In 1930 Charles Ogden wrote a book "Basic English". This is a simple English which is still being taught in parts of the world today.
It uses a basic vocabulary of 850 words. These are on this web page, with games to help you learn them. Click on the drop-down menu "Things you can do with this word list" for games such as hangman, word-drop, etc.
Basic English word list
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|Lindsay, ON Canada||
Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.
We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.
She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.
|Atlanta, GA USA|
(3) A Picture of Health
Part 3- Pre-intermediate
- several episodes, 40 minutes total
Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. Like a fish on a hook, like a knight from some old-fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee. If I've been unkind I hope that you can just let it, let it go by. If I have been untrue I hope you know it was never to you. Like a bird, free as a bird, free Like a baby, stillborn, like a beast with his horn I have torn everyone who reached out for me. But I swear by this song and by all that I have done wrong I will make it all up to thee. Don't cry no more, don't cry It's completed, oh it's finished it's been paid for Like a bird free, as a bird, free Like a bird free, as a bird, free Like a bird free, as a bird, free Like a bird free, as a bird, free Like a bird (free) on the wire, (free) Like a bird (free) free
You must remember this A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply As time goes by. And when two lovers woo They still say, "I love you." On that you can rely No matter what the future brings As time goes by. Moonlight and love songs Are never out of date. Hearts full of passion Jealousy and hate. Woman needs man And man must have his mate That no one can deny. It's still the same old story A fight for love and glory A case of do or die. The world will always welcome lovers As time goes by.... repeats:
Moonlight and love songs Are never out of date. Hearts full of passion Jealousy and hate. Woman needs man And man must have his mate That no one can deny. It's still the same old story A fight for love and glory A case of do or die. The world will always welcome lovers As time goes by.
To know know know him Is to love love love him Just to see him smile Makes my life worthwhile To know know know him Is to love love love him And I do I'll be good to him I'll bring love to him Everyone says there'll come a day When I'll walk alongside of him Yes just to know him Is to love love love him And I do Why can't he see How blind can he be Someday he will see That he was meant for me To know know know him Is to love love love him Just to see him smile Makes my life worthwhile To know know know him Is to love love love him And I do
Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone 'Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence "Fools", said I, "You do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach you Take my arms that I might reach you" But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed In the wells of silence And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls" And whispered in the sounds of silence
When you're weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all; I'm on your side. When times get rough And friends just can't be found, Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. When you're down and out, When you're on the street, When evening falls so hard I will comfort you. I'll take your part. When darkness comes And pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. Sail on silvergirl, Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. If you need a friend I'm sailing right behind. Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind. Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind.
Chorus It's a working man I am,and I've been down under ground And I swear to God if I ever see the sun Or for any length of time I can hold it in my mind I never again will go down under ground At the age of sixteen years Oh he quarrels with his peers Who vowed they'd never see another one In the dark recess of the mine Where you age before your time And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs Repeat Chorus At the age of sixty-four Oh he'll greet you at the door And he'll gently lead you by the arm Through the dark recess of the mine Oh he'll take you back in time And he'll tell you of the hardships that were had Repeat Chorus
My country's bigger than most And if asked I boast 'Cause I'm really proud So I shout it loud Though our numbers are few We will welcome you Although we don't have history Gold medal winning teams Heroes or prisoners World famous volcanoes Still what we've got's glorious 'Cause we've got Rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And water All right, everyone! We've got Rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And rocks and trees And trees and rocks And water In Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada
When I look around me, I can't believe what I see It seems as if this country Has lost it's will to live The economy is lousy, We barely have an army But we can still stand proudly 'Cause Canada's really big We're the second largest country On this planet Earth And if Russia Keeps on shrinking Then soon we'll be first (as long as we keep Quebec) The USA has tanks And Switzerland has banks They can keep them, thanks They just don't amount 'Cause when you get down to it You find out what the truth is It isn't what you do with it It's the size that counts! Most people Will tell you That France is pretty large But you can put Fourteen Frances Into this land of ours (it'd take a lotta work, it's take a whole lotta work) We're larger than Malaysia Almost as big as Asia We're bigger than Australia And it's a continent So big we seldom bother To go see one another But we often go to other Countries for vacation Our mountains Are very pointy Our prairies are not The rest is Kinda bumpy But, man, do we have a lot (we gotta lot of land, we gotta whole lot of land) So stand up and be proud And sing out very loud We stand out from the crowd 'cause Canada's really big!
