Showing posts with label adjectives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label adjectives. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 January 2014

As Animals- "I See Ghost" (Ghost Gunfighters)

Today we'd like to introduce to you a new single debut,  "I See Ghost", sung by the French duo, As Animals. As many of you already know, in English "you look as if you have seen a ghost" is an idiomatic expression meaning that you look like extremely upset and frightened. Hence, we guess, the meaning of the title of this song, which- we hope- will become a smash hit right away!

Level: beginner/ pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives

Activity: reorder the words given into scrambled order


Lyrics taken from: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107859459392/

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Tips for teachers: why don't you use the idiomatic expressions concerning the word "ghost"? Have a look at the Oxford Dictionary page at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ghost?q=ghost and draw inspiration to create a matching exercise to make your students reinforce vocabulary skills.

Let's talk about: 1) Have you ever been scared stiff?If so, in which circumstances?; 2) List five remedies that help you overcome fear; 3) List five words related to the word "fear" and associate them to recent news stories, that have upset you.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Robbie Williams- "Go Gentle"

The birth of a child really makes the difference in everyone's life, but when it comes to a rebel, like Robbie Williams used to be in the past, it is surprising to realize how much his young daughter,Theo, has changed his life. Listening to "Go Gentle", you will notice that the hit is not a simple lullaby, rather a genuine promise. In our opinion it is a good starting point for improving students' vocabulary and also for talking about the relation between our students and their parents.

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives, synonyms, word formation

Activity: three exercises are provided. In the first, students are invited first to read the lyrics and try to guess the missing adjectives (only the initial is given) and then they listen to the song twice. In the second exercise they find synonyms, while in the third they try to reconstruct the basic form of the words given. In this case, it would be advisable to divide the class in pairs and explain that they have to look up in the dictionary and make predictions.



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Let's talk about: 1) describe your father's positive and negative aspects; 2) what did your parents use to recommend to you when you were a child?; 3) List five recommendations that your parents usually make to you.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Western Disco feat. Lura- "The Sun"

Everybody loves this song for its light-hearted spirit: although in the northern hemisphere it's wintertime and it's cold, "The Sun" by Western Disco is clearly associated by our students with their most beloved season, summer!

Level: elementary (it can easily be adapted to children aged 6 years and over)

Grammar focus on: adjectives

Activity: fill-in-the gaps (words provided)

The Sun

Lyrics taken from: sing365


Tips for teachers: As a follow-up activity, I was looking for a YouTube version of the song with subtitles/captions, because initially our idea was to divide the class into two main groups and let them sing parts of it in a karaoke style. Unfortunately we couldn't, but considering also that YouTube is severely restricted in many institutions (like schools or colleges), we thought that it could be interesting to create a "memory game" with your class.
Namely, after listening to the song twice, your students are invited to write down as many words as they can remember. The student who notes down the highest number of words, wins the "memory competition" of the class.

Let's talk about: 1) the weather forecast; 2) when it's sunny, I can do/play/... (activities); 3) are you weather sensitive?.





Monday, 25 March 2013

Pink feat. Nate Ruess- "Just give me a reason"

This duet is in for a treat! As all the followers of this blog already know, we always relish lyrics sung by Pink and FUN so that now their "Just give me a reason" proves one clearer evidence of our devotion to them!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives about feelings and quality

Activity: fill in the gaps (items provided)

Just give me a reason

Lyrics taken from: directlyrics

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Linguistic aspects: A few words to exaplain the meaning of idioms. To start with, it is written in the stars is used to say it is certain to happen or it is meant to happen that....

Let's consider then  Your head is running wild again which sounds like  You are behaving like you want and no one can control you.

Besides we are collecting (or gathering) dust is an expression that compares ourselves to books, because as long as they remain unused, they are covered with dust. 

What's more, a very interesting idiomatic phrase is our hearts are not broken but just bent, which clearly defines the fact that after suffering so much, we are still in love with each other.

In conclusion, let's talk about two verbs (deriving from nouns): to duct and to rust. In the first case tears are ducted, i.e. they are conveyed through the eye tube. While your feelings can get rusted if they are damaged and you dont' feel like falling in love anymore.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kate Perry- "Wide Awake"

Today's song will guide you through Kate Perry's fantastic world, as "Wide Awake" starts from her live performance to go to a younger version of herself, but only if you watch the "The Making Of...", which I'm going to post, you will appreciate it for once!

