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Adele
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Adele
阿黛尔

Learn the Zero Conditional

Date: Aug 17 2011

Themes: Music

Grammar: Zero Conditional

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In those long, long ago days before MTV, a singer’s voice was what would make or break her. But now there’s more to becoming a famous singer than just how well you can sing. You also have to be sexy, stylish, beautiful…and it doesn’t hurt to have a crazy past or a scandalous personal life, too.

The British soul singer Adele is like an artist from an earlier time. She may be sultry and beautiful, but it’s her voice that millions of fans are most attracted to. Hear Marni and Amy talk about this pop star with soul.

在很久以前那个没有MTV的时代,歌手单凭嗓音就可能功成名就,当然嗓音也可能会毁了她的事业和前途。但是现在很多因素都可以使歌手成名,而绝
仅仅靠歌声的好坏。歌手还必须性感、时尚、漂亮……并且无论你是否荒唐不羁,或者有私生活丑闻都没关系。
英国灵魂歌手阿黛尔则更像那些早期的艺术家。她也许风骚美丽,但她的声音才是吸引数以百万歌迷的原因。请听玛尼和艾米讨论这位用灵魂歌唱的的歌星。

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Marni

Marni

Amy

Amy

Marni:  I was just listening to the new Adele album, are you a fan of hers at all, or do you know who she is?

Amy:  I know who she is. I don’t know, I find her kind of A-dull.

Marni:  Oh, so clever. Why do you find her dull? I think that’s interesting, ‘cause I think she’s got a really sultry, powerful voice. I’m excited about her.

Amy:  I don’t know, I mean, when I think of someone who’s doing kind of that soul era sound, to me, it has to come from a more sort of raw, emotional place. And she just seems a little too in control to be a real, a true soul singer.

Marni:  That’s kind of interesting. You know, I think she wrote a lot of songs about her ex-boyfriend. Clearly that was a relationship that really broke her heart. I think if you have that element in place, if your heart was really taken out and trampled on, you sort of have the makings of good heartfelt songs.

Amy:  It definitely makes her, you know, one of us. We all have that kind of experience, so it makes her music pretty accessible. But you don’t find it cliche at all, the heartbreak song?

Marni:  Oh, a good heartbreak song is timeless. I really think she’s got a good voice, I think there’s something to her.

 

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Discussion

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Marni really likes Adele’s new album, 21. But Amy thinks Adele’s music is too boring. She prefers soul music that is more raw and emotional. Even though Adele is a soul singer, Amy doesn’t think she really has enough soul.

Marni says that Adele’s songs are emotional. A lot of them were inspired by her painful break up with her ex-boyfriend. But Amy thinks that songs about heartbreak are a little cliche.

Many songs are inspired by heartbreak. What experiences do you find most inspiring? Have you ever had your heart broken?

 

Comments

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Son of English

Hong Kong

Skyfall was a good song…i like the line: ‘you can have my name, you can take my number, but you’ll never have my heart.’


I didn’t know it was so easy to get her phone number!

03:10 PM Dec 02 2012 |

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Liana's Dream

United States

Adele with a nice voice

11:29 AM Dec 02 2012 |

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mehrdad_simorgh

United States

i read about zero conditional . Thanks a lot.

07:58 PM Jun 01 2012 |

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1995427

1995427

China

i like adele

11:08 AM Jun 01 2012 |

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goodmahsa

goodmahsa

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think if I were a singer or writer or such a thing I would prefer to write about how much cruel and selfish human beings can be , sometimes we stomp others feelings without putting ourselves in their shoes even for a second . I guess I spilled my beans :O other’s behavior broke my heart many times and by time it transmuted me to an introvert person in a way that I just like to be with my fiance and also with little children

09:58 PM Feb 13 2012 |

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Prettyl0ve

Prettyl0ve

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

wow i love her, her song “someone like you” is one of my favorite songs. she is just 23 years old, and this is amazing. she is realy a star…{#emotions_dlg.kiss}

11:59 AM Jan 23 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

It was nice discussion I liked it. Wink

05:14 AM Jan 03 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

curvy or chubby are polite terms. Lizaza.

07:17 PM Jan 02 2012 |

Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

Sorry to interrupt
I thought if you want to say that you like the girls figure you say curvy or chubby is also positive?

07:13 PM Jan 02 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

Butta and I , complement each other, she’s my partner in crime.

07:03 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

Oh Sanity Sake!


Let’s make porn out of my comment. and let’s play discrimination poker while watching it.


Chubby is not a derogatory term Butta .it’s a compliment and i’m not referring to the infamous phrase (more cushing for the pushing). I have a weakness for chubbies,I really do..I’m skinny and I don’t want to sparkle a fire when I cuddle my girl. hehe


come on butta, not all of us like an anorexic doll.

07:03 PM Jan 02 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Snoopy, please , don´t give Butta ammunition . lol

06:55 PM Jan 02 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

ha! I’m not jealous of her, I don’t chase wordly glory. the chubby girl can sing alright. I just hope she can keep momentum, and she surrounds herself with good personalities. Let’s hope she doesn’t become friend with T-pain. (:


butta never quits, snoopy is controversial

06:42 PM Jan 02 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Butta, you are a good german girl ,you don´t quit so easily. DO  you ?     I LIKE the flow here.  LOL.

06:30 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I hate to rain on your parade; but I think Adele’s limelight is going to be short-lived. she will eventually run out of heart-breaking songs, she’ll marry a guy who makes her happy, her songs will alter and end up being a british version of Katty Perry.

06:16 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

oh please the pain!! glasses are bursting all over the place….hehehe! stop the singings…..

06:00 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

HEHEHE, I am reading your post girls , i better stay out  of this.   

05:56 PM Jan 02 2012 |

Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

I had hoped you’d see my face,
And that you’d be reminded that for me it isn’t over
(I love each word)

05:43 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light

05:38 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

Let’s just sing all together
I heard that you settled down
that you found a girl and you’re married nowwwwwww

05:30 PM Jan 02 2012 |

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