You'll remember in last week's lesson we spoke about learning English effortlessly through songs. This week it's your turn to put these tips into practice by highlighting the vocabulary you don't know, then look them up in the dictionary, listen to the song on repeat, and lastly dare to sing along! I've highlighted some nouns and metaphors for you to start with. You can ask me the meaning of the metaphors next time I see you in class.
"Killing The Blues"
Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colours red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like a moonbeam in our eyes.
Somebody said they saw me, swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the blues.
Now I am guilty of something...
I hope you never do
Because there is nothing
Sadder than losing yourself in love.
Now you asked me... just to leave you
To go out on my own
And get what I need to
You want me to find what I've already had.
Everybody has a favourite song which is great news as songs are a great and effortless way of learning your new language:English! You'll find they will contain at least one of the following characteristics to help you on your learning journey.
So now we've spoken about the qualities of how songs can improve your English, let's look at how we can really benefit by going just that extra mile. Most people will listen to a song, maybe sing along to it and then move on to the next song. I'll show you how you can learn more efficiently.
Watch this heartfelt acoustic version of Born to Run.
Enter Bruce Springsteen. Most of you would have heard of this legend and his signature song: Born to run. The song's lyrics are easy to understand, they are filled with strong emotion, it's rich in American culture, and the story is set in the 1960's about a nameless narrator who begs his girlfriend, Wendy, to join him on the road. As the years roll by this song, written forty years ago, takes on more meaning.
Here are the 5 outstanding secrets of learning English effortlessly through songs.
1. Choose your favourite song.
2. Study the lyrics
3. Highlight and then look up the vocabulary in the dictionary.(See the example below)
4. Listen to the song on repeat.
5. All the above has been passive learning. Now it's time to be interactive: Dare to SING!
In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims
And strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
Well run till we drop, baby well never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
`cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, girl I want to know if love is real
Beyond the palace semi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss
The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody’s out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide
Together Wendy well live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don’t know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run
Sweat – to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous.
Runaway – someone (such as a child) who leaves home without permission : someone who runs away from home.
Ride - be carried or supported by (something moving with great momentum).
Mansions – a large and impressive house : the large house of a wealthy person.
Sprung – to help (someone) to get out of or escape from jail, prison, etc..
Chrome – a type of metal that is used to cover other metals in order to make them shiny. Fuel injected -
the spraying of liquid fuel into the cylinders or combustion chambers of an engine.
Rips – to remove (something) quickly or violently.
Trap – a device that is used for catching animals.
Tramps – a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money.
Guard – to protect (someone or something) from danger or attack.
Wrap – to put (your arms, legs, etc.) around someone or something.
Rims – the outer edge of a usually round object.
Wire – the beginning of a race, game, etc..
Drones – a deep continuous sound.
Stark – having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance.
Mist – water in the form of very small drops floating in the air or falling as rain.
Everlasting – lasting forever
Jammed - squeeze or pack tightly into a specified space
Lian is an English speaking skills coach, a photographer, artist. She is British and speaks French fluently. London > Paris. Art/Culture/Food/Travel/Films/Documentary