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YouTube Captions and Deaf Awareness Day

Today is Deaf Awareness Day and we have made a special video, suggested by my friend Rikki Poynter who does awesome work as an advocate for captions for the deaf and hard of hearing. Go Rikki!

If you are a YouTuber, please make captions for your videos! They are so helpful for the deaf and hard of hearing and for foriegn language learners. It doesn’t take long and it’s so important. Please do it! Do it!

Today is deaf awareness day, so we’re making a special video. If you want to know how you can help the deaf community and also help us teach the world English, keep watching.

When the moon is in the southern house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, the peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of asparagus, the age of asparagus, asparagus…
What are you singing?
The age of asparagus.
That’s not the right words. It’s the age of Aquarius.
That’s not what is says on the captions.
Oh, those captions are always wrong.

This is my friend Ricki. She’s deaf and she makes videos – YouTube videos – for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Ricki is a strong advocate for captions for YouTube videos – you know, those words that appear at the bottom of the screen when you press that little CC button.
We write the captions for our videos in English, but if we didn’t, the computer would generate them and the problem with that is they’re often wrong.
It’s what it says: The age of asparagus.
It’s not just the deaf and hard of hearing who need captions. So do people learning another language.
Captions give them support so they can understand more. And captions are great for video makers like us as well because they help brings us more viewers and subscribers.
So captions are awesome. If you’re a YouTuber, please use them. If you want to help Ricki make her videos available to more people, and if you want to help us teach the world English, there’s something you can do. Translate our English captions into your language. We upload English captions and time them. So, it’s a matter of going through them and translating each line.
We’ll put a link to a video we made about it below. And to the people who have already been translating our videos into other languages – you are simply awesome. Thank you. And we can’t thank you enough.
And to our deaf and hard of hearing viewers – thank you for watching and being part of the Simple English Videos community.
Happy Deaf Awareness Day everyone! Bye now. Bye.

See that girl. Watch that scene. Digging the dancing queen.
What are you singing?
It’s Abba.
You got the words wrong.
No I didn’t. See that girl. Watch that scene. Digging the dancing queen.
See that girl. Watch her scream. Kicking the dancing queen.
It’s those captions again.

Here is a link to Rikki’s channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/rikkipoynter
She has community captions turned on and if you can supply captions for her video in other languages Rikki will be thrilled and so will we – THANK YOU!

And we have community captions turned on too and we would LOVE it if you could make captions for our videos too.
Here’s the link a video we made about it before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTkElmxpv8I
We can’t say thank you enough to the people who have helped us by doing this.

Vote Ronald Grump and Make American Great Again

Vote Ronald Grump and Make American Great Again

It’s election season in the United States and Ronald Grump is running for President. In this parody video, a puppet Donald Trump outlines his plans to make American (rather than America)  great again.

Update: We made this video before Donald Trump was elected. At the time we thought the chances of him winning were scary but very slim. Oh how wrong we were!

You might also enjoy these videos:

Talking taxes with Donald Trump

A phone call with President Obama

Ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome the next President of the United States, Ronald Grump.

If I’m elected President of the United States, I, Ronald Grump, will make you a preposition.
I’ve loved English. All the words. You’ve got the nouns, you’ve got the adverbs, you’ve got the adjectives, you’ve got clauses. Let me tell you something. My English will be the best English.
Some people, let’s be honest, they’re losers. Their adjectives are losers. When they send us their adjectives, they’re not sending us their best. If I am elected, we will have no more bad adjectives. If you pick Ronald Grump to represent your grammar, we will make America’s adjectives great again.
Listen, listen. I’m from here. I’m a New Yorker through and through. But let me just tell you something. Here’s the thing. The situation with these foreign languages now, it’s unbelievable. It’s out of control. I was here when foreign languages came in and they celebrated when we lost infinitives. They split our infinitives, our infinitives right here, in our own country, and they were completely split. And what did the foreign grammars do? They were dancing in the streets. I saw it with my own eyes. It was awful. Unbelievable. There will be no more foreign grammars until we figure out what the heck is going on.
Conjunctions, let me tell you. You have a dependent clause over here. You have a subordinate clause over there. It’s crazy. It’s out of control. There’s no unity. America’s not great any more. We’re gonna make America great. This is how we’re gonna do it. Are you ready? I am gonna build a conjunction. A conjunction between the clauses. It’s gonna be the biggest, the best. It’s gonna be a beautiful conjunction. It’s gonna be one of the most beautiful conjunctions you’ve ever seen. And what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make the clauses pay for it.
Simple English Videos. I love them. I’ve always loved them. They’re great people. You’re gonna love them. They’re unbelievable. Simple English Videos dot com. You should subscribe. Subscribe. Everybody should subscribe. Has anybody here not subscribed yet? That’s right. Get ‘em out! Get ‘em out!. Get ‘em out. Everybody out! Simple English Videos.

You might also enjoy these videos:

Talking taxes with Donald Trump

A phone call with President Obama

sentimental journey

Sentimental Journey by Doris Day – Lyrics Explained

Songs are a great way to learn English. They’re good listening practice and research shows that singing along is a powerful way to improve your fluency and learn new words. Here’s a beautiful song sung by Doris Day and a lesson on some of the vocabulary first.

There are two videos here so make sure you scroll down for the song.

Click here to see other great songs for learning English.

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
What are you doing?
I’m warming up for the song.
What song?
Today’s lesson is about a song. Remember?
Oh, that’s been cancelled.
Oh.
You can go home now.
Really?
Yeah, we don’t need you.
Oh.

This week’s lesson comes in the form of a song, and the wonderful Doris Day is the singer. The song is about a journey – a sentimental journey. Sentimental? It means it touches her heart. So it’s a journey she’s taking for emotional rather than practical reasons.
Perhaps there’s a time or place in your life that you feel sentimental about too?
Maybe it’s somewhere you yearn to return to.
Or maybe there’s someone you long to see again.
‘Yearn’ and ‘long’ are both verbs here, and they have very similar meanings.
We use them to talk about things we desire or want very much.
We use ‘yearn’ when it’s somethings that difficult or impossible to do.
And we use ‘long’ when it’s something that won’t happen soon.
You’ll also hear this word in the song. This word doesn’t exist in English.
It’s not a real word. The song writer made it up and I think it’s my favourite word in the song.
So listen to the song and tell me what your favourite words are.
And I have a question too. What sentimental journey would you like to take if you could. Is there a place or a time in your life that you’d like to revisit?
Tell us in the comments.

But I thought the song was cancelled.
No. Doris Day is singing it.

Click here to learn how to use the words travel, trip and journey.
Click here to see more great songs for learning English.

Heart ELT

Heart ELT – Give it your All by Fluency MC

This song is about Heart ELT which supports projects in refugee camps and volunteer teachers. Volunteer English teachers are often teaching in squats and derelict buildings in isolation, with little or no support and no resources.
The lyrics were written by Jason R Levine. Check out Jason’s channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/collolearn. He performs it with Madeline Zapta-Boxberger.
When you buy a book from Heart ELT, you help children go to school and give them hope for their dreams, their education, their future. Follow the project here:
Website: http://www.HeartELT.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartELT/

Have Hope. I have hope.
Have faith. I have faith.
Have courage. I have courage.
Have soul. I have soul.
You have it in you. I have it in me.
You can do it. I can do it.
You’ve got what it takes. I’ve got what it takes.
Keep going. I’ll keep going.
Don’t give up. I won’t give up.
Stay focused. I’ll stay focused.
Do your best. I’ll do my best.
You’ve got talent. I’ve got talent.
You’ve got skills. I’ve got skills.
You’re smart. I am smart.
You’re strong. I am strong.
Give it your all. I’ll give it my all.
Give it your all. I’ll give it my all.

Have Hope. I have hope.
Have faith. I have faith.
Have courage. I have courage.
Have soul. I have soul.
You have it in you. I have it in me.
You can do it. I can do it.
You’ve got what it takes. I’ve got what it takes.
Keep going. I’ll keep going.
Don’t give up. I won’t give up.
Stay focused. I’ll stay focused.
Do your best. I’ll do my best.
You’ve got talent. I’ve got talent.
You’ve got skills. I’ve got skills.
You are smart. I am smart.
You are strong. I am strong.
Give it your all. I’ll give it my all.
Give it your all. I’ll give it my all.

black socks

Black Socks Never Get Dirty Song – an English jazz chant

Black Socks Never Get Dirty is a fun jazz chant to practice English pronunciation. You have to say a different number of words in each line but maintain the same rhythm. It’s also a great illustration of how English is a stress timed language.
Click here for more information on English rhythm and stress timing.

