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Saturday, November 25, 2017

KALUKULALAKULUKA



KALUKULALAKULUKA?
No !! 
This is not an expression in an African language. 
And this is not an invented word in English either. 
They are 4 different combinations at random of 2 consonants (K,L) and 2 vowels (A,U). 
As a result we have 3 inexistent words and 1 proper name.
KALU, KULA, LAKU or LUKA?
If you guess which of the four words is the right one, 
you will get the title of a song…                 
So, What is the title of the song?
__  __  __  __

TASK: Guessing.

Before watching the video, listen to the chorus of the song and check 
how much information do you know about the song.

*TASK: Watch the video and listen to the song:
        Facts about the song
  • Song:
    a) Despacito     b) Luka     c) Final Countdown
  • Date of release:
    a) 2017            b) 1970      c) 1987
  • Genre:
    a) Alternative rock    b) Classical music     c) Heavy music
  • Writer:
    a) Su
    zanne Vega   b) Shakira     c) Madonna
"My name is Luka" 
You are right. "Luka" is a rock song recorded by Suzanne Vega in 1987. Here you will get some information about the song, links to the lyrics and the official video.

Lyrics of the song

TASKFill-in the blanks:

My name ____ Luka
I ____ on the second floor
I ____ upstairs from you
Yes I ____ you've seen me before

If you ____ something late at night
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ___ me what it was
Just don't ___ me what it was
Just don't ___ me what it was

I think it'__ because I'__ clumsy
I try not to ____ too loud
Maybe it'__ because I'__ crazy
I try not to ____ too proud

They only ____ until you ____
After that you don't ____ why
You just don't _____ anymore
You just don't _____ anymore
You just don't _____ anymore

Yes I ____ I'm okay
I _____ into the door again
If you ____ that's what I'll ____
And it'__ not your business anyway
I _____ I'd like to be alone
With nothing broken, nothing thrown

Just don't ____ me how I ____ 
Just don't ____ me how I ____
Just don't…
         

You can use the following words to fill in the blanks:

think              live (2)            is
ask (3)                 hear
act          talk         ‘s (2)         ‘m (2)
ask              argue (3)          hit         cry
‘s         say         ask       walked        think        guess
am  (2)               ask  (2)   

**************

(*Use the lyrics of the song to translate it into Spanish.)

Meaning of the song

"Luka" is a very special song.
*After reading/listening to the song, please answer the following two questions:

1.- What does the title refer to? 

2.- What is the song about? Why?

(a) Luka is a song about domestic violence
(b) Luka is a song about child abuse
(c) Luka is a song about both domestic violence and child abuse
(d) Luka is a song about none of them

Interesting information about the song
This song was one of the earliest to deal with child abuse and domestic violence. One critic said:
…"the 'happy' music is a metaphorical denial, making this seem beautiful and serene while discussing something terrible and devastating. It is a wonderful use of tune as a metaphor for how many abuse victims also deny their abuse, and is a profound classic."

There is not a unique opinion:
For some people, Luka is a song about domestic violence.(a)
For other people, it is about child abuse. (b)
Two different ways of referring to the same bloody thing: ABUSE.

****


Have a look at the blog “English@Edrissis”: A ROSE FOR THE VICTIMS http://englishedrissis.blogspot.com.es/2011/02/rose-for-victims.html

Monday, October 9, 2017

TRUE COLORS


Talking about colours...

How do you spell it correctly? COLOR or COLOUR?

Both of them are correct:

COLOR (American English) - COLOUR (British English)

                  By the way...

How many colours do you know?

How many colours are there in the picture?

What colour is your favourite?

Which colour is the best one? Why?



TRUE COLORS 

Listen to One Voice Children's Choir sing "TRUE COLORS".

Watch as children from the choir begin singing in pure white clothing, 
and then end the song covered in colorful powder.

The Group:
One Voice Children's Choir is a non-profit children's musical group based in the USA.

The Song:
"TRUE COLORS" is originally made by Cindy Lauper, 
but nowadays it is a song performed by Justin Timberlake.


hhhh


After Checking the lyrics of the song 
discuss its meaning


Pay attention to the Chorus:

(...)
But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow
(...)

