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Learn English with… The Beatles

The school year is back and so is this blog category: Learn with music And who else to start with than the greatest music group of all times… The Beatles!

Singing with The Beatles played a big part in my process of learning English. I started humming and singing along with The Beatles when I was about 5 years old. My dad used to play The Beatles records on our record player all the time. Of course, back then I didn´t know a word of English… so my favourite song was Obladi Oblada. All I could sing were those two non-English words, obladi – oblada.

Later on, when I could understand the easy songs, I was hooked. I can´t even imagine how annoying my singing must have been for our neighbours! I went to every revival party I could back in the day and learned every single song by heart… so that I could enjoy those Beatles parties even more.

It´s obviously very hard to pick only three songs. But I don´t want to overwhelm you…

Suggested steps to work with the songs:

  1. Watch the video clip, relax and enjoy it.
  2. Watch the video clip again, paying attention only to the words.
  3. Play it again and read the lyrics while listening. Why not sing along now?

Eight Days a Week: Let´s start with very easy English – easy to understand, easy to sing… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYiOrVq2c38 Ooh I need your love babe, Guess you know it’s true. Hope you need my love babe, Just like I need you. Hold me, love me, hold me, love me. Ain’t got nothin’ but love babe, Eight days a week. Love you ev’ry day girl, Always on my mind. One thing I can say girl, Love you all the time. Hold me, love me, hold me, love me. Ain’t got nothin’but love babe, Eight days a week. Eight days a week I love you. Eight days a week Is not enough to show I care. Please, Mr Postman: And continue with a slightly more difficult one… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRdtlwVBQ8A Wait, oh yes wait a minute mister postman Wait, wait mister postman Mister postman look and see If there’s a letter in your bag for me I been waiting such a long time Since I heard from that girl of mine There must be some word today From my girlfriend so far away Please mister postman look and see If there’s a letter, a letter for me I been standing here waiting mister postman So patiently For just a card or just a letter Saying she’s returning home to me Please Mr. Postman, look and see If there’s a letter, oh yeh for me, I’ve been waiting, a long long time Since I’ve heard from that girlfriend of mine. So many days you passed me by See the tear standing in my eye You didn’t stop to make me feel better By leaving me a card or a letter You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute You gotta check it and see, one more time for me Wait Wait Wait Deliver the letter, the sooner the better When I´m 64: And one of my all times favourites… and I also love to use it when teaching… can you guess what? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGtSpsYURAQ When I get older losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I’d been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m sixty-four? You’ll be older too And if you say the word I could stay with you I could be handy, mending a fuse When your lights have gone You can knit a sweater by the fireside Sunday mornings go for a ride Doing the garden, digging the weeds Who could ask for more? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m sixty-four? Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight If it’s not too dear We shall scrimp and save Grandchildren on your knee Vera, Chuck & Dave Send me a postcard, drop me a line Stating point of view Indicate precisely what you mean to say Yours sincerely, wasting away Give me your answer, fill in a form Mine for evermore Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m sixty-four? Ho! How do you like these three songs? And what are your Beatles favourites? Leave a comment below. Nina

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