Thursday, October 1, 2015

Learning English from Inspiring TED Talks

One of the most interesting ways to learn English on your own is to practice listening to TED Talks. These are short, inspiring videos of speakers who share an important message based on their talent and expertise. 

On the website, you can find many videos to suit your own interest. You can also use the subtitle function for your native language or the subtitles in English. 

I recommend watching the video first with subtitles of your native language, and then watch the video again with English subtitles. As you watch the English subtitles, pause the video when you see a new expression and write it down. This will help you learn vocabulary in a fun way. 

This video is one of my favorite TED Talks by an incredibly inspiring man who speaks on the topic of hope all over the world. Please use the CC subtitle function to watch with English subtitles. 

 Enjoy learning English through TED Talks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Learning English from Songs - Maroon 5 Sugar

Okay, so it seems like a lot of my students in the summer course like Maroon 5. Here is one of their popular songs to learn from! In this video, the band Maroon 5 goes to different weddings in Los Angeles and "crashes" them. Of course, they are welcomed by the bride and groom of all of these weddings. I love the reactions of the brides and grooms in this video. The fact that the famous band Maroon 5 has played at their wedding is truly a memorable moment!

*to "crash" a wedding means to come uninvited

Idioms in the song:

I’m broken down. = Like a broken down car, I’m unable to move without you.
It’s killing me when you’re away. = When something is “killing me,” it means that it is impossible for me to handle. He means he hurts when she is away from him.
Don’t leave me hanging. = a common idiom that means don’t make me wait long.
You’re the one thing I’m living for. = You have become my greatest desire in life.

Follow the lyrics and sing along! 

I'm hurting, baby, I'm broken down.
I need your loving, loving, I need it now,
When I'm without you, I'm something weak.
You got me begging, begging, I'm on my knees.

I don't wanna be needing your love.
I just wanna be deep in your love.
And it's killing me when you're away.
Ooh, baby,
'Cause I really don't care where you are.
I just wanna be there where you are.
And I gotta get one little taste.

Your sugar,
Yes, please.
Won't you come and put it down on me.
I'm right here, 'cause I need
a little love and a little sympathy.
Yeah you show me good loving,
make it all right.
I need a little sweetness in my life.
Your sugar,
Yes, please.
Won't you come and put it down on me.

My broken pieces, you pick them up.
Don't leave me hanging, hanging
Come give me some.
When I'm without you, I'm so insecure.
You are the one thing, the one thing, I'm living for.

Repeat Chorus

I want that red velvet.
I want that sugar sweet.
Don't let nobody touch it
Unless that somebody's me.
I gotta be a man there ain't no other way
'Cause, girl, you're hotter than southern California Bay.

I don't wanna play no games.
I don't gotta be afraid.
Don't give me all that shy …
No make up on, that's my…

Repeat Chorus

Watch the complete video on Maroon 5's VEVO:
Maroon 5 VEVO