Monday, March 28, 2011

200 groups: "Hey Julie"



Hey Julie, Adam Schlesinger, Chris Collingwood (performed by Fountains of Wayne)

Working all day for a mean little man
With a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan
He's got me running 'round the office like a dog around a track
But when I get home,
You're always there to rub my back

Hey Julie,
Look what they're doing to me
Trying to trip me up
Trying to wear me down
Julie, I swear, it's so hard to bear it
And I'd never make it through without you around
No I'd never make it through without you around

Hours on the phone making pointless calls
I got a desk full of papers that means nothing at all
Sometimes I catch myself staring into space
Counting down the hours 'til I get to see your face

Hey Julie,
Look what they're doing to me
Trying to trip me up
Trying to wear me down
Julie, I swear, it's so hard to bear it
And I'd never make it through without you around
No, I'd never make it through without you around

[Bridge]

How did it come to be
That you and I must be
Far away from each other every day?
Why must I spend my time
Filling up my mind
With facts and figures that never add up anyway?
They never add up anyway

Working all day for a mean little guy
With a bad toupee and a soup-stained tie
He's got me running 'round the office
Like a gerbil on a wheel
He can tell me what to do
But he can't tell me what to feel

Hey Julie,
Look what they're doing to me
Trying to trip me up
Trying to wear me down
Julie, I swear, it's so hard to bear it
And I'd never make it through without you around
No, I'd never make it through without you around
No, I'd never make it through without you around

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

200 groups: "Reason With Me"

This song moved me very much--partly because of the story of my own sister, as I told some of you. Here's the song:

Monday, March 14, 2011

200 groups: "I Never Loved a Man"



I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You), Ronnie Shannon (as performed by Aretha Franklin)

You’re a no good heart breaker
You’re a liar and you’re a cheat
And I don’t know why I let you do these things to me
My friends keep telling me that you ain’t no good
But oh, but they don't know that I’d leave you if I could
I guess I’m uptight and I’m stuck like glue
’Cause I ain’t never I ain’t never, I ain’t never, no, no
(loved a man the way that I, I love you)

Some time ago I thought you had run out of fools
But I was so wrong
You got one that you’ll never lose
The way you treat me is a shame
How could you hurt me so bad
Baby, you know that I’m the best thing that you ever had

Kiss me once again
Don't you never, never say that we’re through
Cause I ain’t never never never, no, no
(Loved a man the way that I, I love you)

I can’t sleep at night
And I can’t eat a bite
I guess I’ll never be free
Since you got, your hooks, in me

Whoa, oh, oh, yeah! yeah!
I ain’t never loved a man
I ain’t never loved a man, baby
Ain’t never had a man that hurt me so bad
No
Well this is what I’m gonna do about it...

Friday, March 11, 2011

200 groups: G/L homework.

Tired of writing letters and essays? Here's relief! Here are two exercises from Unit 11: one grammar, and one grammar/lexicon. If you can print out the photo file and write the answers in the blanks, that's fine--otherwise, just write the numbers and answers on a piece of paper as follows:

Feeling Afraid
B4 _______________
B5 _______________
B6 _______________
B7 _______________
B8 _______________
B9 _______________
B10 _______________

Portuguese Water Dogs
B11 _______________
B12 _______________
B13 _______________
B14 _______________
B15 _______________
B16 _______________


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

White 'n' Nerdy, Weird Al Yankovic



by Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic
(see Wikipedia article)

I wanna roll with the gangsters
But so far they all think
I'm too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
I'm just too white n' nerdy
Really, really white n' nerdy

First in my class here at M.I.T.
Got skills, I'm a Champion of DND
MC Escher that's my favorite MC
Keep your 40
I'll just have an Earl Grey tea
My rims never spin to the contrary
You'll find they're quite stationary
All of my action figures are cherry
Steven Hawkings in my library
My MySpace page is all totally pimped out
I got people begging for my top 8 spaces
Yo I know Pi to a thousand places
Ain't got no grills but I still wear braces
I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise
I'm a whiz at minesweeper I can play for days
Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed,
my fingers movin' so fast I'll set the place ablaze
There's no killer app I haven't run
At Pascal, well, I'm number 1
Do vector calculus just for fun
I ain't got a gat but I gotta soldering gun
“Happy Days” is my favourite theme song
I can sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong
I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on
I'm fluent in Java Script as well as Klingon
Here's the part I sing on

They see me roll on, my Segway!
I know in my heart they think I'm
white n' nerdy!
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Can't you see I'm white n' nerdy
Look at me I'm white n' nerdy
I'd like to roll with the gangsters
Although it's apparent I'm too
White n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
I'm just too white n' nerdy
How'd I get so white n' nerdy?

I've been browsing, inspectin'
X-men comics you know I collect 'em
The pens in my pocket
I must protect 'em
my ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored
Shopping online for deals on some writable media;
I edit Wikipedia
I memorized Holy Grail really well
I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL
I got a business doing websites
When my friends need some code who do they call?
I do HTML for them all
Even made a homepage for my dog!
Yo! Got myself a fanny pack
they were having a sale down at the GAP
Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap
POP POP! Hope no one sees me gettin' freaky!

I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour creme
I was in AV club and Glee club and even the chess team!
Only question I ever thought was hard
Was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?
I spend every weekend
at the renaissance fair
I got my name on my under wear!

They see me strollin'
They laughin'
And rollin' their eyes 'cause
I'm so white n' nerdy
Just because I'm white n' nerdy
Just because I'm white n' nerdy
All because I'm white n' nerdy
Holy cow I'm white n' nerdy
I wanna bowl with-the gangsters
but oh well it's obvious I'm
white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

200 groups: Letter to Erik

Please complete this assignment on a separate piece of paper that you can give to the teacher.

You have received the following letter from your English-speaking pen friend Erik:

I love to keep up with the news, especially the international news and the latest information about my favorite sports teams. I usually get my news from Internet sites. My parents never look at the Internet; they only get their news from television. And my cousin doesn’t care about news at all—except for celebrities. What about you—how do you find out what is going on? What is your favorite site or channel for news? Do you follow any sports teams or celebrities?


My father’s birthday is next week, and I’m having a hard time deciding what to give him as a gift.

Reply to Erik in 140 words or less, using the rules of letter writing. Answer his questions, and ask him three questions about his father’s birthday or about choosing gifts.