What is the real meaning of the song?

"Don't be afraid to show your true colors"

1.- An incredible metaphor for what we humans can do together despite our differences.
2.- We all have our weaknesses, but we have to pay attention to our positive things.
3.- There is a diversity between the children. It shows a mixture of wonderful race -really true colors.
4.- We all rae the same, Humans. All the colors of the world in one planet.

All of them are real interpretations of the song by different people.
The song can mean something different to everyone who hears it.

***

DIFFERENT "TRUE COLORS"

Now compare different versions of the song "TRUE COLORS" 
Match the videos (different versions of the song)  with the singers:

1. Cyndi Lauper
2. Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick
3. Phil Collins
4. Perpetuum Jazzile

1- ...
2- ...
3- ...
4- ...

A.

B.

C.

D.



Which version do you like? Why?


GUESSING.- 

In your opinion,

a) Which version is the original one?
b) Which version is made without any musical instruments?
c) Which version is the soundtrack of the film "THE TROLLS"?
d) Which version is sang by a British singer?

***

Just to finish, 
Remember...


But I see your true colors

Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

***


Friday, February 10, 2017

THANK YOU

THANK YOU !!

Do you know the song "THANK YOU"
by the English singer DIDO??



We share here a Project about the song "Thank You",
carried out by one of our students.

It is an excellent example of a Good Educative Practice 
in our English Classroom at CEPA "Edrissis", Ceuta (Spain).

His author is YUSEF ABDEL-LAH MOHAMED,
a 21-year-old student of English in "Secondary Education for Adults".
(February, 2017)



On his own words...
This piece of work fulfills all the objectives foreseen
in the development of this task-based project:

"El proyecto me ha brindado la oportunidad 
de trabajar con ámbitos que me apasionan:
las nuevas tecnologías e internet, 
la música y la lengua inglesa".
                                                            YUSEF  

***

As a summary of all the online sites used.
we can observe the following Word-Cloud:


As the result of the combination of all of them,
dealing with the MUSIC in ENGLISH
and different selected tools on INTERNET,
this is the final product.

We hope you like it!!



Justo to finish, and in case you don't know it,
 listen to the song "Thank you", by Dido
and watch her official video-clip:




***

Thank You, Yusef !!

Thank you for your enthusiasm
and sharing your project with us all!

;-)

And finally, after enjoying the project "THANK YOU" carried out by our friend, we think it is the right moment to have a look at the process of the elaboration of the Project "My Song".



Good luck!! 
and... 
Good Projects!!

*-*-*-*

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"A CAPPELLA"

"A CAPPELLA"

Have you ever heard about 
VOCAL SAMPLING?



VOCAL SAMPLING is a musical group from Cuba. 
They are known for their adaptations of traditional famous songs.

The six members of Vocal Sampling sing "a cappella"
 imitating the different musical instruments used originally in such songs.

As a good example of their work,
watch (and enjoy) their version of
"HOTEL CALIFORNIA", by Eagles.

Remember they have 
No MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
They sing 
ONLY with their VOICES !!



Now you can compare that adaptation 
with the original version of that song by
EAGLES.


And you can watch the original "HOTEL CALIFORNIA" 
on the following video:


I hope you enjoy both versions ;-)

FURTHER INFORMATION.-
You can check the lyrics of HOTEL CALIFORNIA.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BEAT A DRUM, NOT A WOMAN !!

BEAT A DRUM, 
NOT A WOMAN !!

This is a rose...

And this is... 
                  My Word-Rose for the Victims...

                                                                                    ABUSE                                                                                                                            GENITAL-MUTILATION                                                                                                               DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE                                                                                                                                   RAPE                                                                                                                                                    -                                                                                                                                                      V                                                                                                                                                 CRIME                                                                                                                                                 O                                                                                                                                                       L                                                                                                                                           MURDER                                                                                                                                                  N                                                                                                                                                      C                                                                                                                                                        E  
                                               *****

Pay attention to the previous picture:

*Can you find the words that paint a picture 
about the different types of violence against women?

