https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

World's hardest language practice challenge! (That's all I'm saying until you click this.)

'Cause, it's a singing challenge and I didn't want you to run away. xD
Inspired by this post.

baby bun plays the piano

(Click "follow discussion" if you intended to.)

Back when I was learning Japanese in uni, I didn't want to sound like I was choking on a Japanese tongue twister whenever I tried to speak in class. So, I used singing to help get my mouth used to how Japanese sounds fit together under pressure (So, the faster the song the better.)

Here is your challenge, should you choose to accept (which you should because it was fun and not terrifying at all*): Go to https://clyp.it (or wherever you prefer), record yourself singing a semi-to fast paced song or part of a song in the language you're learning, and post a link to it in your comment. Bloopers followed by laughter encouraged :D

Mind you, if you record yourself and decide not to post it, that's ok. You'll still have tried a new, hopefully fun way to improve your language skills. :)

Ok, so, here is a clip of me "singing". It's a short section from Kotoko's "Agony". (It is from an anime that is Rated R, so, please be careful if you go searching for it. All ages friendly version of the background song: Here (However, I cannot predict what videos will be in the sidebar on YouTube. Some might be rated R.) You can find the English version of the lyrics Here.

Ready? Set. GO!
older bunny sings

PS, In what other ways has music helped you with your language studies?

Audio only please, no video, and I encourage you not to use your real name if you make a Clyp account

*I lied it. Recording myself was mortifying. But, I did it because it was for Science Duolingo.

October 20, 2017

69 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelCristea

Hello! First of all thank you so much for the shoutout. This is a really cool challenge and I would like to join.

The language that I'm learning is Romanian so I am going to sing this song called, "Amintire cu Haiduci" by Vali Sterian - https://youtu.be/zqPvqBH4zRA

Here is me singing the chorus but I would like to apologize because I know that I'm not good at singing. Plus, I had to do it quick because I have so many things to do so I did it like in one take lol. Here it is: https://clyp.it/nwazcfpf

This was a fun challenge even though it's a little embarrassing it was still fun! Thank you for this!

October 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelCristea

Woah! I'm surprised. :0

I want to say thank you to: HT936361, peephole, and el.loui for the compliments. You guys are so sweet. Also, thank you to whoever gave me those lingots :)

October 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ughngugn

I think it's great!

October 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/peephole

You sound great!

October 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lil.lou

Wow! You have a great voice!

October 21, 2017

[deactivated user]

    I may give this a try. I think I know the perfect song. It's not exactly fast, but faster than I would usually talk french.


    Here is me singing terribly. Albeit I don't know this song well, so here is me again singing a song I know a bit more of.


    Song 1

    Song 2

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    Spiffy_Tiffy, If you don't have any faster songs, a slower song will do fine. The most important thing is to practice your target language and have fun with the community while doing it :)

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    First off, there were like a thousand thoughts running thru my mind when I was reading this post and the comments, but I can only write like a couple of them :D I think this is a really good (probably the best) discussion I'v ever seen. I mean, it brings so much life to the forum, also it is fun (even though I didn't do it), funny, entertaining, and it lightens up my day after a long day of work. I also like that basically anyone can do it, unlike some of the other fun discussions (which I've never really see a lot) where you have to be at a higher level to play. Also, when I listen to the soundtracks of users singing the songs, it is really really nice. It's nice in a professional way, but it is so so nice hearing the actual person on here instead of me basically talking to a computer all the time. (Like that makes any sense :D it'll have to do because that is the best I can explain it) It was also very funny, you kept laughing when you were trying to sing it. Lol. Anyhow, Thank you very much for this :) P.s I like your topic post. I mean, how you said World's hardest language practice challenge! and then you said That's all I'm saying until you click this :D

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    DreamOfFlying,

    I've noticed that too. Like, it's one thing to see someone's username in a forum and see that, yes, they've commented something. But, there is something so much more real to me when they bring more of themselves. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as a vulnerable comment, or a very warm and kind comment uplifting someone else when they aren't obligated to make one. Those things can happen via text. But, often people are guarded and that's because connection with people who you're only partly real to is risky. The people who commented here, whether or not they posted a clip, I felt like this place is full of those special comments where people stand out because they are reaching across a divide. I could gather that people were nervous and happy and really fully engaged with all of us here.