Jay, you need to put these socks in the wash.
But they’re black.
So?
Black socks never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker they get
Sometimes I think I should wash them, but something inside me keeps saying not yet, not yet, not yet.
Black socks never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker they get
Sometimes I think I should wash them, but something inside me keeps saying not yet.
Black socks never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker they get
Sometimes I think I should wash them, but something inside me keeps saying not yet.

superstitions

Superstitions, Friday the 13th and Stevie Wonder

Do you believe in superstitions? Are you superstitious? Here are two videos that that explore this topic in English, so make sure you scroll down to see the second one too.
The first video is a story about what happened to Jay one Friday 13th and the second video is a song by the wonderful Stevie Wonder. And the song comes with a puzzle. How many different superstitious events and objects can you spot in the video. Enjoy!

Video 1 Transcript

Hi everyone! If you spill salt, do you throw some over your shoulder? This English lesson is about superstitions and it has two parts: first a conversation and then a song with a puzzle. So I’m making a playlist. Enjoy!

How’s it going Jay?
Terrific! I think I have a big new customer
Really? A big one?
Yes, they’re going to order a thousand units.
Wow!
They’re gonna call me any minute and tell me.
Fantastic!
This could be my lucky day.
Oh that’s so funny
Why?
Well, today is Friday the thirteenth.
Really?
Yes. Some people are superstitious about Friday the thirteenth. They think it’s unlucky. But you’re not superstitious, are you?
No… Well maybe…
Well, cross your fingers then.
Oh no!
Oh dear, you’ve spilt the salt.
Oh no!
Throw some over your shoulders… but keep your fingers crossed. Oh. Is that your phone?
Keep your fingers crossed.

Did you understand everything? Let’s check. Jay says he has a new customer. But is he sure?

How’s it going, Jay?
Terrific! I think I have a big new customer.

He says ‘I think’, so he’s not sure. He’s waiting for a call from them to see if they place a big order.

Wow!
They’re gonna call me any minute and tell me.
Fantastic!
This could be my lucky day.

Some people think that when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, it’s an unlucky day. It’s a superstition. A superstition is a belief that some events happen in ways that we can’t explain by reason or science.

But you’re not superstitious, are you?
No… Well maybe…

‘Superstition’ is the noun and ‘superstitious’ is the adjective. We can say people or beliefs are superstitious.

Oh no!
Oh dear, you’ve spilt the salt.
Oh no!
Throw some over your shoulders… but keep your fingers crossed. Oh. Is that your phone?
Keep your fingers crossed.

Do you ever cross your fingers or do other things for good luck?
And that brings me to your puzzle. It comes in the form of a song about superstitions and it’s sung by the wonderful Stevie Wonder. I’ve made a video in which you’re going to see situations where people often get superstitious and also lots of symbols and objects that are associated with superstitions. And that’s your puzzle. How many can you spot?
Many come from the US and the UK, but some come from other cultures. So see how many you recognize. And perhaps there are other lucky symbols and interesting superstitions in your culture. Please tell us about them in the comments.
Click here to see this video with a clickable transcript

Video 2

The transcript for video 2 appears in the video itself. Watch the song and see the lyrics. Why not sing along?

Click here to see the answers to the puzzle and a list of the superstitious practices, objects and events that you saw in the video.

competitive games

Road Trip to Cape May – competitive games

Come on a road trip with us and learn some of the English expressions we use for competitive games. Who will win the game miniature golf? Jay or Vicki?

Transcript

We’re going on a road trip and you’re coming with us.

So we’ve just bought some gas and it cost…. How much, Jay?
Thirty one dollars to fill the tank.
Thirty one dollars. That seems ridiculously cheap to me. What about you?
But it’s still pretty expensive from my point of view.
It was about two dollars and fifty cents a gallon of gas. It’s so cheap.

OK, we’re here and we’ve met Nano who is gonning to help us with our luggage and erm… Nano is from Serbia. And we’re just about to go in. It’s a really, really pretty hotel. Really nice.

Thank you Nano.
You’re welcome.

This is a lovely place. Here are your keys, Vick.

Shall we go to the beach?

Some English for competitive games.

She thinks she’s gonna win. Ha, ha! He’s going down.
That was pretty close, Vick.
Let’s see you beat that. I’m gonna try.
This is gonna be an amazing shot.
Well, not that amazing. At least we’re tied.
This one’s gonna be interesting.
I can’t believe it. Vicki got a hole in one. That means she hit the ball once and it went in the hole right away.
Ah no. It took me two tries.
Oh no! Hard luck.
Oh no! It’s come through again. Too bad, Vick.
Good job. Great job. Well done. Fantastic, you got it in!
The final score was 41 for me to 46 for Vicki. Who’s going down now?

So he won despite all my great shots. But he kept the scores.
I’m not sure I’m going to let him do that again.
Another lovely day in Cape May.

Click here to learn more everyday English expressions.

story-telling day

World Story-Telling Day 2016 – an ESL collaboration

Don’t you love a good story? That’s why we were excited to collaborate with some other YouTube English teachers and take part in the World Story-Telling Day Project. Watch the video to learn how our story works.

Video transcript

Today is World Storytelling Day, a day of global celebration of the art of storytelling. Many people all over the world are getting together to listen to and tell stories in lots of different languages.
So Simple English Videos has joined together with six YouTubing teachers to make up a story for you. Jennifer’s starting, then passing it along to Duncan, who’s passibg it along to Gabby, and so on. Let’s get right to it!

The story

Here is the story we all created.

You can see captions for the story on the videos at YouTube. Just press the little cc button.

We used several abbreviations in our story. Did you spot them. We made another video about that. Click here to see it. 
And click here to see some of our other stories.

David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom by David Bowie with Lyrics

Ground Control to Major Tom is the first line of ‘Space Oddity’ – a David Bowie classic. It tells the story of an astronaut in space and it’s a fantastic song to practice your English with. My students love it! Hope you will too.

The copyright on the music has been cleared by YouTube, so teachers, feel free to share it with your students.
RIP David Bowie – what a great story teller and what a great musician! Planet earth is blue without you.

Lyrics to Ground Control to Major Tom

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you….

Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.

For more songs to learn English with, click here.

Fluency MC A sound

Say Hey! A Song about English ‘a’ sounds by Fluency MC

Here’s a song for kids that was written and performed by Jason R Levine, Fluency MC. Simple English videos shot and edited the video in Philadelphia. It stars Jase’s adorable daughter, Lola. Enjoy!

Click here to watch another Fluency MC rap
Click here to see more songs and stories
Click here to see Fluency MC’s website

Everybody say Hey Lyrics

Everybody say ‘Hey!’. Now say ‘Yay!’. Well OK.
‘A’ is for day, like a day in May. A day in May when you go out to play.
You don’t want to stay inside. No way.
Go on, I say. Get out, OK.
‘A’ is for make, let’s make a cake.
Mix it and put it in the oven to bake.
Then take a break. ‘Cause ‘A’ is for wait.
And wait and wait, how I hate to wait.
It’ll be after eight when that cake’s on my plate.
But I’m ready right now to celebrate.
When’s your birthday? What’s the date?
When’s your birthday? Shout out the date!
‘A’ is for game. How about a game?
I’m glad you came so we can play a game.
Can you guess my name? Is your name the same?
What’s your name?
Day, play, take, break, hate, wait, name, game.
‘A’ is for air, please care about the air.
So we can be healthy everywhere.
Here and there, don’t forget to share your teddy bear or your rocking chair.
But you don’t need to share your underwear. Urgh!
‘A’ is for shape. What’s your favorite shape?
An oval is the shape of an egg or a grape.
Batman wears a cape to escape.
‘A’ is for race. He can win any race.
So can Superman, flying through space to chase a bad guy all over the place.
‘A’ is for save, like money to save – money that your grandma or your grandpa gave
because you’re a good kid and know how to behave.
Fair, share, grape, shape, chase, place, gave, save.
A’ is for rain, that goes down the drain, or blows all over in a hurricane.
You can take a long trip on a train or a plane.
You can go to Spain or Maine, or Ukraine.
You can go anywhere, just use your brain.
A’ is for mail. Send me an email.
Are you male or are you female?
Do you swim or sail? Are you mad when you fail?
Do you want to sit and listen to a fairy tale?
Yay! Once upon a time a long time ago there lived a little boy named Fluency MC.
‘A’ is for aid. Do you need a band aid?
Or home made lemonade, in the shade?
Don’t be afraid to get a bad grade.
What matters most is the effort you’ve made.
I know that you’ll make a lot of good grades.
Collo and spark, you’ll have it made in the shade.
Now say ‘Hey!’. Say ‘Yay!’. Well OK.

Click here to watch the video with a clickable transcript
Click here to watch another Fluency MC rap
Click here to see more songs and stories
Click here to see Fluency MC’s website