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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 for more … [Read More]



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 New Vocabulary and Idioms with Jay-Z

Jay-Z is a rapper, record producer and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York City. In addition to being one of the most talented and best-selling MCs in the world,  Jay-Z is also one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists. He owns several … [Read More]


Noun Clause Basics and Vocabulary with Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is a singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actress. Her musical career started in high school when Pras Michael and Wyclef Jean encouraged her to join their hip-hop group, The Fugees. The trio formed in 1992 and released two … [Read More]