    I didn't know how this would go when I posted it. (I spent over an hour on it. I lost two copies as I accidentally closed the browser the first time, and then the power went out at my house just as I was almost ready to post it the second time.) I wondered if I should just scrap it, thinking people wouldn't participate. I'm really glad I put it up though. I feel very warm that all of you joined me and each other here. ^_^

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Yes, also, their is no reason for anyone to downvote or troll a discussion like this (Unlike some other discussions, where there is still no reason at all, but it still happens). I mean, I don't think anyone even got the idea to do it, because it was a pure, warm, have fun type of discussion, and I really like that you pushed thru your tough luck to get it out here. Thanks :) I'm not saying someone downvoted, infact, this is the first discussion I have ever seen, that has 48 comment, but has 0 downvotes. and I am so glad about the fact that everyone liked it :D I think it has 48 comment, but I'm not totally sure, because the numbers have always been jumping around ever since they did that update on Oct 3rd :)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    It's very first vote was a down vote, actually haha. Actually, everything I post gets down votes. Sometimes a whole lot of them. It happens. In general though, I recommend not even mentioning up or down votes. Always the potential it will feed the fishies and most of the time won't do too much on the positive end of things. ;)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Oh sorry, I didn't mean to :)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Seiya_Kou

    Teru no uta
    Here's my try :)

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    O.O Seiya??!!!! OMBG I forgot you were on here!!!!

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/HarleyQuinnLover

    Cool!! I can sing Perfume(a Japanese pop girl singers) and Twice(a Korean pop girl singers) or BTS(Korean pop boy singers!!) Nice challange!

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

    I would LOVE to hear you sing to a BTS song. Which one, if you don't mind me asking (praying that you'll say Spring Day or DNA)?

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    I'm still making my way through the clips everyone attached. I just want to say how proud I am of everyone who posted themselves and even those who just thought about it and decided to do some singing in private instead. This was a really hard challenge. Outside of just practicing our language, I hope it can help us feel that much closer as a community. Being vulnerable in front of others is hard because it means taking a risk. So, thank you everyone. :)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Yes, Thank you SamuelChristea, Spiffy Tiffy, Seiyf Kou, Usagiboy7, El loui, and Rhabarberbarbara, for your courageous post. you guys did awsome ;)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

    I wish I were courageous and vulnerable like you and everyone else, but... Awkwardness tends to get in the way. A lot. Plus, my voice is so cringey I would consider deleting my account if I did sing. Though, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing other people participate in this challenge and it did lighten my rough day yesterday. ^ ^

    So, thank you for making this challenge!

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    MasterZsword, I'm certain you've felt vulnerable even just plopping in here and deciding to comment without posting a clip. You've joined us in the adventure in your own way. I'm glad you did. :)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

    Your voice is very cute^^ I'd love to do this, but I am far too lazy to find my microphone and plug it into the computer. Tis a lot of work :P

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    Thanks Kiyomice! My voice was totally stripped by the point I stopped trying to get a bigger clip and laughing to the point I had to stop recording each time. If you want to hear what I sound like without a stripped voice, I actually recorded myself reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas for one of the other moderators who couldn't sleep a couple of weeks ago. Part 1, Part 2) I don't know if it helped them sleep. But, I had a good laugh about things. xD

    Also awww, pleeeaaaassse record one for us?

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

    This seems really cool and fun, but:

    a) it's midnight and the rest of my family is asleep, so I can't be very loud

    b) I'm probably a terrible singer, but I wouldn't really know because I hardly ever sing

    c) even if I'm an adequate singer, I'm super self-conscious about this kind of thing

    d) the idea of sharing a recording of my voice with strangers on the internet feels kinda weird to me. Maybe I'm just used to a more private internet experience...

    So, how about instead I give some recommendations for some of my favorite Japanese songs, sung by a band that is definitely good at singing?

    Yumetourou/Dream Lantern, Zenzenzense, Sparkle, and Nandemonaiya, all of which are by the band RADWIMPS.

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lil.lou

    I did it! This is such an awesome idea! Thank you, Usagiboy7, for the challenge! Here's my song: https://clyp.it/iwdcbg3o it's "Mi Burro" from the Wee Sing Around The World song book. At first, I was thinking about singing "Pin Pón", but I think I might do it later since it's pretty easy :)

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    Soooooooo before I end up changing my mind: Here is my first entry. I am a dreamer from Card Captor Sakura. Compare it to the original here. Thanks for the challenge. I still have to decide whether I want to try a faster one^^

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Pretty good! :D

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    Thank you! It's an old favourite song of mine

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    So let me enter my second song! I changed languages and did a beautiful French song from Les choristes. Check it out please

    And since I am obviously insane I did Frère Jacques in four languages. Can anyone guess which?

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Who is the other person singing with you?

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    Me. I recorded it twice.

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

    Oh cool, well you did a good job at it :D

    October 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    Thanks! I had lots of fun doing it

    October 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

    I'll guess. French, Swedish, English, and Spanish.

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    The third is wrong.

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

    Shoot... Japanese?

    October 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    Exactly! I excluded English and German because they would have been too easy

    October 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    :O How did you even overlay two tracks like that?? Is it a feature on clyp's free accounts?

