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Britney Spears
Britney Spears

Present Perfect Tense

Date: May 30 2011

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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Some people go through one little crisis and never bounce back. Others, like Britney Spears, seem to be able to weather any storm.

Britney is one pop princess whose life hasn’t exactly been a fairytale. She’s gone through a painful divorce, struggled with her weight, and had a nervous breakdown...all in the public eye.

Yet she somehow keeps making albums. And although her life might seem like a disaster sometimes, her albums aren’t. They continue to reach the top of the charts and earn positive comments from critics. Hear Amy and Jeff talk about Britney’s latest, Femme Fatale.


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Amy:  Britney Spears still seems kind of crazy when you see pictures of her in tabloids, but it seems like she’s managed to put out this new album, and it’s gotten pretty good reviews. It’s gone to the top of the charts. What do you think? Is Britney back?

Jeff:  I think that’s shocking. I forgot she even existed actually.

Amy:  I know, she has been around for so long, and it seems like we’ve talked about her having a comeback already five or six times.

Jeff:  Yeah. I actually thought about this the other day, and I didn’t even know she put out a new album, but she just kind of seems like a gross old mom to me.

Amy:  She does definitely, when you see pictures of her, she definitely doesn’t look like a hot young, you know, pop star diva.

Jeff:  Yeah.

Amy:  But people keep coming back for more. This album, Femme Fatale, went to number one, it was number one in the US, Canada, Australia. On the top ten lists in every other country. I mean, it’s pretty phenomenal.

Jeff:  Yeah, I mean, I don’t know. She’s definitely got a legacy, but I don’t know if it’s based on her musical talent, really. Especially these days.

Amy:  You think it’s more her reputation as kind of a…

Jeff:  Train wreck nightmare?

Amy:  Yeah.

Jeff:  Yeah.


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Amy says that Britney Spears has a new album out called Femme Fatale, which has sold well and received positive reviews. Jeff is surprised to hear this. He is not a Britney fan, and he can’t believe she’s still selling records.

There are often negative pictures and stories about Britney in the tabloids. Amy is impressed that in spite of this, Britney remains popular and continues to make new music. But Jeff thinks her popularity comes from her wild reputation, not her music.

Have you ever bounced back from a difficult experience? What do you think Britney’s legacy will be?



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Serbia and Montenegro

I’m not familiar with her love story, but I like listening to her songs. And I think that’s how it’s supposed to be – not to judge a famous person by his personal life, but to judge him for his talent, and for what he has achieved in life.

11:32 AM May 30 2011 |




This new words were very useful for my English

10:49 AM May 30 2011 |




mmmmmmmmmmmm i think i didn’t go through a horrible experince yet .. and I’m thank god for that

and about britney … i think she was one of the best singers in the world … and i’m happy for her and hope to keep going because I love her songs :))

08:53 AM May 30 2011 |




Life seems a (cruise ship) voyager. The weather on the sea sometimes bad , sometimes good. The important thing is health, friendship , beauty of sprit. If someone is being loved , she or he shiolud be dear of it .

08:52 AM May 30 2011 |



Honestly, I didn’t follow the news about Britney’s legacy or recently gossip. Someone who went through crisis deserves a lot of encouragement. I’m so happy to hear Britney’s bounce back.    

08:44 AM May 30 2011 |



the people of famous has many difficulty

07:36 AM May 30 2011 |




I have been and still am facing tough situation, I don’t know when I will bounce back..to Britney, despite of her success  due to of her personal life instead of her music, she proved herself and the world that she’s able to bounce back from her life crisis, so go Britney!

07:16 AM May 30 2011 |




I just checked her new album “Femme Fatale”, it’s overrated I think.

I don’t hate her, but I’m not a fan. She’s better just staying off the map.

I think people has to bounce back from any difficult experiences, or they go nervous breakdown…

07:08 AM May 30 2011 |



Russian Federation

I am a fan of Britney! I am glad that she bounced back! She really works a lot and I am not surprised that Femme Fatale is on the list of the most popular albums!

06:45 AM May 30 2011 |




No! I don’t have any difficult experience. I will cheer to Britney’s album for on the top ten lists. 

06:38 AM May 30 2011 |


Viet Nam

She’s been really back !!! My queen .


03:39 AM May 30 2011 |

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