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Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Date: Sep 28 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense

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Nelly Furtado was born in Canada, but she’s a citizen of the world at heart. Her debut album, Whoah, Nelly!, was an international hit, and her second album featured the song “Forca,” which was used as the official anthem of the European Football Championship. Now she has recorded an entire album of songs in Spanish, and is planning to release an all-Portuguese album next. Find out what Dale and Marni think about this globetrotting singer.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Dale

Dale

Marni:  Dale, are you a Nelly Furtado fan?

Dale:  Actually, I know of her. I listen to her music. You could say I enjoy listening to her music. I’m not quite yet a fan because I don’t know so much about her. Her music style is really original.

Marni:  It’s kind of really eclectic. She’s sort of all over the map. She had that big hit “I’ll Fly Away” and then she went into more of a rap genre.

Dale:  Yeah. She went with the hip-hop, R&B sound.

Marni:  Right. So she’s actually multilingual, and her new album is going to be all in Spanish. And then she’s following up with one that’s all in Portuguese.

Dale:  So is she Spanish? What’s her background?

Marni:  My understanding is she’s Portuguese-Canadian. She grew up in Canada.

Dale:  And she’s doing this…kind of like going into her roots or something?

Marni:  Sure. I think she’s one who likes to explore and honor her roots. You know, just kinda go back and…She’s clearly not afraid to take risks with genres.

Dale:  And that’s really a big risk. For a lot of artists, to do something like that, you can actually go one way or the other.

 

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Discussion

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Dale likes Nelly Furtado, but he doesn’t know very much about her. He and Marni agree that she has a unique, eclectic musical style. Her songs reflect many different genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B, alternative, and world music.

Marni tells Dale that Nelly Furtado’s next two albums are going to be in Spanish and Portuguese. Although Nelly grew up in Canada, her parents are Portuguese. She feels connected to her Portuguese heritage and wants to honor her roots.

It’s unusual for a musician who has already put out successful albums in English to suddenly switch gears and record an album in another language. But Nelly Furtado isn’t afraid to take risks in her career.

Are you multilingual? Which languages do you know? Do you think it’s important to take risks?

 

Comments

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assia

assia

Algeria

I am multilingual ,I speak Arabic,French ,and English ,I am learning mandarin Chinese, it is a very hard and complicated language ,though.

08:15 AM Oct 04 2009 |

angel bdu

Azerbaijan

i approved NELLY FURTADO s lesson

02:58 PM Oct 03 2009 |

yaula

Azerbaijan

hi .i am not multilingual though i know english turkish russian and of course azerbaijanian.I like songs Nelly Furtado thx.

01:46 PM Oct 03 2009 |

atalanxy

Turkey

ooo what a voice and pictures

09:04 AM Oct 03 2009 |

malik89

malik89

India

thx

07:06 AM Oct 03 2009 |

angelmzt

angelmzt

Mexico

I luv Nelly furtado songs, Specially Manos al aire.   

12:37 AM Oct 03 2009 |

茈凌

茈凌

China

I like  Nellv Furtado's songs though  i'm not her fan.

09:38 AM Oct 02 2009 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

I'm not a huge fan of her, I don't know most of her songs either. I only knew her name and some of her songs like "like a bird". woaah! english is not easy.

07:19 AM Oct 01 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

I speak portuguese fluently and just a little of spanish and english. I´m actually trying to be a multilingual but i´m not yet

12:37 AM Oct 01 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

I speak portuguese fluently and just a little of spanish and english. I´m actually trying to be a multilingual but i´m not yet

12:28 AM Oct 01 2009 |

mani124

mani124

Pakistan

hmm great singer

she know's many languages and this is her best quality .

12:44 PM Sep 30 2009 |

mahi69

United States

if any one is there plz help me to learn english b-coz my english is'nt well like i couldn't speak well so plz help me to speak  well and faster.

02:11 AM Sep 30 2009 |

mahi69

United States

it's so good thing

02:09 AM Sep 30 2009 |

Yasminne_15

Venezuela

Interesting! :D Love it!

09:29 PM Sep 29 2009 |

alesilva3

Brazil

wow  amazing  Ilove her and her songs! nelly sing like bird ! srsrsrsr

 

05:48 PM Sep 29 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

I love this singer and all her songs are great! ...and… like this lesson

05:21 PM Sep 29 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

nice to be a multilingual bcs u learn a bunch of customs from different countries , people , food , so on. nelly furtado is beautyful !!!!

01:59 PM Sep 29 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Oh Gosh,I wish I could! I'm fighting to improve my English! hehe Sure,I was long time in the same place and doing the same thing,now I'm ready to win the world ;)

10:38 AM Sep 29 2009 |

kidtorres1988

Spain

This page is wonderful.I will learn a lot of english.Good says to everybody from Spain.

11:50 PM Sep 28 2009 |

kidtorres1988

Spain

This page is wonderful.I will learn a lot of english.Good says to everybody from Spain.

11:50 PM Sep 28 2009 |

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