RealLife Radio #88 – West African English, Football, and Azonto Dancing

Ghana-flag-map-207x300One of the amazing things about the English language is the fact that it gives people the opportunity to share their culture with people from all over the world.

In today’s episode we have a very special guest, Richard from Ghana to teach us all a little about his country and culture.  Learn a lot of new words and expressions, practice your listening comprehension with his West African accent, and learn how to dance Azonto!

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Words to know

  • Drop out – leave university without finishing your course
  • Foolish – to not use common sense and make mistakes
  • Azonto – traditional dance from Ghana
  • Discouraged – to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence
  • Cacao – the plant used to made chocolate
  • Fuses – mixes, combines
  • A little birdy told me – expressions used to not say where you got your information from
  • Black Stars – Ghanaian national football team
  • Scholarship – a sum of money or other aid granted to a student, because of merit,need, etc., to pursue his or her studies
  • The best of both worlds – when you get to experience two good thing that most people only experience one
  • Springing up – to appear unexpectedly
  • You are good to go – you are ready
  • A big issue – a big problem
  • Ga – Language form the capital city Accra
  • Head over to Ghana – go to Ghana, head over means to go somewhere

Shoutouts

  • 5 star review from iTunes – Janny Star “Awesome”
  • Danilo, Camilo, Nicolas – Universitame

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Kick-ass quote

  • “Stay hungry, stay foolish” –Steve Jobs

Conversation topic

  • In today’s conversation topic Richard tells us all about Ghana’s Culture, his experience as a professional football player, entrepreneurship, the Ghanaian economy, and the amazing stuff he is doing with his startup Ajumah!

Question

  • Learn about how the pronunciation often changes with phrasal verbs because of connected speech.
  • Phrasal Verbs Used: stress out, run out, pick up, hook up, get up

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Song: Antenna – Fuse ODG

Lyrics

She dey do me wayo ooooo
But she dey spend my money ooooooo
Oja let me tell my momy ooooo
I should have listened before oooo
She dey do me like antenna
She’s just controling my pole
She dey do me like antenna
I no get discription no more
She dey do me like antenna
She dey kill my mind go koloooo
She dey do me like antenna
Cus everyday she is switching my mind ooo

She wanna shop my P do I look like square
I mean do you realy care
It was yours to keep, you dant realy share
I see how you moving that
You better just stay inline
All I wanna do is just make you mine
You make my heart be like playing ground
Now you wan leave and say goodbye

African lady you know say you got me crazy
I call that you do me shege
The things that you do don fake eeeeee, downfloor
Loving baby you know say you got me crazy
I call that you do me shege
The things that you do don fake eeeeee, downfloor

[CHORUS (Fuse ODG):]
She dey do me wayo ooooo
But she dey spend my money ooooooo
Oja let me tell my momy ooooo
I should have listened before oooo
She dey do me like antenna
She’s just controling my pole
She dey do me like antenna
I no get discription no more
She dey do me like antenna
She dey kill my mind go koloooo
She dey do me like antenna
Cus everyday she is switching my mind ooo

[RAP 2 (Fuse ODG):]
You can’t hold me I gave you my heart
Ah I gave you my soullll
I fell in love with you but you made me a fool
Ah you just made me falllllll
I cought you but ring like I made that cool
Ah you dant even callllllll
But I shake you off like im on the floor
Azonto wall on the floor

[BRIDGE (Fuse ODG):]
Hey this lady you know say you got me crazy
I call that you do me shege
The things that you do don fake eeeeee, downfloor
African baby you know say you got me crazy
I call that you do me shege
The things that you do don fake eeeeee, downfloor

[SINGING VERSE (Fuse ODG):]
This girl she do me wrong oh (she do me wrong oh)
Called me the leader she broke her bond oh (she broke her bond oh)
This girl she do me wrong oh (she do me wrong oh)
But will’nt kill you, will make you strong oh (will make you strong oh)

[CHORUS (Fuse ODG):]
She dey do me wayo ooooo
But she dey spend my money ooooooo
Oja let me tell my momy ooooo
I should have listend before oooo
She dey do me like antenna
She’s just controling my pole
She dey do me like antenna
I no get discription no more
She dey do me like antenna
She dey kill my mind go koloooo
She dey do me like antenna
Cus everyday she is switching my mind ooo

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