Practice WH Questions through Songs 2

Back by popular demand! Here are even more songs with WH questions.

  • WHO…?

“Who made you king of anything?”

  • WHAT…?

“What does the fox say?” Continue reading

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Keep Your Head Up

Feeling inspired by the blog¬†Happye, I decided to infuse this latest post with a little bit of optimism and feel-good music. ūüôā¬†

It is Friday after all!

Below are two idioms that serve to encourage others and remind them that life is about having fun.

  • Keep your head up.¬†

When we tell someone to keep their head up, we are advising them to stay positive and confident.

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Favorite Christmas Songs

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas is almost here! I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs to help spread the holiday cheer.

Our first Xmas song is an impressive a cappella version of “Carol of the Bells.”

This next song is a classic from Nat King Cole. An analysis of the lyrics can be done to discuss holiday traditions. Continue reading

Practice Body Part Names through Songs

For children, there are plenty of songs that help them learn and practice body part names. “The Hokey Pokey” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” are both great examples.

For adult learners of English, there a lots of options too. Just look at this list of songs with body parts in the title.

I’ve discovered one song in particular that includes lots of body parts in the lyrics: Rihanna’s “California King Bed.” The singer also repeats many of the body parts, making this an ideal song for listening practice.

“California King Bed” -Rihanna

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The Simple Past in Miley Cyrus Mashups

A lot of people are talking about Miley Cyrus these days. She has had her controversial moments, but you can’t deny that “Wrecking Ball” is a quality song. It has inspired a lot of mashups with other popular songs.

For those studying English, “Wrecking Ball” also includes many examples of the simple past. You can complete a fill-in-the-lyrics exercise below to test your listening skills.

  • Mashup of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons
  • Mashup of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonc√©

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Practice the Second Conditional through Songs

Before we listen to the songs, let’s recall what the second conditional is all about. The second conditional expresses an unreal or highly unlikely possibility.¬†For example: “If I had a billion dollars, I would buy fifteen yachts.” Both having a billion dollars and buying fifteen yachts represent more of a dream than a probable reality.

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The standard formula for second conditional sentences is as follows:

If + subject + simple past…, subject + would + base verb…

OR

Subject + would + base verb… if + subject + simple past…

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Our first song by Barry Louis Polisar is from the soundtrack of the movie¬†Juno:

  • “If you were a castle, I’d be your moat.”

Of course a human being cannot become a castle. This song expresses unreal possibilities in a cute and romantic way. Continue reading