5 Christmas Songs for You & Your English

It’s almost the end of December, which means it’s high time we thought about this year coming to its end, our plans for the future, and spent a little more time with our nearest and dearest. We hope these 5 Christmas songs this post is about will help you enjoy this beautiful time even more! Listen, think about the most important things, enjoy the season and learn English having fun!

Michael Buble. “Jingle Bells”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • jinglethe sound that small metal objects make when they hit each other
  • to dash – to run or go somewhere very quickly because you are in a hurry
  • to laugh all the way – to laugh putting all your effort into doing it
  • Bobtail – the name of the horse
  • to sleigh – to travel by sleigh

Kelly Clarkson. “White Christmas”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • to glisten – to shine or sparkle with reflected light

Brenda Lee. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • to rock – to dance to rock music (informal)
  • hop – a social event at which people mix together and dance in an informal way
  • to deck – to decorate (written)
  • bough /baʊ/ – large branch of a tree

Chuck Berry. “Run Rudolph Run”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • mastermind – a person of great intelligence or executive talent (in the context of the song, the word is used to describe a reindeer)
  • to make it (somewhere) – to be able to be present at a particular event
  • freeway (American English) = motorway (British English) (to take a freeway)
  • to reel – to go round and round
  • to long for sth. – to want sth. very much
  • to whizz – to move very fast (informal)
  • shooting star – a meteor that makes a line of light as it falls through the sky

Rudolph the reindeer is one of Santa’s reindeer (the plural form of “reindeer” can be “reindeer” or “reindeers”, like in the song). It’s the lead reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. More on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is here.

Mariah Carey. “All I Want for Christmas is You”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • Saint Nick = Santa Claus (in American English)
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Merry Christmas, dear reader!

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