Sunday, 17 February 2013

Jutty Ranx- "I See You"

A very special duo called "Jutty Ranx" has released this song, "I See You", a mix of dance, pop and Caribbean rhythms that I am sure you will appreciate. Such lyrics are captivating and so rich in phrasal verbs and idioms that I couldn't help but choosing them for the below section "Linguistic Aspects"!

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: phrasal verbs

Activity: fill in the gaps (no words provided)

I See You

Lyrics taken from: airdave.it

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Linguistic aspects : let's separate this section into two parts, one on phrasal verbs and the other on idioms.

To start with phrasal verbs, you break through when you force your way among obstacles. 
You see through something when you realize that something is not true and you don't accept to be cheated at all, whereas you see something through (pay attention to the different word order!) every time you continue doing that thing until it is accomplished.
Further, whenever you are trying to catch someone's attention, by annoying or upsetting him/her, you are clearly trying to get to him/her. Also you fall upon something as soon as your eyes are attracted by that and you begin to notice it.
On the contrary you get behind something if you cannot keep pace with it. This phrasal verb is generally used in terms of payments, meaning that you cannot pay regularly.
Finally you look back on something (this is an example of a three part phrasal verb) when you think about a person, a place or an event which happened in the past.

Equally important are the idiomatic expressions: who knows what a tunnel vision is? It is a medical condition that causes you to see only what is in front of you. Therefore you give a tunnel vision in case you have a narrow-minded view of life. What happens instead if you die on spot? It implies that you are unluckily dying immediately  or  right away. 
Going further, the expression " You cross the party line" is pronounced  when you go against the tide and you oppose the official policy or common opinion of the establishment. 
Besides a nice compliment to say to someone is: "You make me moves" if you want to say that he/she is motivating you and further your agenda.
Let's consider then the expression "something comes into focus", used to describe a phenomenon or event that at a certain moment can be seen or understood clearly by anyone.
Besides an interesting pun is "my heart is an open book" that conveys the meaning that it is easy to guess what I am thinking or feeling and later on "You just take it off the shelf": a product is in fact taken off the shelves when it is no longer sold. Here it signifies that my heart is leaping again for you after a long time.
Let's conclude today with the idiom "It doesn't cost a thing/ a fortune/ the earth/ a bomb!" intended as something that you can easily do with no effort or risk of your own.



Monday, 4 February 2013

Green Day- "Stray Heart"

"Stray Heart" has much of the vintage garage sound of the Green Day's debut album and it is absolutely catchy! Their lyrics are on the whole easy to understand and this one, a declaration of an impossible love, can be proposed at a very basic level of listening and comprehension.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present simple

Activity: fill in the gaps with the verbs provided

Stray Heart

Activity taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/greenday/strayheart.html

Video:


Linguistic aspects: just a few comments on today's song. To start with, stray is both an adjective, meaning lost or homeless or separated from a group, and a verb. "I'll never stray again from you" is like "I won't move away from you ".

After being ill, you are expected to recover, i.e. to get stronger and become fit again. Besides you can recover your composure, when you restore your emotions again, after a big and touching surprise, or what's more, you can recover your consciousness, as soon as you take control of yourself.

Finally, let's focus on the expression to be destined for, used when you want to stress upon the fact that someone is intended for a particular activity or person, e.g. My husband was destined to serve our country.

That' s all for today, see you soon, folks!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

11,592 thanks!


11, 592 special thanks to all of you! Sing along with it! was created just one year ago and today I'm happy to celebrate its first anniversary with you, who have commented- publicly or privately- my posts or downloaded my worksheets, or just have had a glance at it.
I am proud of my little shop and the way it has been welcomed by outstanding educational sites and blogs.
First of all, let me thank Miss Pat Eggleton, a very special teacher who inspired and encouraged me when I spoke her about my idea of putting together songs and listening activities. You can follow her on http://sicilyscene.blogspot.it/ and http://englishmatterspat.blogspot.it/ and I' m sure that once you' ll do it, you won't miss any of her precious suggestions anymore!
Besides I would also like to thank Miss Sally Squiggles for showing me that fun and learning should always go hand in hand and women can make the difference to it! Go to http://iamawonderfulwoman.blogspot.it/ and you will agree with me.
Last but not at least, I owe a debt of gratitude to Ms Chiara Cappa for recommeding this blog on http://insegnoinglese.orizzontescuola.it/welcome/ and Mr Fergal Kavanagh for supporting my blog and my contributions on http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/.

Thanks again folks and please keep in close touch: the best with Sing along with it! is yet to come;-)