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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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Learn English Vocabulary with Naughty by Nature

Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock  and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few hip hop acts who were able to … [Read More]

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5 Pronunciation Tips That Will Make You Fluent!

Hello, hip-hop heads and ELT students and teachers! This lesson was inspired by MC Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's 1988 hit "It Takes Two". As with a lot of hip-hop songs, "It Takes Two" boasts their ability to rap, rhyme, and get the ladies! There are … [Read More]

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Past Perfect and Vocabulary with ATCQ

A Tribe Called Quest is one of hip-hop's most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time and for good reason. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro-centric rhymes, A Tribe Called … [Read More]