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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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 Work

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Work

Welcome back to our blog, I’m sure you’ve been looking forward to watching another of our Teacher chitchats, so here we are.  You’re probably aware of the fact that every month we focus on one main topic and we like to finish it off by having a chat about what we’ve been discussing. 

What did we learn last month?

Last month we looked at a wide range of aspects related to the world of work.  Therefore, Mickey and I have got together to ask each other a few questions about work. 

By watching the video you can find out what we did in our first ever jobs, what our dream jobs were when we were younger and even hear an embarrassing story that happened to one of us at a leaving party. 

It’s worth the wait, so make sure you watch the video right until the end.  

How can I use the video to learn English?

At times we speak quite quickly and use some difficult words and phrases, you can find a list of these tough pieces of language below along with a brief explanation of what they mean.

However, I challenge you to watch the video without looking at these explanations, at least the first time you watch it. 

Repetition is extremely important in order for you to memorise difficult vocabulary so don’t just watch it once, keep going until you’re sick of hearing our voices. 

So, without further ado, click on the video and enjoy! 

I wonder whether you’ll get the terrible jokes we tell at the start. 

Fingers crossed.

Did you understand the Teachify chit-chat?

Don’t worry if not! Here’s a list of the difficult words and phrases with their explanations.

  • Scarecrow – an object made to resemble a human figure and scare birds away from a field where crops are.
  • Get promoted – receive a promotion a work.
  • Get straight to the point – focus on the main issue.
  • Beat around the bush – avoid the main issue.
  • Trimmed – cut, bushes and trees can be trimmed, as can your hair.
  • Handyman – a person who is employed to carry out domestic repairs or minor renovations.
  • Pocket money – a small amount of money given to a child by their parents, an allowance.
  • Newsagents – a shop selling newspapers, magazines, sweets and drinks.
  • A tenner – £10 or ten quid.
  • Back in the day – a long time ago, referring to a particular period of time.
  • Run into someone – meet or see someone unexpectedly.
  • Shave off (milliseconds) – reduce a time recorded by a tiny amount.
  • Paperwork – routine work involving written documents.
  • Sweat – exude moisture in heat, nervous situations or when doing exercise, perspiration.
  • Slide – move smoothly along a surface while maintaining continuous contact with it.
  • Soaking wet – extremely wet.
  • Leaving do – a party to say goodbye, often at work or if you are moving away.
  • Low-key – not elaborate, showy or intensive.

Interview with a Teachifyer Angel Jimenez

Entrevista con un Teachifyer

Angel Jimenez Romero

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¡Estamos orgullosos de nuestros alumnos, de sus esfuerzos y avances! Por eso, ¡cada mes vamos a entrevistar a un Teachifyer!

Aquí podrás conocer a otros amantes de la lengua inglesa, y sobre todo aprender de ellos. Este mes tenemos el placer de introducir a Angel Jimenez Romero, el Responsable del Canal Técnico en Endesa

Nosotros nos desplazamos al lugar que mejor le viene cada vez que reserva clase, y a la hora que él decida, adaptándonos a su horario y a sus necesidades, con un material original entre manos, para que, en su caso, aprenda inglés qué ayuda con su trabajo. 

Cuéntanos sobre tu vida profesional: ¿Dónde trabajas, tu puesto actual, cuáles son tus motivaciones en el trabajo?​

Speaking
90%
Listening
85%
Accuracy
65%
Grammar
68%
Fluency
89%

Trabajo en Endesa, concretamente en el área de Canales de Ventas de B2C Iberia en Endesa X. Soy el Responsable del Canal Técnico. Nos dedicamos a comercializar, instalar y mantener nuevas soluciones para el mercado Residencial y Pequeños Negocios.

Sobre mis motivaciones podría decirte que lo fundamental es que te guste lo que haces. Cuando trabajas en algo que te gusta, te vuelves más creativo, más innovador en tu trabajo, te divierte lo que haces y eso hace que la motivación salga prácticamente sola.

Todo esto, al final, se va trasmitiendo a tu equipo y hace que esa motivación fluya hacia abajo. Es muy difícil estar motivado haciendo algo que no te gusta, por mucho que te vaya bien, al final, terminarás desmotivado.

¿Cuánto tiempo llevas estudiando inglés, y para ti cual es la mayor dificultad a la hora de aprender? ​

Mi primera clase con Teachify

Para mi el inglés es la asignatura pendiente de toda mi vida. Soy de una generación en la que en España no se daba importancia a los idiomas, era como la asignatura “maría”, la fácil.

No es hasta que termino la carrera, cuando hago un curso de inmersión en Inglaterra durante 6 meses, experiencia que fue fantástica. Recuerdo que estaba en el nivel “Elemental” de una academia en Sevilla, y volví, a los 6 meses, con un “Intermediate” y eso que fue más diversión que estudiar. Es decir, la mejor manera de aprender es viviendo el inglés.

Posteriormente, cuando empecé a trabajar, la realidad es que no utilizaba el Inglés y lo fui perdiendo poco a poco, hasta que, hace unos 5-6 años, decidí, volver a empezar, pero de una forma divertida, sin agobios de titulaciones ni nada, sino practicándolo, viviéndolo, divirtiéndome, dedicar 1 o 2 días a la semana a hablar con algún profesor particular.

