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Rudy, Rodrigo, basket, rap, English and blind dates


I’m not very sporty, so it was thanks to your questions to Molly and to Guillem and Rodrigo’s comments on the blog that I discovered Rudy Fernández,  the famous Majorcan basketball player who is currently playing with Portland Trail Blazers .

Maybe in a few years Rodrigo will be playing in the NBA too, who knows? Judging from the photo he published yesterday in this blog, it certainly might happen.

In the meantime, let’s see if we learn a bit more abour this excellent player.

Complete this fact file.  Let’s see who is the first one to post the correct answers to the blog.  The rest can just copy the answers in the notebooks, but you can also contribute to the blog with new findings about Rudy.

  1. In Majorca there is a sportscentre that bears his name. Do you know where?
  2. Date of birth:
  3. School in Palma:
  4. When did he leave Palma?
  5. When did he move to the USA?
  6. What are his parents’ jobs:
  7. Has he got any brothers or sisters?
  8. Teams he played with:
  9. Height and Weight:
  10. How long has he been in Portland?
  11. Which position does he play in?
  12. How old do you think he was in the small photo on the right?

To make your task easier, I have found some videos in you tube:

The fisrt one is a song with some Spanglish and slang asking vor votes. Xilin and Judith did not need one for their campaign! I  have included the lyrics. Can recognize any slang words Molly taught us the other day?

Blazers up in here tonight

Fan voton’ (we got the Spaniard up in here)

Fan voton’

Fan voton’

España España

I never knew a dude that could dunk like this

Make a fan wanna vote Spanish

Como se llama? Si! Su Rudy! Si! Mi dunka

España españa (Me vota)

Oooh Rudy when you dunk like that

You make Superman look bad

Rapid Roy and Carpool

And you took a drive down to Phoenix


Oooh you think it’s right

You know that ball don’t lie

That’s why they call him the Spanish flight

The elevation, like a spaceman

Suddenly I’m a fellow immigration

Sergio he can see you – don’t stop movin’

And you’re cutting it baseline

Real soon – you dudes will be alley oopin’ – In the same suerte

‘Cause you move it like a matador

Nobody can let it go, and you will get a perfect score

No way, you and serge connected – the world must respect it

And say the trailblazers wrecked it

I never knew a dude that could dunk like this

Make a fan wanna vote Spanish

Como se llama? Si! Su Rudy! Si! Mi dunka

España españa (Me vota)

Oooh Rudy when you dunk like that

You make Superman look bad

Rapid Roy and Carpool

And you took a drive down to Phoenix…

In the second one, Rudy sings and speaks in English. I think he could teach us how to play basket and Daryl, Sara, Marta, Tatiana…. well most of you helped by Paquita, your music teacher, could teach him how to sing and play some music . He also needs some English pronunciation practice, don’t you think? I’m sure Molly would do a great job, and who knows… it might end up …. well you tell me.

12065669501260557625Anonymous_light_bulb.svg.medI’ve got it!  we must try to arrange a blind date for them!

Enjoy the  rest of the weekend

25 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, música, video activity, vocabulari | , , , , | 8 comentaris

Go, went, gone…… rap song and slang

Black eyed peas


This morning Molly brought a great song by Jack Johnson and the Black Eyed Peas to our class and we learnt some slang. Now it will be easier for us to understand lyrics in English songs,  




 I found this video in the Internet. It summarises the story of the song with images. Now it is your turn to work a little while you listen to the music. Answer the following questions and post them.

Have a nice weekend!!!! and don’t sell your soul for bling, bling, material things…

  1. Can you name 5 key words, which are essential to understand Johnny’s story ?
  2. What is the moral of the song? 
  3. Do you associate rap with slang and rude language?
  4. What type of visual art do you associate rap with?
  5. Is rap music associated with urban culture?
  6. What’s the origin of the word rap?
  7. Do you like this type of music?
  8. Which song did you like best, “Penny Lane” or “Gone” ?

Be patient the video takes a bit of time to load….

Johnny wanna be a big star
Get on stage and play the guitar
Make a little money, buy a fancy car
Big old house and an alligator
Just to match with them alligator shoes
He’s a rich man so he’s no longer singing the blues
He’s singing songs about material things
And platinum rings and watches that go bling
But, diamonds don’t bling in the dark
He a star now, but he ain’t singing from the heart
Sooner or later he’s just gonna fall apart
Cause his fans can’t relate to his new found art
He ain’t doing what he did from the start
And that’s putting in some feeling and thought
He decided to live his life shallow
Cash in his love for material

And its gone… gone… going…
Gone… everything gone… give a damn…
Gone be the birds when they don’t want to sing…
Gone people… all awkward with their things… gone.

You see yourself in the mirror
And you feel safe cause it looks familiar
But you afraid to open up your soul
Cause you don’t really know, don’t really know
Who he is, the person that’s deep within
Cause you are content with just being the name-brand man
And you fail to see that its trivial
Insignificant, you addicted to material
I’ve seen your kind before
You’re the type that thinks souls is sold in a store
Packaged up with incense sticks
With them vegetarian meals
To you that’s righteous
You’re fiction like books
You need to go out to life and look
Cause… what happens when they take your material
You already sold your soul and its…


You say that time is money and money is time
So you got mind in your money and your money on your mind
But what about… that crime that you did to get paid
And what about… that bid, you can’t take it to your brain
What about those shoes you’ll wear today
They’ll do no good on the bridges you burnt along the way

All that money that you got gonna be gone
That gear that you rock gonna be gone
The house up on the hill gonna be gone
The gold purse on your grill gonna be gone
The ice on your wrist gonna be gone
That nice little Miss gonna be gone
That whip that you roll gonna be gone
And what’s worst is your soul’s already gone

23 Octubre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, música, Uncategorized | , , , , | 6 comentaris