For proficient students:
A great and satisfying way to improve and enjoy the English language is through the medium of music. By listening to and learning the lyrics of your favourite songs, you will pick up popular expressions, idioms and sentences used by native speakers. I have a preference for music from the eighties and also Irish folk music. I was delighted to learn recently that a folk song called ‘On Raglan Road’ was voted as Ireland’s favourite folk song. It’s a wonderful piece of music sung by the great Luke Kelly and composed by the poet Patrick Kavanagh. Your challenge for this post is to listen to the rich lyrics and see if you can understand them. Enjoy!