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Sam Smith
Sam Smith

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Date: Aug 28 2015

Themes: Celebrity, Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Adjectives


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Every year the world falls in love with a new breakout sensation. In 1997, Tiger Woods won his first professional golf tournament and became wildly successful for many more years. In 2008, Lady Gaga hit the music scene and became incredibly popular. Recently, it’s been all about Sam Smith.

Sam Smith’s most recent album, “In the Lonely Hour,” won him four awards at the GRAMMYs, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. His singing can be very emotional, but it is quite good. Hopefully we will hear a lot more from him.

Sara has tickets to see Sam Smith in concert. Find out what Gary thinks in today’s lesson about a popular new singer.


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Sara_R:  Gary.

Gary:  Yeah.

Sara_R:  I have tickets to see Sam Smith, one of my favorite singers.

Gary:  I am… happy for you.

Sara_R:  Do you know who he is?

Gary:  I know this one song by him. It’s a really popular song. I know his music is really emotional, and he has been a breakout sensation in the music scene.

Sara_R:  So, you know that one song. The one about the one night stands, or the one about the bad breakup?

Gary:  Oh man, I think it’s about the bad breakup.

Sara_R:  He’s so popular. He cleaned up at the GRAMMYs.

Gary:  Did he?

Sara_R:  He did.

Gary:  Woah.

Sara_R:  Some people think his music is sappy, but I really love it, and I’m excited for the show.

Gary:  Well, I am so excited for you.

Sara_R:  Thank you so much.

Gary:  Yeah!


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Sara is going to see Sam Smith in concert this weekend. Sam Smith is one of Sara’s favorite singers, and even though some people think his music is sappy, Sara loves it. Hopefully she doesn’t get too emotional at the concert!

Gary only knows one song by Sam Smith. Gary doesn’t care much for his music, but he was impressed to hear that Sam Smith cleaned up at the GRAMMYs. Even Gary knows that that’s hard to do.

Do you like Sam Smith? Who is your favorite singer?



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I love sam too,Now i hear the song of him everyday!!

I saw the GRAMMYS live TV show.

But he is so gay when he talk.

02:08 PM Dec 04 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love sam smith

he is my favorite singer…

i live him and his songs..

11:57 AM Aug 31 2015 |

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I didn’t know Sam won 4 rewards at Grammy until I read this lesson.I like his song”stay with me” a lot.Except stay with me,I never listen to other songs from him.

10:23 AM Aug 31 2015 |

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08:27 PM Aug 30 2015 |

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Yeah i do love him,he’s a nice voice,i also like his songs,my favorite is “Stay with me” <3

03:06 PM Aug 30 2015 |




I have never seen him before, but after your comments i’ll listen to his song :)

08:02 PM Aug 29 2015 |


YbelousoSuper Member!

Russian Federation

It’s new voice, unusual voice. For me Sam Smith like John Newman. They are both a breakout sensation in the music scene. John Newman has unique voice, I love it.

Another my favorite singers is Regina Spektor, Amy Winehouse

05:44 PM Aug 29 2015 |




My favorite band is Coldplay these days..I like to listen them..

They are so popular at the moment, but I think their old songs were very good..

Sam Smith is a vey popular singer these days.What is he going to do in the future, I am wondering..:))

02:44 PM Aug 29 2015 |




I think he is very succesfull singer and he really likes to sing.

Friends, we are going to talk on skype tonight..I am waiting..I am thinking of learning English is very good on skype..See you..

02:36 PM Aug 29 2015 |




I remember his taking mostly all the awards at Grammys. Was kinda surprised since there were other songs I was hoping to win. Well, he really stood out and was a breakout sensation. And when he started singing, I was almost fall off the chair. The sappy song was so a mismatch to his image. Maybe I’m wrong. I hasn’t been into his songs too much yet, but I like when someone is emotional. That means, a person has got a big heart!

06:35 PM Aug 28 2015 |



United States

I love sam smith he is the best sing ever. I love him and lay me down.

02:39 PM Aug 28 2015 |


United Kingdom

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10:51 AM Aug 28 2015 |

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I like Sam smith too, he is a good singer. I watched the video of Grammy as he got four awards because of his song “Stay with me”,this song is full of emotion.

08:06 AM Aug 28 2015 |

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