Travel with Me, Part 2b: Of Monsters and Men

Happy Sunday! It’s the last day of the music festival here at Austin City Limits, and it’s been an amazing time! If you are just visiting the blog, WELCOME, and you’re not too late to travel with me on my current vacation. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting a “Travel with Me” blog series that covers different aspects (parts) of my trip. Part 1 went over common vocabulary related to packing, and included many of the everyday items and products that you may be surprised to learn you didn’t know!

Because I have been in Austin, Texas at a music festival this weekend, Part 2a was all about ways to learn with a band from the lineup. On Friday, I shared 5 ways to learn and improve English with The Foo Fighters, the band headlining that night. You can access these past posts by scrolling through the blog, or clicking the links in the previous sentences!

Today will be all about music again, specifically one of my favorite bands on today’s lineup- Of Monsters and Men. What makes this group extra special is that they are from Iceland, and their first language is Icelandic! This means they, too, are English learners (or at least they once were). They sing, only in English, are internationally recognized and are proof that non-native speakers can reach professional success in English as their second language. I am challenging you with a reading comprehension task this post, and providing you a link from a magazine article that has an interview with band. In this interview they talk about how they learned English, amongst other things, but can you find this informationHow did the band learn English?

http://www.confrontmagazine.com/2012/06/of-monsters-and-men-2/

Post your answers in the comment section below. Good luck and 

Happy Studying! ♥

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Poetry with Bree-Elizabeth

I am extremely delighted for today’s post, as it’s not only a breath of fresh air (something new and refreshing), but an introduction and the first of what I hope is many upcoming posts from a very talented writer. Bree-Elizabeth has jumped on board of English Outside the Box’s blogging journey, and I hope you are excited to be exposed to new literary works (pieces of writing). From poems to short stories, and other masterpieces in between, her writings will definitely provide learning opportunities.

Her first post is a poem! Pay attention to how she writes this rhyming couplet. Do you notice the rhyming scheme? You can also use the poem to practice reading comprehension with some questions following her work, and don’t be shy to practice writing by commenting and sharing your thoughts. Who knows, maybe Bree-Elizabeth will even answer questions you may have! This is also a great way to practice new vocabulary. I’ve selected and defined some words, but I encourage you to look up the definitions of any new words. Don’t forget to take it one step further and break out that thesaurus, too!

Well enough is enough, here is Bree-Elizabeth:


 Hello, English Learners, my name is Bree-Elizabeth.  I was very excited when Jennifer asked me to contribute to English Outside the Box!  This website is a ‘pot of gold’ for anyone trying to learn English.  I’m lucky enough to know Jennifer very well – she is my sister after all!  And if there is one thing I know, she is a very passionate and devoted person.  See what she does for you all only stokes my passion for learning new languages.

That being said, here is my first contribution to Jennifer’s cause.  I can’t wait to write more!

The Girl 

“The lonely girl left home to travel the world around her
And to see what different countries had to offer.
She arrived in the busy city on a beautiful winter night
But she realized the cold was not her only plight.

The girl could not understand the words these new friends said
Their language was so new to her she could not even buy bread.
She did all she could to learn any word,
No one stopped to help until a kind boy overheard.

Though they spoke different languages, they became good friends
The boy helped her find her way through the city’s twists and bends.
He was patient and kind when something happened the girl did not understand
And did not hesitate to give her a “helping hand”

While the girl studied hard to speak and have fun,
The boy fell in love and knew she was the one.
Soon they were getting married to be husband and wife,
Because a kind boy gave a sad girl a smile and a new life.”


 

Vocabulary:

plight [noun]: difficult situation
kind [adjective]: gentle in nature, wanting to help others and do good
overheard [verb]: to hear what someone said usually by accident
twists & bends [plural noun]: referring to the streets and area of this city; an area that is easy to get lost
hesitate [verb]: pause/stop in doing something because one is nervous or unwilling
“helping hand” [noun] assistance, giving help
“the one” [noun]: refers to the person who will become your husband or wife

Comprehension Questions: (answer in the comment section, and we’ll let you know if you are correct!)

1. In your own words, why did the girl leave home to travel?
2. Why was the new situation difficult for the girl?
3. What are some of the ways the boy helped the girl?
4. What happened in the end?

Did you accurately answer the question in the introduction: What was the rhyming scheme?
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Do you have questions for Bree-Elizabeth, about her poem, the idea, or her writing? Post in the comment section!

Can you relate with the girl in this poem? Have you ever set out for an adventure and faced difficulty, found love and/or happiness? Share your story..

As always.. Happy Studying! ♥And please, share this post and blog with friends, families, learners, and lovers to help support English Outside the Box and keep up the fabulousness!

Free Friday: #FBF

Still not familiar with the hashtag #FBF? Time to get in the know! Hashtags are everywhere on social media, and referenced daily throughout TV shows, and even news programs. #FBF stands for ‘Flashback Friday’ a time to relive the past.  Reliving the past can allow some time for reflection and growth, learn from mistakes, repeat the ideal, and make the most of your future.

In honor of #FBF, I will be reflecting on the past, and encouraging all of you to do the same…by reviewing and checking out some of my old posts. There are heaps [a lot] of material to review: vocabulary, idioms, listening, writing/reading comprehension, etc. So, what do you need to practice today? Take a look at the menu above, or utilize the sections to the right [categories & top posts] to find some posts that you find interesting or helpful.

Most of you reading this post, wanting to learn English, are all hoping for speaking fluency. Check out this post: Improving Speaking Fluency for tips and tricks on how to do it!

Going out this weekend?
Check out some of these super useful idioms to improve your speaking, and sound more like a native!

Music, Food, Family, Body, Feelings

Feeling uncomfortable with the way you speak?

Not anymore! Improve your fluency with the man from Malta, HERE!

Not sure what the best way to learn is?

Review how to learn best for your learning style by finding out your Multiple Intelligence strengths.

Happy Studying! ♥

What was your favorite post? Share with a friend, and let me know here! Looking forward to hearing from you. xo