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PHRASAL VERBS IN SONG LYRICS (1 B2)

WATCH THIS VIDEO. DO YOU KNOW THE SONG?

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW IF YOU´D LIKE TO DO AN ACTIVITY WITH THE SONG LYRICS.

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  • WHAT DOES SHAKE IT OFF MEAN?

To forget about someone or something, to let go, to get over it, to move on.

According to Taylor Swift  “The message in [‘Shake It Off’] is a problem we all deal with on a daily basis. We don’t live just in a celebrity takedown culture, we live in a takedown culture,” she explained about the insanely catchy track. “People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you — you have to have more fun than they do.”

PHRASAL VERBS ARE VERY COMMON IN SONGS. HAVE A LOOK AT THE WORDS BELOW AND TRY TO MATCH THE PRASAL VERBS IN THE SONG LYRICS TO THEIR MEANING AND SINGERS.

1. Breaking up is hard to do                                            A.  collect or gather

2. Hung up                                                                            B. don´t take off your clothes

3. I can´t get you out of  my head                                  C.  stop sleeping

4. I still haven´t found what I’m looking for               D. I’m crazy / mad about him

5. My heart will go on                                                        E. continue

6. Wake up                                                                           F. our relationship is over

7. You can leave your hat  on                                          G. remove something from your mind

8.  Pick me up                                                                      H. search for someone or something

  • IS IT CORRECT TO SAY SHAKE OFF IT? WHY WHY NOT?

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http://www.espressoenglish.net/phrasal-verbs-in-english/

PHRASAL VERBS

ACCORDING TO CRISTINA CABAL “This quiz below is a good example of that. According to Roy Norris, author of Ready for First, Ready for Advanced and Straightforward (advanced) among others, these are the 30 most common phrasal verbs in English.

Do you have any others to add to the list?

This is how SHE SUGGESTS you work with the quiz:

  • Do the quiz
  • Once you have finished doing it, try to remember which phrasal verbs were tested and write them down on a piece of paper together with their meaning.
  • Do the quiz once again and compare your written answers with the ones given in the quiz.
  • Write down the ones you didn’t know. Look them up in a good dictionary and read the example sentences to see how they are used in context.
  • Try the quiz again some other day to consolidate knowledge.

So, CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO START…

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THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE (1B2) (OPTIONAL)

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL ACTIVITY I DEVISED FOR YOU TO TRY DURING THE HOLIDAY OR AT ANY OTHER TIME…..

AS WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT “LIVE ENTERTAINMENT” LAST  WEDNESDAY……DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

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HE´S A BRITISH CHART-TOPPING STAR CALLED ED SHEERAN. HE PERFORMED IN MADRID AND BARCELONA LAST WEEKEND AS PART OF A TOUR AROUND EUROPE. ALL THE TICKETS HAD BEEN SOLD OUT.

HIS LATEST HIT IS CALLED “SHAPE OF YOU” AND IT REMINDED ME OF THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE TIME WHEN YOU WANT TO GET IN SHAPE BEFORE THE SUMMER BATHING SUIT SEASON STARTS…. MANY  PEOPLE GET OBSESSED WITH LOSING WEIGHT, START GOING TO THE GYM AND GO ON DIETS BACAUSE SUMMER IS ALMOST THERE AND THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD IN THEIR BIKINIS.

WATCH THE VIDEO, WHICH STARTS IN A GYM…. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STORY IS ABOUT?

WATCH IT AGAIN. What equipment or exercises to keep fit can you spot?

EQUIPMENT

  • (USE) AN EXERCISE BIKE
  • (GO ON) A RUNNING MACHINE (TREADMILL)
  • (DO) (LIFT) WEIGHTS
  • (PUNCH) HEAVY BAGS)
  • (JUMP) THE ROPE
  • (USE) A CROSS-TRAINER
  • (USE) A YOGA MAT
  • (USE) BOXING GLOVES
  • (WEAR) HAND WRAPS

EXERCISES

  • DO SIT-UPS
  • DO PRESS-UPS = (PUSH-UPS)
  • DO PULL-UPS
  • STRETCH
  • DO AEROBICS
  • DO SPINNING
  • DO PILATES (OR YOGA)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON “KEEPING FIT” (book page 163).  YOU COULD ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW (EXERCISING AT THE GYM)

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LISTEN TO THE SONG AGAIN & DO THIS EXERCISE WITH THE LYRICS

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CHECK YOUR ANSWERS:

ED SHEERAN´S PERFORMANCES IN SPAIN  WERE SOLD OUT MONTHS AGO

SELL OUT= ALL BE SOLD  : THIS IS A PHRASAL VERB

IN YOUR BOOK THERE´S A REVISION  OF PHRASAL VERBS (page 144)

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WHICH TYPE IS “SELL OUT”? TYPE 1, TYPE 2 OR TYPE 3? WHY?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE ACTIVITY ON LYRICS TRAINING JUST FOR FUN?

