Monday, 27 May 2013

Teach100 ranks Sing Along With It!

Great news for Sing Along With It! Go to http://teach.com/teach100/blogs/373-Sing-Along-With-It- and you will find that Teach100 ranks our blog at number 319 among the best educational blogs around the world!
We are proud of our score and we hope to improve day by day with your support....that's all folks!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Daft Punk feat. Pharell Williams- "Get Lucky"

Ready to listen to the hit of the moment?I have little doubt that "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk will be particularly cherished by teenagers as well as disco music lovers because it is quite catchy, easy to understand and fresh, isn't it?

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on:  present simple vs. infinitive

Activity: fill-in with the correct form of the verbs given between brackets

Get Lucky

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/daft-punk-get-lucky-lyrics.html

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Linguistic aspects: today I'd like to recommend you this significant site: http://www.idiomeanings.com/idioms/raise-the-bar/ where you will find the sense of the idiomatic expression "let's raise the bars", meaning that you are inviting someone else to set higher standards than the expected ones. An other interesting aspect is related to the expression: "I'm up all night to get lucky", used to say that you are eager to have an occasional sexual intercourse with someone you have just met.

P.S. By the way, don't miss Barack Obamba Singing 'Get Lucky', a hilarious mix of the speeches held by the US president as a parody of the well-known hit:




Sunday, 5 May 2013

Caro Emerald- "Tangled Up"

Jazz and swing notes are clearly "tangled up" in today's song. Caro Emerald is a Dutch singer and her hit "Tangled Up" just gives a taste of what her second album "The Shocking Miss Emerald" (released last 3 May) look like. Let's put our thumbs up then for the success of this young talent!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: compound forms (phrases and phrasal verbs).

Activity: reorder the words given between brackets

Tangled Up

Lyrics taken from: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Tangled-Up-lyrics-Caro-Emerald/2B87BBC5D937F01B48257B1700390F9F

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Tips for teachers: after the listening activity, why don't you ask your students to form small groups and look up in the dictionary for the compound forms met?Subsequently they can write down all the synonyms found by their peers.

Linguistic aspects: in reading the lyrics I run into the phrase "playing with your string" which I suppose should have a special meaning here. I meant it as it would say "taking things too far with you", but honestly I am not so positive about it. Therefore any suggestion will be greatly appreciated from you!

Today I end this post with the verb "to lance" meaning "to affect someone strongly and immediately"