Listened to the song? Do you like it?

Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), was an American singer and jazz pianist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. He also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African-American man to host an American television series. He was the father of singer/songwriter Natalie Cole (1950-2015).

Do you know who was the composer?

Chaplin was! Smile is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini‘s Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

Okay! So smile and let’s work on it!

1. Circle the -ing verbs you hear in the poem

aching giggling helping breaking pouring
shining moving trying stopping crying

2. Choose the correct word

Smile though your  heart/head   is aching

Smile/Laugh  even though it’s breaking

When there are fogs/clouds in the sky, you’ll survive/get by  

If you smile through your panic/fear and sorrow/   grief

Smile and perhaps/maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the stars/sun come shining through for you

3. Fill in the missing words

Light up your face with ____________

Hide every trace of ____________

Although a _________ may be ever so _________

That’s the _________ you must _________ on trying

Smile, what’s the _________ of crying?

You’ll _________ that _________ is still worthwhile

If you _________ smile

4. Find the synonym in the song

to continue
to grin

5. Match the verbs to their definitions

a. to cry – b. to smile – c. to get by – d. to shine through – e. to light up – f. to hide

  something is strong and easy to see
  to not show an emotion
  to weep; shed tears, with or without sound
  to look happy
  to make a happy or friendly expression in which the corners of your mouth curve up
  to be able to live or deal with a situation with difficulty

6. Now look at this image! How would you say that in English?

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