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How to listen to this song: Jealous Guy

How to listen to this song: Jealous Guy by John Lennon

Use this song to practice Past Continuous

You can also listen here, here, or here.

First Listen to the song

Second Answer this question: What is a “jealous guy”? What are three things a jealous guy might do?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the past continuous verb tense. The form is was/were plus the –ing form of the verb. For example: I was watching TV. They were sitting alone.

We use the past continuous to talk about actions that happen over a period of time in the past. We can also use the past simple, but it changes the meaning a little bit. Compare:

I ate rice on Saturday.

I was eating rice on Saturday.

I ate rice makes it seem like the action happened at one time. I was eating rice makes it seem like it happened for some time. Both are true. Saturday is one time and Saturday is a period of time. “I ate rice on Saturday” makes it sound like at one point in time on Saturday (for example 2pm), you ate rice. “I was eating rice on Saturday” makes it sound like you ate rice several times on Saturday (for example 10am, 2pm, and 6pm).

We need to use the past continuous for interrupted actions. For instance, I was eating rice when you called. You stopped the action when you called, so I should use past continuous.

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Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song.

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me any more
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy (watch out)

I’m just a jealous guy (look out babe)

I’m just a jealous guy

Sixth Answer these questions:

Why does he say that his heart was beating fast? When does your heart beat fast?

What reason does he give for hurting her? (Why did he hurt her?)

Why was he feeling insecure?

What does “I was swallowing my pain” mean?

Answers

What is a “jealous guy”? What are three things a jealous guy might do?

A jealous guy is a guy who is too protective of his girlfriend/wife. For example, a jealous guy feels bad when the girl he likes does something without him (especially if she is with other men).

A jealous guy might (1) tell his girlfriend not to meet other men, (2) get angry if his girlfriend doesn’t tell him where she is, (3) tell his girlfriend not to do things without him.

Why does he say that his heart was beating fast? When does your heart beat fast?

His heart was beating fast because his emotions were crazy. Our hearts beat fast when we exercise, when we are very nervous, etc.

What reason does he give for hurting her? (Why did he hurt her?)

He’s a jealous guy.

Why was he feeling insecure?

He thought that she might not love him anymore.

What does “I was swallowing my pain” mean?

It means he was trying to hide his pain. He didn’t want to show her that he was feeling bad.

February 10, 2011 Posted by | How to listen to this..., Using Songs to Teach Grammar | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to listen to this song: Neutron Star Explosion

Listen to the song “Neutron Star Collision” by Muse. Then read explanations below.

You can also listen here, here, or here.

I was searching, you were on a mission
Then our hearts combined like a neutron star collision
I had nothing left to lose
You took your time to choose
Then we told each other with no trace of fear that

Our love would be forever
And if we die, we die together
Well I, I said never
Cause our love would be forever

  • I was searching sounds like he was searching for meaning in life and/or love.
  • On a mission means working very hard to do something.
  • A neutron star is the heaviest kind of star.
  • A collision is when two things hit each other.
  • I had nothing left to lose means that he could take risks because everything was already gone.
  • You took your time is from the idiom “to take one’s time”. It means to go slowly.
  • A trace is a small amount.
  • No trace of something means there is none of that something. (Here, there is no fear.)

So…there are two young people—a boy and a girl. He is searching for something and she is working hard. They meet and it is very good. He wants to be with her, but she needs time. Then, without fear they decide to be together forever. They will love each other forever. They will even die at the same time.

The world is broken, and halos fail to glisten
We try to make a difference but no one wants to listen
Hail the preachers—fake and proud
Their doctrines will be cloud
Then they’ll dissipate like snowflakes in an ocean

Love is forever and we’ll die
We’ll die together
Well I, I said never
Cause our love, could be forever

  • The world is broken means that the world has big problems.
  • A halo is a ring of light. Usually a halo is above the head of an angel.
  • To glisten means to sparkle or to shine. Think about what water looks like when light hits it. A lake glistens in the morning light.
  • To make a difference means to make things better.
  • Hail means to respect something and do what it wants.
  • Preachers are religious leaders, they are like priests.
  • Fake means not real.
  • Proud means you think too nicely about yourself.
  • Doctrines are systems of belief
  • To be cloud is not a normal expression, but it probably means that it won’t be solid.
  • To dissipate is to break into many parts and go away.

So…The world has many problems, but their love is strong.

Now I’ve got nothing left to lose
You take your time to choose
I can tell you now without a trace of fear

That my love will be forever
And we’ll die, we’ll die together
And I, I will never
Cause our love will be forever

So…This last part makes it seem like he’s still waiting for her to choose or maybe she left and he wants her back. We know because instead of saying “our love” he says “my love”.