*Do you notice the stem (vertical line) of the Word-Rose?


As you all know, Domestic Violence isn't the most glamorous subject for songs, but it is an important one. After all, MUSIC isn't just for entertainment. It also has the ability to deal with social topics and provide some light on vital issues.

The United Nations designates November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other different forms of violence. 

To make students aware of this problem and to contribute to transmit the message of STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, we have selected 5 songs by different singers/bands, of different music styles and with different approaches to this topic.

I hope you like this post and be aware of this problem.
 Let's say together ...

STOP V.A.W. !!
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN !!



Activity 1.- 
Matching Photos and Singer/Bands

PHOTOS

a)

b) 

c)

d) 

e) 


SINGERS/BANDS:
1. Christina Aguilera
2. The Beatles
3. Tracy Chapman
4. Eminem & Rihanna
5. Janet Jackson


Activity 2.- 
Matching the titles of the songs and Singer/Bands:


SINGERS/BANDS:
1. Christina Aguilera
2. The Beatles
3. Tracy Chapman
4. Eminem & Rihanna
5. Janet Jackson

SONGS:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL"
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE"
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"
D. "I'M OK"
E. "WHAT ABOUT"

Activity 3.- 
Matching the titles of the songs and their Chorus:

SONGS:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL"
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE"
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"
D.  "I'M OK"
E.  "WHAT ABOUT"

CHORUS:

1....
Last night I heard the screaming 
Loud voices behind the wall 
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call 
The police always come late 
If they come at all  (...)

2....
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright, because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie  (...)

3....
I'd rather see you dead, little girl,
Than to be with another man  (...)

4....
Once upon a time there was a girl
In her early years she had to learn
How to grow up living in a war that she called home
Never know just where to turn for shelter from the storm  (...)

5....
What about the times you lied to me
What about the times you said no one would want me
What about all the shit you've done to me  (...)

Now, Watch the videos, listen to the songs and enjoy the MUSIC...


"BEHIND THE WALL"




                                                           "LOVE THE WAY  YOU LIE" 




"RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"



         "I'M OK"



                                                                                                                       "WHAT ABOUT"




***

SELF-CORRECTION.-
You can check the lyrics of the previous songs, having a look at the following links:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL" (See LYRICS)
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE" (See LYRICS)
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE" (See LYRICS)
D.  "I'M OK"  (See LYRICS)
E.  "WHAT ABOUT"  (See LYRICS)

                                                                               ***


Just to finish, 
Remember the red rose from the beginning and don't forget My Word-Rose.
Take care of the flower and hold its stem (Stop Violence Against Women)  
as strong as you can. And not only on this date (25th November)... 
but every day in your life !!
  
                                                                              ***


FURTHER MUSIC 
RELATED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
You can find a list of songs about Violence Against Women 
on the following LINK.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Leonard Cohen

Leonard danced LIFE

                                                                                                                                      Photo by EUROPAPRESS

Have you ever heard the song
"Dance Me to the End of Love"?




"Dance Me to the End of Love"
is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen.

After listening to it, ...
Do you think it is a love song?

Probably your answer is ... YES.

However, 
let me tell you that originally it is NOT a love song!!

Do you know the real origin of this song?

Although it is considered as a LOVE SONG,
"Dance Me to the End of Love"
was in fact inspired by the HOLOCAUST.

In an interview, Cohen said of this song:

"... it's curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that's why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But that came from just hearing or reading or that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin," meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it's not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity." 

LEONARD COHEN


In short, 
Leonard Cohen danced LIFE to the end of love.

As simple or as complicated as that.

Rest in Peace,
 Maestro.

***

Further Information.-
You can check the LYRICS of the song 
in both languages (English & Spanish).


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ellie

Ellie Goulding

                                       Photo published at Wikipedia (English version)

Many of my students are in their 20's - like her.