¿Cómo has conocido a Teachify, y para ti cuales son los beneficios de esta forma de aprender inglés? ​

"It has been an absolute pleasure teaching Angel English as one the very first student of Teachify."

Pues lo conocí precisamente cuando tomé la decisión de buscar un profesor particular para hablar inglés.

Es cuando conozco a Micael (fundador de Teachify), cuando aún no existía Teachify. Le propuse, junto con un compañero del trabajo, dar una clase de 1,5-2 horas los Viernes al finalizar la jornada laboral y él aceptó. Fue una experiencia extraordinaria que, aún hoy, la mantenemos.

Quedábamos en un bar, comíamos y lo que quedaba de clase, íbamos a la oficina donde nos explicaba vocabulario y algo de gramática. Esas dos horas, tanto en el bar como en la oficina, 100% inglés, nada de Español.

Así es como empecé realmente a aprender Inglés, a soltarme, a aprender el inglés de la calle, a divertirme aprendiendo el idioma.

Cuando pasa un tiempo, Micael, empieza con la idea de montar una start up relacionada con esta forma de enseñar inglés, con 3 pilares fundamentales,

1,- Me desplazo a darte las clases donde me digas.

2.- Conversación durante una hora.

3.- Me adapto al horario que necesites y todo a través de una aplicación.

Una reflexión, una idea, un mensaje, etc… algo que te gustaría lanzar desde aquí a todos los Teachifyers.

Puedo decir, con mucho orgullo, que he sido de los primeros estudiantes que ha tenido Teachify, lo cual me da muchísima satisfacción.

He visto crecer profesionalmente a Micael y a su Start Up Teachify, empresa que está teniendo un gran éxito hoy día, donde ha dado en el clavo para personas como yo, que no tenemos tiempo de ir a una academia o que, por temas de viajes, no podemos comprometernos en días y horas. Al final, busco en la aplicación de Teachify el día y la hora en la que puedo, incluso sobre la marcha, con una o dos horas de antelación, reservo y listo, ha charlar en ingles.

Durante esa hora, para mi es como una inmersión lingüística, solo hablamos en Inglés. Al final he aprendido divirtiéndome, hablando y practicándolo en mi tiempo libre, Enhorabuena a todos los profesores de Teachify y especialmente a Micael.

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Jack’s Music Box – Arctic Monkeys

Jack's Music Box

Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

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Who are the Arctic Monkeys?

The Arctic Monkeys are a band that need little introduction, they were perhaps the first great band of the internet age.

Initially the band received great exposure through online platforms such as Myspace and eventually became one of the most hyped bands in the United Kingdom with their 2006 debut album Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not becoming the fastest debut album in UK history selling over 350,000 copies in its first week.

With instant classics such as I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor and When the Sun Goes Down, Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not remains a modern classic and, for many, one of the greatest albums of all time.

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Why I like this band

The songs on the album deal with typical teenage life in the UK and were immensely relatable for many and resulted with the band becoming the band of a generation.

This week’s song is Mardy Bum, one of the most popular and beloved songs from Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not. This singalong classic details an argument between the singer and his girlfriend. 

For some this may be quite a challenging song to understand as it is sung in their native Sheffield dialect.

Nevertheless, I selected this song as I think it is a good idea to allow yourselves to be exposed to as many different English accents and dialects as possible, there is also a lot of really interesting slang used in this song. Below I have included a link to the song along with the lyrics.

Interesting vocabulary used

Mardy Bum: Yorkshire slang for somebody who is in a bad mood, Unco-operatative or ‘sulky’

Cuddle: Synonymous with ‘Hug.’

Got The Face On: Somebody who looks or seems upset/angry.

I Can’t be Arsed: I can’t be bothered, I don’t want to do it .

Right Hard: Yorkshire slang for ‘Very Hard’

Pulling that Silent Disappointment Face: Making that Silent Disappointment Face

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Mardy Bum Song Lyrics

Now then Mardy Bum
I see your frown
And it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun
And it goes off
And out come all these words
Oh there’s a very pleasant side to you
A side I much prefer
It’s one that laughs and jokes around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was up, up and away
Oh, but it’s right hard to remember
That on a day like today when you’re all argumentative
And you’ve got the face on

Well now then Mardy Bum
Oh I’m in trouble again, aren’t I
I thought as much
Cause you turned over there
Pulling that silent disappointment face
The one that I can’t bare

Can’t we laugh and joke around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was up, up and away
Oh, but it’s right hard to remember
That on a day like today when you’re all argumentative
And you’ve got the face on

Yeah I’m sorry I was late
Well I missed the train
And then the traffic was a state
And I can’t be arsed to carry on in this debate
That reoccurs ,oh when you say I don’t care
Well of course I do, yeah I clearly do!

So laugh and joke around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was up, up and away
Still it’s right hard to remember
That on a day like today when you’re all argumentative
And you’ve got the face on

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If you liked the song check out our Teachify Arctic Monkeys playlist! I will see you again soon with another song, if you have any questions please leave a comment for us and we will get back to you!

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