Learn English with Sting!
Because here at EXSELLme we are full of original ideas on language learning in ways that are innovative and not boring. So please read on for tips on how YOU can develop your English listening to Sting from the comfort of your own home!
This is by far the slowest song Sting has. Or rather he almost speaks really slowly instead of singing. That’s why this song is perfect for deciphering the words and their meaning. After that you can practise singing along, very slowly. For example: “In Europe and America…”
It is also the best song for revising your Present Simple. And it is spiced up with some occasional Past and Future Simple. For example, have a look at, and analyse, the following section:
“Mister Khrushchev said: “We will bury you.” I don’t subscribe to this point of view.”
In addition, most sentences are complete in this song. And Sting simply tells a story describing a situation and his opinion. As in the following:
“There is no monopoly on common sense on either side of the political fence.”
Simply enjoy singing along. Then pick up a history book in English and read up on the Cold War.
2. Englishman in New York
This song provides you with some great insights into the Englishman’s character. It is also full of expressions, imagery and turns of phrases. Below are some examples from the text of the song:
“A gentleman will walk but never run.”
“Be yourself no matter what they say.”
“At night a candle’s brighter than the sun.”
Source: Universal Music France
There is a plethora of tenses and cases here. For example, you can try to look through the text to find the Imperative, Conditional, Past, Present, Perfect, Future. Because I promise you that this song has them all. After that simply sing along to Sting and learn English with Sting! Above all, you can learn to juggle different tenses in one sentence. Just have a look at the examples below for some inspiration:
“I loved you since I knew you – I wouldn’t talk down to you.”
“You don’t have to wear that dress tonight.”
“I have to tell you just how I feel – I won’t share you with another man.”
This one is of the most difficult Sting songs to decipher. But it is also perfect for practising your accent and pronunciation. In this song, Sting varies the speed of pronouncing the words, elongating some and swiftly mumbling others. So you can learn English with Sting if you sing along and see if you can keep up with him.
In addition, this song is really poetic and hugely topical at times of conflict.
“Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime’s argument…”
“Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away.”
5. Shape Of My Heart
It is one of the most mysterious songs – also poetic and full of imagery. And that is why it would be particularly interesting for advanced language learners. For example, you can try deciphering the logic of the sentences and interpreting their meaning.
“He deals the cards as a meditation.”
“I know that the clubs are weapons of war. I know that diamonds mean money for this art.”
“That’s not the shape of my heart.”