Level: intermediate


Grammar focus on: adjectives


Activity: gap fill (no items provided)


Wide Awake

Lyrics taken from:  http://www.lyricsfreak.com/k/katy+perry/wide+awake_21005238.html

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Linguistic aspects: let's pay attention to the idioms of "Wide Awake". Firstly, if you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy. On the contrary, you are in a dangerous, threatening and unpleasant situation when you find yourself in the lion's den (literary a den is a shelter or lair for animals). 

Secondly, one is in the dark when he/she is in a state of ignorance (the opposite is to see clearly).
Thirdly, you can replace the expression with an open heart with the adjective open-hearted, meaning that someone is willing to express his feelings spontaneously.

Lastly, click on the following  "The Making Of" if you wish to improve your listening and learn more idioms, as well: 





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: http://www.metrolyrics.com/raise-your-glass-lyrics-pink.html

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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 www.urbandictionary.com

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: http://www.lyricsmania.com/little_talks_lyrics_of_monsters_and_men.html

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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.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Alanis Morissette- "Guardian"

It's always a great pleasure to me whenever I can propose artists, whose lyrics have inspired me so much throughout my life. This time we are working on "Guardian", a lovely song by one of my favorite singers, Alanis Morissette. This song is interesting not only for its grammar content, but also for its vocabulary that offers me the opportunity to launch a new section of my blog, i.e. Linguistic Aspects. Here you will find some explanations about the new words, idioms and synonyms/contraries introduced by the lyrics. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Level: intermediate/ upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: interrogative pronouns, relative pronouns

Activity: fill- in- the gap exercise (no pool of clues suggested)

Guardian

Lyrics taken from: //www.directlyrics.com/alanis-morissette-guardian-lyrics.html


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Linguistic aspects: The comparison as solid as a fog is not mentioned anywhere. You know perhaps as solid as a rock , but in the lyrics it has the meaning of confusing, difficult to understand (look up at FOG in http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/fog). 


The adjective crestfall may stand for crestfallen, i.e. sad and disappointed. 


Equal meaning for on call, on demand in the sense of on request.
To conclude, the song introduces three words with almost similar meanings, but be careful:

  • a watchman/watchwoman (especially night watchman) guards a building especially at night;
  • a guardian is a person or organisation that protects something or someone (e.g. guardian angel) or someone who looks after children with no parents;
  • a warden is a person who checks that the rules of a precise building are respected (the head of a school, college or prison, etc.).

Monday, 14 May 2012

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone"

"Payphone" is a catchy song with a very interesting video, that allows you to practice your English, while singing along. In this case I am focusing on adjectives so that you can reinforce your vocabulary and learn new synonyms.

Level: upper- intermediate, advanced

Grammar focus on: adjectives

Activity: Payphone

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/maroon-5-payphone-lyrics.html

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Train- "Drive By"

The vocabulary of lyrics often offers many new words: "drive-by" is an example. You may look up dictionaries and you do not find it, you can only guess the meaning. For this reason, I have decided to work on two different aspects of Train's "Drive By": firstly, on adjectives and, secondly, on new English words.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives, new words

Activity: Drive By

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/train/driveby.html

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Kasabian- "Goodbye Song"

How can you break up with someone you have loved so much without regrets, anger or disputes? Kasabian may help you with this lovely hit!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives

Goodbye Song

Lyrics taken from: http://www.songlyrics.com/kasabian/goodbye-kiss-lyrics/

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Cultural hint:  If you want to know more about this emerging UK band, read the interview to Sergio Pizzorno at http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/kasabians-serge-im-no-indie-boy-16044102.html

Saturday, 4 February 2012

The Cranberries - "Tomorrow"

Let' s start from an Irish band who has finally come back again: The Cranberries! "Tomorrow" is their first extract and it has already been a major hit throughout Europe.

Level: preintermediate

Grammar focus on should, if ony, wish, adjectives

Today I am working on should + verb and I am attaching a fill-in-the gap activity:

Tomorrow

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/cranberries/tomorrow.html

Here's the video of the song:





Cultural references: if you wish to test your level with a more difficult activity you can watch the following interview to The Cranberries and understand the reasons of The Cranberries' reunion:




To learn something new about the band, go to: http://www.cranberries.com/#news.
It's worth visiting it and getting more infos about the band performances goig on.




Enjoy yourself!