Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Song of Boney M "Heart of Gold". SHELF Project

This video has not only lyrics, but also explanations of some difficult words or phrases from this song. Even though songs of Boney M are old and not popular these days, they are still interesting, known and useful for study English)))

Are You Learning English? These Songs May Help. SHELF Project

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SHELF Project

 There are several interesting topiks to do for final exam. It will be fun to make some soup opera or sketch comedy, books Clubs or Movie/TV Show rewiews. However, as a professional musician, I would like to do TV show related with songs. I recommend to study English by singing famous songs.

 First of all, everybody has favorite English songs. By listening them, you feel relax, emotionally high, your mood rise up and you want to know the meaning of songs you like. Moreover, if you listen certain song several times, the words and phrases from this song stored on their own, you do not even have to strain to remember them. It is quite good method to study English without any efforts.

 I started my singing career by studying around 70 English songs contemporaneously for my first work with music band in Japan (2008-2009). Listening and singing these songs every day helped me a lot with my English skills.

 These days, I met several people who still do not know famous singers and music bands, such as Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bon Jovi, "Queen" etc. I believe that this project will help students not only to study English by singing songs, but develop their musical knowledge and tastes as well.

 In addition, I would like to add my list of songs that helped me to develop my English. Also you can see my singing video above. Have fun!!!)))

Explanation of video:

I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Education Report, from |
teach language. Consider a song like "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega. An
American teaching English overseas once told us that students love that
song.Recently we asked people on the Special English Facebook page to
suggest other songs that English learners might like. Noemi Nito wrote:
I'm one of those English students who love "Tom's Diner." I started
learning English with "Lemon Tree" by Fool's Garden. Another favorite is
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden. Another person, Asi Tambunan,
suggested the song "God Only Knows" by Orianthi. Gyongyi Jako wrote that
ABBA's songs from Sweden are perfect for class work. Other good songs
for learning English are songs by the Beatles and John Lennon, as well
as Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World." Paul Cifuentes says Bob Marley's
songs are amazing for teaching. Another teacher, Joseph Deka, says
songs by Johnny Cash have always worked in his classroom. He says his
students can hear the words, plus the songs often have stories. He also
likes "We Will Rock You" by Queen and "Beautiful Girls" by Sean
Kingston. He says young children love "C Is for Cookie" by Cookie
Monster from the TV show "Sesame Street." Nina John Smith suggested
these songs: "It's My Life" and "We Weren't Born to Follow" by Bon Jovi.
Also "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica.Aurelio Lourenco Costa Gusmao
says he began to like English after his teacher played the Westlife song
"I Have a Dream." He wrote: That was eight years ago. I was in the
seventh grade. And from that day on, my dream of improving my English
skills became attached in my mind. Teachers can use this song to convey
the message to their students that they should have their own dream for
the future. Aurelio's story was no surprise to another commenter, Katie
Kivenko. She especially likes songs by Michael Jackson and Queen. She
wrote: When you listen to your favorite songs, you feel emotionally high
and it moves you to action.For VOA Special English, I'm Alex
Villarreal. Do you have any favorite songs for learning English? You
can share other music suggestions for English learners at our website, or on Facebook at VOA Learning English. We are
also on Twitter and iTunes.

         List of  Kateryna`s songs

         Pop ,  rock&roll and jazz-standarts music:

  ABBA "Dancing Queen",
              "Super Trouper",
              "Mama Mia",
              "Money money",
              "Happy New Year"
 Boney M "Bahama Mama"
                "Daddy Cool"
                "Rivers of Babylon"
  Baccara "Yes sir, I can boogie"
  Tony Esposito "Kalimba De Luna"
  Shoking Blue "Venus"
  Euroption "One way ticket"
  Ottawan "Hands up"
  Arabesque "Midnight dancer"
                   "Love is just a game"
  Maywood "Pasadena"
  Steve Miller Band "Abracadabra"
  C.C.Catch "Heaven and Hell"
                   "I can lose my heart tonight"
  Modern Talking "Chery chery lady"
                           "You`re my heart, you`re my soul"
  Bee Gees "How deep is your love"
  Sabrina "Boys"
  Moloko "Sing it back"
  Mariline Monro “I wanna be loved by you”
  Elvis Presley "Only you"
                      "Blue Suede Shues”
                      "Love me tender"
                      "Can`t help falling in love with you"
  Chubby Checker "Let`s twist again"
  Bill Haley "Rock around the clock"
  The Beatles "Yesterday"
                     "Let it be"
                     "And I love her"
                     "All my loving"
  Stevie Wonder "I just called to say I love you”
  Madonna "La Isla Bonita"
                 "You`ll see”
  Kilie Minouge "Can`t get you out of my head”
  Afric Simone “Hafanana”
  Las Ketchup "Asereige"
  Lou Bega "Mambo# 5"
  DJ Bobo "Chihuahua"
  Vengaboys "Sha-la-la” 
  Mojo “Lady”
  Laid Back “Sunshine Reggae”
  Christie “Yellow river”
  Ace of base “All that she wants”
  Enia “Only time”
  Helena Paparisou "My number one"
  Lady Gaga “Paparazzi”
  Enrique Eglesias "Hero"
  George Michael "Last Christmas"
  Tony Braxton "Spanish guitar"
  Melanie C "Never be the same again"
  Sade "Smooth operator"
  Whitney Houston "I will always love you"
  Queen ”Love of my love”
  Tina Karol “Honey”
  Sandra "Maria Magdalena”
              "In the heath of the night"
              "Everlasting love"
              "Such a shame"
              "We`ll be together"
              “Secret land”
             “Around my heart”
             “Heaven can wait”
  Jennifer Lopes "Let`s get loud"
                         "Waiting for tonight"
  Barbara Straizand "Woman in love"
  Elton John "Sorry seems to be the hardest word"

