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How to listen to this song: “Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn, and John

Student Self Study: How to listen to this song

Song: “Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John

The goal of listening to this song is to improve word stress. Stress means how strongly you say the word. Word stress is usually really hard for East Asian students. Unfortunately, native speakers have a lot of trouble understanding people who stress words in strange ways.

“Young Folks” is a nice song for practicing word stress. It’s about a boy who likes a girl. He’s worried that she won’t like him because of his past, but she doesn’t care about his past. They both only care about talking with each other. Enjoy.

Do these things…

Listen to the song: You can listen to it here, or search the internet. Listen to the song first. Don’t read the lyrics the first time. Listen first, then you can read the lyrics next.

Read the lyrics: Listen again. This time, read the lyrics.

A: If I told you things I did before, told you how I used to be, would you go along with someone like me? If you knew my story word for word, had all of my history, would you go along with someone like me?

B: I lived before and had my share, it didn’t lead nowhere. I would go along with someone like you. It doesn’t matter what you do, who you are hanging with, we could stick around and see this night through.

A and B: And we don’t care about the young folks (talkin’ about the young style).

A and B: And we don’t care about the old folks (talkin’ ‘bout the old style too).

A and B: And we don’t care about our own folks (talkin’ bout our own stuff).

A and B: All we care about is talking, talking only me and you.

B: Usually when things has gone this far, people tend to disappear. No one will surprise me unless you do.

A: I can tell there’s something going on, hours seems to disappear. Everyone is leaving I’m still with you.

A and B: It doesn’t matter what we do, where we are going to, we can stick around and see this night through.

Note word stress: Listen again. Don’t look at the lyrics. Fill in the sheet below. Put an X in places where the word is stressed. Listen as many times as you need to. We did the first sentence for you, but there is no perfect answer. You can disagree. It’s important for you to listen and try. It’s not important for each student to put Xs in the same places.

A: _X_ _ ____ ___ ___X___ X _X_ ___X___, __X__ ___ ___ _ __X__ _X_ _X_ , __X___ ___ __ _____ ____ ____X___ __X__ _X_? __ ___ ____ __ _____ ____ ___ ____, ___ ___ __ __ _______, _____ ___ __ _____ ____ _______ ____ __?

B: _ _____ ______ ___ ___ __ _____, ______ ____ _______. _ _____ __ _____ ____ _______ ____ ___. __ _______ ______ ____ ___ __, ___ ___ _______ ____, __ _____ _____ ______ ___ ___ ____ _____ _______

A and B: ___ __ ____ ____ _____ ___ _____ _____ (______ _____ ___ _____ ____).

A and B: ___ __ ____ ____ _____ ___ ___ _____ (______ _____ ___ ___ _____ ___).

A and B: ___ __ ____ ____ _____ ___ ___ _____ (______ _____ ___ ___ _____).

A and B: ___ __ ____ _____ __ _______, _______ ____ __ ___ ___.

B: _______ ____ ______ ___ ____ ____ ___, ______ ____ __ _________. __ ___ ____ _______ __ ______ ___ __.

A: _ ___ ____ _______ _________ _____ __, _____ _____ __ _________. ________ __ _______ ___ _____ ____ ___.

A and B: __ _______ ______ ____ __ __, _____ __ ___ _____ __, __ ___ _____ ______ ___ ___ ____ _____ _______.

Sing along: Finally, using the two sheets, sing along with the song. Go back to the lyrics and circle the words that are stressed. (Circle the words that got an X.) Then, sing the song.

June 21, 2010 - Posted by | How to listen to this..., Listening, Speaking | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] words are often even more obvious. They’re louder, longer, and the pitch changes to boot. Here’s a song you might use. Here’s […]

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