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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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5 Party Phrasal Verbs in “Swimming Pools”

In Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pool" (2012), he tells a story about his alcoholism and discusses the dangers of peer pressure. He remembers his grandfather's drinking problem and is worried that he will die from his addiction unless he changes his … [Read More]

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Adverbs of Frequency: It’s like a jungle SOMETIMES!

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was an influential hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Composed of one DJ (Grandmaster Flash) and five rappers (Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Cowboy, Mr. Ness/Scorpio, and Rahiem), the … [Read More]