Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Sky Full of Stars

Music can be a fun way to learn English.  Today I would like to share with you the song, “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.  Watch the video below.  While listening to the song, see how much of the song you can understand.   

Link to the Youtube Video of ‘Sky Full of Stars’

Now that you have watched the video, Here are the lyrics (words) to the song.  Listen to the video again while reading the lyrics below:

(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
I’m going to give you my heart
(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
And (be)cause you light up the path

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do
(Be)cause in a sky, cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you

(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
I want to die in your arms, arms
(Be)cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m going to give you my heart

And I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do
(Be)cause in a sky, cause in a sky full of stars
I think I see you

Because you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
Such a heavenly view

Expressions:
Try and rewrite the expressions below using your own words. 

  • I’m going to give you my heart.
  • You light up the path.
  • I don’t care.   Tear me apart.
  • I want to die in your arms.
  • Such a heavenly view

Discussion:

  1. Who do you think this song is written for?
  2. If the song is written for a wife or girlfriend, do you think they are still a couple?  Why?
  3. Does he want to continue a relationship with this person?  
  4. Do you think the video fits the song?  Why?
  5. Where do you think the video was made?   Why?

Further Study:

This song was written by Chris Martin while he and his wife, the famous actress, Gwyneth Paltrow were having marital problems.   There were rumors that they were both cheating.  They are now separated and no longer living together.   Do you think think this song is written about Gwyneth Paltrow or possibly another woman? How do you think Gwyneth Paltrow may feel about this song?

Vocabulary:

1. When you cheat on someone you _________________________.
2. To spread rumors means to ______________________________.
3. Marital is the advective form of the word ___________________.
4. When you are separated from your husband or wife it means ____________________.   

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SHARKS!

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Did you know the movie, “Jaws” was released in theaters almost forty years ago!  In honor of the great film, here is a great photo and short article about the interesting creature.   

STAKING OUT  THE GREAT WHITE SHARK

After reading the article, here are some activities you can try:

1.  Describe the picture.  What is happening?  What verb would you use to describe what the shark is doing?   

2. The article discusses the need to “repair the animal’s reputation”.  What does the author mean by this statement?

3.  Muller says that waiting for a shark to appear is an “intense experience”.  What do you think he means?

4. Muller has a book ‘coming out’ in 2015.  What does this mean?

Interesting Vocabulary:

  • premiere (noun)
  • diligently (adverb)
  • capture (verb)
  • decoy (noun) 
  • prey (noun)

See if you can use these words in sentences.   

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Hello English Learners!

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Hi everyone and welcome.  My name is Jennifer and  my blog is about learning English.  Here I will share ideas on how to improve your English communication skills.  The most important thing to remember is that learning English should be fun.  If you are dreading your next English class, you may need to consider learning in a new way.   Also, know your English goals.

  • Do you want to be able to have a conversation with a native English speaker?
  • Do you want to be able to watch American television shows without using subtitles?
  • Will better English ability help you at your job?
  • Do you need an 800 on your TOEIC exam?
  • Do you want to sound like a native-English speaker?

No matter what your goals are, I look forward to helping you get better at using English.    You can learn more about me by clicking here.

 

Thanks,
Jennifer

 

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