Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Hottest Shopping Day of the Year! BLACK FRIDAY!




Paris Hilton shopping
Paris Hilton with getting her shop on!

Black Friday is coming this week on Friday Nov. 29! 

Black Friday Shopping!
 

What is it?
-Prices will be slashed and bargain shoppers will be lining up early at their favorite stores.  
And even celebrities like Paris Hilton like to shop for a deal!



When is it?
-This American shopping tradition occurs the Day After Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November).  Not an official holiday but treated like one unless you work in retail.
-Generally 5am start time is pretty standard but some stores will open earlier or even be open all night from Thanksgiving Eve. Check the company's website for times.  


Where is it?

-Everywhere in America and catching on in other countries.
-At your favorite shopping store and at their website.

  


Who will be there?
-Friends, Family, Everyone!  One of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Expect long line-ups and chaos as people rush to get the best deals!







Why is it called Black Friday?
Black Friday Black and White
Black Friday – 2 ideas:
(1)Originally a slang idea/expression coming out of Philadelphia, USA:  Black Friday was used to describe the idea of huge numbers of people and vehicles jammed packed on the streets the day after Thanks Giving. Everything seems black, not moving, and people’s tempers rise bringing out the worst in them. There doesn’t seem to be any light or space.  The term had negative connotations.
(2)Currently, Black Friday, simply invokes an idea of bargain shopping.  It is considered the first day of the Christmas shopping season.  Retailers also claim that this is the first day of the year that their companies make a profit or are ‘in the black’.   So, for retail companies from January 1 to Nov. 22 the stores are considered ‘in the red’ or not making a profit.  These two expressions stem from older accounting practices where black pen ink was used for profit and red pen ink was used to show financial losses.  Thus we have the term Black Friday or the day of the year when retail stores feel they are profitable.


How to get ready for Black Friday!
-Check out your favorite Retail Store for Black Friday Advertisements online and in the local newspapers and flyers.  Moreover, social media like Face book, Twitter, Pinterest, You Tube, etc. is filled with Black Friday fun!  There are also tons of apps out there!  Just select a site you trust!

New to the United States? Here are some common 'Big Store Names' that everyone knows.





























Also online you will find some Dedicated Black Friday Websites like:





Language Learning Section
Some Common Casual Language for talking about what you are buying or looking for on Black Friday.


For the Shopper that knows what she or he wants on Black Friday.
I am going to buy an Ipod.
I am gonna buy a flat Screen TV.
I want to get a new laptop.
I wanna buy a pair of sneakers.
I’m buying a new set of sunglasses.
I’m looking for a bargain on watches.
I’m looking for a deal on coffee makers.


For the shopper with an idea of what he or she wants on Black Friday.
I’m gonna look for a Christmas present for my husband.
I am looking for something new in the way of winter coats.
I am going to take a look at the appliances.
I am going to take a look at what they have in the way of golf clubs.
I might pick up an espresso machine if they have any good deals on.
I think I might buy some new blouses if I see any at a good price.



Didn’t find what you where looking for on Black Friday? No problem!  There is also Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday 2013_Calendar

‘Back in the day’ a lot of people weren’t very keen to shop online or use company websites.  So to fix this problem and capture email addresses, the retail community invented Cyber Monday in 2005.  Cyber Monday occurs every year on the Monday following Thanks Giving Day.  If you don’t believe me check out Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals.



Well that is all for this week!  Enjoy the shopping experience of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Oh yeah and of course Thanksgiving with Family & Friends!



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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Adam Levine Experience!

The Adam Levine Experience! Celebrity English

Adam Levine the sexiest man alive!  American singer-songwriter and musician is People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013! 

Adam Levine is best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy Award Winning Maroon 5 but is also gaining a huge fan base as a very popular coach on the wildly popular TV Show The Voice!  

The Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice US judge beat out other Hollywood Handsome men including Idris Elba, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Phillippe, to win the top honor.
 

 Delve into the Adam Levine Experience!



Sexiest Man Alive!

American singer-songwriter and musician is People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013

Question:  What does Adam Levine think about being the sexiest man alive?

"As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think this was on the table," said Adam. "I was just amazed and stunned, and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren't, so that's cool." 



High School Days 

Adam Levin High School photo 
Question: What was Adam Levin like in High School?

"'Nerdy' in high school but I did 'OK' with girls."




Fitness

Adam Levine Fitness regime

Question:  How does he keep in shape?
Yoga, Spinning and a Vegan diet.

"Yoga's a form of meditation, an investment in happiness for the rest of my life. You don’t need anything but a few feet of space and a mat. And I can always find at least an hour a day to practice. Yoga will drastically improve you in every way imaginable."

"Spinning creates a great sweat!"

The 6-foot-tall Levine has also credited a mostly vegan diet for his lanky 165-pound physique. He said he and his Maroon 5 band members typically follow an "85% vegan" diet.




Great Coaching & Amazing Advice 
from
Adam Levine!

 
Looking forward to more from this dynamic celebrity!  See next week with some Celebrity Thanksgiving!


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Natural Language Boost with Adam Levine!

Instructions: Listen to the  Adam Levine video interview above and answer the following questions.  
(Video Language Learning Section - Start 0:47 and Finish at 2:05)

1.  With Amber, what did Adam Levine know that the others didn't?

2.  For Adam Levine, is it the destination or the journey that is important?

3.  What is Adam Levine's advice or coaching about failure?  Now, write down the key words or ideas that you heard from Adam's last answer.




 Bonus Trivia 
You will need to hit the Internet for these answers.  Good luck!
1.  Adam Levine's favorite music artists and influences?

2.  What does the 222 on Adam's forearm refer to?



Answer Ideas



1.  With Amber, what did Adam Levine know that the others didn't?
 Amber would be one of the biggest surprises of this competition. Amber was a young girl with all of the talent in the world with no one to tell her how talented she was.  Adam increased her confidence level so that Amber could succeed.


2.  For Adam Levine, is it the destination or the journey that is important?
 It is about the journey.


3.  What is Adam Levine's advice or coaching about failure?  Now, write down the key words or ideas that you heard from Adam's last answer.
 Adam Levine's believes it is a good idea to take risks even though you might fail.  Failing is better than being in the middle position in a competition. 

 "I'd rather take risks and fail then play it safe and wind up in the middle." ~ Adam Levine


Key words

take risks

fail

play it safe

wind up

in the middle



Bonus Trivia
You will need to hit the Internet for these answers.  Good luck!


1.  Adam Levine's favorite music artists and influences?
Prince and Stevie Wonder.


2.  What does the 222 on Adam's forearm refer to?
The 222 on his forearm represents door number of the very first studio that Maroon 5 recorded in.






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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Winners of the 2013 You Tube Awards!

Winners of the 2013 You Tube Awards_Celebrity English

The You Tube Music Award Show is here to stay! And is only going to get better and bigger!  With 6 categories based on You tube statistics,  it is redefining award shows Internet style!  Highlights also included live performances from big name music artists like Eminem and Lady Gaga!


Let's take a look at the Categories, Winners, and Nominees for 2013!  There is a lot of fantastic talent here!



 
Response of the Year

YouTube: "Honoring the best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top 'unofficial' fan videos on YouTube based on your views, shares and other activity."

WINNER: Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix: "Radioactive"



       
Other Nominees:

    Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony): "Mirrors"

    Jayesslee: "Gangnam Style"

    ThePianoGuys: "Titanium / Pavane"

    Walk Off the Earth (feat. KRNFX): "I Knew You Were Trouble"



 


YouTube Phenomenon

YouTube: "Recognizing the YouTube trends the world could not escape from, nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos."

WINNER: I Knew You Were Trouble (by Taylor Swift)


                        
Other Nominees:

    Diamonds

    Gangnam Style


    Harlem Shake

    Thrift Shop


 


YouTube Breakthrough

YouTube: "Honoring the music world’s breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers."

WINNER: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis




Other Nominees:

    Kendrick Lamar

    Naughty Boy

    Passenger

    Rudimental



 


Innovation of the Year

YouTube: "Starting with videos selected by an international panel of musicians, YouTubers and creative luminaries, we then selected the creative video innovations that resonated most with fans on YouTube, based on views, likes, shares and comments."

WINNER: DeStorm: "See Me Standing"




Other Nominees:

    Anamanaguchi: "ENDLESS FANTASY"

    Atoms For Peace: "Ingenue"

    Bat For Lashes: "Lilies"

    Toro Y Moi: "Say That"

 


Video of the Year

YouTube: "Honoring the world’s most loved music videos, these nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.
"

WINNER: Girls' Generation: "I Got A Boy"





Other Nominees:

    Demi Lovato: "Heart Attack"

    Epic Rap Battles of History: "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney"

    Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj): "Beauty And A Beat"

    Lady Gaga: "Applause"

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert): "Same Love"

    Miley Cyrus: "We Can't Stop"

    One Direction: "Best Song Ever"

    PSY: "Gentleman"

    Selena Gomez: "Come & Get It"

 


Artist of the Year

Youtube: "Honoring the acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists on YouTube."

