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New York Slang with Jay-Z

Guest Introduction This post is a guest article written by Paul Martin. Paul is an English teacher who's from New York and is currently based in Buenos Aires. A music lover, he tries to incorporate music from all different genres into his lesson plans. He teaches with Listen & Learn, which offers English courses in New York, in addition to other foreign-language classes all over the world. You can check out his Facebook page or email him at paul@listenandlearn.org for more … [Read More]

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You best believe I’m the illest!

You best believe I'm the illest! My name is Steve. You best believe I'm the illest English teacher that you've ever seen! I'm going to break down (explain) my lyrics very quickly. We can use "You had better" in order to give very direct advice or warnings. For example, "You had … [Read More]

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Getting Into Trouble with Afroman

The hip-hop genre has many talented artists who discuss important social issues, such as poverty, racism, and violence... Afroman is not one of those artists! He is known as a "one-hit wonder" because he became famous for only one song that he wrote in 2000. "Because I Got … [Read More]

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If you hate your job, you’ll love this song!

A good job that pays well and makes you happy is difficult to find nowadays. For a lot of people in the world, they will take any job because they need money to pay bills and support their families. But every now and then, a job is so bad and boring … [Read More]

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Oh snap! It’s hella cold outside!

Hip Hop Slang Oh snap! It's hella cold outside! If you are very shocked or surprised by something, you can say "Oh snap!" If something is very cold or really cold, you can say hella. "It's hella cold!" Oh my god! It's so cold in Korea right now. I'm … [Read More]

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Learn English Idioms with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

"Holy Grail" is a song by American hip hop artist Jay-Z from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features vocals from singer Justin Timberlake and serves as the album's first single. It was produced by The-Dream, Timbaland and Jerome … [Read More]