Karaoke is a fun activity in any language, but believe it or not, singing karaoke is also a great way to improve your Japanese-language skills.
Karaoke, as we know it, actually started in Kobe City, Japan. The word ‘karaoke‘ is a combination of the words kara (from karappo, which means ’empty’) and oke (from okesutura, which means ‘orchestra’).
You may not have realized that you can learn Japanese through music, but karaoke is one of the best ways to practice vocabulary and pronunciation. Learning Japanese songs will help you hear how phrases are used, and help you get a feel for the way words are pronounced.
Learn Japanese through music with these seven popular songs!
1. “Tentai Kansoku”
This song is easy for karaoke enthusiasts, since it doesn’t require a large vocal range. It’s J-pop (Japanese pop), which means it has a steady rock beat and is easy to sing.
“Tentai Kansoku” tells the story of a star-gazing couple, who drifts apart as time goes on.
This love song is one of the most popular Japanese karaoke songs.
The word kiseki means ‘miracle,’ and the song is about a couple’s devotion and eternal love.
The words are generally slow, which makes it ideal for beginners.
3. “Guren no Yumiya”
If you’re an anime fan, you may already be familiar with this popular Japanese song.
As the opening theme for the first season of “Attack on Titan,” this song is operatic rock. It has both Japanese and German lyrics (but you don’t have to sing the German parts).
The Japanese verses are a little faster; try to focus on the words over the powerful beat.
This is another popular love song that is slow and easy for beginners.
This J-pop song doesn’t require a powerful voice, but you should be able to sing on key, because it’s meant to be tender.
This was the title song for the “Hanamizuki” movie soundtrack.
5. “Zankoku na Tenshi no These”
This karaoke favorite was the theme song for the Japanese anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン).
This song is a little more challenging, but if you’re at an intermediate level, go ahead and see if you can sing along.
Don’t get intimidated by this one. It starts out pretty fast, but try to stick with it!
This J-pop song is popular because of the up-tempo beat and catchy lyrics. While it’s definitely one of the more challenging songs on the list, it can really help you improve your Japanese-language skills.
You don’t need an amazing voice to sing this song, but it’s pretty fast, which can make it challenging.
If you take the time to really learn the lyrics, you will impress your friends with your ability to sing fast in Japanese!
Learn Japanese through music with these catchy tunes. With some practice and repetition, you’ll learn the lyrics and perfect your pronunciation. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and boost your Japanese-language skills!
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