Queen’s best songs for learning English

Frame from 'Bohemian Rhapsody', the film about Queen and Freddie Mercury. (Alex Bailey / AP)

Take advantage of the film premiere about Freddie Mercury to practice English with its songs

By Judith Vives

If you have not yet seen Bohemian Rhapsody, the film about the life of singer Freddie Mercury, you are missing out. It’s a great film that makes you vibrate with the music of Queen, and also a perfect opportunity to practice your English.

It is very proven that music helps us in learning processes, stimulates the brain and makes us more receptive to new knowledge. And when it comes to learning a new language, music is an infallible trick.

Through songs, you can test your English comprehension, practice pronunciation, learn new words and colloquial expressions, and review grammar. And all with a lot of rhythm!

There are some groups and singers that are especially suitable for people studying English. Songs by The Beatles, Elton John and Adele are perfect for it.

In this ranking, there’s no lack of Queen songs either. Today, we suggest the best songs for you to practice English. 

Bohemian Rhapsody

The song that titles the film about Freddie Mercury is perfect for testing your English.

It is a very long song by pop music standards (it lasts more than six minutes), but it stands out most of all for its variations, with parts that are rock and other parts inspired by opera.

Despite its musical complexity, the lyrics allow you to test your progress with the language, especially with the vocabulary, and you can learn new expressions like “thrown it all away“.

I want to break free

Besides being one of the best Queen songs, this one allows us to practice ‘phrasal verbs’, starting with the very title.

In his songs, Freddy Mercury often uses phrasal verbs, which makes them ideal for memorising their meanings, since they do not have a literal translation.

We are the champions

This song has one of the most popular refrains of all time, and is so easy and simple that anyone can sing it, even with a beginner’s level of English. That makes it a basic song to learn English and start practicing pronunciation.

We are the champions, my friends,

and we’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end.

We are the champions. We are the champions.

No time for losers, ‘cause we are the champions of the world.

The show must go on 

A modal verb is an auxiliary verb that goes with another verb and that serves to indicate a possibility, permission or obligation. These are basic verbs such as “can“, “could” or “must“.

In the song “The show must go on” you can find an example of a modal verb in the title. And if you look at the lyrics you will find other examples, such as the use of the verb “may“.

The show must go on,

The show must go on

Inside my heart is breaking

My make-up may be flaking

But my smile still stays on.

And now that you know how Freddie Mercury can help you learn English, plug in the speakers and let the music play!

When you want to put your English level to the test, you have the official exams of Trinity College London. Check them out!

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