Dream on

The year is coming to its end. Time for checking out if we’ve  managed to  make some of our last New Year’ s resolutions come true and  making a brand new and, at the same time, desperately old resolution list for the year to come.

I know that most  language students have ” Study English” on their lists every year . It’s always there, just under “Do more exercise” or “Go to the gym”. But that doesn’t matter.

What is important is its presence. The moment it’s not on the list is the moment when you’ll start forgetting what you have learned. It’s important to stick to your dreams and mastering English is a dream easy to fulfill. All it needs is a little patience and time.

“Dream On Dreamer” The Brand New Heavies, the link to the video clip is just under the lyrics.

The autumn rain is falling down

Through the clouds, hits the ground
Wash away, traces in the sand

Yesterday, so far away
You disappeared, love was here
I close my eyes to be with you again

You’re still alive, the world is in your hand

Dream on dreamer
And the sun will always shine down on you
Keep on dreaming
It’s alright, feel alive

Dream on dreamer
And the world keeps spinning
Round and round you go
Don’t stop dreaming
It’s alright, we’re alive

(We’re alive)

I write your name, across the sky
I’ll be with you til the end of time
Don’t wake me up, I’m reaching for your hands

I’ll never go to break your heart
No matter if you’re near or far
Just close your eyes to be with me again

You’re still alive, the world is in your hand

Dream on dreamer
And the sun will always shine down on you
Keep on dreaming
It’s alright, feel alive

Dream on dreamer
And the world keeps spinning around and around you
Go, don’t stop dreaming
It’s alright, we’re alive

Dream on dreamer
And the sun will always shine down on you
Keep on dreaming
It’s alright, feel alive

Dream on dreamer
And the world keeps spinning around and around you
Go, don’t stop dreaming
It’s alright, we’re alive

The other New year’s resolution on our lists is often “Travel more”. Here is a link that should spark off your imagination.Dream on!
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Ice and Fire

Fire and Ice  by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
SOME SAY THE WORLD WILL END IN FIRE,

SOME SAY IN ICE.

FROM WHAT I’VE TASTED OF DESIRE

I HOLD WITH THOSE WHO FAVOR FIRE,

BUT IF IT HAD TO PERISH TWICE,

I THINK I KNOW ENOUGH OF HATE

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/11/lima-climate-talks-fail-agreement-single-paragraph-deal

TO SAY THAT FOR DESTRUCTION ICE

IS ALSO GREAT

AND WOULD SUFFICE.

 

 

Parody, Satire, Irony

Even after years of study, most students find it quite hard to understand parody and satire. Very often I  have an embarrassingly lonely laugh in the classroom while watching a video  clip or movie with students, often having to explain what is so funny. Being a teacher I most patiently do so, but still feel somewhat upset that language students, or speakers of  foreign languages in general, miss a great deal of  meaning just because we don’t know the language well enough, not to mention the ignorance we show towards certain cultures.

In a way, learners of English have a huge advantage over  any other language learners, as English is the easiest to access not only in its  numerous dialects and versions, but also in all shades of register.

Surfing the Internet you are likely to spend hours just jumping from one to another funny song parody, movie parody or political parody. It’s been a difficult task to choose some for this post!

First of all, let’s see the definition of the two words in  The Cambridge online dictionary:

Parody
writing, music, art, speech, etc. that intentionally copies the style of someone famous or copies a particular situation, making the features or qualities of the original more noticeable in a way that is humorous.

Satire

a way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play that uses this style . Example:

The next link is a video explaining hashtags . The presenter’s style is also quite ironical and therefore very funny! But first the definition:

Irony

situation in which something which was intended to have a particular result has the opposite or a very different result.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/dec/05/hashtags-rule-video

Hashtags are being ridiculed in this parody video of a Robin Thicke’s song. WARNING strong language used

And to some up here are The Britishes a parody of Downton Abby, which has recently been mentioned in one of our posts.

Have fun!