Jealous Guy

Ecco un brano, bellissimo, che mette bene in evidenza l’uso del past continuous in inglese.


Stampa il testo riportato sotto e, ascoltando il brano, riempi gli spazi
con i verbi mancanti nel tempo giusto.

Per aiutarti (se serve), ho compilato una lista di alcuni dei verbi che mancano.
Puoi passarci sopra con il mouse per avere il significato.

La versione completa si trova in fondo all’articolo.
Non sbirciare prima di svolgere l’esercizio!

WORD LIST
to beatto meanto hurtto shiverto catchto hideto swallow

I __________  __________  of the past

and my heart  __________  __________  fast

I  __________  to  __________  control

I  __________  to  __________  control

I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m sorry that I  __________  you  __________

Oh my, I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m just a jealous guy

 

I  __________  __________  insecure

You  __________  not  __________  me anymore

I  __________  __________  inside

I  __________  __________  inside

I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m sorry that I  __________  you  __________

Oh my, I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m just a jealous guy

 

I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m sorry that I  __________  you  ___________

Oh my, I  __________  to  __________  you

I’m just a jealous guy

 

I  __________  __________  to  __________  your eye

I  __________  that you  __________  __________  to  __________ 

I  __________  __________  my pain

I  __________  __________  my pain

I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m sorry that I  __________  you  __________

Oh my, I  __________  __________  to  __________  you

I’m just a jealous guy

 

__________  __________  baby I’m just a jealous guy

__________  __________  baby I’m just a jealous guy

 

Riesci a trovare un errore grammaticale (voluto ovviamente) tipico del “inglese di strada”?


ATTENZIONE
VERSIONE CORRETTA QUI SOTTO

right-wrong

down-arrows

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I was dreaming of the past
and my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my, I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my, I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my, I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eye
I thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
Oh my, I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

Watch out, baby, I’m just a jealous guy
Look out, baby, I’m just a jealous guy


Dust if you must

dust = polvere / to dust = spolverare

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3) passa sopra gli spazi con il mouse per controllare

N.B. il controllo va effettuato al pc e non con lo smartphone!

Dust if you must

~ Rose Milligan ~

Dust if you must, but _______ it be _______

To _______ a picture or _______ a letter,

_______ a cake or _______ a seed,

_______ the difference between _______ and _______ ?

Dust if you must, but there’s not _______  _______ ,

With rivers to _______ and mountains to _______ ,

Music to _______ and books to _______ ,

Friends to _______ and life to _______ .

Dust if you must, but the _______‘s out there,

With the sun in your _______ and the wind in your _______ ,

A _______ of snow, a _______ of rain,

This day will not _______  _______ again.

Dust if you must, but _______ in _______ ,

Old age _______  _______ and it’s not _______ ,

And when you _______ (and go you must)

You, _______ , will _______  _______ dust.

[painting © Roland Batchelor]
[music © The Wimshurst’s Machine]


The Waterbug

Cosa fare:

  1. Ascolta senza leggere il testo cercando di capire il racconto solo con l’audio;
  2. Ascolta leggendo il testo per confermare e/o chiarire dubbi sorti dal primo ascolto;
  3. Copia il testo, incollalo in un documento vuoto e stampalo;
  4. Riascolta inserendo le parole che mancano;
  5. Controlla con la versione completa in fondo alla pagina.
  6. Lascia nei commenti una tua breve riflessione sul racconto (in inglese).

The Waterbug

(adapted for didactic purposes from the original story by Doris Stickney)

[per sapere il significato delle parole evidenziate,
passaci sopra con il mouse senza cliccare]