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How to listen to this song: “I Believe in You” by Don Williams

How to listen to this song: “I believe” by Don Williams

If the above link doesn’t work, you can also listen here, here, or here.

First Listening Questions

What is this song about?

Second Listening Questions

What does “I believe in you” mean?

What else does Don Williams believe in?

Now read the lyrics

Don Williams “I Believe”

I don’t believe in superstars,
organic food and foreign cars.
I don’t believe the price of gold;
the certainty of growing old,
that right is right and left is wrong,
that north and south can’t get along,
that east is east and west is west,
and being first is always best.

But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in mom and dad.
And I believe in you.

Well, I don’t believe that heaven waits,
for only those who congregate.
I like to think of God as love:
He’s down below, He’s up above.
He’s watching people everywhere.
He knows who does and doesn’t care.
And I’m an ordinary man.
Sometimes I wonder who I am.

But I believe in love.
I believe in music.
I believe in magic.
And I believe in you.

Well, I know with all my certainty,
what’s going on with you and me,
is a good thing.
It’s true, I believe in you.

I don’t believe virginity
is as common as it used to be,
in working days and sleeping nights,
that black is black and white is white,
that Superman and Robin Hood
are still alive in Hollywood,
that gasoline’s in short supply,
the rising cost of getting by.

But I believe in love.
I believe in old folks.
I believe in children.
I believe in you.

I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in mom and dad.
And I believe in you.

Third Listening Questions

“To believe” means to think it is true. In the song, Don Williams says “I don’t believe…” about many things. For example, “I don’t believe that heaven waits for only those who congregate.” Can you find more examples of things Don Williams doesn’t think are true.

“To believe in” is different from “to believe”. Let’s look at the difference. To believe in means to (1) trust it or (2) think it’s a good idea or (3) have hope for its future.

Find an example of (1), (2), and (3).

(1)

(2)

(3)

What is organic food?

What does “I don’t believe [in] the certainty of growing old” mean?

“Right is right and left is wrong” is about politicians. Do you know of any “right” politicians? How about a “left” politician?

What does “Heaven waits for only those who congregate mean”?

a) Only people who believe in God go to heaven

b) Only people that go to church go to heaven

c) Only some people go to heaven

Does he think there are more or fewer virgins these days? a) more b) fewer

Do you know who Superman is? How about Robin Hood?

What does “folks” mean?

a) People

b) Dogs

c) Cars

Third Listening Answers

“To believe” means to think it is true. In the song, Don Williams says “I don’t believe…” about many things. For example, “I don’t believe that heaven waits for only those who congregate.” Can you find more examples of things Don Williams doesn’t think are true.

He doesn’t believe that we will certainly get old, that right is right, that left is wrong, that east is east and west is west and being first is always best, that heaven waits for only those who congregate, that virginity is as common as it used to be, that Superman and Robin Hood are still alive in Hollywood, or that gasoline’s in short supply.

“To believe in” is different from “to believe”. Let’s look at the difference. To believe in means to (1) trust it or (2) think it’s a good idea or (3) have hope for its future.

Find an example of (1), (2), and (3).

Answers may be different, but for example.

(1) Mom and Dad

(2) Love

(3) Children

What is organic food? Food without chemicals added to it.

What does “I don’t believe [in] the certainty of growing old” mean? It means that we might die before we are old. (For example, maybe a bus will hit us.)

“Right is right and left is wrong” is about politicians. Do you know of any “right” politicians? How about a “left” politician? George Bush is “right”. Barack Obama is “left”.

What does “Heaven waits for only those who congregate mean”?

a) Only people who believe in God go to heaven

b) Only people that go to church go to heaven

c) Only some people go to heaven

Does he think there are more or fewer virgins these days? a) more b) fewer

Do you know who Superman is? How about Robin Hood? They are imaginary heroes.

What does “folks” mean?

a) People

b) Dogs

c) Cars

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How to listen to this song: She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

How to listen to this song: “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5

You can also listen here, here, or here.

First Listening Questions

What is the song about?

Second Listening Questions

Look at the first four lines of the poem:

Beauty queen of only eighteen
She had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her
She always belonged to someone else

Who are the two main characters (people) in the song? What is their relationship? Boyfriend and girlfriend? Just friends? Something else? (You can’t know for sure, so just try and guess.)

Now read the lyrics

“She Will Be Loved”

Beauty queen of only eighteen
She had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her
She always belonged to someone else

I drove for miles and miles
And wound up at your door
I’ve had you so many times but somehow
I want more

I don’t mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
And ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn’t matter anymore

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along, yeah
My heart is full and my door’s always open
You come anytime you want

I don’t mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

I know where you hide
Alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
Comes back and begs me to catch her every time she falls, yea.

Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful

I don’t mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Oh, look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved
And she will be loved

Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye
Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye

Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye

Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye

Third Listening Questions

What is this song about?

The boy and girl in the song are boyfriend and girlfriend. How do we know?

How did their relationship start?

Is it a happy relationship?

Why does he say “I don’t mind spending every day, out on the corner in the pouring rain.”

What does “Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye” mean?

Third Listening Answers

What is this song about? This song is about a boy and a girl. At first, they’re just friends. Then, they start a relationship, but they break up (stop dating) and get back together a lot. In this song, the boy doesn’t want the relationship to end, but the girl does want it to end.

The boy and girl in the song are boyfriend and girlfriend. How do we know? All of these lines tell us that they are dating:

I’ve had you so many times but somehow I want more. (“I’ve had you” means that he has had her as a girlfriend.)

It’s compromise that moves us along. (This means that compromise improves the relationship.)

I know that goodbye means nothing at all. (If he knows that goodbye means nothing at all, then she said goodbye before and then came back. So, she left the relationship and became his girlfriend again.)

How did their relationship start? At first, they were just friends. He sings: “He was always there to help her. She always belonged to someone else.” It means that she had different boyfriends and he helped her.

Is it a happy relationship? Probably not. He really wants her to come back to him, so they probably fought in the past. He says that “I’ve had you so many times”. That means that they broke up and got back together many times. So, they probably fought a lot.

Why does he say “I don’t mind spending every day, out on the corner in the pouring rain.” It means that he will wait for her (even all day in the rain). He loves her so much, so he doesn’t care.

What does “Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye” mean? It means that he thinks it’s very hard for her to say goodbye. If it’s really hard, he thinks, she shouldn’t do it.

Do you have more questions about this song? Ask in the comments!

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How to listen to this song: “We are the Champions” by Queen

How to listen to this song: “We are the Champions” by Queen

Use this song to practice the Present Perfect verb tense.

First Listen to the song “We are the Champions” by Queen

(If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.)

Second Answer these questions: What is a champion? What kinds of champions are there?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the Present Perfect verb tense. We use the present perfect to talk about past actions when we don’t know, or don’t care, when they happened. The form is have/has+third form of the verb—usually, it’s verb+ed, but not always (e.g. eaten, read, sat, etc.).

Note: You can also use the Present Perfect with “for” and “since”, but that’s not the emphasis for this song.

Fifth Answer these questions:

How many times can you find the Present Perfect in this song?

What does “I’ve paid my dues” mean?

What does “my share of” mean?

What does “I’ve taken my bows” mean?

This is a very popular song. Why do you think it is so popular?

Lyrics

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it
I thank you all

But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose (ain’t gonna = am not going to)

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

Answers

What is a champion? A champion is a winner. Usually, a champion wins many games or matches, so we know they’re the best of everyone.

What kinds of champions are there? There are lots of champions. You can be a champion sports player, a champion speller, or a champion in any competition.

How many times can you find the Present Perfect in this song? There are eight (8): I’ve paid my dues, I’ve done my sentence, I’ve…committed no crime, bad mistakes I’ve made a few, I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face, I’ve come through, I’ve taken my bows and my curtain calls, it’s been no bed of roses

What does “I’ve paid my dues” mean? It means he has done things in the past so that he can be successful now.

What does “my share of” mean? It means a fair amount. Usually, we use this expression before bad things to say that we’ve had similar problems to everyone else. For example, I’ve had my share of fights, or I’ve made my share of mistakes.

What does “I’ve taken my bows” mean? At the end of a popular show or concert, a performer will bow. He means that he’s had good, popular shows.

This is a very popular song. Why do you think it is so popular? This is an opinion question. What do you think?

Do you have more questions about this song? Ask in the comments.

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How to listen to this song: Somewhere over the Rainbow

How to listen to this song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Use this song to practice the Present Simple verb tense.

First Listen to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow

(If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.)

Second Answer this question: Is this a happy song or a sad song? Why?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the Present Simple verb tense. One thing we use the Present Simple for is things that are sometimes, usually, or always true. The time isn’t important. For example: Skies are blue. Yes, sometimes, the sky is black or grey or red, but skies are blue in the past, present, and future.

Sixth Answer these questions:

Can you find another example of present simple? Where? What does it mean?

What does “dreams come true” mean?

Why does the singer want to go over the rainbow?

Lyrics

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly,
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly,
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh, why can’t I?

