Showing posts with label present continuous. Show all posts
Showing posts with label present continuous. Show all posts

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Asaf Avidan- "Love It or Leave it"

If you love fresh and innovative music, please keep an eye on Mr Asaf Avidan. His cosmopolitan upbringing along with the years spent travelling around the word are extraordinarily reflected on his "Love It or Leave It", which I am sure you will enjoy a lot!

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present simple vs. present continuous

Activity: fill in the gaps (with base form of the verbs provided between brackets)

Love It or Leave It

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/asafavidan/loveitorleaveit.html

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Linguistic aspects: why don't we brush up our knowledge on idioms today? This song is perfect to learn and practise some of them. Let's start from the title "Love It or Leave It" : elsewhere you can also find "Take It or Leave It", quite the same expression to be used when you have to accept or turn down an offer without any possibility of compromise

Secondly, you bite your tongue every time you have to refrain yourself from saying something unpleasant or annoying towards someone else

Thirdly, you roll up your sleeve if you decide to get down to work or do something, therefore activating yourself.

In addition to this, there are also several verbs used metaphorically: a) you thunder your cries in case you say something with an angry or loud tone of your voice, b) reasons are strung if you mean that your intentions were not successful and to conclude c) waters are streaming any time you realize that events in your life are unfolding very fast.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Bruno Mars- "When I Was Your Man"

This week we listen to a great heart-rending ballad sung by Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man", the latest hit released from his lucky "Unorthodoxy Jukebox". Here I decided to work on conjunctions but the lyrics can be also useful if you wish to teach or learn phrasal verbs, US colloquial English, present continuous and so on.

Level: elementary

Grammar focus on: conjunctions

Activity: fill in the gaps exercise (non prompts provided)

When I Was Your Man

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsboy.com/b/bruno-mars/bruno-mars-when-i-was-your-man-lyrics-video/

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Linguistic aspects: let's take a close look at the verbs and at the phrasal verbs that you find in the song. Firstly, talking of you tears me down is an other way of saying that talking of you makes me feel very sad. Broadly speaking, this verb is referred to a structure or a part of it collapsing down. 
Secondly, I should have given you all my hours is to say that I wish I had devoted myself to you, i.e. a regret expressed for something that wasn't done in the past.
Thirdly, someone walks out of your life when he/she leaves you alone and goes away perhaps even when you need him/her most or you grapple with a difficult situation.
Fourthly, if a friend suggests that you should clean up the mess, he is clearly telling you that you should put your life into order
We conclude by quoting "it haunts me every time I close my eyes", where the verb haunt means that the very thought of my ex-girlfriend is always on my mind.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Alicia Keys- "Girl on Fire"

Welcome back to one of the most gifted contemporary singers, Alicia Keys and her "Girl On Fire"! The key word of our song today is absolutely "fire" and its connotations, therefore get ready to know more about it!

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on:  present/ present continuous 

Activity:  put the verbs within brackets into the correct form.


Girl on Fire

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/alicia-keys-girl-on-fire-lyrics.html

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Linguistic aspects: to be on fire literary means burning; here this expression is referred to an unstoppable flow of emotions and feelings. Likely to it, I walk on fire means that I am ready to go through any dangerous situation. If I get my head in the clouds, I am absent-minded and perhaps I don't even know the facts of a situation. Opposite to it, if I get my feet on the ground, I am a very practical person and I see things as they clearly are. Finally, when you back down (Phrasal verb), you admit that you were wrong or that you have been defeated and, consequently, you are ready to retrace your steps.

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.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Young the Giant- "Cough Syrup"

I have just found out this band and I can' t stop listening and singing "Cough Syrup"! I hope you 'll like it, too!

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: present continuos

Cough Syrup

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

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