Down below the surface of a _________ pond, lived a little colony of waterbugs. It was a happy little colony, living _________ away from the sun. Most of the time the waterbugs _________ very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice, however, that every once in a while one of their companions seemed to _________ interest in just scurrying about. Clinging to the stalk of a lily leaf, it _________ slowly climb upwards and never be seen again.
“Look!” said one of the waterbugs one morning. “Another of _________ companions is climbing up a lily stalk. Where do you think she’s going?”
Up and up went the waterbug, higher and higher, until eventually it disappeared from _________. Its friends waited and waited, but it didn’t return.
“That’s strange!” said one waterbug.
“_________ she happy here?” asked a second.
“Where do you suppose she’s gone?” wondered a third.
No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally, one of the waterbugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its companions together.
“I have an idea,” she said. “The next one of _________ who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where she went and why.”
“We promise,” they all replied solemnly.
One _________ day, not long after, the same waterbug who had suggested the plan, found _________ climbing up the lily stalk. Up and up she climbed until, _________ really understanding what was happening, she had broken _________ the surface of the water and _________ unceremoniously onto the broad, green lily leaf above. Picking herself back up, she looked down in surprise, _________ to believe what she saw.
A complete change _________ come to her old body. It had somehow acquired four glorious silvery wings and a splendid long tail. As the _________ of the sun rapidly dried the moisture from her new body, an irresistible urge to try out her new wings _________ hold of her and, in a flash of silvery light, she found herself soaring up above the pond.
She had turned into a dragonfly!
Swooping and dipping in great curves, she _________ freely through the air, exhilarated _________ the wonderful new sensation, until eventually she came to rest on a large lily leaf. Looking down _________ the surface of the water to the bottom of the pond, she suddenly remembered her old companions, the waterbugs. They were _______ there, scurrying around over the soft mud, just _________ she had done until that day.
On seeing _________ old companions, the dragonfly remembered the promise they had all made and, without thinking, she flew up into the air and _________ to dive into the pond. But, to her great surprise, as she hit the surface of the water, she _________ bounced back up into the air. Now that she was a dragonfly, she _________ no longer go below the water.
“I can’t return to my companions,” she said to herself in dismay. “I’ve tried, but I _________ keep my promise. And _________ if I could go back, none of my old companions _________ recognize me in my new body. I guess I’ll just _________ to wait until they become dragonflies, too. Then they’ll understand what _________ happened to me, and where I went when I left the pond.”
And the dragonfly flew _________ away into its wonderful new world of sun and air.


ATTENZIONE
VERSIONE CORRETTA QUI SOTTO

right-wrong

down-arrows

down-arrows


Down below the surface of a quiet pond, lived a little colony of waterbugs. It was a happy little colony, living far away from the sun. Most of the time the waterbugs were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice, however, that every once in a while one of their companions seemed to lose interest in just scurrying about. Clinging to the stalk of a lily leaf, it would slowly climb upwards and never be seen again.
“Look!” said one of the waterbugs one morning. “Another of our companions is climbing up a lily stalk. Where do you think she’s going?”
Up and up went the waterbug, higher and higher, until eventually it disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited, but it didn’t return.
“That’s strange!” said one waterbug.
Wasn’t she happy here?” asked a second.
“Where do you suppose she’s gone?” wondered a third.
No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally, one of the waterbugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its companions together.
“I have an idea,” she said. “The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where she went and why.”
“We promise,” they all replied solemnly.
One spring day, not long after, the same waterbug who had suggested the plan, found herself climbing up the lily stalk. Up and up she climbed until, without really understanding what was happening, she had broken through the surface of the water and fallen unceremoniously onto the broad, green lily leaf above. Picking herself back up, she looked down in surprise, unable to believe what she saw.
A complete change had come to her old body. It had somehow acquired four glorious silvery wings and a splendid long tail. As the warmth of the sun rapidly dried the moisture from her new body, an irresistible urge to try out her new wings took hold of her and, in a flash of silvery light, she found herself soaring up above the pond.
She had turned into a dragonfly!
Swooping and dipping in great curves, she flew freely through the air, exhilarated by the wonderful new sensation, until eventually she came to rest on a large lily leaf. Looking down below the surface of the water to the bottom of the pond, she suddenly remembered her old companions, the waterbugs. They were all there, scurrying around over the soft mud, just as she had done until that day.
On seeing her old companions, the dragonfly remembered the promise they had all made and, without thinking, she flew up into the air and turned to dive into the pond. But, to her great surprise, as she hit the surface of the water, she simply bounced back up into the air. Now that she was a dragonfly, she could no longer go below the water.
“I can’t return to my companions,” she said to herself in dismay. “I’ve tried, but I can’t keep my promise. And even if I could go back, none of my old companions would recognize me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become dragonflies, too. Then they’ll understand what has happened to me, and where I went when I left the pond.”
And the dragonfly flew happily away into its wonderful new world of sun and air.


In my Life

Il testo del brano “In My Life” dei Beatles illustra molto bene, all’interno di un testo abbastanza semplice, come possono interagire tra di loro diversi tempi dei verbi. In fondo all’articolo, per chi è interessato, c’è una breve analisi dei tempi dei verbi.


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Per aiutarti (se serve), ho compilato una lista di alcuni dei verbi che mancano.
Puoi passarci sopra con il mouse per avere il significato.

La versione completa si trova in fondo all’articolo.
Non sbirciare prima di svolgere l’esercizio!