Answers

Can you find another example of present simple? Where? What does it mean? Bluebirds fly. It’s a habit of bluebirds. It means bluebirds can fly. They fly in the past, the present, and the future.

What does “dreams come true” mean? A dream is like a wish. A dream come true is a wish the really happens. For example, Barack Obama wanted to become president. It was his dream. He became president, so his dream came true. In the song, dreams come true in the past, present, and future. Over the rainbow, dreams come true.

Why does the singer want to go over the rainbow? She thinks that she’ll be happier there.

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How to listen to this talk: Christopher DeCharms looks inside the brain

How to listen to this talk: Christopher DeCharms looks inside the brain (a TED Talk)

Low-Level Students: You can use the translations to understand this video

Intermediate-Students: Listen and then use the translations to understand this video

Advanced Students: Don’t use the translations.

Before listening Discuss these questions with a partner (or write short answer to them on your own).

How do we control our muscles?

How do we control what happens in our brain?

What are some ways to change our brain?

Do you think it’s possible to look inside your brain?

Listening Click here to go to the TED website (you need to go there to be able to use the interactive transcript. That way you can listen, read, and repeat certain sections of the talk quickly).

There are subtitles in 27 languages. Below the video, you can select the language that you want for subtitles.

There’s also a box to the right of the video. Click on “Open Interactive Transcript” to see all the words. Click on any word to go to that part of the speech.

Comprehension Questions Did you really understand this talk? Try to answer these questions. (Answers are below.)

Why does he ask the audience to wave at the beginning?

What does he think will be possible in the future?

Why does he say: “You had to take a spaceship. Shrink it down. etc.”

What is “MRI”?

What does he say we can do using MRI?

Doctors have been using MRI for years. What’s new about this?

In the past, what were the three ways to try to impact the brain?

What is the fourth way?

What is “chronic pain”? Why does he mention it?

Why does he ask the audience to flex their biceps?

Activity Do this activity to help you remember what you’ve learned.

Imagine you can change things about your personality. What things would you change and why? Post your ideas in the comments!

Discussion Questions Now discuss these questions.

Do you think it will be possible to change many things about your brain because you can look at your brain patterns? Why/Why not?

Is there anything that is dangerous about this technology? If yes, what? Why?

Imagine that this technology works very well. Do you think children should be allowed to use it?

How about athletes? We don’t let athletes use drugs to change their bodies. Should they be able to change their minds?

Answers

Why does he ask the audience to wave at the beginning? He wants to demonstrate that if you can see something, you do the same thing.

What does he think will be possible in the future? In the future, we’ll be able to look inside our brain and control what’s happening (just like we can control our arms).

Why does he say: “You had to take a spaceship. Shrink it down. etc.” He’s referencing movies and TV shows where people went into bodies using tiny ships. He’s saying that we’ve been thinking about this technology for a long time. It’s going to be true, but different than how we thought it would be.

What is “MRI”? Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

What does he say we can do using MRI? Basically, it’s a way to look inside the brain. We can see what’s happening inside the brain.

Doctors have been using MRI for years. What’s new about this? In the past, we had to wait to see a scan of the brain. Now we can watch brain activity live (like we watch CCTV/a security camera—in real time, without waiting).

In the past, what were the three ways to try to impact the brain? Talking to a psychologist/psychiatrist, taking drugs, having surgery.

What is the fourth way? The way he’s describing, by looking inside the brain, watching what’s happening and controlling it.

What is “chronic pain”? Why does he mention it? Chronic pain can be different things. In this talk, chronic pain is feeling pain even though the source of the pain is gone. Like, someone’s hand hurts even after the hand was cut off. He mentions it as an example of something we’ll be able to see in our brains in the future.

Why does he ask the audience to flex their biceps? He wants to say that you’ll be able to do the same thing with different brain areas. You’ll be able to flex parts of your brain, so to speak.

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How to listen to this song: Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles

How to listen to this song: “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles

Use this song to practice Present Real/First Conditional and “Can’t”

First Listen to the song “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.

Second Answer these questions:

What do you think this song is about?

What does “Money can’t buy me love” mean?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the First/Present Real Conditional. The form is If+Present Simple, Future Simple. (e.g. If you call, I’ll go. OR I’ll eat there if you pay.) We use it to discuss possible actions and the likely results. For more information, go here.

Also, think about the use of “can’t”. It means “not possible.” (e.g. I can’t run 50 kilometers.) For more information, go here.

Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song. (See below.)

Sixth Answer these questions.

What does “’cause” mean?

How does the singer feel about money?

Does he want to buy a diamond ring?

What do you think? Can money buy love?

Lyrics

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love

I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
‘Cause I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no!

Say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

…buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no!

