Practice Speaking English with Rap Music

My favorite singers are Janis Joplin and Madonna, and I added Nicki Minaj recently.  Last week, I came across a video where Nicki and Madonna were having a conversation.  Nicki is very unique and fresh.  On the contrary, Madonna is a mature adult and has the air of the Queen of Pop.  I love both of them.

I’ve been listening to Nicki’s music while driving these days.  She is a rapper.  Although rap music isn’t my taste, I like her music, especially her voice.  It’s amazing that she can sing the rap part clearly in spite of the very quick tempo.  I thought it might be a good exercise for English pronunciation, or for my face muscle.  So, I’m practicing one of her songs “Starships”, though I mind a little that it includes some dirty words.  It’s very difficult for me to pronounce the rap part very quickly.  I wonder if native speakers can sing these songs easily.

My Mobile Phone

What kind of phone are you using?  I’ve had my current mobile phone for a little more than 2 years.  It’s a basic Sony model.   The phone itself was free, provided that I use it at least two years.  I use a few of the phone’s functions, such as text messaging and the alarm clock.   Moreover,  I use its camera, which performs better than my digital camera.

However, I never use my phone to connect to the internet.  That would cause  my monthly fee to jump up.  I usually stay at home and use my laptop, so there is no need for it.  The number of people using smart phones and tablets has been rapidly increasing in recent years.

I bought a WiFi model iPad mini last month.  This is my first time purchasing  Apple products.  This is a very convenient tool for outside use.  It’s handy and the right size for my bag. The covered iPad mini looks like a book.  I only had to pay for the device itself: no other monthly fee are needed.  I use many different functions and apps including Skype.  At first, it seems strange when speaking into my iPad, but I’m gradually getting used to it.  There are many useful apps for free.  Maybe I’m getting close to becoming  “high-tech”

By the way, my son also bought an iPod touch.  He is always playing the game “Puzzle and Dragons”  which is very popular in Japan now(>_<)


“American Idol”

Recently, I haven’t been able to afford to watch TV enough, but sometimes enjoy watching “American Idol”   I assume you’re familiar with this show.  So the explanation about it won’t be needed.  Every time I watch it, the contestants’ confident way of singing impresses me.   Additionally, more than that, the judges amaze me.  The expressions of their comments are always rich and interesting.  I feel the cultural differences between Japan and America.  I think most Japanese can’t speak that way. We should learn the variation of praise and so on from them.

On this program, I saw Nicki Minaj for the first time.   Her attitude is appealing to me.   Her comments, voice, songs and fashion are very attractive. Here is one of her flashy videos.  Look at her boobs! They have great shape(゜o゜)

By the way, I’m surprised to know “Saturday Night Live” is still running.   I once watched it many years ago. There is no way to watch it for free in Japan now. Its videos on NBC website are blocked here. It’s a pity. However, I found out how to watch on “hulu” for a fee.  I like comedy or variety shows. Do you have any recommendations of comedy drama or something?