English reading and listening for discussing in online English lessons, featuring articles and videos about leadership qualities, a missing person in Ireland and traditional Irish home baking. There are videos to help you with Irish English. One of them features the Belfast politician Gerry Adams reading some of his tweets, and the other is a song by the popular Irish musician Christy Moore.
- Are you on Twitter? Who do you follow on there?
- What would you say are the top 3 most important leadership qualities?
- What are the bread and cakes like in your home country?
- Have you ever lived abroad, and did you ever feel homesick when you were there?
(Irish English: an Irish chef demonstrates how to make Irish scones)
(Irish English: you can hear the Belfast accent in this video. If you don’t recognise some words, it’s probably because they are Irish not English)
(Irish English: the song is about an Irish emigrant living in London who misses home)
Oh I’m missing you I’d give all for the price of a flight
Oh I’m missing you under Piccadilly’s neon
In nineteen hundred and eighty six
There’s not much for a chippie but swinging a pick
And you can’t live on love, on love alone
So you sail cross the ocean, away cross the foam
To where you’re a Paddy, a Biddy or a Mick
Good for nothing but stacking a brick
Your best mate’s a spade and he carries a hod
Two work horses heavily shod
Who did you murder, are you a spy?
I’m just fond of a drink helps me laugh, helps me cry
Now I just drink red biddy for a permanent high
I laugh a lot less and I’ll cry till I die.
All ye young people now take my advice
Before crossing the ocean you’d better think twice
Cause you can’t live without love, without love alone
The proof is round London in the nobody zone.
Where the summer is fine, but the winter’s a fridge
Wrapped up in old cardboard under Charing Cross Bridge
And I’ll never go home now because of the shame
Of misfit’s reflection in a shop window pane.
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