Category Archives: Songs

Improve your English with a fun song: Old Town Road

Have you heard the song, Old Town Road, by Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X? It’s a mix of American Country and Hip Hop style. While native English speakers are generally used to country-style lyrics, they can be quite … Continue reading

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Noun Clauses #1

      The English language is full of Noun Clauses. A Noun Clause is made up of a group of words with a Noun and a Verb. A Noun is the name of a person, animal, place, thing, (or state;  for example: happiness, excitement). … Continue reading

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A Song containing Relative Clauses: #2

Shania Twain sings a song called “You’re Still The One” which has several Relative Clauses in the chorus. (See also Shakira, and One Republic.) Links below: one link is the official music video, and the other link has lyrics only, … Continue reading

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A Song with Present Simple Tense

Present Simple Tense is often used for describing habits, repeated actions, routines, opinions & feelings, and facts. Have you heard the song Creep by the band Radiohead? Most of the lyrics are in Present Simple Tense.  Click on the picture above for … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas Time!!

It’s time for Christmas Carols! Carols is the name we give to Christmas songs, especially religious Christmas songs.  For many people, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, it is simply a festive time to … Continue reading

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A song with Collocations and Idioms

The English language is full of collocations and idioms. By collocations, I mean words that naturally go together like ‘high hopes‘, ‘heavy rain‘, and ‘make friends‘. We don’t say ‘tall hopes’, ‘huge rain‘ or ‘produce friends‘.  Idioms are expressions whose … Continue reading

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A Song with Past Simple Tense & Past Continuous Tense

* First, let’s look at the form (conjugation / spelling) of English verbs. They follow very simple patterns. English verb forms are much easier than many European languages like Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. The Turkish language also has many … Continue reading

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A Song with Dynamic Adjectives

I recently used a song, The Logical Song by Supertramp, in my Intermediate Level English class to highlight excellent English expression and in particular an impressive use of Adjectives. Individually, the adjectives are all wonderfully descriptive, but read the song … Continue reading

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A Song with Present Perfect & Present Simple

Present Perfect Tense If you want to understand and remember how to use Present Perfect Tense, just listen to the song  FRIENDS  by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Here is the chorus: Haven’t I made it obvious?            … Continue reading

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A Song with Future Tenses and Conditionals: First & Zero

The song Parachute by Cheryl Cole is perfect for studying Future Tenses as well as First  Conditional and Zero Conditional. She is not literally singing about a parachute. The parachute symbolizes ‘help’ or ‘rescue’.  We have various ways to talk about … Continue reading

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