WINNER: Eminem





 Other Nominees:

    Epic Rap Battles of History

    Justin Bieber

    Katy Perry

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

    Nicki Minaj

    One Direction

    PSY

    Rihanna

    Taylor Swift



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Natural Language Boost with Taylor Swift!

Taylor Swift_Listening Practice


As we saw above, Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" generated the most fan videos.  Even Selena Gomez did a version of this song!  Here is Taylor Swift's Official song "I Knew You Were Trouble".

Part One - Listening Practice

Instructions:  Listen to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" video and fill in the blanks with the missing words from the song.  




 TAYLOR SWIFT LYRICS - Fill in the blanks. 

"I Knew You Were Trouble

 [Music video spoken part:]  
I think--I think when it's all over,
It just __________, you know?
It's like a kaleidoscope of memories.
It just all comes back. But he never does.
I think __________ the second I saw him that this would happen.
It's not really anything he said or anything he did,
It was the feeling that came along with it.
And 
__________ I don't know if I'm ever gonna feel that way again.
But I don't know if I should.
I knew his world __________ and burned too bright.
But I just thought, how can the devil be pulling you toward someone who looks so much like an angel when he smiles at you?
Maybe he knew that when he saw me.
I guess I just lost my balance.
I think that the worst part of it all wasn't losing him.
It was losing me.

__________ a few mistakes ago
I was in your sights, you got me alone
You found me, you found me, you found me
I guess you didn't care, and I guess I liked that
And when I __________ you took a step back
Without me, without me, without me

And he's __________ when he's next to me
And I realize the blame is on me

'Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
Now I'm lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

No apologies. He'll never see you cry,
Pretends he doesn't know that he's the reason why.
You're drowning, you're drowning, you're drowning.
Now I heard you __________ from whispers on the street
A new __________  is all I'll ever be
And now I see, now I see, now I see

He was long gone when he met me
And I realize the joke is on me, yeah!

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
Now I'm lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

And the saddest fear comes __________
That you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything, yeah

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in (you were right there, you were right there)
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
Now I'm lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble

[Music video spoken part:]
I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are.




Part Two - Vocabulary

Instructions:  Create a vocabulary list from the missing words from Part One.  Write down the meanings of the words and create your own sentence using the words from the Taylor Swift Video.


Vocabulary List and Meanings

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Example Sentences

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Part Three - Comprehension Questions

1. What is this song about?

2. How does she feel about the result?


Bonus! Celebrity Trivia!
Who did Taylor Swift write this song about? Hint -  He's a famous singer.   





Answer Ideas

Part One and Two

comes back in flashes = returns in vivid mental images or pictures.

part of me knew = to some degree/amount I knew...

the crazy thing is = the funny or strange thing is...

moved too fast = to move too fast:  to rush into something; not thinking about something enough. In a relationship case: to become too serious too quickly; need to slow down (negative feeling in this case).

Once upon a time = at some time in the past (expression used as a conventional opening of a story).

fell hard = to fall for someone: to be very attracted to someone and to start to love them. hard: in this case emphasizes the feeling like 'very' or 'really'. Taylor Swift was really 'in love' with this person.

long gone = to be long gone: to have left a while ago or long time ago.

moved on = to leave a relationship. Also to leave something and start something new.

notch in your belt = when somebody grows, they change the notch they hook their belt buckle. Metaphorically, this means Taylor is just one of the notches that he has changed into and out of, notches being a metaphor for the girls her ex-lover has dated.  This expression can also have the negative idea of sexual conquest. 

creeping in = (adj) developing gradually over a period of time (has a negative or darker feeling).


Part Three

1. What is this song about?
Breaking up with a guy.

2. How does she feel about the result? 

"I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are."
Taylor Swift feels she has become stronger or more self aware because of this negative experience.  She has grown as a person.



Bonus! Celebrity Trivia!
Who did Taylor Swift write this song about? Hint -  He's a famous singer.  

Harry Styles of the band One Direction 

Harry Styles Trivia