Say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love 

Answers

What does “’cause” mean? It means “because”.

How does the singer feel about money? He doesn’t like it. He says “I don’t care too much for money.” He wants love, but he says money can’t buy love.

Does he want to buy a diamond ring? Not really. He will buy it if it makes the girl happy (“I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend, if it makes you feel alright.”), but he also says “say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied”. He prefers a girl who doesn’t want a diamond ring.

What do you think? Can money buy love? Yes, I think money can buy love because… OR No, I don’t think money can buy love because…

Do you have more questions about this song? Ask in the comments!

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How to listen to this song: “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog

Rainbow Connection

Use this song to practice asking questions in Present Simple, Past Simple, and Present Perfect.

First Listen to the song “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, or here.

(Also, the lyrics are a little different, but you can also hear Jason Mraz’s version here and The Carpenters’ version here.)

Second Answer these questions: What is a rainbow? What is a connection? What do you think a “rainbow connection” is? (Hint: There isn’t just one answer. It’s an opinion.)

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth There are three main questions in the song. They are:

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered, when wished on the morning star?

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?

The first question uses present simple. That’s a question about things that are always true.

The second question uses past simple. That’s a question about something that happened one time in the past. When it happened in the past is important.

The third question uses present perfect. That’s a question about something that started in the past, but is important for now.

Go to this site to learn more about asking questions in different verb tenses.

Fifth Answer these questions:

What does the singer think about rainbows?

He says that the rainbow connection is “the lovers, the dreamers, and me”. What do you think? What is the connection between lovers, dreams, and him? How are they the same?

He asks “what’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” It means, why do people keep looking at the stars. Why do you think people enjoy looking at the stars?

What is “the sweet sound that called the young sailors”?

Lyrics

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered, when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing,
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

La da da di da da do. La da da da da di da do.

Answers

There aren’t exact answers to these questions. These answers are just opinions.

What does the singer think about rainbows?

He thinks they are amazing. They make him dream and wonder about how everyone is the same. He thinks everyone is connected.

He says that the rainbow connection is “the lovers, the dreamers, and me”. What do you think? What is the connection between lovers, dreamers, and him? How are they the same?

Maybe he thinks lovers, dreamers, and he are the same. They all think softly about life. They are connected because everyone is connected. They all look at rainbows and dream.

He asks “what’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” It means, why do people keep looking at the stars. Why do you think people enjoy looking at the stars?

Maybe everyone feels the same when they look at the stars. They dream about their future and their place in the world. Stars make us feel peaceful.

What is “the sweet sound that called the young sailors”?

It something that’s in a young sailor’s heart. Sometimes young people just want to get away and travel.

Do you have questions about this song? Do you have different opinions? Post in the comments:)

September 21, 2010 Posted by | How to listen to this..., Using Songs to Teach Grammar | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How to listen to this song: “All My Loving” by The Beatles

How to listen to this song: “All My Loving” The Beatles

Use this song to practice the Future Simple verb tense.

First Listen to the song “All My Loving” by The Beatles. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.

Second Answer this question: What do you think this song is about?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the Future Simple verb tense. Future Simple is “will + the verb” For example: “I will go tomorrow” (or “I’ll go tomorrow”). In English, we use Future Simple for predictions about the future.Click here for more information, and practice exercises.

Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song. How many times can you find uses of Future simple? What predictions are there?

Sixth Answer these questions:

Why does he sing: “Tomorrow I’ll miss you.” Why will he miss her?

“I’ll always be true” means that he will not get a different girl. Do you believe him?

He sings: “I…hope that my dreams will come true.” What are his dreams? How can they “come true”?

Lyrics

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.
Tomorrow I’ll miss you.
Remember I’ll always be true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

I’ll pretend that I’m kissing,
the lips I am missing,
and hope that my dreams will come true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

All my loving, I will send to you.
All my loving, darling I’ll be true.

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.
Tomorrow I’ll miss you.
Remember I’ll always be true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

All my loving, I will send to you.
All my loving, darling I’ll be true.
All my loving, all my loving ooh,
all my loving, I will send to you.

Answers

Why does he sing: “Tomorrow I’ll miss you.” Why will he miss her?

He’ll miss her because he is leaving tomorrow.

“I’ll always be true” means that he will not get a different girl. Do you believe him?

Yes I do, because… OR No I don’t, because…

He sings: “I…hope that my dreams will come true.” What are his dreams? How can they “come true”?

He hopes to kiss her and be with her. To “come true” means to be true in the future. For example, if my dream is to live in France and I move to France, then my dream came true.

September 14, 2010 Posted by | How to listen to this..., Using Songs to Teach Grammar | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment