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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

Jason

Jeff

Jeff

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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sara1998

sara1998

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

when you’re young you have lots of friends and you go out togrther ,you laugh ,you dance ,you do some rediculous things and generally enjoy your time and it’s great.


there’s nothing wrong about youth in Iran even money.because their parents give them enough money and they also help them for finding a job in other words they’re financially supperted by their parents! :)

01:02 AM Aug 25 2014 |

MINOO

MINOO

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

haha jeff was very funny in this dialog

04:21 AM Oct 09 2013 |

Devas

Devas

Poland

The best part of being young is – what the name of the band tells us – a lot of fun. If u r young you seriously enjoying your life. Parties, dances, alkohol, music, friends and the rest of this stuff. It’s really great.


The worst thing? Small moneys – I think. When u are young you have no limits, you can do incredible things like bungee or the other but usually you have the problem with money, u cannot aford for everything. U need to work or improvize :P

12:56 PM Jul 06 2013 |

samirolil28

Morocco

hello everyone 


the best thing  when you are young is that you feel powrful , brave,entousiastic creative  but imature and disobediant  and rebelious 

06:01 PM Oct 09 2012 |

bellaboo2422

Pakistan


the best part of being young is no reponsibilites, care free life. eating sleeping and chatting are the only things to do. having fun with friends and parties are on. lots of choclates, big beautiful boquates, yummy cakes, icecream, coffee dates, music and rommance all in air. just waoooooooo worst part is parents taunts, u r late, not allowed for this:(, show ur result, be responciable etc etc and etc

05:05 AM Aug 04 2012 |

sofree

sofree

China

Have time being crazy; crazy. lol

11:53 PM Jul 17 2012 |

nfrtary

nfrtary

Egypt

i love this sonnnnnnnnnng very much 

04:15 PM Jul 15 2012 |

marija luiza

Mexico

Lovely song, perfect to dance :) haha 

12:05 PM Jul 15 2012 |

Levi3262

Levi3262

Brazil

so let’s set the world on fire… we can burn brighter than the sun… “  sorry.. just singing… but.. that’s really strange the feeling you feel when singing this… like, if you’re not a teen anymore or if you’re getting closed to thirty(as am I), you just stop and wonder.. am I young ? Am I supposed to sing this ?

04:06 AM Jul 14 2012 |

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Shiry

Shiry

Saudi Arabia

What a great lesson !


It’s really Awesome !


 


Ummm , the best part of being young is to have fun , and you feel you have dreams and ambitions  that you wanna  achieve it !


The worst part of being young , maybe people try to put you down by saying you’re young , you cant do anything , blah blah blah ..


Anyway , I liked the lesson .. Thanks !


Cool

05:08 PM Jul 11 2012 |

sanaa2000

sanaa2000

Egypt

I think that the best part is the active power of the youth.When u r young,u feel that the life is front of u & between ur hands.& the worst part is the precipitation of the youth & the little experience.Our prophet recommended the youth,cuz they can be more useful to the society.

12:13 PM Jul 11 2012 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Having a good health,good mind and everything fresh is good but sometimes lack of money and being at the first step is bad

12:08 PM Jul 11 2012 |

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amoh

amoh

Iraq

It isnot importent ” how old ” but the importent is your feeling in life , what you present even if your  age seems old

08:05 AM Jul 11 2012 |

jinyan69

jinyan69

China

‘Take That – When We Were Young’is my favorite song ,when i listen this song which give me more passion to my life ,making me feel still younger

03:41 AM Jul 11 2012 |

Szancsuska

Szancsuska

Hungary

I love this song!


I think a person is as old as he/she feels. Ok, if you’re 40 you shouldn’t go to parties where young people are. But if somebody is fashionable, always do sports, enjoy life, why should he/she worry about his/her age? You can feel young at every age… that’s my opinion.. Laughing

03:09 AM Jul 11 2012 |

determinedman

Turkey

whatevers:d

02:33 AM Jul 11 2012 |

Zizouzie

Zizouzie

Indonesia

I haven’t heard the song of “We Are Young ” Yet. But I feel rebellion when I hear alternative genre.

12:37 AM Jul 11 2012 |

korhansaresimge

Turkey

young people want to getting older,old people want to getting younger


 it’s nice to feeling your age and live the moment happily


ı want to believe that youngs can know and olders can do

12:33 AM Jul 11 2012 |

ErinDong

ErinDong

United States

I haven’t heard the song ‘We Are Young” yet. I don’t think it sounds too appealing either! I I am still pretty young, and I love it that way! You don’t have to go to work, and you can still go to particular summer camps. You would have summer camp and winter break. On particular days, you can chat and text with your friends. But here’s one catch, younger is not always better than the older!! Older people are more mature and wise. they can take care of households, pay bills, and take their time and care to take care of a child or two. They go shopping for them, earn money for them, and tuck them into bed at night along with a good night kiss.   

09:51 PM Jul 10 2012 |

Julissita

Julissita

Peru

First time I hear about this band and their song.


About the topic, I think that youth cannot only be defined on the basis of the chronological age. It has also to do with a state of mind, and the way of seeing life. I think that some of the good things about this stage are the feelings of wanting to discover and to experience new things, the desire of reaching new goals and challenges. The worst thing maybe is to feel that you don’t know how to deal with certain situations, the inexperience.

09:45 PM Jul 10 2012 |

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