Showing posts with label slang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label slang. Show all posts

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:


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

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Snoop Dogg- "Young, Wild & Free"

Today I am going to suggest an "energetic" hit: "Young, Wild & Free". I am sure all teenagers will love it! Anyway it can be studied above all by students with an advanced knowledge of English, as this song proposes lots of US colloquial words that are part of the youngsters' slang and are not usually dealt with at school. So why don't you try?

Level: advanced

Grammar focus on colloquial English

Activity: exercises on vocabulary

Young, Wild and Free

Lyrics taken from:

Video taken from: