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Learn English with… Roxette

Yesterday me and my girlfriends had a fun afternoon singing different songs and dancing around my friend´s apartment. When someone put Roxette on a wave on nostalgy hit me and I wanted to sing nothing but Roxette songs.

It inspired me to start another learning-with-music blog post,  with a band I used to be totally crazy about at the end of 1980´s and beginning of 1990´s.

Their album “Joyride” was the first original album I bought with my own pocket money. Back then we didn´t have cd´s or MP3´s, we had casettes! Yes, I am that old, I come from a generation that  knows the relationship between these two objects ;)

Do you?

old-instrument

For those who don´t know anything about Roxette: they were a Swedish pop-rock duo (formed by Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle) who were very popular both in Europe and the US between mid-eighties till about mid-nineties. According to Wikipedia they achieved nineteen UK Top 40 hits and 4 of their songs hit number one in the US Hot 100. If nothing else, I am sure you know their song “It Must Have Been Love” from the movie Pretty Woman.

I believe listening to and singing  their songs helped me a lot with English grammar and vocabulary. The lyrics are simple and the melodies catchy, so go for it!

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?
How Do You Do – which one to better start with ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWwnpTdMgCQ I see you comb your hair and gimme that grin It”s making me spin now, spinnin” within Before I melt like snow I say hello, how do you do? I love the way you undress now, baby begin Do your caress, honey, my heart”s in a mess I love your blue eyed voice, like tiny Tim shines thru How do you do? (How do you do?) Well, here we are crackin” jokes in the corner of our mouths And I feel like I”m laughing in a dream If I was young I could wait outside your school “Cos your face is like the cover of a magazine, magazine How do you do, do you do, the things that you do No one I know could ever keep up with you How do you do Did it ever make sense to you to say bye bye bye? I see you in that chair with perfect skin Well, how have you been, baby, livin” in sin? Hey, I gotta know, did you say hello How do you do? (How do you do?) Well, here we are spending time in the louder part of town And it feels like everything”s surreal When I get old I will wait outside your house “Cos your hands have got the power meant to heal How do you do, do you do, the things that you do No one I know could ever keep up with you How do you do Did it ever make sense to you to say bye bye bye? Fading Like a Flower – a beautiful ballad, one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcKavsuQ6W0 In a time where the sun descends alone, I ran a long long way from home To find a heart that”s made out of stone. I will try, I just need a little time To get your face right out of my mind, To see the world through different eyes Every time I see you oh I try to hide away But when we meet it seems I can”t let go. Every time you leave the room I feel I”m fading like a flower Tell me why? When I scream there”s no reply, When I reach out there”s nothing to find, When I sleep I break down and cry Every time I see you oh I try to hide away But when we meet it seems I can”t let go. Every time you leave the room I feel I”m fading like a flower Fading like a rose, Fading like a rose, Beaten by the storm, Talking to myself, Getting washed by the rain, It”s such a cold cold town. Dangerous – you surely know a song with the same title by Michael Jackson. How do you like this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFNRh26TPmM You pack your bag, you take control You”re moving into my heart and into my soul Get out of my way! Get out of my sight! I won”t be walking on thin ice to get through the night Hey where”s your work? What”s your game? I know your business but I don”t know your name… Hold on tight, you know she”s a little bit dangerous She”s got what it takes to make ends meet, The eyes of a lover that hit like heat You know she”s a little bit dangerous You turn around, so hot and dry, You”re hiding under a halo, your mouth is alive Get out of my way! Get out of online casinos my sight! I”m not attracted to go-go deeper tonight Hey what”s your word? What”s your game? I know your business but I don”t know your name… Hold on tight, you know she”s a little bit dangerous She”s got what it takes to make ends meet, The eyes of a lover that hit like heat You know she”s a little bit dangerous Oh just a little bit dangerous… Hey what”s your word? What”s your game? I know your business but I don”t know your name… So how about you? Did you used to be a Roxette fan like me? Do you like their songs? Hope you had fun with the ones I picked! Leave a comment below, Nina

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2 responses to “Learn English with… Roxette”

  1. Gooooood!!!

  2. Hi, I love Roxette songs! My favorite is It Must Have Been Love. Dangerous is also a good song. It’s more lively. It’s good to teach about imperatives.

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