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Study Music

Study Music

Date: May 25 2009

Themes: School, Work

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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When you have a big exam to study for, it’s good to have all the help you can get. But not everyone agrees about what’s most helpful when it comes to study music.

Some people find all types of music distracting when they’re trying to study. Others like to have some background noise to help them focus. They might choose classical music to calm them, dance music to keep them energized, or punk to help them get their aggression out. Listen to the dialog to find out what kind of study music Ella and Mason like.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Ella:  Do you listen to music when you study or read?

Mason:  I like to listen to music while I’m working. But nothing too distracting. I get really easily distracted.

Ella:  Yeah, for me, I can’t listen to anything with words, you know? So I always stick to classical or things that are just like…just sounds.

Mason:  Classical’s definitely good. I remember back in high school my parents would always say that Mozart would be great for…It was scientifically proven to make you smarter, or do better on tests. And that always kind of stuck with me. So I listen to a lot of Mozart when I’m working.

Ella:  Yeah. That sounds good. You know what you shouldn’t listen to? Lil Wayne. Supposedly it lowers your IQ if you listen to him while studying.

Mason:  I believe that. But is that proven?

Ella:  There was a study that came out. Just letting you know.

Mason:  So knowing that you can’t listen to stuff that distracts you, do you generally like to have something going on?

Ella:  It depends where I am. If I’m at a coffee shop then I’ll put on some headphones and drown out the noise. But if I’m in my room I prefer it to be quiet. But if you want to do it, do it, right?

Mason:  Absolutely.


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Mason likes to listen to music while he works, as long as it isn’t too distracting. Both he and Ella think that classical music is the best study music. Mason even thinks that listening to Mozart while he studies might make him smarter. Unlike Lil Wayne, which supposedly makes you dumber.

When she’s at home, Ella thinks it’s better not to have any music on at all while she’s studying. But sometimes when she studies at a coffee shop she listens to music on her headphones so she won’t have to hear any of the other distracting noises around her.

Do you listen to music while you study? What makes the best study music?



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I can listen only to classical music if I want do stay concentrated while I am working, .. I get very easily distracted by modern rhytmic music with lyrics..

12:13 PM May 25 2009 |



I liketo listen to music whenI stady.I very like that soung describe aboit love,firendship.by the way Background song  helps me more focus.

11:55 AM May 25 2009 |




I  like to listen mustic when I study English. It can make me remember the meaning of the world easily .    I often listen the ICRT radio. ^^


08:58 AM May 25 2009 |




Yes, I like listening to music when studying.


Most of the time, it depends, if I'm studying English, doing some vocabulary test, I need music, if I can easily tell the meaning of a word even with  distraction, that means I really remember this word. If I'm doing some easy work, like typing copies, I need music to relax, or the work would be very boring. But if I'm trying to resolve some maths problem, I need to focus, then I don't need music.


And music with or without words, that's no difference for me.

07:14 AM May 25 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

I'm agree with Ella not to have any music on at all while studying but if you feel pooring you can listen to some classical music.

06:37 AM May 25 2009 |



United Kingdom

music helps a lot to concentrate you into the lessons… 

06:33 AM May 25 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are composed of a verb + a preposition that alters the meaning of the verb

06:19 AM May 25 2009 |




eh.!!!the same reason that I supposedly my studying will be distracted ,especially  learning english!   but now I am thinking about Mason said that if listening Mozart will increase my IQ,,I will have to try.  and thank Mason's advice.

06:15 AM May 25 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

the sound of the dialog is very low I could't hear it well

06:09 AM May 25 2009 |

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I like muisc,not only listen but also sing and write..

04:29 AM May 25 2009 |

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it’s a terrible thing that my life without music..

04:23 AM May 25 2009 |



music is one of important thing on a process of design, which is my profession, it can help me to get ideas, or through hectic days of deadline.

But sometimes when you hear music with words, you get tired of yourself.

04:04 AM May 25 2009 |




i also like listening to music when i'm working.i'd like to keep my music player on whenever i CAN…hehe…i think music is a good companion for me so far…lol^^

02:20 AM May 25 2009 |




I absolutely agree that. When I am studying I always listen music especially country songs.But some of my friends said that they cannot understand how can I memorize and focus my studies while I am listening. It stick to me and nothing problem for me.

02:15 AM May 25 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

i think use the music when relaces your life…or when you live in the dream …cos the music distracting your mind ….. i think that Smile

01:42 AM May 25 2009 |




so this is why i'm getting dull?

 i like lil wayne ,,hehe

01:30 AM May 25 2009 |



Viet Nam

i think a good teacher who always care about your students and what he or she are teaching. they should know about feeling of their students and have many diffrent methods to teach them.Absolutely, he's easy-going, funny.

01:29 AM May 25 2009 |



Yes! I like to listen to music when I study. Silence would make me distract on the contrary. Background sound helps me more focus. Like Ella and Mason, classical music is what I prefer to.

01:15 AM May 25 2009 |

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