Learning English: Not what it used to be

The internet is making it incredibly easy and fun to learn English. There are hundreds of learning English websites, but it is just as easy to “do it yourself”. Here’s an example featuring the latest news from the pop music world.

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Mylie Cyrus talks with Ryan Seacrest about her part in a song to be featured on Snoop Lion’s new album Reincarnated which is to be released on April 23. The photo of Snoop was taken recently in Phuket during his short stay in Thailand.


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Learning English: Not what it used to be

The internet is making it incredibly easy and fun to learn a language, particularly English. There are hundreds of learning English websites, but it is just as easy to “do it yourself” – to find English language materials that really interest you.

If you are a pop music fan, for example, one of today’s big news items on the internet is that reggae musician Snoop Lion, formerly the hip-hop musician Snoop Dogg, is releasing a new album on April 23 called Reincarnated presumably to introduce himself as a reggae singer.

What’s more, one of the songs, Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, was released to the website Soundcloud yesterday. What’s more, the chorus of the song is sung by pop-star Mylie Cyrus.

If you know what you are doing, you can be listening to the song in a minute or less, either from a website, like this one, that has embedded the song, or from the Soundcloud site itself.

If you are a language learner, however, it will probably difficult to figure out the words just from listening. No problem. A quick google search on “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks lyrics” will overcome that obstacle – although you may still need some help from Bangkok Post learning to get the meaning of the song. (It’s about losing a loved one.)

From a more general search on “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks”, you’ll discover that Mylie Cyrus herself talked about the song last week in an interview with well-known radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest. Go to YouTube and you’ll have it in no-time.

Mylie talks about her collaboration with Snoop Lion in the last minute of the video. She talks a mile and minute (very, very fast), but from a search on “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, Mylie Cyrus”, you can find stories that quote her almost word for word.

Today, however, you won’t have to do anything. Bangkok Post learning has gathered everything for you.

Ashes and heartbreaks, Snoop Lion with Mylie Cryus

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Snoop Lion]

Tonight there's gonna be a whole lot of smoke in the air
Blow it high for the ones who ain't here
Seems like every day we putting one six feet underground
So bless
What goes up must come down

[Hook: Miley Cyrus]
Now my buzz is gone, and I need to re-up on reality
Can't let me see them weak I need to pause on it
Is there any possibility that everyone feels like me
Ashtrays and heartbreaks
I lost some, and since then
So put 'em high, and tell 'em this
You can't aim, but you never missed
Ashtrays and heartbreaks
I lost some, and since then
So raise a glass to the memories
I'm gonna fill up all those ashtrays
I'm gonna fill up all those ashtrays

[Verse 2: Snoop Lion]
Tomorrow when you wake up and realise life ain't fair
Throw it back and make the whole world disappear
You never miss what you had, then it's gone
That is why, something will always go wrong

Mylie talks with Ryan Seacrest about working with Snoop Lion

Mylie: I did a song with Snoop and it's coming out very, very soon. Actually, all my twitter fans are wanting me to say something today about new music, so I can finally say I'm going to have a song with Snoop Dogg coming very soon.

Ryan: That's awesome.

Mylie: Yes. Very soon.

Ryan: And, and, so you've recorded it.

Mylie: Yes. Recorded, done and I'm like so excited.

Ryan: How was he to record with?
 
Mylie: "He actually, he was in Europe when he was recording, but he's here this weekend, so I'm pretty excited so I'm think I'm going to take a bunch of my friends and go hang out."

Ryan: Now that something...I love it because you wouldn't expect it.

Mylie: “Yeah, I really....I want this record to be , you know, just something that’s like different and a bunch of like passion projects which the first thing I wouldn’t have calculated like oh, ‘The first song I want to come out would be me and Snoop Dogg.’ That’s never what I thought it was gonna be. I thought it would be my single kinda first. But I just been able to do these things where I’ve just been in the studio at the right time and these projects have just magically kinda come, just happened.”

You can see the full four-minute interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P90tzNodVzY

feature – to include someone or something as an important part มีบทบาทสำคัญใน
reincarnate – to be born again เกิดใหม่
release – to make something available to the public  ออกวางตลาด, ออกวางจำหน่าย
incredibly – in a way that is difficult to believe อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ
particularly – especially, or more than usual โดยเฉพาะ
presumably – used for saying that you think something is true based on what you know, although you are not really certain  น่าเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งพอเป็นจริงได้
ashtray – a container into which people who smoke put ash, cigarette ends, etc ที่เขี่ยบุหรี่
chorus – part of a song that is sung after each verse  บทเพลงท่อนที่ร้องซ้ำ
embed – to include outside material on a website
figure out –  to be able to understand something or to solve a problem คิดออก
lyrics – the words of a song เนื้อเพลง
overcome – to succeed in controlling or dealing with something ต่อสู้อุปสรรคจนสำเร็จสำมารถดำเนินการต่อไปได้
obstacle – a difficulty or problem that prevents you from achieving something อุปสรรค
personality – a famous person คนที่มีชื่อเสียง
collaboration – working together with someone else การร่วมมือ
gather – to search for and find things that you need or want รวบรวม
gonna – going to; will
put six feet underground – to bury a dead body ฝังศพ
bless – to ask God to protect somebody/something อวยพร, ทำให้เกิดความศักดิ์สิทธิ์
buzz – a strong feeling of pleasure, excitement or achievement
re-up – to begin again เริ่มต้นใหม่
reality – what is actually happening ความเป็นจริง
(take) aim – to point a weapon at somebody/something เล็งเป้าหมาย, ตั้งเป้า
awesome – extremely good ดีเยี่ยม
bunch –  a group of people กลุ่ม
hang out – to spend a lot of time at a place or with someone  สังสรรค์ คุยกัน
passion – a strong enthusiasm or interest หลงใหล
calculated – to carefully plan in order to have a particular effect ที่คิดพิจารณาไว้แล้ว
kinda – kind of, sort of, in a way นิดหน่อย, เล็กน้อย

Related search: Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, Mylie Cyrus, Ashtrays and Heartbreaks. Reincarnated

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