LEARNING ENGLISH WITH SONGS
As an English teacher, I often use songs in the classroom, getting my students to do gap-fill exercises, highlighting grammar points, or using a song as a discussion starter (for example, Abba's 'Money, Money, Money' is great for working on conditional sentences or for discussing attitudes to money). And listening to songs is an excellent way for learners to improve their listening and vocabulary skills, especially if they have the lyrics available. Of course, these days you can find the lyrics to most songs on the Internet, but wouldn't it be wonderful if there was an app that found lyrics for your iPad music automatically. Of course, there is. It's called iLyrics.
iLyrics ($0.99) is an amazing app that allows you to instantly view the lyrics of the song that you're currently listening to. Not only that. It allows you to view the artist's official website or biography, and find video clips. If some music is playing on your iPad and you would like to view the lyrics of this song, just open the iLyrics app and click on Lyrics button and there you go. And you don't need to waste time searching for artist information manually in your browser. This app does that for you too. You can also create a music playlist and navigate through all songs searching for lyrics and information. This application requires an internet connection to work.
A long time ago when people still bought CDs (or even LPs in my case!), the lyrics were often printed in a nice booklet or on the record sleeve. Now, in the age of digital downloads, you have to use lyrics search engines to find the words to your favourite songs, which can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Fortunately, this app takes all the hassle out of searching for lyrics on the web. I found it worked really well even for some less well-known artists (Anaïs Mitchell, for example). One word of warning, however. Lyrics sites are not always 100% reliable since the lyrics are generally submitted by users, so you might want to visit a couple of sites to compare (iLyrics usually proposes three).