Every time I look down on this timeless town whether blue or gray be her skies. Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears, more and more do I realize: I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall. I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles, I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles. I love Paris every moment, every moment of the year. I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris? Because my love is near.
I asked my love to take a walk Just a little ways with me And as we walked and we would talk All about our wedding day (chorus) Darling say that you'll be mine In our home we'll happy be Down beside where the waters flow On the banks of the Ohio (break) I took her by her pretty white hand I let her down that bank of sand I pushed her in where she would drown Lord, I saw her as she floated down (chorus) Returning home about twelve or one Thinking "Lord, what a deed I've done?" I killed the girl I love, you see Because she would not marry me (chorus) (break) The very next day at half past four The sherrif walked right to my door And he says "Young man, don't you try to run You'll pay for this awful crime you've done" (chorus)
Two cigarettes in an ashtray, My love and I in a small cafe. Then a stranger came along, And everything went wrong. Now there's three cigarettes in the ashtray. I watched her take him from me, And his love is no longer my own. Now they are gone, and I sit alone, And watch one cigarette burn away. I watched her take him from me, And his love is no longer my own. Now they are gone, and I sit alone, And watch one cigarette burn away.
Took a walk and passed your house late last night All the shades were pulled and drawn way down tight From within, the dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade Oh what a lovely couple they made Put his arms around your waist, held you tight Kisses I could almost taste in the night Wondered why I'm not the guy who's silhouette's on the shade I couldn't hide the tears in my eyes --- break -- Lost control and rang your bell, I was sore Let me in or else I'll beat down your door When two strangers who had been two silhouettes on the shade Said to my shock "you're on the wrong block" Rushed down to your house with wings on my feet Loved you like I'd never loved you my sweet Vowed that you and I would be two silhouettes on the shade All of our days, two silhouettes on the shade Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah..
Dreamin', I must be dreamin' Or am I really lying here with you? Baby, you take me in your arms And though I'm wide awake, I know my dream is comin' true And oh I just fall in love again Just one touch and then it happens every time There I go by, just fall in love again and when I do I can't help myself, I fall in love with you Magic, it must be magic The way I hold you when the night just seems to fly Easy for you to take me to a star Heaven is that moment when I look into your eyes. And oh I just fall in love again Just one touch and then it happens every time There I go by, just fall in love again and when I do I can't help myself, I fall in love with you Can't help myself, I fall in love with you
Out on the Mira on warm afternoons Old men go fishing with black line and spoon And if they catch nothing they never complain I wish I was with them again As boys in their boats call to girls on the shore Teasing the one that they dearly adore And into the evening the courting begins I wish I was with them again Chorus: Can you imagine a piece of the universe More fit for princes and kings? I'll trade you ten of your cities For Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings
(These 2 verses omitted in the YouTube version)) Out on the Mira on soft summer nights Bonfires blaze to the children's delight They dance round the flames singing songs with their friends I wish I was with them again And over the ashes the stories are told Of witches and werewolves and Oak Island gold The stars on the river they sparkle and spin I wish I was with them again
Out on the Mira the people are kind They'll treat you to home-brew and help you unwind And if you come broken they'll see that you mend I wish I was with them again And now I'll conclude with a wish you go well Sweet be your dreams, may your happiness swell I'll leave you here, for my journey begins I'm going to be with them, going to be with them I'm going to be with them again
Soon we'll come to the end of life's journey And perhaps never meet anymore Till we gather in heaven's bright city Far away on that beautiful shore If we never meet again this side of heaven As we struggle through this world and its strife There's another meeting place somewhere in heaven By the side of the river of life Where the charming roses bloom forever And where separations come no more If we never meet again this side of heaven I will meet you on that beautiful shore
If you should ask any girl from the parish around What pleases her most from her head to her toes She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours But I do like to waltz with a log driver". Chorus For he goes birling down a-down the white water That's where the log driver learns to step lightly It's birling down, a-down white water A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely. When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down To see all the lads while they work on the river I know that come evening they'll be in the town And we all want to waltz with a log driver. To please both my parents I've had to give way And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay For there's none with the style of a log driver. I've had my chances with all sorts of men But none is so fine as my lad on the river So when the drive's over, if he asks me again I think I will marry my log driver.