5 Canzoni per Imparare il Third Conditional

Se vuoi leggere questo articolo in inglese, clicca qui.

Si sa, molte canzoni raccontano delle storie e per questo la molte parlano di eventi avvenuti nel passato. Quando esprimiamo un rimpianto o come avremmo voluto che le cose fossero avvenute nel passato, in inglese utilizziamo il Periodo Ipotetico di Terzo Tipo (3rd Conditional).

Ascolta alcuni esempi in queste canzoni:

Grace Jones – Everybody Hold Still

Iniziamo con l’iconica Grace Jones e ascoltiamo la prima strofa della sua canzone.

I knew I shouldn’t have left the apartment
I knew I should’ve stayed in watching TV

O ancora meglio (qualche strofa più avanti)

I could’ve left all my cash and taken a credit card
I should’ve said, “Don’t wear no jewelery you’re looking fine”
If I’d ran back for the phone…

Adele – Rolling In The Deep

Chi non ama Adele? Siamo sicuri che non c’è persona al mondo che riesca a trattenersi dal battere il piede a tempo quando inizia questa canzone. E sai cosa? Anche qui potrai trovare degli esempi del Third Conditional!

We could’ve had it all
We could’ve had it all (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

Adele – If It Hadn’t Been For Love

Si, ancora Adele, ma leggi il titolo di questa canzone: un perfetto esempio di 3rd Conditional! E tutto il testo è pieno di altri esempi interessanti. Qui Adele cerca di sembrare americana il più possibile, per esempio usando l’espressione “woulda” al posto di “would have“.

Never woulda hitch hiked to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda caught the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love

Se sei un fan di Adele, dai un’occhiata anche a questo articolo!http://scrambledeggsinglese.it/adele-teaches-phrasal-verbs/

Taylor Swift – Should’ve Said No

Ecco un altro pezzo di musica contemporanea. Dopo aver finito di litigare con Spotify nel 2017, abbiamo potuto iniziare a sentire questa canzone di Taylor Swift. Leggi il Third Conditional nel titolo? Hai trovato degli esempi nel testo? Mettiti comodo e buon ascolto!

You should’ve said, “No”
You should’ve gone home
You should’ve thought twice before you let it all go
You should’ve known that word, about what you did with her, would get back to me

The Hollies – Why Didn’t You Believe

Ma facciamo un passo indietro e riscopriamo questo un gruppo pop/rock britannico famosissimo negli anni 60/70: i The Hollies!

He asked for you to love one another
You turned your back and played on with your games
If you had listened, you would have discovered
The Bible would have told a different story

Journey – It Could Have Been You

Formatosi a San Francisco nel 1973, i Journey sono conosciuti per la loro famosa hit “Don’t Stop Believin’’. Ma questo gruppo è molto di più! Ecco infatti un altro loro pezzo molto utile per imparare la grammatica.

I…can’t wait all my life, on a street of broken dreams
It could have been you my love (where are you now)
Oh I…still wonder if you remember the night
It could have been you (where are you now)
Should have been you my love (where are you now)
It could have been you my love, (where are you now)

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Se qualcuno ti dice di non conoscere questa canzone, ci sono solo due soluzioni: o è sordo, o sta mentendo. Secondo la rivista Rolling Stone “I Will Survive” rientra tra le “500 canzoni migliori di tutti i tempi” e secondo il Billboard è addirittura tra le prime 100. Anche se contiene un solo esempio di Third Conditional, questa canzone è troppo bella per escluderla dalla lista:

I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I’d known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

 Se vuoi scoprire come imparare gli altri tipi di periodi ipotetici con la musica, dai un’occhiata a questi altri articoli scritti dal team di Scrambled Eggs:

Scrambled Eggs Inglese first conditinal
Scrambled Eggs Inglese second conditional

The National Monument of Scotland

To help you practice reading in English, we’ve written another article! Read all about one of Edinburgh’s top places, and then try our quiz below to test yourself.

The National Monument of Scotland is one of the most famous attractions in Scotland’s beautiful capital city – Edinburgh. It’s situated on Calton Hill, which is in the city centre, slightly east of the popular Princes Street (the most important shopping street of Edinburgh). Calton Hill can be seen from all over the city, which means that the National Monument is one of the most recognizable sights to see.

It was designed during 1823-6 and based on the world-famous Parthenon in Athens, Greece. However, after construction started in 1829 the project very soon ran out of funds and so it was left unfinished. While there have been many ideas since then about how to finish the work, it has been left in its original state because of the cost and also primarily a lack of local enthusiasm.

The monument is Scotland’s national memorial to the soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic wars. However, because of it’s strange unfinished appearance and iconic status, it’s much more famous nowadays for being a fantastic place to take incredible photos of the picturesque city, enjoy a walk with friends or chill out on a sunny day. For anyone visiting Edinburgh, the monument should be at the top of their to-do list, along with the other attractions on Calton Hill such as the Nelson Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument and the Robert Burns Monument.

calton hill monument in the edinburgh snow

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Too vs. Enough – English Language Exercise

Too vs. Enough – a classic debate as to how to truly describe your feelings about something. But don’t jump to conclusions – as there are many forms of too and they can get very tricky at times! Today’s blog post is dedicated to consolidating that knowledge, while also working on your Business English language skills!

Before we get started, be sure to have a look at our English language explanation graphic, which describes the many facets of the word too and how to properly use it:

Have you studied it? Now it’s time to test your skills with an English language quiz! Be sure to refer back to this graphic if you are confused about which form of the word you need to use!

Too vs. Enough Fill In the Blank Quiz

Test your knowledge of too vs enough using the following exercise!

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