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE ACTIVITY

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IT´S MY PARTY AND …..(B1)

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THESE WOMEN ARE  AS DIFFERENT AS CHALK AND CHEESE. CAN YOU IMAGINE THEM SINGING THE SAME SONG?

LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND READ THE LYRICS. IN EACH LINE OF THE 3 VERSES THERE IS AN EXTRA WORD. FIND THE WORD AND CROSS IT OUT.

CHORUS

It´s my party and I´ll cry if I want to

cry if Iwant to, cry if I want to,

you would cry too if it happened to you

VERSE 1

Nobody really knows where my Johny has gone

but Judy left at the same time.

Why was he still holding her hand

when he´s supposed to be all mine?

VERSE 2

Play all of my records, keep dancing all night,

But just leave me alone for a while

´Til Johny´s back dancing with me

I´ve got no more reason to smile.

CHORUS

VERSE 3

Judy and Johny just walked in through the door,

like a queen walking with her king.

Oh, what a birthday party surprise,

Judy´s wearing his  ear-ring!!

CHRORUS

(inside out intermediate)

WATCH THIS MODERN VERSION OF THIS SONG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5go7Q2L0WgA

WHAT´S THE SONG ABOUT?

CAN YOU FIND EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST CONDITIONAL?

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND CONDITIONAL?

MODAL VERBS FOR DEDUCTION (1B2)

LISTEN TO TWO DIFFERENT SAMPLES OF TWO  VERY POPULAR SONGS WITH A SIMILAR TITLE.

CAN YOU REMEMBER THEIR TITLE? WHO ARE THEY BY?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN THE TWO TITLES?

Post your grammar explanation and we´ll  keep in touch!

   IT MUST  BE   LOVE

         MODAL VERB  +  (SIMPLE) TO INFINITIVE         

         PRESENT    DEDUCTION           (CERTAINTY)   

IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE         

      MODAL VERB  +   PERFECT INFINITIVE                       

                                         HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE                 

            PAST DEDUCTION    (CERTAINTY)

THIS KIND OF LANGUAGE IS VERY USEFUL BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A PHOTO  IN ORAL INTERVIEWS, YOU´RE SPECULATING ALL THE TIME….

 

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WHAT  LOGICAL DEDUCTIONS CAN YOU MAKE ON THE PHOTOS BELOW?

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SUSPENDEN PRIMEROS ACTOS FALLEROS A CAUSA DE LA LLUVIA Y EL VIENTO

MODAL VERBS IN SONGS (LOW B2)

 

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CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE SONGS.

 

WHICH MODAL VERBS CAN YOU SPOT?

WHAT DIFFERENT MEANINGS CONVEY THE DIFFERENT MODAL VERBS?

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ATTENTION INFOYOU CAN READ THE GRAMMAR REFERENCE ON PAGES 142-143 

Read more at http://www.englishgrammar.org/talking-possibility/#oRuHdKDHPM5f4kUS.99

VALENCIA , NEW YORK (1B1)

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HOW FAR IS FROM VALENCIA TO NEW YORK? 6.048 km

HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THESE TWO CITIES?

THINK ABOUT THE SCENERY, THE WEATHER, THE PEOPLE, THE COST OF LIVING, THE LIFESTYLE, THE CUSTOMS, POLLUTION, CARS AND TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT, SHOPPING, FESTIVALS, GENERAL ATMOSPHERE…..

USE WORDS SUCH AS….

BIG                                        MODERN               COSMOPOLITAN              FRIENDLY                                              LIVELY                                 HOT                        CROWDED                          SAFE                                     COLD                                    POPULAR              NOISY                                  UNFRIENDLY                                                       CALM                                   DIRTY                     STRESSFUL                        EXCITING                            FAMOUS                             DANGEROUS        POPULATED                      TRADITIONAL                                                CHEAP                                 EXCITING              PEACEFUL                         GOOD

 

WHICH OF THESE TWO SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK IS BETTER?

HOW CAN YOU COMPARE?