WORD LIST
to rememberto changeto remainto recallto compareto lose

There are places I ____________

All my life though some ____________  ____________

Some forever not for better

Some ____________  ____________ and some ____________

All these places ____________ their moments

With lovers and friends I still ____________  ____________

Some ____________ dead and some ____________   ____________

In my life I ____________  ____________ them all

Continua a leggere…

Smile

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con le parole mancanti nella forma giusta.

Per aiutarti (se serve), ho compilato una lista delle parole che mancano.
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La versione completa si trova in fondo all’articolo.
Non sbirciare prima di svolgere l’esercizio!

WORD LIST
to achecloudto cryeven thoughfearto get bygladnessto hideto keep on
to light upmaybenearsadnessto shineskysorrowtearworthwhile

Smile though your heart is ___________ ,

Smile ___________   ___________  it’s breaking,

When there are  ___________  in the ___________ ,

You’ll  ___________  ___________  .

If you smile through your  ___________  and  ___________  ,

Smile, and  ___________  tomorrow,

You’ll see the sun come  ___________  through

For you.

 

___________  ___________  your face with  ___________  ,

___________  every trace of  ___________  ,

Although a  ___________  may be ever

So  ___________  .

That’s the time you must  ___________  ___________  trying,

Smile, what’s the use of  ___________  ,

You’ll find that life is still  ___________  ,

If you just smile.

That’s the time you must  ___________  ___________  trying,

Smile, what’s the use of  ___________  ,

You’ll find that life is still  ___________  ,

If you just smile.


ATTENZIONE
VERSIONE CORRETTA QUI SOTTO

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Smile though your heart is aching,
Smile even though it’s breaking,
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by.

If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile, and maybe tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shining through
For you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness,
Although a tear may be ever
So near.

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying,
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying,
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.


Leaving on a jet plane

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con i verbi mancanti nel tempo giusto.

Per aiutarti (se serve), ho compilato una lista di alcuni dei verbi che mancano.
Puoi passarci sopra con il mouse per avere il significato.

La versione completa si trova in fondo all’articolo.
Non sbirciare prima di svolgere l’esercizio!

VERB LIST
to be backto blowto breakto bringto closeto come backto die
to dreamto go   to hateto have toto holdto kissto knowto leave
to let 
to let (somebody) downto meanto packto play aroundto sing
to smile 
to stand to tellto thinkto waitto wake up

All my bags  _______   __________ , I’m ready to go,

I  _____   __________  here outside your door,

I  __________  to wake you up to say goodbye.

But the dawn  _____  __________ , it’s early morn,

The taxi  _____  __________ , he  _____  __________  his horn,

Already I’m so lonesome I __________  __________.

So  __________  me and  __________  for me,

__________  me that you  _____  __________  for me,

__________  me like you  _____  never  __________  me go.

‘Cause I  _____  __________  on a jet plane,

_______  __________  when I  _____  _____  _______  again,

Oh babe, I  __________  to go.

There’s so many times I  _______  _______  you __________ ,

So many times I  _______  __________  __________ ,

I  __________  you now, they  __________  __________  a thing.

Every place I  __________ , I  _______  __________ of you,

Every song I  __________ , I  _______  __________  for you,

When I  __________  __________ , I  _______  __________  your wedding ring.

So __________ me and __________ for me,

__________ me that you _____ __________ for me,

__________ me like you _____ never __________ me go.

‘Cause I _____ __________ on a jet plane,

_______ __________ when I _____ _____ _______ again,

Oh babe, I __________ to go.

Now the time  _______  __________ to leave you,

One more time,  _______  me  __________  you,

Then  __________  your eyes and I’ll be on my way.

__________  about the days to come,

When I  __________  __________  to leave alone,

About the times, I  __________  __________  to say:

__________ me and __________ for me,

__________ me that you _____ __________ for me,

__________ me like you _____ never __________ me go.

‘Cause I _____ __________ on a jet plane,

_______ __________ when I _____ _____ _______ again,

Oh babe, I __________ to go.

 

I  _____  __________  on a jet plane,

_______  __________  when I  _____  _____  _______  again,

Oh babe, I  __________  to go.


ATTENZIONE
VERSIONE CORRETTA QUI SOTTO

right-wrong

down-arrows

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go,
I’m standing here outside your door,
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.
But the dawn is breaking, It’s early morn,
The taxi’s waiting, he’s blowing his horn,
Already I’m so lonesome I could die.

So kiss me and smile for me,
Tell me that you’ll wait for me,
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.

‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane,
Don’t know when I’ll be back again,
Oh babe, I hate to go.

There’s so many times I’ve let you down,
So many times I’ve played around,
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing.
Every place I go, I’ll think of you,
Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you,
When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring.

So kiss me and smile for me,
Tell me that you’ll wait for me,
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.

‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane,
Don’t know when I’ll be back again,
Oh babe, I hate to go.

Now the time has come to leave you,
One more time, let me kiss you,
Then close your eyes, I’ll be on my way.
Dream about the days to come,
When I won’t have to leave alone,
About the times, I won’t have to say:

Kiss me and smile for me,
Tell me that you’ll wait for me,
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.

‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane,
Don’t know when I’ll be back again,
Oh babe, I hate to go.

I’m leaving on a jet plane,
Don’t know when I’ll be back again,
Oh babe, I hate to go.


“Streets of London” ~ Ralph McTell

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con i verbi mancanti nel tempo giusto.

Per aiutarti (se serve), ho compilato una lista di alcuni dei verbi che mancano.
Puoi passarci sopra con il mouse per avere il significato.

La versione completa si trova in fondo all’articolo.
Non sbirciare prima di svolgere l’esercizio!

VERB LIST
to careto carryto changeto cryto fadeto hold (held)to keep (kept)to kickto last
to lead (led)to let (let)to lookto make (made)to say (said)to see (saw, seen)
to shine (shined/shone)to show (showed, shown)to sit (sat)to take (took, taken)
to talkto tell (told)to walkto wanderto wear (wore, worn)

Have you  _______  the old man in the closed down market

_______  up the paper with his worn out shoes?

In his eyes you  _______  no pride and  _______  loosely at his side

Yesterday’s paper  _______  yesterday’s news.

 

So how can you _______ me you’re lonely

And  _______  for you that the sun don’t  _______ ?

_______  me  _______  you by the hand

And  _______  you through the streets of London,

  _______  you something to  _______  you  _______  your mind.

 

Have you  _______  the old girl who  _______  the streets of London,

Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?

She’s no time for  _______  , she just  _______  right on  _______  ,

_______  her home in two carrier bags.

 

So how can you  _______  me you’re lonely

And  _______  for you that the sun don’t  _______?

_______  me  _______  you by the hand

And  _______  you through the streets of London,

  _______  you something to  _______  you  _______  your mind.

 

In the all night café at a quarter past eleven,

Same old man  _______  there on his own,

_______  at the world over the rim of his teacup,

Each tea  _______  an hour and he  _______  home alone.

 

So how can you _______ me you’re lonely

Don’t  _______  for you that the sun don’t  _______ ?

_______  me  _______  you by the hand

And  _______  you through the streets of London,

  _______  you something to  _______  you  _______  your mind.

 

Have you  _______  the old man outside the Seaman’s Mission

Memory  _______  with the medal ribbons that he  _______ ?

In our winter city the rain  _______  a little pity

For one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn’t  _______  .

 

So how can you _______ me you’re lonely

And  _______  for you that the sun don’t  _______ ?

_______  me  _______  you by the hand

And  _______  you through the streets of London,

  _______  you something to  _______  you  _______  your mind.

 

Riesci a trovare un errore grammaticale tipico del dialetto londinese?


ATTENZIONE
VERSIONE CORRETTA QUI SOTTO

right-wrong

down-arrows

down-arrows


Have you seen the old man in the closed-down market
Kicking up the papers with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride and hung loosely at his side
Yesterday’s paper telling yesterday’s news

So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London,
Show you something to make you change your mind.

Have you seen the old girl who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She’s no time for talking, she just keeps right on walking,
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.

So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London,
Show you something to make you change your mind.

In the all night cafe at a quarter past eleven,
Same old man sitting there on his own,
Looking at the world over the rim of his teacup,
Each tea lasts an hour and he wanders home alone.

So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London,
Show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old man outside the Seaman’s Mission
Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears?
In our winter city, the rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn’t care.

So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London,
Show you something to make you change your mind.


What is this life if full of care…

La poesia “Leisure” (tempo libero/senza impegni) di William Henry Davies fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1911, ma il suo messaggio sembra ancora più pertinente nella società accelerata di oggi che mai prima.

Ascolta la lettura (con la stupenda composizione per pianoforte di Fabrizio Paterlini “Autumn Stories Week 8” nel sottofondo) e vedi se riesci ad inserire le parole mancanti nel testo sottostante.

Poi, se vuoi, scrivi la tua interpretazione della poesia oppure un semplice commento (in inglese naturalmente) e ti risponderò corregendo il tuo inglese, se necessario.

La versione completa della poesia si trova nei commenti, quindi stai attento a non guardare prima di aver completato l’esercizio!

Leisure

What is this life if,  _______  of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as  _______  or cows.

No time to see, when  _______  we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of  _______  , like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And  _______  her feet, how they can dance.

No time to  _______  till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A  _______  life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


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