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English Lesson 2

Conditionals, Medium Difficulty

Beyonce – If I Were a Boy

Place the following lyrics from the song on the conditionals classification sheet (click here for the workbook):

  • If I were a boy, I would turn off my phone.
  • If you thought I would wait for you, you thought wrong.

Barenaked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars

Place the following lyrics from the song on the conditionals sheet:

  • If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a house.

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English Lesson 1 Answer

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Easy Answer

“The United States of America”

“The” is an article. In this case it means that there is only one country called “United States of America.”

“United” is an adjective describing “States” meaning that the states are together.

“States” is a noun. A state could be a thing, or a place, or an idea. It is only capitalized when used as part of the name of a specific place.

“Of” is a proposition. The prepositional phrase “of America” means the states are in America.

“America” is a noun. It is a place. It is always capitalized because it is the name of a specific place. “America” includes both continents, North and South America, but people from the USA are “Americans.” America!

Medium Answer

“I’ve been to Hollywood”
and
“I’ve been to Redwood”
are both present perfect. See this lesson.
Step #1: identify the verb.
“I’ve” = “I have,” therefore
In “I have been to…”
“have been” is the verb.
Step #2: match it to present perfect in your workbook, write the sentence, and underline “have been.”
Step 3: continue to enjoy the music!

“I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.”
Step #1: identify the verb.
“Crossed” is the verb. The sentence is in the simple past verb tense.
Step #2: write the sentence and underline the verb.
Step #3: continue to learn by example!

More

Translate the song with Google Translate. Do it! Then listen to the song a few times until you can feel the meaning. Learn 30 words all at one time! Don’t worry too much about the exact meaning.  Music uses poetic license!

English Lesson 1

Easy

Identify the part of speech of each of the following five words:

The United States of America

Medium

Neil Young – Heart of Gold (one of my favorite songs)

What is the verb tense of each of these 3 lines of the song? Write each sentence under a heading in the workbook.

  • I’ve been to Hollywood.
  • I’ve been to Redwood.
  • I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.

More

Translate the song using these instructions, then listen to the song until you can understand the meaning without translating.

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English Music!

Search any song on YouTube and write “lyrics” in the search. It’s a great way to learn.

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Great, catchy English songs:

Neil Young – Heart of Gold (one of my favorite songs)

What is the verb tense of each of each of these lines of the song? Write the sentences in the workbook under the correct verb tense example.

  • I’ve been to Hollywood.
  • I’ve been to Redwood.
  • I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.

Conditional Songs

Beyonce – If I Were a Boy

Write the following sentences in the workbook under the correct conditional example:

  • If I were a boy, I would turn off my phone.
  • If you thought I would wait for you, you thought wrong.

Cyndi Lauper – Time after Time

Write the following sentences in the workbook under the correct conditional example:

  • If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time.

Joan Osborne – What if God Was One of Us?

In the lyrics…

What if God was one of us?

…does she ever answer the question?

Barenaked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars

Write the following sentences in the workbook under the correct conditional example:

  • If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a house.

Other great English songs:

The Cure – Friday I’m in Love

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (translate for your girlfriend)

English Lessons: Most Difficult for Portuguese Speakers

Pronouncing the “-ed” ending.

This lesson is derived from www.grammar.cl

Prepositions: “in” “on” “at”

Quick lesson on these important prepositions: “in” “on” “at”

To use “the” or not to use “the”? The definite article in English

Lesson about using the definite article (“the”) from www.edufind.com

Nation / the adjective / a person: The United States / American / An American

I recommend this lesson from www.edufind.com

Choosing between present perfect and past simple verb tense.

I recommend this lesson from www.perfect-english-grammar.com