Ellie Goulding is an English singer and songwriter in her late 20's.
(She is 29 years old - at the moment).
She was born in Hereford (England) in 1986, 
and she received her first Grammy Award nomination 
for "Best Solo Performance" in 2015.

As an example of her music, 
let's select "YOUR SONG"
(originally by Elton John).

Watch the following video-clip
and pay attention to the lyrics:


TASK 1:
* Listen to the song and fill in the blanks:

                                                                       "Your Song"                                                                                                                                                                             
It'..... a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I'..... not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money, but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live

So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do
See I've forgotten if they'...... green or they'..... blue
Anyway the thing ..... what I really mean
Yours ..... the sweetest eyes I've ever seen

And you can tell everybody this ..... your song
It may ..... quite simple, but now that it'..... done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life ..... now you'..... in the world

If I ..... a sculptor, but then again no
Or a girl who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it'..... not much, but it'..... the best I can do
My gift ..... my song, and this one'..... for you      
                                                                                                                   Oh [x8]

And you can tell everybody this ..... your song
It may ..... quite simple, but now that it'..... done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life ..... now you'..... in the world

***
TASK 2:
* What do all the missing words have in common?
(Justify your answer using a chart).

SELF-CORRECTION.-
Check out your answers using the LYRICS of "Your Song".
(Web: azlyrics)


TASK 3:
* Translate the lyrics of the song into Spanish, with the help of an on-line dictionary - if necessary.
&
Compare your translation with the translation offered at the web musica.com
(Look for any incoherence on the mentioned website).


FURTHER INFORMATION.-
You can get more information about ELLIE GOULDING at:
in English:
or in Spanish:

Saturday, October 15, 2016

DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP !!

Welcome Back

We always have 
new objectives in our minds.

Despite the difficulties,... 
let's work hard and
let's do our best to achieve them!!

                                                                       Photo published at: http://bashny.net/t/es/18533 

Welcome to the new school year.
It's time to start again
your English classes using this blog.

Are you ready?

***

Before starting, 
It is important to have 3 ideas in mind
to face the new school year and succeed:

1.- Be prepared,
2.- Stay positive, and
3.- Work hard.

But, above all, 
remember the quotation of this month
(October, 2016):

"Whatever you do, 
no matter how hard it may be,
Don't give up the ship!" 
                                                                               (George P. McCallum)
***

Watch the video,
Listen to the song,
Pay attention to the lyrics and
complete the missing letters from the Chorus:

D_ _' _  Y _ _  G _ _ _  U _
I  W_ _ ' _  G _ _ _  U_
L _ _  M _  L _ _ _  Y _ _




Check out the following information from the previous video:

                         - SINGER: 
                         - TITLE OF THE SONG:
                         - CHORUS: 

And now,
just to finish,
let me play with the Chorus of the song
and let's change the verb of the last line!

LET ME LOVE YOU

"LET ME HELP YOU"

That will be my slogan for this new school year:

"LET ME HELP YOU...
to achieve your goals"

The blog "English@Edrissis"
and the English teacher
wish you all a successful school year.

Good Luck!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"HELLO"

"HELLO"

Adele at Madame Tussauds (London)


Adele says "Hello" to the 1 Billion Club

According to CNN, 
the song "Hello" has reached 1 billion views on Youtube
becoming the fastest video in YouTube's history to do so. 
The music clip received its 1 billionth view in just 87 days.

Apart from Adele's "Hello",
you can watch other video clips
with more than 1 billion visits on YouTube 
in here.



Adele also says why

The song "Hello" is taken from the new album 25.

Adele introduces, on her official website
her new famous song ...


Hello

When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.
My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager: sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules… is better than making the rules.
25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.
                                 Love,
                                                        Adele

* If you are interested in the LYRICS of the song click here.

Highly Recommended.-

To get to know more about Adele's "Hello" ...
it is worth having a look at the lesson published by RealLife English.
In such a lesson you can: have a look at the lyrics of the song; 
pay attention to grammar, vocabulary and expressions, 
learning some tips to improve pronunciation 
and even take a quizz to check 
"How well you know Hello"

Have a look at RealLife English.

***