.

20 Mikayla March 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

Justo Lamas, Mana, Juanes, & most recently Sie7e are the favorite singers of my high schools students.

21 Zsofia March 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

We just a new cd of the Grillus Brothers. They play Hungarian folk music. This is also what I sing to my children. I know well over a hundred Hungarian folk songs that I learned in Hungarian school and scouts as a child. I love to sing to the kids every night. At 4 and 2 they both already know the words to around five folks songs.

22 Cecile March 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I spent about 20 minutes every day listening/reading Chinese. I Skype once a week for 1.5 hour to practice speaking with a native speaker in Beijing.

23 Jane Storr March 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I listen to the French language radio broadcast on SBS, it’s great if you’re in the car just like being in France! I don’t have any French music so that’s another option to investigate

24 Andrew March 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

if you want i can send you some french music as i live in canada. =)

25 Erin Johnston March 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

We listen to French comptines, or nursery rhymes. We have a book that accompanies and my daughter loves to follow along. There are several finger plays in the book, too, which work great for the little ones. We have one book from Didier Jeunesse and another by Rémi Guichard:

26 Brian Dykstra March 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I listen to the song ‘Abelhinha’ by Paulo Menezes
The youtube video has the lyrics in Portuguese plus the audio, it is about a topic I like!
It has helped me learn Portuguese. It is a great song – give it a listen!

27 Gina March 31, 2012 at 2:07 am

For Spanish I play Enrique y Ana’s songs from my childhood on YouTube as the cd is hard to find. My daughter loves the baila con el hula hoop song.

28 Tracy Brady March 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

We like Juanes in Spanish and Mes Aieux in French

29 Denisa March 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

We sing songs from my childhood.

30 Shahrooz March 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

We listen to Hop Skip Jump by Ana Lomba, it has a preview of what the words mean, followed by the song in French. My children feel less frustrated that way. We also listens to Comptines and stories on Il Etait Une I love the illustrations especially!

31 Wendy March 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm

My 7-year-olds enjoy Neraida Smith’s Let’s Sing and Learn in Spanish. It has songs with basic vocabulary for kids. I’m looking forward to listening to some of the other Spanish music mentioned in the comments.

32 Sarolta April 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

A pre-scool CD where children sing the favorite songs, also Alma band and Halasz Jutka songs.

33 Emma April 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

We got ‘Bookbug’s Songs and Rhymes’ CD free at a council-run reading promotion we happened to pass and it has lots of Gaelic and Scots dialect songs for young children on it. You can listen to some here:

34 Francesca April 2, 2012 at 4:38 am

At the moment…”the skeleton dance” is G.’s favourite and his best 🙂
He is only 16months old.
He loves music. So much! Nursery rhymes, filstrocche (in italiano), pizzica (a tradional southern Italy music),… …. every day he asks for music 🙂

35 Celia April 2, 2012 at 4:52 am

We listen to various songs by the Dutch childrens’ pop group K3

36 Maria Iskenderoglu April 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

We love listening to Nursery Rhyme songs and American songs for my daughter and
in Turkish, we listen to Black Sea Side music with kemance.

37 Amy Van Vranken April 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

French singer Aldebert has a GREAT album for kids of all ages called “Enfantillages.” Here’s a quote from a review on “Enfin un album pour enfants qui ne se prend pas au sérieux et qui ne prend pas les enfants pour des sourds!!!!
des textes magnifiques à mourir de rire, de la poésie, de la vraie musique!
que demander de plus? un album génial! je l’ai testé en crèche, les plus petits adorent les rythmes et les sonorités…les plus grands se régalent des paroles qui sont de vraies histoires.”

We also like anything by Amélie-les-Crayons, in particular her album La Porte Plume.

38 Thea April 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

Music has been a great help with increasing our German language abilities. We like lots of different kids entertainers, a current favorite is Angela Lenz “Die Reisemaus” cds which has songs incorporated into a story.

39 Sarah M April 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My kids and I listen to “Dani” in the car. They are very easy to understand and have a great rhythm. The songs are made for kids learning English in school, but they still like them!

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