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I think one of the great ways to get our young to learn English is through music. For many reasons. as I outline in this article. It is even better, more inspiring, more engaging when they see their fellow country men/women singing in English! So in this spirit, let's share some of our favorite international artists singing in their second language!  

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Today, I get to highlight a group from where I'm presently working - Korea.

BIG BANG is a huge group here and have a cult following. Even better, their English songs are wonderful. Crisp pronunciation and they sound like native speakers! (many of the members lived in America). Here is the English version of
Always. I played this for many foreign teachers at a large lecture I gave and they just loved the language.... :)

Here's the real video and also the karaoke version I produced.

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Evening News by Jason Lo

Well good morning, good evening or good afternoon
Wherever you are and whatever you do
A lot of things happening in the world today
Most of them far beyond our control you might say
Perhaps its time we took a pause
And thought about life
And thought about the laws of gravity
And sexuality and humanity
Don't touch that dial
Just try and hear me out for a while

You
I broke you
It's not true
I've been you
I've been on the evening

[Chorus}
You
I broke you
It's not true
That I've been used
I've been on the evening news

You've been way too hard
Now I'm a mess
I think we only need one channel less

Could you turn me up please?
Could you turn me up?
That's right

You've been way too hard
Now I'm a mess
I think we only need one channel less
You've been way too hard
Now I'm a mess
I think we only need
I think we only

[Chorus]
Break prime time with surprise and lies
You're signed and sealed
With what you see with anybody else's eyes
You're talking the talk
But you ain't walking the walk man
One mike, one camera
And you become an educator
Can I trust you with my own
Give me time to believe
Those with too much power they fall down in history
Yea you might have us hanging onto your every breath
So be responsible
Learn to preserve, protect and respect
Not to destroy
Not to deplore
The angles of truth are so much harder to explore
And living your life is about waiting for the next test
So live for the moment
Cos it never turns out like you expect

[Chorus]
We'll be right back
After this

[Chorus]
Well that's all the time we have
Thanks for watching

Today we have "Afro Funk" or as one critic also called it, "Afro Melange...". Bibi Tanga is Ethiopian/French and sings in English. He really puts some vibs together and I was just rocked by this inspiring song - It's the Earth That Moves. A great video and you might get your students dancing with this one. It even celebrates Earth Day! From Ellen's recommended site - the National Geographic World Music site....

Today's song is from Mother Russia. Can't say enough about the uniqueness of the slavic soul. This group TATU, really is endemic of a new kind of artist, thrown together to appeal to pop teenagers, whatever the country. Here's "All the Things She Said".

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Lady Blacksmith Mombasa is the "gem" of S. Africa. A Zulu group, they epitomize the "power' of music to transcend skin color, religion, nationality, gender. This is my fav. from them and it rules! - from the Nobel Peace Concert.

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Someone That Cannot Love by the Portuguese singer and song writer David Fonseca.
Lyrics:
You locked your heart
You wake up with tears and
stars in your eyes
You gave it all to someone that
Cannot love you back

Your days are packed
With wishes and hopes for the
love that you've got
You waste it all to someone that
Cannot love you back

Someone that cannot love

Love, ain't this enough?
You push yourself down
You try to take comfort in words
But words
They cannot love
Don't waste them like that
Cus they'll bruise you more

You secretly made
Castles of sand that you
[ Find more Lyrics on www.mp3lyrics.org/Iku ]
hide in the shade
But you cannot own the
tides that break them
And you build them all over again

You talk all these words
You make conversations
that cannot be heard
How long until you notice that
No one is answering back

Someone that cannot love

Love, aint this enough?
You push yourself down
You try to take comfort in words
But words
They cannot love
Don't waste them like that
Cus they'll bruise you more

Love, love, ain't this enough
This pushing around
To find little comfort in words
But words
They cannot love
Don't waste them like that
Cus they'll bruise you more

You know they'll bruise you more
Words they will hurt you more

Octavio, I'll have to check him out!

Today, here's one of Chile's biggest , biggest bands ever. La Ley. I'm sure it will bring back memories to someone here on EFL Classroom 2.0.Grammy award winners - "The Law" are a bit "dark" but they have legions of fans in Latin America.


Step inside The Corridor
Feel your soul invade your senses
Spirits at the gates of winter
Ready for the season's countdown
So it goes, the gate is open
All your past remains in silence
But your future is unsure
You plan to go away
Never thought that your mind was away
Never threw away your wantings
Never kept you by my side
Now you belong, you're obviously mine
Jinny count down, Jinny count down
Close your desires or burn them with fire
Jinny count down, Jinny count down
And feel me...
Seven strangers on your door
Feeling like you were behind them
Listen to, wide handded knocks
Emission of the sound of wisdom
So it goes the door is open
All your past remains in silence
Now your future is for sure
A plan to go away
A plan to go away...
Never thought that your mind was away
Never threw away your wantings
Never kept you by my side
Now you belong, you're obviously mine
Jinny count down, Jinny count down
Close your desires or burn them with fire
Always dreaming, always screaming
Close your eyes
And feel me...
Here's David Fonseca in video! Pretty clear, good for language learning....

Today it is the unsurpassable elegance, presence and diva of Persia - Googoosh. I saw her in Toronto about 10 years ago and she did "I will survive" like I'd never seen before. She went quiet and into exile after the Iranian revolution but still is number #1 to almost all Iranians. here's an interview with CNN when she made her comeback around 2000. And from her prime, the 70s in Iran. "Want Ads".


Today's offering is a flashback to the first big "cross over" group. An international group that sung in English and had enormous success. Can't guess? Think German. Think Alphaville! They were huge (but still are - check out this 2007 video! Wow!) and they began the bandwagon of "2nd language artists" enjoying great success in the music industry... Enjoy the flashback!


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Wow!! This is great. I had no idea they sang in English, besides the odd line here and there in the Korean versions. This will be a great way to connect with my students... especially my one ninth grader who's only spoken English appears to be, "Yo teacher! I am Big Bang."

thanks Dave
:)

ddeubel said:

Today, I get to highlight a group from where I'm presently working - Korea.

BIG BANG is a huge group here and have a cult following. Even better, their English songs are wonderful. Crisp pronunciation and they sound like native speakers! (many of the members lived in America). Here is the English version of
Always. I played this for many foreign teachers at a large lecture I gave and they just loved the language.... :)

Here's the real video and also the karaoke version I produced.


Lot's more Korean Karaoke on our Karaoke page! Some great stuff... Also see the music discussion in the Korean Resources area. I have some cool Korean playlists of all kinds of Korean artists there!

I'll have to get making some more Korean Karaoke! Oh yeah, also lots of stuff in our A/V player...rock on!

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