Barcelona, are you happy?

You’ve heard Pharrell Williams’ song ‘I’m Happy’, but have you seen the Barcelona video?

Pharrell released his hugely sucessfull song ‘I’m Happy’ in November 2013. The song became the number one hit in 24 countries. At the same time of the launch of the single, the website 24hoursofhappy.com was launched. The website featured 24 hours of music videos of people dancing all around the world, with Pharrelll Williams appearing in the video once every hour.

This website was so popular, many internet users made their own covers of the music video. In May 2014 there were 1,500 of these videos. Most of the videos can be found on the website www.wearehappyfrom.com.

Read the lyrics of the song and then try to sing along when you watch the Barcelona version of the video.

 

“Happy”

[Verse 1:]
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

{Uh}

[Chorus:]
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2:]
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

[Chorus]

{Hey / Go /Uh}

[Bridge:]
(Happy)
Bring me down / Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down /Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down / Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down / Can’t nothing
Bring me down / I said

[Chorus x2]

{Hey Go Uh}

(Happy) [repeats]
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

[Chorus x2]

{Hey C’mon}

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English practice video: Top 10 things to do in Brazil

What are the best things to do in Brazil? Find out with this video.

It’s World Cup fever for every football lover in the world. There have been some surprises and some unfortunate results.

In honour of the hosts of this year’s world cup, we decided to focus on the beautiful country and the things tourists may like to do when they visit. Brazil has a lot to offer visitors, from natural attractions like forests and waterfalls to vibrant cities like Sao Paulo. Brazil is also famous for its culture, music, parties and its trademark drink Caipirinha.

Watch the video which lists the top ten things to do in Brazil and then answer these questions:

 

1. Which animal is protected in the conservation project which the girls visit.

2. What  is #5?

3. What dangerous animals does the camp guide warn them about?

4. Which two countries are on the sides of the Iguazu falls?

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Getting out of the classroom and using real English

Here you can see our students out of the classroom using their English to ask tourists in Barcelona about their experience in the city.  They spoke to tourists from Italy, Belgium, Austria and Germany, and asked them why they came here, how many times they have been here, what their favorite place was in the city, if it is cheaper or more expensive than where they live, and also what they didn’t like about the city.  The only complaint was mainly the traffic, but they all had very positive comments about Barcelona. It was a great experience for the students and they all did an amazing job communicating and using their English.

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