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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Date: Sep 07 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Be Able To

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Teenagers don’t have a very good reputation. They’re often accused of being ignorant, immature, or selfish. And, according to most adults, teen pop stars are even worse. Their lyrics are shallow and their music is over-produced and over-hyped.

Taylor Swift might be breaking that mold. The eighteen-year-old country music singer has gotten a lot of positive attention for her debut album, Taylor Swift. She writes her own songs, and her lyrics are pretty thoughtful. She’s also been praised for her ability to cross genres. Find out what Jason and Ella think about her.

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Ella

Ella

Jason

Jason

Ella:  Taylor Swift is overrated.

Jason:  I don’t think so at all. I think she’s the one country artist who might be able to break global mainstream.

Ella:  What? Her lyrics are so generic, and there’s no soul in it, you know?

Jason:  I don’t know, I think she’s a good songwriter. It seems like she’s more in touch with herself than a lot of grown-ups, you know?

Ella:  I mean, I guess she’s America’s Sweetheart, but there’s gotta be something bad about her, you know? There’s just nothing out there in the public to…

Jason:  Oh definitely. She’ll definitely have an epic, public fall from grace at some point.

Ella:  I’m excited for that.

Jason:  But before then, I think she might, you know…she might go global. She’s dated one of the Jonas Brothers. They wrote songs about each other. That’s pretty interesting.

Ella; It’s pretty intense for teenagers and such.

Jason:  Yeah.

Ella:  I don’t know, I’m just not impressed by the music. I mean, it’s cool that she can go country and pop and rock, but…It just doesn’t seem very heartfelt.

Jason:  But I think it’s time. I think the world’s ready for a country star.

 

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Ella doesn’t like Taylor Swift and can’t understand why her album has gotten good reviews. She finds her lyrics boring and typical. She can’t connect emotionally with Taylor’s songs.

Jason disagrees. He thinks Taylor’s lyrics are good. She seems to be in touch with herself. She writes about her true feelings and experiences, including her relationship with one of the Jonas Brothers.

Country music isn’t very popular outside of the US. But Jason thinks Taylor Swift might be the artist to change that. He thinks her music might be able to go global. Ella is more skeptical. She can’t wait to see Taylor Swift lose her perfect image.

Do you think country music will ever go global? Why do teenagers and teen musicians have such a bad reputation?

 

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j83131

j83131

Taiwan

I love all of her songs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:))

 

05:06 AM Apr 04 2011 |

jerry bourne

China

i'm dying to love her!she is very beautiful and her songs are wonderful!!!

01:29 AM Apr 04 2011 |

Tila Tequila

United States

Taylor's got wonderful songs!

07:25 PM Feb 22 2011 |

mozhan

mozhan

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i dont like country music.but some of her songs are really sweet

01:09 PM Jan 25 2011 |

govindar

govindar

Myanmar

Taylor you are the one who raise my mind when i got distress. At that time i use to ear open with your song.

04:14 PM Aug 24 2010 |

masterrafi

masterrafi

Pakistan

I love taylor swift's songs.

she is very talented…..

11:40 PM Jul 05 2010 |

vivivi^^

vivivi^^

China

Taylor swift is a talented girl,she is so good,i really liked her music and her voice.

 

 

09:32 AM Jun 10 2010 |

wendyliu01

wendyliu01

China

I love her songs, I knew her last year, but I feel her songs are different from others, recently I like "white horse" is interesting.  hehe …:D

02:49 PM Jun 07 2010 |

Ali Sadeghi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Taylor swift is The best singerin TheWorld.I love her voice very very much ,it's charming.

 

04:16 PM Nov 25 2009 |

JannyAhn

JannyAhn

Viet Nam

I love Taylor Swift! She's amazing!

02:28 PM Nov 25 2009 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

I love Taylor Swift and all her songs. She's so pretty and talented. I wish her all the lucks in her career. You go girl!

01:50 PM Oct 22 2009 |

sami1993

Algeria

thank you for the lesson

08:49 PM Oct 16 2009 |

Simon terminator

India

Congratulate for m v a love u i like this lsn

04:35 PM Oct 03 2009 |

Simon terminator

India

What ever u say taylor is right . Because i m in love with u.

04:25 PM Oct 03 2009 |

n9gurlz

n9gurlz

Malaysia

good lesson..i love taylor swift's songs…...

02:14 PM Sep 16 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I know little about country music,even why it isn't the style of music that I listen to…But I thing a nice style :)

I guess reginal music is particular of each country and it is difficult it becomes popular in all over the world…

12:29 AM Sep 15 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

...I guess younger people tend to be more impulsive,so they are more inclined to commit obscene,aggressive or disorder acts,so it’s one the reason of the bad reputation ;)

12:26 AM Sep 15 2009 |

Patrit

China

good and good and good!!

03:04 PM Sep 12 2009 |

saud1141

saud1141

Austria

Hi dear.
How are you?
I hope that you are in good health
In fact, I want to be friends with you
I hope that you accept my invitation as a friend
I am pleased to meet you and know you
Thanks
E-mail this

02:24 AM Sep 11 2009 |

~MemoTheHun~

Germany

That pic is also weird :S as a photoshop user I wouldn't close my eyes to her thiny arm. It reminds me of the hungry children in Africa. ;(

01:32 PM Sep 10 2009 |

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