Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Beyoncé: Clothes and Hairstyles

                                                            Beyoncé



Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?

Beyoncé Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?

Beyoncé Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

 
Talking clothing and hairstyles with American R&B recording artist Beyoncé. 

Speaking Style Answer 1

Beyonce uses a common grammar pattern but puts the Object at the beginning creating two sentence styles.

Common grammar pattern
I can never have enough T-shirts.
(S)               (V)                 (O)

Beyonce’s style
T-shirts.  I can never have enough. 
(O)           (S)             (V)
Beyonce’s answer sounds natural in conversation because all of the elements of the sentence are in the answer.  This speaking style emphasizes T-shirts and then Beyonce follows with a second sentence.  The second sentence, with the use of the word ‘favorite’, also implies an idea of ‘one item only’ and gives more information to the listener. 

Speaking Style Answer 2
Beyonce uses common English to describe her favorite hairstyle.  The word ‘still’ in the answer reflects the idea of ‘over the years’ (asked in Question 2).  She then follows with a second sentence to give more detail or the ‘why’ she likes the high ponytail. 

Clothing and hairstyles are pretty popular topics but here are some more to try out!
Enjoy!
                                             

Example Speaking Styles


Speaking Style Answer 1

Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Ex.1

Question 1:  What’s one item of jewelry you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Earrings.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple hoop earring.

Ex.2
Question 1:  What’s one kind of food you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Ice cream.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is chocolate.

Speaking Style Answer 2

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

Ex.1
Question 2:  Of all the skin care brands you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still L’Oreal.  It’s silky and accelerates skin recovery.

Ex.2
Question 2:  Of all the cars you’ve driven over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a mustang.  It’s cool and fast.

Until next week let's enjoy some popular music from Beyoncé!


Beyoncé performing Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)



Beyoncé performing Best Thing I Never Had




Alex
Celebrity English
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