                   "Your song"
  Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"
               "Underneath your clothes"
  Ricky Martin "Livin` la vida loca”
  Mariah Carey "Hero"
                        "I`ll be there"
                        "Can`t live"
  R.J.Thomas “Raindrops keep falling on my head”
  “Gregorian” “Moment of peace”
  Michael Jackson "Heal the World"
                            "You are not alone"
                            “Beat it”
                            “Bellie Jean”
                             "Earth Song”
                             "Liberian  girl”
                             “Childhood “
  Lara Fabian "Love by grace”
                     "I will love again"
                     “I am who I am”
                     “I guess I loved you”
                     “Before we say “good-bye”
  Celine Dion "A new day has come"
                     "I am alive"
                      "That is the way it is"
                      "Because you loved me"
                      "My heart will go on"(from movie "Titanic")
                      "First time ever I saw your face"
                      "Just Walk Away"
  Frank Sinatra "My Way”
                        "Love story"
                        "Autumn leaves"
                        "Quando Quando"
                        "Everybody loves somebody"
                        "All of me"
                        “Moon river”
                        “Blue moon”
                        “Strangers in the night”
                        “Fly me to the moon”

  Roberta Flack "Killing me softly"
  Andy Williams “A time for us”
                         “Speak softly love”
                         “Can`t take my eyes off of you”
  Mark Stefani "The shadow of your smile"
                       "I will wait for you"
  Ella Fitzgerald "Hello, Dolly!"
                        "Lullaby of Birdland"
  Englebert Humperdink "Please, release"
                                     "The last waltz"
  Demis Roussos “From souvenir to souvenir”
  Carl Jobim "Girl from Ipanema"
  Trini Lopes “Bessame Mucho”
                    “Mammy Blue”
                    “Perhaps, perhaps”
                   “Over the rainbow”
  George Benson “Nature boy”

  “Jesus Christ Superstar” – “I don`t know how to love  him”
  “Roberta” – “Smoke gets in your eye”
  “The Little Mermaid” – “Part of your world”             

  “Beauty and the Beast”- “Beauty and the Beast”
  “Hercules” – “I won`t say (I`m in love”)
  “Aladdin” – “A whole new world”
  “Anastasia” – “Once upon a December”
                        “Journey to the past”
  “Sleeping Beauty” – “I wonder”
  “Cinderella” – “A dream is a wish your heart makes”
  “Frozen” – “Let it go”

Singer - Kateryna Levchenko. Aladdin`s theme - A whole new world.avi

 Work with classical band ( 2010)

 "A Whole New World" was written by Alan Irwin Menken;Timothy Miles Bindon Rice.

Aladdin: I can show you the world

Shining, shimmering, splendid

Tell me, princess, now when did

You last let your heart decide?
 I can open your eyes

Take you wonder by wonder

Over, sideways and under

On a magic carpet ride
 A whole new world

A new fantastic point of view

No one to tell us no or where to go

Or say we're only dreaming
Princess Jasmine: A whole new world

A dazzling place I never knew

But when I'm way up here, it's crystal clear

That now I'm in a whole new world with you

Aladdin: (Now I'm in a whole new world with you)

Princess Jasmine: Unbelievable sights

Indescribable feelings

Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling

Through an endless diamond sky
Princess Jasmine: A whole new world

Aladdin: (Don't you dare close your eyes)

Princess Jasmine: A hundred thousand things to see

Aladdin: (Hold your breath, it gets better)
Princess Jasmine: I'm like a shooting star

I've come so far

I can't go back

To where I used to be
Aladdin: A whole new world

Princess Jasmine: Every turn a surprise
Aladdin: With new horizons to pursue

Princess Jasmine: Every moment red letter

Both: I'll chase them anywhere

There's time to spare

Let me share this whole new world with you
Aladdin: A whole new world

Princess Jasmine: A whole new world

Aladdin: That's where we'll be

Princess Jasmine: That's where we'll be

Aladdin: A thrilling chase

Princess Jasmine: A wondrous place

Both: For you and me

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Class on Wednesday. Feedback))

 To tell the truth, it was first lesson in my life, which was made like a talk show. We were a little bit shy and worried because the lesson was in front of the audience and, moreover, it was recording. However, we had good helpers around us who answered  our questions by sharing their experiences or stories related to our theme. We also could give some advices to each other or ask in detail the most interesting parts of stories. I felt free after first minute of our conversation because group of people participated with great enthusiasm!      However, people who make the talk show like this should have a clear plan of show with questions, interesting videos, pictures, etc. Somethimes, audience can ask their own questions or the answers could be very long. In both of this unexpected situations, the host of the show must take control and improvise, that we did, too. Even though we had more questions to ask, we had limited time.((
 In my case, this kind of talk show-lessons develop not only English skills, but  help students to tell their own opinions in front of many people and teach them how to be more open-hearted as well.

 P.S. I would like to thanks to my amazing partner Bora who did great job and helped me feel comfortable))