Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Imany- "You will never know"

What is the shape of a broken heart like? No one can tell it. However starting from the album of an other promising cosmopolitan singer, Imany, today we are going to listen to her "You will never know". The simple language of this song makes it ideal for ESL beginners.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: would/will

Activity: fill-in the gaps (no items provided)

You will never know 

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmania.com/you_will_never_know_lyrics_imany.html

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Emeli Sandé ft. Naughty Boy- "Daddy"

Emeli Sandé is a very promising artist and her latest album, "Our Version of Events", definitely hails her as one of the best ever female UK singers. "Daddy", the song we are looking at, is her second single and it was released at the end of November, 2011. Today we are focusing on conjunctions, a rather interesting topic, quite often neglected by ESL teachers, don't you think?

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: conjunctions

Activity: listening activity with fill-in the gaps (items provided)

Daddy

Lyrics taken from: http://www.metrolyrics.com/daddy-lyrics-emeli-sande.html

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Linguistic aspects: I'd like to remark only on the suggestion: "Put it in your pocket" as a kind way to ask someone to keep something (like an idea, a secret, a plan, etc.) for himself/herself. It sounds like you are kindly invited to keep st. secret and save it only for you. Otherwise you may say that you have someone/something in your pocket every time you have an influential position over someone/something. Similarly and finally you put your hand in your pocket when are going to spend some money or give it to someone. 
That's all for today, folks!


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Bruno Mars- "Treasure"

Here comes the third treat from "Unorthodox Box" by Bruno Mars; "Treasure" is a lovely song that reminds many fans of Michael Jackson or Prince lyrics. From a linguistic point of view, it is very easy to understand;which is why it is recommended for students at basic level.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: personal pronouns vs. possessive pronouns/adjectives

Activity: gap fill exercises (no item provided)

Treasure

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/bruno-mars-treasure-lyrics.html

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Notes: although listed as the official video of the lyrics, the version I am linking is likely not to be the one you are going to watch on TV or on your I-Pad, so I won't lose my sleep on that!

Linguistic aspect:today I am going to focus my attention just on the adjective flawless, or to put it in other words, perfect. If a piece of writing is flawless it means that is has no mistakes or bad features. This can be also said of a girl, as in this case, and by the way can you figure out how much happy a woman can be in receiving such a compliment?