Here at EXSELLme we are full of original ideas on language learning in ways that are innovative and not boring. Read on for tips on how YOU can develop your English listening to Sting from the comfort of your own home!
By far, the slowest song Sting has – so it is perfect for deciphering the words and their meaning, then practising singing along, very slowly. “In Europe and America…”
It is also the best for revising your Present Simple – spiced up with some occasional Past and Future Simple.
“Mister Khrushchev said: “We will bury you.” I don’t subscribe to this point of view.”
Most sentences are complete and Sting simply tells a story describing a situation and his opinion.
“There is no monopoly on common sense on either side of the political fence.”
Enjoy singing along – then pick up a history book in English and read up on the Cold War.
2. Englishman in New York
A great insight into the Englishman’s character, full of expressions, imagery and turns of phrases.
“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
Plethora of tenses and cases. Imperative, Conditional, Past, Present, Perfect, Future – it has them all. Sing along to Sting and learn to juggle different tenses in one sentence.
“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.”
One of the most difficult songs to decipher, it is also perfect for practising your accent and pronunciation. Sting varies the speed of pronouncing the words, elongating some and swiftly mumbling others. Sing along and see if you can keep up with him. Also 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
One of the most mysterious songs, poetic and full of imagery. For advanced language learners: 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.”