5 Christmas Songs for You & Your English. Part 2

Now that Christmas is not far away, why not turn the music up and set the mood? Below are 5 Christmas songs which we hope will help you do that. Besides, you can learn some English with them. So, sit back, enjoy the music and take notes…

Colbie Caillat. “Christmas in the Sand”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • where it’s at – used for describing a situation that is very good, exciting, or fashionable: 1) Christmas in the sand, oh man, I tell you that’s where it’s at. 2) Building your own palace is where it’s at.
  • candy cane – a stick of red and white candy with a curve at one end: 1) Candy cane of peppermint, a hint (a small amount) of cocoa on my lips… 2) The candy cane is said to have its origins at Christmas time in Germany circa 1670.
  • soaking wet – very wet, completely drenched: 1) He was soaking wet but he cracked a smile (= he began smiling). 2) I accidentally left my car windows open, and now my seats are soaking wet.
  • Rudolph (the red-nosed reindeer) – the ninth and youngest of Santa Claus’s reindeer
  • dash – the act of running somewhere quickly: 1) They were gone in a dash. 2) We made a dash for the plane.

Taylor Swift. “Christmas Tree Farm”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • static – noise on a radio or television caused by electricity in the air: 1) My winter nights are taken up by static, stress and holiday shopping traffic. 2) There’s so much static on this radio I can’t hear what they’re saying.
  • to take sth. up – to fill space or time: 1) My day is completely taken up with meetings. 2) I wouldn’t want to take up too much of your time.
  • sparkles – small points of light caused by light reflecting off a clear bright surface: 1) The people could come to dance under sparkles and lights. 2) There were sparkles in her eyes.
  • cider – a drink made from apples which in Britain usually contains alcohol (in the US it usually doesn’t): 1) The cider would flow. 2) I’ve never liked cider.
  • barn – a building on a farm in which crops or animal food can be kept: 1) There’s a light in the barn. 2) I’m planning to rebuild my barn.

Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton. “You Make it Feel Like Christmas”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • to glow – to produce a dull, steady light: 1) Thanks to the string of lights that make it glow. 2) The night lantern glowed softly in the darkness.
  • molasses /məlæsɪz/ – a thick, dark brown syrup which is produced when sugar is processed: 1) Sweet gingerbread is made with molasses. 2) Molasses is used in cooking.
  • to be done for – to be in serious trouble or likely to fail: 1) I thought I was done for. 2) If we get caught, we’re done for.
  • to come along – to appear or arrive: 1) You came along and saved my life. 2) A bus should come along any minute now.

John Legend & Esperanza Spalding. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • to be out of sight – outside the area that you can see: 1) From now on our troubles will be out of sight. 2) Karen waved until the car was out of sight.
  • gay (old-fashioned) – cheerful and excited: 1) Make the Yuletide (= Christmas (literary)) gay. 2) She felt excited and quite gay.
  • of yore (literary) – existing a long time ago: 1) Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore. 2) This was in days of yore.
  • in the olden days – a long time ago: 1) People didn’t travel so much in the olden days. 2) We never used to have wind and rain during autumn in the olden days.
  • bough /baʊ/ (literary) – a main branch on a tree: 1) Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. 2) Candles burned on the window sills, among fragrant boughs of spruce and pine.

Coldplay. “Christmas Lights”

The lyrics are here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • to right a wrong – to correct something bad or wrong that someone has done: 1) I took my feet to Oxford Street trying to right a wrong. 2) They wanted revenge, to right the wrong that had been done to them.
  • to flicker – to shine with a light that is sometimes bright and sometimes weak: 1) Up above candles on air flicker. 2) I felt a cold draft and the candle started to flicker.
  • out of tune – playing or singing higher or lower than the correct musical note: 1) I go singing out of tune. 2) Greg’s bass guitar was out of tune.

Merry Christmas everybody! If you like this article, you may want to check out “5 Christmas Songs for You & Your English” we published last year. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe for more content like this! 😉 🎄

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