    Also, can anyone here learning French follow both lines at once while listening? Feels like it would be an advanced skill. :D

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara

    I used a free recording tool called Audacity. It lets you overlay several tracks. Thanks again for the challenge, I had lots of fun with it. I remembered doing some suitable songs doing choir in high school^^. Maybe I'll have another go tomorrow...

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    PS I added a ps asking what other ways music has helped you with your language studies. ^_^

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

    Listening to Japanese music definitely helped me with my pronunciation, especially getting used to the rhythm and flow of the language. Also, that feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes when you can understand a small snippet of the lyrics is great :)

    October 20, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      Classical music really motivated me. Because I'm obsessed with composors from German-speaking areas ie Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Telemann etc, it gave me the push I needed to finish my German tree.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

      I love your singing! Great job!

      I can't sing to save my life, so I will spare myself the embarrassment. ^ ^ Though, this seems like a wonderful challenge! The best I can do is play the violin to songs, but nothing with my voice.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      Welcome to the club! Maybe you should post an anime inspired song instead, like I did.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

      I really love Jpop and Kpop, and if I was to give out recommendations, the list would be endless XD.

      BUT, I would definitely recommend any song by the Jpop artists Utada Hikaru, SID, Ali Project, and Kalafina.

      For Kpop, I would recommend the artists BTS, GOT7, and A.C.E.. (Sorry for the lack of links). All of these Kpop bands just had their comebacks and they are all amazing.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

      I will do it for the Circassian language.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

      I'm totally going to do this! But I won't post a clip because you have no idea how awful my voice is. Great idea Usagiboy!

      Your voice is pretty good :)

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      Flattery :P still, im glad you'll try it out, even if you dont plan to post a clip. :)

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      I can't sing, so instead I'm showing you my favourite animeish song: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yfyijdals0r1rqj/Flicker%20%28Nitro%20Fun%20Remix%29.m4a?dl=0

      WARNING: Do not go look up the original, as it is HORRIBLE. Nitro Fun totally flipped this song, so check out some of his songs on Youtube.

      EDIT: Yes, this song (and the original) are appropriate. Just so you guys know. Now go listen to the song!!

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      LeiferB, horrible like not appropriate for all ages, or...?

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      No, horrible as in ear-splitting. EDIT: So like this:

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      I feel very inspired to not click on that link for some reason now. lol

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      No, click it. uses The Force You will click that link. You will cry at the beautiful sounds of future bass.

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      @Usagiboy7 Have a great time! And may the force be with you, always. EDIT: Did you listen to it yet?

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Ok, I have to admit, you do come up with the perfect gifys :)

      October 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      The Force has compelled me to watch it when I get home since my friends are on their way to pick me up to see a movie. ;) I promise I will click it tomorrow. :)

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      Listening to it now. I just got home about 30 minutes ago. :D I really like the visual of the sound graph. My Japanese is still pretty bad. Do the short Japanese speaking parts match the English speaking parts?

      October 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      @UsagiBoy7, from reading the comments from the original, I don't think so. Take look yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1sZ_vwqwcE

      EDIT: Nitro Fun added the "I am the light that sparkles in your mind when you hear her voice. Can you see me?", so I don't think they match up.

      Holy cow, the music video's random. But I think that's a common trend with all that I've seen so far.

      @DreamOfFlying, thanks! I love love love GIFs sooooooooooo much.

      October 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/RachWntsHrCupcke

      This is actually a pretty good idea! I should try to do it sometime when I won't bother the rest of my family. Good job, btw, on yours!

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/moibii

      Listening to your clip made me smile. Thanks. :)

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      No kidding :)

      October 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77

      Nice choice for a song. I like Kotoko. I'm not a singer, and I'm terrible at it. In fact, singing in front of people or having people hear my singing is a bit of a phobia of mine. I'll just listen to these :)

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      I figured it would be appropriate with "Agony" as the title lol

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77

      Oh yes, singing would be agony for me.

      October 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm

      Vocaroo does not require a registration: https://vocaroo.com/

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm

      It would definitely be fun to record this on may way to work - for some of the people in the same train. For the others? Well, they might feel something that is nowadays expressed by a facepalm ;) I'll try to record it later!

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      Steffi, yeees. You should totally do a recording for this challenge! :D

      October 20, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm

      Well, I've recorded it. But with a voice that usually sounds as boring if I am reading a telephone directory I cannot really expect any improvement here ;) I won't post it.

      October 22, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      I've heard your reading voice and I can't imagine it being dull even if you were reading a telephone directory. :P

      October 22, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Oh come on Steffi, just post it :D I want to hear it :) You've already gone this far, just finish it and be part of the group ;) Also, not that many people will hear, so, who will judge you even if it does sound like a phone book? (which I doubt it will)

      October 22, 2017
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