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Word List: music, fame

    • make fun of s.o.(phrasal verb)
    • Definition:
      • to laugh about someone in an unfriendly way
    • Example:
      • In school the other children used to make fun of him.
    • fan(noun)
    • Definition:
      • an admirer, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone
    • Example:
      • I am a big fan of libraries.
    • huge(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • very large; distinctly interesting, significant, important, likeable, well regarded
    • Example:
      • The castle was huge.
    • talented(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • having one or more talents
    • Example:
      • She is so talented at tennis!
    • honour(noun)
    • Definition:
      • recognition of importance or spiritual value; respect; a privilege
    • Example:
      • I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
    • contest(noun)
    • Definition:
      • struggle for superiority; combat; a competition
    • Example:
      • The child entered the spelling contest.
    • get into s.th.(phrasal verb)
    • Definition:
      • to become really excited about something; to start doing something seriously
    • Example:
      • I used to do a lot of sports, but then I really got into music.
    • single(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track
    • strumming(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the action of the verb to strum; a technique in playing the guitar where the musician strums all the strings
    • Example:
      • The song starts of with some simple strumming.
    • chord(noun)
    • Definition:
      • in music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously
    • Example:
      • The song consists of only three chords.
    • incredible(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • too implausible to be credible; beyond belief; unbelievable; marvelous; profoundly affecting; wonderful
    • Example:
      • He was so wrapped up in watching the incredible special effects that he couldn't keep track of the story.
    • supporter(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or movement; an adherent
    • Example:
      • There were 10,000 supporters in the last match.
    • kind of music(Chunk)
    • Definition:
      • a genre of music
    • Example:
      • Rock'n'Roll is my favourite kind of music.
    • instantly(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • without hesitation
    • view(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act of seeing or looking at something
    • Example:
      • From my view that is a stupid proposition.
    • cover(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a front and back of a book or magazine
    • Example:
      • He was on the cover of Times magazine.
    • channel(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television; a distribution channel
    • Example:
      • NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
    • for fun(Chunk)
    • Definition:
      • to do sth enjoyable just because you feel like it
    • Example:
      • He reads all these books just for fun.
    • seriously(adverb)
    • Definition:
      • in a serious or literal manner
    • Example:
      • He was hoping that we would take him seriously.
    • feeling(noun)
    • Definition:
      • sensation, particularly through the skin; emotion; impression; intuition
    • Example:
      • You really hurt my feelings when you said that.
    • definitely(adverb)
    • Definition:
      • without question and beyond doubt
    • Example:
      • The mother definitely has love for her child.
 
 

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        chord
        in music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously
        contest
        struggle for superiority; combat; a competition
        incredible
        too implausible to be credible; beyond belief; unbelievable; marvelous; profoundly affecting; wonderful
        channel
        a specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television; a distribution channel
        kind of music
        a genre of music
        definitely
        without question and beyond doubt
        talented
        having one or more talents
        honour
        recognition of importance or spiritual value; respect; a privilege
        huge
        very large; distinctly interesting, significant, important, likeable, well regarded
        view
        the act of seeing or looking at something
        fan
        an admirer, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone
        for fun
        to do sth enjoyable just because you feel like it
        feeling
        sensation, particularly through the skin; emotion; impression; intuition
        single
        a popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track
        seriously
        in a serious or literal manner
         
         
         

        So who is this Ryan Beatty?

        It can be hard to listen to native speakers – every learner of a foreign language knows that. It is always easier if you already know more or less what the topic is and what the people are talking about before you listen to the original material. So this is a short preview of what you are going to hear in the video:
        Ryan Beatty is a young boy from Clovis, California who became famous over YouTube. He posted videos of himself singing on a YouTube channel. At the beginning he only sang songs that were written by and for other musicians, such as Adele or John Mayer. By now, he has brought out his first own single, that was written for him. He has appeared on the cover of various popculture magazines and is thought to be a very promising new musician. In the video, he talkes about how he became famous, why he likes singing, what it was like to work with the team that produced his song, which musicians he looks up to and what kind of music he wants to do in the future.
        Now watch the video. We recommend that you first watch it as a whole, from the beginning to the end. Then watch it again and try to answer the questions below. If you don't know the answers, jump to the different sequences and listen to them very carefully!
         
        1. How did Ryan Beatty get famous? ___hint_placeholder___
           
        2.  
          • He posted videos of himself on YouTube.
             
          • He played music on the street and a music producer saw him.
             
           
        3. What did he get famous for?
           
          • Playing the guitar.
             
          • Singing.
             
           
        4. How many clicks did his second YouTube channel get in one week?
           
          • 10,000
             
          • 100
             
           
        5. Does he only cover other people's songs?
           
          • No, his own single is out now, it was written just for him by Dayyon Alexander.
             
          • Yes, so far he has only covered songs, but he is planning to make his own music some day.
             
           
        6. Who inspires Ryan?
           
          • Justin Bieber.
             
          • John Mayer.
             
           
        7. Did he read the Harry Potter books?
           
          • Yes, and he is a huge fan! But he likes the movies better.
             
          • No, only one of them. He only saw the movies.
             
           
        8. What does he say about people making fun of him?
           
          • He doesn't really care, he says that people should always do what they like best, no matter what other people think.
             
          • When he was little he was really sad about it but now that he is famous he is sure that nobody will ever laugh about him again.
             
           
         
         
         

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