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How to Form Contractions and Abbreviations

Date: Jul 11 2012

Themes: Music, Party

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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Rock n’ roll has always been young people’s music. Since the days of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it’s been all about energy and rebellion. People in the music industry know, if you want your record to top the charts, it has to appeal to the young.

That may be why the New York band Fun’s song “We Are Young” has been such a hit. Even though the song appeals to people in their teens and twenties, the lead singer of the band is 30 years old. Is 30 the new 20? Or is the band Fun just young at heart? Find out what Jason and Jeff think.

摇滚音乐一直是年轻人的音乐。自甲壳虫乐队 (Beatles) 和滚石乐队 (Rolling Stones) 诞生以来,摇滚乐一直充满能量和叛逆。从事音乐这一行业的人知道,如果你想让你的唱片成为最流行的唱片,那一定要吸引年轻人。
这或许就是为什么纽约的 Fun 乐队的歌曲《我们还年轻》(We Are Young) 能够如此之火。但即便这首歌能吸引十几岁和二十几岁的青年,而乐队的主唱已经 30 岁了。30 岁是新的 20 岁吗?或者,Fun 乐队仅仅是拥有年轻的心态?看看詹森和杰夫是怎么想的。


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Jason:  It’s pretty rare that I actually am really into the number one song in the country.

Jeff:  What is that? I don’t listen to the radio.

Jason:  Well, it may still be, it recently was “We Are Young” by Fun.

Jeff:  Fun, huh? What is it?

Jason:  They are a new band from New York. Sort of a dance indie rock kind of thing. But it really reminds me of Queen, the vocals.

Jeff:  He’s got some pipes, huh?

Jason:  Yeah. But it’s funny, the song, do you know it? It’s about being young, basically.

Jeff:  I remember those days.

Jason:  It’s funny because the lead singer is 30 years old. And that’s not old, but I don’t feel like I am the youth anymore, and I’m 28.

Jeff:  Well, I’m 30 and I feel old.

Jason:  Yeah! You’ve gotta admire him. I guess he sang that song to a record executive in a hotel room, and convinced him to sign him, so he’s got a lot of ambition.

Jeff:  Yeah. That takes guts.


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Jason tells Jeff about the indie rock band Fun. They have a hit song called “We Are Young.” Jason likes the band and thinks the lead singer has some great pipes.

“We Are Young” is a song about how great it is to be young. Jason points out that the lead singer of Fun is 30 years old. Even though he sings about being young, he isn’t exactly young himself.

Jeff thinks the lead singer of Fun must have guts. He sang “We Are Young” to a music executive and convinced him to give him a record deal. The executive must have known that Fun would appeal to young people.

What do you think is the best part about being young? What is the worst part about being young?



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Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

yes indie rock is a nice dance for the young but if you are a singer it is take time to giveup singing because sometime that what you feel in the heart. if you are between 15 and 25 you are still young.and another thing if you like that type of music you carry on with it because you like that type of music. 

03:12 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Ryo : why ? just tell me the reason ? why you are so  different from others people ? 

02:02 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Joy :They can have the joy of seeing their children and grandchildren making progress in life or growing up around them. Moreover, if in their past lives they had great contributions to society, to their fatherland they would be remembered for ever and ever by the generations to come.

Joy : i let you to sleep ? i have to pray al-fjer ? have a sweet dreams !

01:19 AM Jul 11 2012 |




Baset : you know , after many years of hard work, when reaching their old age, the old man accumulated lots of experiences which will be valuable treasure for their future generations. They are now entitled to the pride in what they have bequeathed to their children.

01:10 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Joy : it’s very right !The old age has been always considered as the worst age to be, but it is not necessary for the old to be unhappy.

01:07 AM Jul 11 2012 |




Baset : it’s right , then they grow up, they completely get rid of strict regulations and rules from their parents and schools but they have to work for their food, their clothes and their lodging. Now they must have responsibility towards their families and society.

Baset : i think the old age is the worst age to be ? right !

01:01 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Joy : i’m sorry ! i can’t stop chewing Qat !

Joy : the pains in childhood , They are not allowed to do whatever they wish. If they do something wrong they will be punished. Therefore they are not quite happy.

Hey Ryo : you have been born as much anyone as born( can ) ! you lived your life !

12:55 AM Jul 11 2012 |




Baset : Are you crazy ? you are chewing Qat right now !! the time in sana’a 4:00 am !!! just stop chewng right now !!

Baset : that is true ! But childhood has its pains too ! Can you tell me what is childhood’s pains ??


12:49 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Joy : do you want some Qat ?

In fact , Childhood is the happiest time in one’s life. If the children are brought up by good families they will be well-bred, loved and taken care of carefully. They will become useful citizens to society.


12:42 AM Jul 11 2012 |

six yvette

six yvette


 Good morning !

I think when you do what you like,you’ll forget your age.

12:37 AM Jul 11 2012 |




Baset : i couldn’t sleep at all ! but don’t worry , today i’m not going to work !

Baset very well ! Can you tell me something about childhood (young people )  ?

12:35 AM Jul 11 2012 |

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Joy : Good morning ! Did you sleep very well !

Generally children wish they were grown up and old people wish they were young again. Each age has its own pleasures and pains. To my mind, the happiest person is the one who knows how to enjoy fully what his age has brought to him.

12:27 AM Jul 11 2012 |






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