Learn English grammar with songs


Bob Seger, The Ring Level: Elementary – American English This is a song about a woman who got married too young and was not able to realise her dreams. Life becomes monotonous and her wedding ring is a reminder of where it all went wrong. In this exercise there are some useful common nouns.  Glossary “see him through” : get […]

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Verbs of movement

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris – Return of the Grievous Angel Level: B1 (Intermediate) – American English Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris sing about travelling around America on 20,000 roads all of which lead back home. In this exercise there are some common, and some less well-known, verbs of movement.  See also: Prepositions after verbs of movement

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Crime vocabulary

Bob Dylan, Hurricane Level: Advanced This song is about the wrongful imprisonment of the boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. It tells the story from the moment shots were heard to when Carter was imprisoned. It was written in 1975 and made Carter’s story known to the world. In this exercise there is some useful crime vocabulary. See also: Learn English with […]

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Modal verbs

Bruce Springsteen, If I should fall behind Level: B2 (Upper Intermediate) – American English Practise modal verbs with this Bruce Springsteen song, including modal verbs used in reported speech, the first conditional, ability and the future. Glossary “come what may“: whatever happens “stay in stride“: remain united

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Second Conditional

Barenaked Ladies, If I had a million dollars Level: B1 (Intermediate) – Canadian English Practise the second conditional with this Bare Naked Ladies song.  Glossary “hang out“: be somewhere to have fun “laid out“: ready to be eaten See also: Grammar Reference: The Second Conditional

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