Grammar focus on: present perfect continuous
Activity: put the verbs into the correct form of present perfect continuous
Lyrics taken from: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Ho-Hey-lyrics-The-Lumineers/669FAB16FAB5BA5848257A27005E2691
Note for teachers:
- if you are looking for an activity involving physically your class, you can form groups and ask them to rehearse the video of the song on their own using a video camera. They can as well add the lyrics (through karaoke or bubbles, etc.).
- An other interesting activity is to start your lesson from Bing's commercial so as to elicit the song's theme:
Linguistic aspects: let's start from the places listed in the song. Chinatown is a famous district in New York. Here you can find the Canal and Bowery thoroughfare mentioned in the lyrics, i.e. a special place for those lovers who want to buy engagement rings, etc. (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/331476634/).
And now let's pass and finish with two verbs used in an unusual way:
- to bleed out means to bleed to death. So if you bleed out, you are going to die of exsanguination (for this medical term see http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bleeding-out.htm).
- To belong to expresses possession, but in this song you will listen to the sentence: "You belong with me", a romantic way to say that "You can go together with me" or "You are right for me".