PRESENT PERFECT? U2 (1B1)

LISTEN TO THIS  SONG  BY U2  AND FILL IN THE GAPS WITH EXAMPLES OF THE PRESENT PERFECT:

I (1) ________________the highest mountains.
I (2) ________________through the fields
only to be with you,
only to be with you.
I (3) ________________.
I (4) ________________.
I (5) ________________these city walls,
these city walls,
only to be with you.

But I still (6) ________________what I’m looking for.
But I still (7) ________________ what I’m looking for.

I (8) ________________hardened lips.
Felt the healing fingertips.
It burned like fire–
this burning desire.

I (9) ________________with the tongue of angels.
I (10) ________________the hand of a devil,
It was warm in the night.
I was cold as a stone.

But I still (11) ________________what I’m looking for.
But I still (12) ________________what I’m looking for.

I believe in the kingdom come,
then all the colors will bleed into one,
bleed into one.
Well, yes I’m still running.

You broke the bonds
and you loosed the chains,
carried the cross
of my shame,
of my shame.
You know I believed it.

But I still (13) ________________ what I’m looking for.
But I still (14) ________________ what I’m looking for.
But I still (15) ________________ what I’m looking for.

NOW, WATCH THE VIDEO & CHECK YOUR ANSWERS:

WHY DO YOU THINK THE SINGER  REPEATEDLY USES THE PRESENT PERFECT?

IF IT HADN´T BEEN FOR LOVE…. (1B2)

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THIS SONG BY ADELE . THE THIRD CONDITIONAL IS USED REPEATEDLY. DO YOU REMEMBER HOW IT´S USED?

 

Adele            If It Hadn’t Been For Love

Never would have 1) _____________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 2 ____________ the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 3) __________ through the blindin’ rain
Without one dollar to my name
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 4)__________ the trouble that I’m in
If it hadn’t been for love
Woulda been 5) ___________ like a wayward wind
If it hadn’t been for love

Nobody knows it better than me
I wouldn’t be wishing I was free
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 6) ___________ to that side of town
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 7) __________ a mind to track him down
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 8) ____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 9) __________________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 10) __________ the train to Louisian’
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 11) _____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

(ORIGINAL IDEA BY BUSYTEACHER)

  • WHAT DID SHE DO FOR LOVE?
  • WHAT´S “WOULDA”?
  • EXPLAIN THE IDEA OF REGRET USED BY MEANS OF THE THIRD CONDITIONAL

WHAT IF…..? (1B2)

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DO YOU KNOW THIS SONG? “IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS…..”

WATCH THIS VIDEO AND COMPLETE THE LYRICS WITH SUITABLE SECOND CONDITIONAL FORMS

BARENAKED LADIES IF I HAD $1.000.000

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ____________________ (1) ( I WOULD ______________________ (2))

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ________________________FOR YOUR HOUSE

(3) ( maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had a 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (4)( a nice reliant automobile)

If I had $ 1,000,000, I´D _________________ (5)

If I had $ 1,000,000 I´D __________________________(6) fort in our yard

If I had $ 1,000,000, YOU _______________________ (7) it wouldn’t be that hard

If I had $ 1,000,000 Maybe we COULD______________________________ (8) in there somewhere Wouldn’t that be fabulous! If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (9)( but not _____________________ that’s cruel) If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ______________________________ (10) (like a llama or an emu)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D BUY YOU (11) John Merrick’s _________________(All them crazy elephant bones)

If I had $ 1,000,000 , I´D ______________________(12)

If I had $ 1,000,000, WE ________________________________ (13) to the store

If I had $ 1,000,000 WE´D _____________________________ (14) ,´cause it costs more

If I had $ 1,000,000 , WE __________________________________ (15) Kraft dinner

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000)

I´D _________________________________ (16)( but not a real __________________ that’s cruel)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (17)( A Picasso or a Garfunkel)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ______________________________ (18) (haven’t you always wanted a monkey?) If I had $ 1,000,000, I´D _________________________( 19)

If I had $ 1,000,000 If I had $ 1,000,000 If I had $ 1,000,000 . I´D ___________________ (20)

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SHE´S NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE (1B2)

LISTEN TO THIS SONG BY SHANIA TWAIN Shania-Twain-Shes-Not-Just-A-P-315059

HOW MANY DIFFERENT JOBS ARE MENTIONED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT? CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GO OVER SOME WORK AND EMPLOYMENT VOCABULARY

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DISCUSS:

  • Men & women: equality in the job market
  • The job market: compare past and present
  • Unemployment: your country in comparison with others
  • Being self employed/ working for others
  • Most important aspects for job satisfaction
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