The seasons

Do you know how to answer these questions?

What season is it now?
It is …

What is your favorite season? Why?
My favorite season is _____ because _____.

There are four seasons. The names of the seasons are:

  • winter
  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn … or… fall.

Fall is used in American English.
Autumn is used in British English.

IN + Season

We use the preposition IN before a season.

  • People go to the beach in summer.
  • It rains a lot in winter.
  • There are many flowers in spring.
  • Leaves fall from the trees in autumn.

Listen to You’ve Got a Friend sang by James Taylor in which he mentions the seasons. Listen carefully and find words that describe feelings to add to your Adjectives for Feelings list.

Work on the lyrics while playing the game and have fun!

Jesus Christ has risen! Hallelujah!

Kelley Mooney sings her version of this classic song. Listen to it, look at the lyrics below, look up the words you don’t know and appreciate (realize, be conscious) what was done for us.

A crown of thorns placed on His head

He knew that He would soon be dead

He said, “Did you forget me, Father did you?”

They nailed Him to a wooden cross

Soon all the world would feel the loss

Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

He hung His head and prepared to die

Then lifted His face up to the sky

Said, “I am coming home now Father, to you”

A reed which held His final sip

Was gently lifted to his lips

He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

The soldier who had used his sword

To pierce the body of our Lord Said, “Truly, this was Jesus Christ our Savior”

He looked with fear upon his sword

Then turned to face his Christ and Lord

Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Took from his head the thorny crown

And wrapped him in a linen gown

Then laid him down to rest inside the tomb

The holes in his hands, his feet and side

Now in our hearts we know he died

To save us from ourselves, oh Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Three days went by, again they came

To move the stone, to bless the slain

With oil and spice anointing

Hallelujah

But as they went to move the stone

They saw that they were not alone

For Jesus Christ has risen, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

A hero lies in you

How many things do you do every day? How many people do you provide for? How hard do you work to earn a living? What are your responsibilities? Are you or someone you love having to cope with a severe disease?

We tend to look up to (to admire or respect) some people, our heroes, as examples and role models. But think carefully. When you spend some time really listening to someone, when you have the money to pay all your bills, when you care for a sick person daily, you are a hero. That’s when a hero lies inside of you.

Look at the lyrics below. Look up the words you don’t know, and notice how they combine. Then play the game. Have fun!

Hero

There’s a hero
If you look inside your heart
You don’t have to be afraid
Of what you are
There’s an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

It’s a long road
When you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And that emptiness you felt
Will disappear

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you
Mmm, that a hero lies in you

Lord knows, dreams are hard to follow
But don’t let anyone tear them away
Just hold on, there will be tomorrow
In time, you’ll find the way

And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you

That a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you

You’ve got a friend…

Wow! Four months already! The virus, safety measures, lockdown, herd immunity, work from home, remote classes, feelings, good messages, songs, a poem… All that to give you content and language support to get through this challenging time of our lives. And support is something that a true friend gives us when we need. So, here it goes:

This is You’ve Got A Friend performed by the worldwide cast of Beautiful (in quarantine) for The Actors Fund.

Listening to this song is good enought, but to make it even better, go to lyricstraining, select a game mode from beginners to expert, and work on the lyrics! It’s so fun and it’s a super way of learning and practicing your English!

“When you’re down…” You know what down’ means! We have already looked at that! So now, enjoy the song!

Smile!

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

happiness
weeping
to continue
worthy
blues
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?