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Time Goes by So Slowly

These phrases are the same:

Time goes by.
Time passes.

Does time pass slowly or quickly for you? Is there a reason for that? In this song the singer says “Time goes by so slowly” because he is missing his lover and waiting to see his lover again.

Does time pass slowly or quickly for you? Why is that?

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Have you seen the TIME PAGE

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The Definite Article

When we say “the first time”, “the second time”, “the third time” etc we always say “the”

“The” is the definite article. European languages like Spanish German and French have a definite article but they have two or three definite articles because they have gender. English has one definite article, “the”.

Asian languages like Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Cambodian have no definite article.

Ever

We usually use “ever” in a question like:

“Have you ever been to the sea?”

We also use it in a negative sentence like “I have not ever seen the sun set in the sea.” “Not ever” can contract into “never”:

I have never seen anybody like you.
I have never met anyone like you.
I have never seen anything like you.

We don’t usually use “ever” in a positive sentence except when we want to show emotional power for example in a song or a poem, like in the Roberta Flack song:

The first time ever I saw your face.

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Homophones

Homophones are words which sound the same but have a different meaning. A rose is a flower but the word “rose” is also the past tense of the verb “rise”.

What time does the sun rise? Tell us in the comments section below. Where are you now> What time does the sun rise?

Listening to Songs to Learn English

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Here are some links to more songs:

I have never seen anything like you.

Please pick up the telephone

Time after Time


How long do we have left?


Which way should we go?


I want to break Free


Can you see clearly?

How does she know that you love her?

Do you have a dream?

Man in Black

You are Beautiful.

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Teach Yourself to Play Guitar

So you really like her and you want to win her heart.
Well, honey, your techniques have been so wrong from the start.
Because she has a boyfriend and you’re really not too cool.
So here’s a secret guaranteed to make the ladies drool.

Teach yourself to play guitar. I guarantee it will take you far.
They’ll be head over heels.

Idiom : Head over heels in love

Just strum a few chords together and her heart will be yours forever.
She might love you if you learn to play guitar.

You can learn to ride a skateboard or you can learn to dance.
But you’ve gotta learn guitar if you’re looking for romance
So go ahead and get one. You can find them pretty cheap
And once you hold it in your arms you’ll find a girl to keep.

So don’t waste your bucks on roses even though they’re nice.
The girls are gonna love you if you take my advice
So

Serenade her with a song called “baby”
You might even be cooler if you play the ukele
Just plan an F and play a C and she will most definitely
In your arms, and you will see

She might love you if you learn to play guitar.
She might love you if you learn to play guitar.

Probability

Compare these phrases:

She may love you
She might love you
she will love you

First Conditional

If you learn to play guitar, she will love you.


Link to conditionals

Can you play guitar?

What is the connection between music and language?

Grammar is Music

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Advanced Listening and Vocabulary

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Metaphors and Other Figures of Speech

democracy is the most fragile of flowers

a flourishing capitalism

our neck of the woods

the Twin Peaks paradox

Twin peaks was a television show. Read about it on wikipedia.

the mountain of debts

the mountain of idle cash
extinguish the mountain of debt

green energy

industrial plants

inflating stock exchanges

beating up stock exchanges

a mountain of idle cash

crucially

the political sphere

the economic sphere

a democracy-free zone

one sphere colonising the other sphere

eating into its power

colonising and cannibalising the political sphere

reunite the political and economic sphere

the Soviet debacle

automation makes the twin peaks taller, the waste loftier and the social conflict deeper

a surveillance mad high plutocracy

a matrix-like dystopia

ancient Athenian-like hi-tech agora

no more tug of war between capital and labour

digital currency

green technologies

the dustbin of history

global Keynsian

a matrix-like dystopia

fault lines

if these analogies hold water

a pretty strong opinion

a democracy free zone

an opportunity to reboot the eurozone

a massive fault line

architectural fault lines

a colossal mistake

a person who live and breathes Europe

the centrifugal forces which will be released will be demonic

Link to the metaphor page

Pillar as Metaphor

Chain as Metaphor

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Bang Bang – you shot me down

Guns and Shooting

This is a complex song. “Bang bang” is the sound a gun makes whe children play. What is the sound a child makes when he fires a toy gun in your language?

The singer reflects on a childhood game of shooting guns. Later she talks about wedding bells. Is she reflecting on a childhod love?

What do you make of the song? What do you think it is about?


It is not about the money!

Children play cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians because of Hollywood influence.

Society is so violent. People shoot each other. Why can’t we all learn to live together?
Why can’t we learn to understand each other and learn to love each other?

How can we solve this problem?


Link to a conversation with children.

The Original Version without Lyrics

You have listenind and read the lyrics. Now try to sing along without reading. Focus on your ears this time, rather than your eyes.

Now sing along with Nancy Sinatra

Listening to Songs to Learn English

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Here are some links to more songs:

I have never seen anything like you.

Please pick up the telephone

Time after Time


How long do we have left?


Which way should we go?


I want to break Free


Can you see clearly?

How does she know that you love her?

Do you have a dream?

Man in Black

You are Beautiful.

What song are you listening to?

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