Sometimes learning a language is like learning an instrument, a student of German said recently. He is right, because music connects across cultures and can break down barriers. Getting to know the music is getting to know the culture and language.
So "Sing-a-Long" was originally created as a didactic method. Learning the lyrics of a song expands vocabulary and teaches typical phrases. And it can help to reduce the foreign-sounding accent. But the main reason of our "Sing-a-long" of German songs at the Indo-German Urban Mela is having fun. From old children’s songs like "Hänschen klein" or an evening song like "Der Mond ist aufgegangen" – originally a poem by Mathias Claudius written in the 18th century - to modern songs like "99 Luftballons" by pop-singer Nena. There is an endless number of songs that will make everybody join in.
Every "Sing-a-Long" event will be different as the songs will be chosen spontaneously. Even those whose German is on a very low level or who don’t speak the language at all will be able to participate. Because singing in a foreign language is so much easier than doing the talking. You can put your whole body into singing and relax a lot easier than you would in many speaking situations.
Come to the Indo-German Urban Mela and sing-a-long. We are sure that you will like it as music and singing are great traditions in South India.