Sunday, 23 September 2012

Pink- "Raise Your Glass"

Pink's lyrics usually give me a thrill but this one seems like an energetic drink not only for its rhythm but also because it has a very interesting text from a linguistic point of view. By the way, Urban Dictionary has proved to be an excellent tool to understand the US slang and colloquial terms of the song and hereafter I will often refer to this updated dictionary written by a very large community that you can also emjoy and/or follow via Facebook and Twitter. So here's my suggestion to you: don't lose time, add it among your favourite online dictionaries!

Level: upper-intermediate / advanced

Grammar focus on: adjectives

Activity: circle the right option exercise

Raise Your Glass

Lyrics taken from:


Linguistic aspects: let's start right from the title of the lyrics, "Raise Your Glass", i.e. an invitation to drink together with someone and celebrate his/her success, happiness, health, etc. What's a dealeo? Urban Dictionary explains that is an Idaho expression for closing a tupper ware sales.
Let's pass now to informal expressions: if you are underdogs, it means here that you have little money and you feel depressed. The nitty-gritty is a detail that you have to specify. Besides the word gangster is here used to make reference to an illitterate inhabitant of a downtrodden ghetto who hangs around in gangs.
In conclusion let's analyse an idiomatic expression: if you are too school for cool you are very committed and prefer education or work over social life and friends.

If you want to know more about other informal expressions, please go to

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Of Monsters and Men- "Little Talks"

Many literary and folk echoes run through Of Monsters and Men's debut single, "Little Talks". Let me know what their video and their lyrics suggest to you...

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: present continuous

Activity: fill-in-the gaps

Little Talks

Lyrics taken from:


Linguistic aspects: to play tricks means to deceive sb. . If you hang around (and that's not often a compliment for you!) you are spending your time in a place waiting or doing nothing...Sometimes someone may ask you what you are doing special that day and if you answer: "I' m just hanging around" you are underlining the fact that you are relaxing yourself. Teenagers usually hang around on Friday or Saturday evening, i.e. they go out and move from one place to another without any specific purpose. In the expression "All that's left is a ghost of you"  the metaphor is used to describe that you bear very little of a person, or the things you shared together with, in your mind.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen- "Call Me Maybe"

Hi everyone and welcome back to school!If you want to get back again to your activities with calm and joy I absolutely recommend you to watch the video of this song for its original ending....

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: simple present

Activity: put the verbs given between brackets into the correct form (simple present)

Call Me Maybe

Lyrics from:


Linguistic aspects: to trade one's soul for a wish has almost the same meaning as to sell one's soul, i.e. to be keen on doing almost anything to get something. A dime is an American and Canadian ten cents' coin.
The verb to chase is here used with the special meaning of trying to get someone to have a sexual relationship with oneself.
Last but not at least, if you want to know more about the origins of the expression to throw a wish in the well, then have a look at the following link: !