George Strait’s Music Helps Vanderbilt Basketball Player Learn English
Music is known for its healing power, but for some, it can also teach them a new language.
Vanderbilt basketball player Djery Baptiste credits George Strait for helping him learn English. In an interview with The Tennessean, he reveals how listening to Strait's story songs helped him learn the vocabulary he needed to know once he moved to America from Haiti.
"I was in America and didn’t know how to say anything in the language, but I thought I could learn it through music," Baptiste says. "Country music was the best for me, and George Strait is my favorite. So I learned how to speak English by listening to him tell stories in his songs."
Any genre of music could have taught Baptiste the English language, but he says that country is his favorite.
"Rap and hip hop and stuff like that didn’t tell stories, and they had a lot of bad language, and I didn’t want to learn many of those words," Baptiste explains. "I also had books to learn English, but none of them could teach me like country music did."
Baptiste didn't realize when he'd be moving to Nashville for basketball that it was the country music capital of the world. He says it's just another perk to living there.
"I did not know it was the country music city until I was walking around the [Country Music Hall of Fame] Museum and recognized all those old songs," he explains. "I heard them playing and I knew all the words. I would start singing them, and my teammates would be like, ‘How do you know all these songs?’"
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