Jack’s Music Box

Jack's Music Box

Courtney Barnett – Depreston

It’s been a while but we are finally back with another Jack’s Music Box, the best Music/English teaching blog series available this side of the Guadalquivir. This week we are looking at Depreston by Australian singer songwriter Courtney Barnett.

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Originally a guitarist in Australian bands like Rapid Transit and Immigrant Union before becoming a solo star, Barnett first garnered international attention with the release of her 2012 EP I’ve Got  A Friend Called Emily Ferris along with her 2013 double EP A Sea of Split Peas.

Barnett went onto achieve widespread critical attention with her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015.

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I chose Depreston for this week’s song as it is a good introduction to Courtney Barnett’s unique style as she often sings in her typical Australian accent in a very conversational way.

The song is about buying a bungalow in Preston, a dreary suburb of Melbourne.

Enjoy!

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Interesting Vocabulary

Percolator: A pot used for brewing coffee

Bungalow: A one storey house.

Cul De Sac: A dead end residential street.

It’s Going Pretty Cheap: It’s selling for pretty cheap.

Deceased Estate: A dead person’s house.

The Lyrics

You said we should look out further, I guess it wouldn’t hurt us

We don’t have to be around all these coffee shops
Now we’ve got that percolator, never made a latte greater
I’m saving twenty three dollars a week

We drive to a house in Preston, we see police arresting
A man with his hand in a bag
How’s that for first impressions? This place seems depressing
It’s a Californian bungalow in a cul-de-sac

It’s got a lovely garden, a garage for two cars to park in
Or a lot of room for storage if you’ve just got one
And it’s going pretty cheap you say, well it’s a deceased estate
Aren’t the pressed metal ceilings great?

Then I see the handrail in the shower, a collection of those canisters for coffee tea and flour
And a photo of a young man in a van in Vietnam
And I can’t think of floorboards anymore, whether the front room faces south or north
And I wonder what she bought it for

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you enjoyed the song check out our Teachify Courtney Barnett playlist below!

See you again for another installment of Jack’s Music Box.

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5 quick tips to help you learn English faster

5 Quick Tips To Help You Learn English Faster!

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A lot of our students ask us what are some of the best ways to make the most of their free time in order to learn English. We always suggest that students try their best to immerse themselves in English.

Now, this can be quite difficult especially when you live in a non English speaking country like Spain.. So we thought we would compile this list of handy things you can do to help practice your English whilst you are at home.

1. Watch Tv Series/Netflix in English

For many of you this shouldn’t be too difficult. Many of our students already watch plenty of American/English Tv series, however unfortunately many of them watch these series with Spanish subtitles or even worse… Dubbed over in Spanish!

This is a great shame as watching Netflix/tv can be very helpful in learning languages especially in regards to pronunciation and listening.

 

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That said,I know watching an entire episode of ‘Peaky Blinders’ in English can seem slightly daunting. I would suggest starting with something easier with shorter episodes, for example ‘Friends’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ and for longer episodes or films (45 mins +) try having the English audio with English subtitles. This will make it much easier to follow for extended periods of time.  

If you don’t own a tv or a Netflix subscription, Youtube is also a great resource for entertaining/interesting videos.

Ensure that you are actually interested in the video you are watching, this will stop you from inadvertently ‘zoning out’ or getting distracted.

2. Listen to Podcasts

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Another thing that we suggest for students to do is to start listening to Podcasts in English as this will help improve your overall listening ability.

At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review recent vocabulary and topics which we have studied in class.

3. Listen to English Songs

I am sure that a lot of you already listen to plenty of music in English.

My advice would be to begin to really start listening out for the lyrics and trying your best to translate them in your head.

If you are really struggling you could always get the lyrics up and read through them. This is a great one to improve your pronunciation, grammar structures and vocabulary!

4. Read in English

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Perhaps the best thing you can do to learn another language is to begin reading in that language.

Maybe start off reading children’s books (these are often very easy to understand and follow, this will teach you plenty of basic vocabulary) then maybe move onto reading the daily news in English and when you feel ready maybe try tackling some longer novels!

Once again, make sure that you are actually interested in the topic of the article/book you are reading. This will make it much easier to concentrate.

5. Learning applications

No need to devote to much time to this step, with just 5/10 minutes a day on these programs and you should see some improvement. Some other great online resources for learning English

–        Memrise

–        BBC Learning English

–        Wordable

–        Quiz your English

–        British Council.

So, if you liked these reasons, subscribe below to find out 5 more reasons why you should learn English!

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

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It would appear that love has indeed been in the air at Teachify in May as we’ve been discussing a number of topics to do with romance, dating, marriage and many more.  You may think of the mythical Bob Marley and wonder in his famous words…is this love, is this love, is this love.  Well, here at Teachify for one month only, yes, it is love. 

What is the topic of the month?

So, just to clarify, each month we take inspiration from a general topic and then we focus on said topic by discussing many aspects, reviewing relevant vocabulary and debate some of the most interesting questions we consider related to that topic.  After that, we wrap everything up by having a quick chitchat to go through how we feel when it comes to that topic. 

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What should you do now then?

The answer is right before your eyes, it’s a no-brainer. 

If you’re already one of our students and you’ve studied some of the lesson plans then I’d begin by trying to recall the target vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms. 

