Nursery rhymes are easy to come by nowadays: the internet, eBooks, Audio Books, CD’s, DVD’s, books, mom and dad. Nursery rhymes are what are played to children from the time they are born till the time they decide that enough is enough. Then again, there are the television shows like Barney, Dora, Sesame Street and others which play the nursery rhymes or even innovate some activities around them.
Nursery rhymes are a great way to learn how to speak the English language better because they are short enough to memorize after one or two repetitions and the words rhyme and make it easier to pronounce as they sound almost, but not quite, the same.
Someone once asked why nursery rhymes were so successful among children. The answer is because the words have a rhythm to them, almost like music, and they are nice to repeat because they have a cadence when spoken. Children like to hear the rhythm and to experience the cadence and so the words and the rhymes stick to the learning sections of the brain and eventually transfer from short term memory to the long term memory. Have you noticed that even if you are already old and gray, when you see a child or a toddler, immediately the rhymes come back and you just find yourself repeating the words which you learned when you were young?
This is the success of nursery rhymes. Not only do they teach the words, they teach the right pronunciation and they are not easy to forget. Sometimes they keep coming back into the mind like a record stuck on a certain section and it does not cease until you consciously say enough.
Repetition is the key to any learning, and if you want to improve your skills, then go for nursery rhymes. You’d be surprised that it will work for you very well. Remember, if the rhymes were good enough to be taught to children who grow up in an English language environment, don’t you think that these are also good enough for you who is an adult and are just learning the language?