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[Test] Second Conditional

beyonce english music lesson second conditional

Listening to songs in English is an easy habit that can definitely help you learn the language. Since most songs use simple language, packed with expressions and cultural references, we can say that they are an amazing learning tool. In this lesson, you will be able to learn some new words about relationships, become familiar with idioms, and understand how to use the second conditional.

Let’s go!

About this lesson

This lesson is for: B1 (link CEFR)

Approximate time: 30 minutes

Materials needed: headphones

A hint before you start!

You will find some blue words and phrases in this lesson. Select these links to see some extra information or explanations.

Part 1 – Think

You will learn how to:

Grammar Objective

Describe impossible situations with the second conditional tense.

Vocabulary Objective

Use idioms and phrasal verbs about relationships in English.

Think

Imagine a different reality

Can you imagine winning the lottery? What could you buy with the money?

What about if you were born in a different country? Or, how would your life be different if you chose another career?

These questions are examples of thought experiments. It is fun or interesting to imagine different realities. However, most thought experiments are impossible or unlikely.

A popular song by Beyonce considers a different question. What if she were a boy?

Watch this video and think about these questions.

  • How is her life different if she is a boy?

  • Why is she thinking about this?

Did you like the song? It’s one of Beyonce’s most popular songs, according to a list by the Guardian.

If you don’t know the lyrics, you can review them in the section below.

If I were a boy, even just for a day
I’d roll outta bed in the mornin’
And throw on what I wanted, then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it
‘Cause they’d stick up for me
If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man
I’d listen to her
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed
If I were a boy
I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone it’s broken
So they’d think that I was sleepin’ alone
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waitin’ for me to come home, to come home
If I were a boy
I think I could…

Important vocabulary

to promise or say firmly that you are telling the truth or that you will do something or behave in a particular way

to not realize how important something or someone is

having or showing complete and constant support for someone or something

to support or defend someone or something
to pursue someone romantically

Activity 1

Learn

How to describe unlikely or impossible scenarios

Now you know this song is about a woman who thinks about how different her life would be if she were a boy. Let’s see the grammar that helps communicate this idea.

The second conditional: rules and structure

The second conditional is a way to describe unlikely or impossible scenarios. Second conditional sentences have a condition clause and a result clause. A condition clause is an imaginary situation, like, “if I were a boy”.  The result clause is the action of that imaginary situation, like, I would chase after girls.”

If the condition is true, you can expect the result. The result is dependent on the condition. You connect these two clauses with a very important word: if.

Many second conditional sentences start with the condition clause which uses the word if and a verb in the past tense.

Condition Result
If I had a lot of money, I would buy an apartment.
If I went to space, I would be scared.
If I were a boy, I would
roll out of bed
in the morning.

You can put the result first also. The result uses the word would and a base verb.

Result Condition
I would buy an apartment if I had a lot of money.
I would be scared if I went to space.
I would
roll out of bed
in the morning
if I were a boy.

 

Activity 1

Reflect

Imagine a different reality

Can you imagine winning the lottery? What could you buy with the money?

What about if you were born in a different country? Or, how would your life be different if you chose another career?

These questions are examples of thought experiments. It is fun or interesting to imagine different realities. However, most thought experiments are impossible or unlikely.

A popular song by Beyonce considers a different question. What if she were a boy?

Watch this video and think about these questions.

  • How is her life different if she is a boy?

  • Why is she thinking about this?

Did you like the song? It’s one of Beyonce’s most popular songs, according to a list by the Guardian.

If you don’t know the lyrics, you can review them in the section below.

If I were a boy, even just for a day
I’d roll outta bed in the mornin’
And throw on what I wanted, then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it
‘Cause they’d stick up for me
If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man
I’d listen to her
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed
If I were a boy
I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone it’s broken
So they’d think that I was sleepin’ alone
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waitin’ for me to come home, to come home
If I were a boy
I think I could…

Important vocabulary

to promise or say firmly that you are telling the truth or that you will do something or behave in a particular way

to not realize how important something or someone is

having or showing complete and constant support for someone or something

to support or defend someone or something
to pursue someone romantically

Activity 1

Conclusion

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