Then the next logical step is to watch the chitchat attached and if you have any issues understanding anything we say, I suggest rewatching the video as many times as possible until you master the new terms. 

At the same time, you could use applications like wordreference, reverso or linguee to check the meaning and translation of these difficult words. 

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It's okay! we know it can be difficult to understand.

In case that’s not enough, or if you simply want to see some synonyms or further explanation then don’t worry, below you have a list of the words and phrases we believe to be more unusual along with a brief explanation in English. 

Vocabulary & phrasal verbs

  • Love at first sight: falling in love with someone the moment you meet them.
  • Shallow: the opposite of deep, or someone who only focuses on someone’s appearance.
  • Never judge a book by its cover: don’t make a decision about someone if you don’t know them.
  • Fancy: to want, to find attractive or as an adjective it means posh or extravagant.
  • Cut corners: to not do things properly.
  • Woo: to flirt with or conquer romantically.
  • Intrigued: interested, curious.
  • Bound to: guaranteed to or at least almost guaranteed to.
  • Fallout: argument or fight.
  • Fall out with: have an argument with someone.
  • Make up: a very versatile phrasal verb however in the video and talking about love it means to forgive someone or make peace with someone.
  • Do your make up: apply make-up.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Crime

Teachify Teacher Chit-CHat

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Hi English lovers!

It’s time for another Teacher Chit Chat. This month we have been learning all about the topic of crime with our students! 

For this month’s chit chat you are lucky enough to be joined by all 4 of us Teachifyers Mickey, Lewis, Jonathon and Jack!

After several ‘false starts,’ mainly due to Mickey mucking up the introduction we decided that it would be best for Lewis to introduce the video as usual…

So, what did we talk about?

Following on from last month’s Teachify Teacher’s Chit Chat, we decided to once again each randomly select a pre prepared question from the middle of the table and discuss it.

As ‘Crime’ is such an interesting topic with plenty of ‘fruit for discussion’ we did try to limit our answers so that the video wouldn’t be too long.

We also felt that it would be useful for us to recommend some crime series in English that our students can watch (in English of course!) in order to help review the new vocabulary we have covered this month!

As always we have included some of the key vocabulary included in the video below:

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Petty Crime: Small non serious crime.

Stab: To attack someone with a knife or other sharp object.

Mug: To rob someone with the threat of Violence

Kidnapping: To take somebody with the threat of force and hold them until a sum of money has been paid.

Pickpocketing: To secretly steal from somebody’s pocket/bag without them knowing.

Ransom: A sum of money requested for the safe return of a Kidnapping victim.

Legalize: The act of making something illegal legal.

Victim: The recipient of a crime.

Scam: The act of tricking somebody into giving you money.

Cyber Crime: Illegal acts which take place online.

Colleague: Somebody that you work with.

Cut You In: To involve you in a scheme or project.

Turn A Blind Eye: To decide to ignore something illegal.

Greedy: One of the seven deadly sins, when you want more than you need.

Sweet Tooth: When somebody enjoys eating a lot of sweets/sugary snacks.

Shoplifting: Secretly stealing from a shop.

Detective: Somebody who investigates crimes.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat FOOD

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Hello everybody and welcome back to our monthly teacher chit-chat.  Today Lewis, Jack and Mickey have had a chat about food.  At first, we weren’t sure what to focus on, given that we have discussed a variety of subtopics related to food in class this month.

 As a result, we made the decision to come up with four or five ‘interesting’ questions that had something to do with food and put them in a pile in the centre of the table. Here is what the Teachify teachers spoke about. Make sure you watch the video and learn some English! 

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As you’ll see when you watch the video, we took it in turns to pick a question from a pile and ask for a response from each teacher.  If you’re anything like us, I’m sure you would be able to natter on for hours on end when the topic of food comes up.

That being said, we challenge you to watch the video the first time without looking about the explanations of key vocabulary below.  Once you’ve done that, review the difficult terms we have provided explanations for and then give it another go. 

Useful vocabulary used in the video

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  • Have a laugh – have a good time or start laughing
 
  • Open (it) up to the floor – ask everyone present in the room or at a meeting
 
  • Live up to the hype – to reach expectations or to be as good as expected
 
  • Blow your mind – be positively surprised or impressed by something
 
  • To die for – used as an adjective for delicious food
 
  • Be native to – another way of saying that it comes from somewhere
 
 
  • I can’t stand it – I hate it
 
  • I wouldn’t fuss too much – I wouldn’t worry about something too much
  • I’m used to eating spicy food – I often eat spicy food
 
  • I can’t handle it – I can’t deal with it
 
  • To run low on (t-shirts) – to have few remaining
 
  • To give a (good) go – to try hard
 
  • Cheer someone one – encourage someone, e.g. fans in a stadium
 
  • To throw in the towel – give up or stop trying
 
  • Go-to (food) – if in doubt, you cook or eat a certain type of food
 
  • I live on chicken salad – chicken salad helps me to survive
 
  • Cook-off – a cooking competition

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That wasn’t so bad, was it? Anyway, we hope you enjoyed our chitchat, as always, we’d like to remind you to check out our previous chitchats and blog posts. 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram so you can get involved in Tongue Twister Tuesday and Pronunciation Thursday.

To finish off, we’ll finish with a joke…

What does one vegetarian say to the other vegetarian?

We have to stop MEATing like this.