New Years Day by U2

One of my favourite New Year songs is New Years Day by U2. Originally released in 1983, it’s a timeless song that longs for a peaceful future.

Today English Teacher Online invites you to study the lyrics, trusting that you’ll be renewed with energy to build a better world.

We’ll also help make your New Year’s resolution English action plan too.

 

New Years Day Lyrics by U2

All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true it’s true…
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I…I will begin again
I…I will begin again

Oh…
Maybe the time is right
Oh…maybe tonight…

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

What dreams and goals do you have for the new year?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section or just go out and make contact with someone, somewhere!

Let’s help you make a New Year’s resolution English Action Plan.

Auld Lang Syne New Year Song

We’ll soon join hands to sing the Auld Lang Syne New Year song.

Sing the first couple of lines that is and then mumble the rest or mouth la la la! You will not be alone. It’s a song very few people know all the words to, so English Teacher Online is going to help you learn them.

We’ll also help make your New Year’s resolution English action plan too.

History of Auld Lang Syne

The song comes from a 1788 Scottish poem by Robert Burns and was never intended to be a New Year’s song.

The phrase “For Auld Lang Syne” means “for (the sake of) old times” and the poem was to celebrate our oldest and best friendships. It fits in well with the reflective nature of New Year’s Eve, when people traditionally return home to be with their loved ones.

There are several variations but below you’ll find a simplified fun English translation. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

 

Auld Lang Syne (lyrics translated from a Robert Burns poem)

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
In the days of auld lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the sake of auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the sake of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
We’ve wandered many a weary fit,
since the days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared,
since the days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
and give me a hand o’ thine!
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS (x2)

Click here to make your New Year’s resolution English Action Plan!

Merry Christmas Everybody

English Teacher Online would like to say thanks for studying with us this year. You are the best students in the world so our final post of 2017 is your Christmas present, a Merry Christmas Everybody reading comprehension.

Listen to the song and read the lyrics. Look at the questions below and write your answers in the comment section at the end.

 

Merry Christmas Everybody (lyrics by Slade)

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It’s the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red-nosed reindeer?
Does he turn up on his sleigh?
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

So here it is, Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun

Are you waiting for the family to arrive?
Are you sure you got the room to spare inside?
Does your granny always tell ya
That the old songs are the best?
Then she’s up and rock and rollin’ with the rest

So here it is Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun

What will your daddy do
When he sees your mama kissin’ Santa Claus?
Ah-ha

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
Are you hoping that the snow will start to fall?
Do you ride on down the hillside
In a buggy you have made
When you land upon your head, then you been slayed

Reading Comprehension

1) Where might Slade hang a stocking at Christmas?

2) What Christmas animal has a red nose?

3) What does Grandma mean in verse 2?

4) What does Slade imply with, “When he sees your mama kissin’ Santa Claus”?

5) What might happen on a hillside at Christmas?

Please write your answers in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

Merry Christmas Everybody.

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

It’s November full moon so English Teacher Online presents our Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension and Song Lyrics in English – to help you understand and talk about this beautiful Thai festival.

Loy Krathong Song Lyrics

November full moon shines
Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong
And the water’s high, in local river and the klong
Loy Loy Krathong, Loy Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is here and everybody’s full of cheer
We’re together at the klong
Each one with his krathong
As we push away we pray
We can see a better day

Loy Krathong Reading Text (written by T.Steve)

Once upon a time there was a young brother and sister named Putter and Bam.

“My favourite holiday is Loy Krathong”, said Putter one November day as they sat making their krathongs.

“It’s the best. I am so excited”, Bam replied, “Please pass the banana leaves Putter, I need to cover this stem completely.”

They covered the banana stem with banana leaves; cut some more leaves into small triangle shapes and fixed them around the edge of the stem. In the middle of the Krathong they placed a flower, a candle, some incense and a small piece of their hair. They also put a 10 Baht coin in the krathong too.

“Hurry up Bam,” cried mum, “We’re ready to go.”

Putter and Bam got in the car and they all drove to a local temple next to the river.

“Be careful with your krathongs”, said mum, “You’ve both done such a great job, you don’t want to break them now.”

Bam and Putter carefully carried their krathongs through the temple grounds. There was an amazing smell of incense in the air and everyone was carrying beautiful krathongs.

“Don’t fall in you two”, laughed dad as Bam and Putter knelt by the side of the river and slowly lowered their krathongs into the water. As they pushed the krathongs downstream, they both said a little prayer, “We are so lucky to have this river.”

 

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

Q1. When is Loy Krathong celebrated each year?

Q2. How did the children make their Krathongs?

Q3. Where did they go to release their Krathongs?

Q4. What did the children say as they released their Krathongs?

Please write your answers in the comment section and I will mark them all personally.

Introduction to Media

What is media and how do we use it?

Why must you be careful of the media?

How can media work best for you?

So many questions to start your introduction to media week with English Teacher Online.

You probably already know what the media is and how to use it. So we’ll discuss in class why you need to question media messages and learn how to use it in a safe way.

What is Media?

Media is a way of communicating – such as radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Media has a wide reach and influence on its audience.

There are 2 groups, Print Media and Broadcast Media. Both can influence the way we think because of the messages contained in them.

Print Media

Print media is the oldest form of media. Print means ‘all forms of printed information’ such as magazines, newspapers, books and brochures. These publications often contain adverts trying to sell us something.

Broadcast Media

Broadcast is a modern, quicker form of media. Broadcast media includes television, radio and the internet. You’ve probably heard of social media too, such as Facebook and Line. Broadcast media also use adverts with messages that try to persuade us to buy things or to think in a certain way.

Trust

Broadcast media often use your favourite pop songs to try and sell products. Songs are important because the singers usually have a message they want to share with their audience. When we connect with the message, trust is formed. It’s important to trust the people you buy things from, including information!

During introduction to media week, we’ll study some of your favourite English pop songs and to discover what messages your idols are trying to communicate. Please get your thinking caps on and leave a comment suggesting your favourite English song below.

We’ll start by studying ‘Roar’ by Katie Perry. She has a powerful message that she wants to share with you. Can you understand what she is trying to say?

Roar (by Katy Perry)

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh (x3)
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

What message do you think Katy is trying to share with you? Please write your answers in the comment section, and remember to speak up in class!

Now try creating your own media campaign!