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Pet Shop Boys - English

#1 Post by frenchpsbfan » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:16 pm

Am I the only one to be very thankful to the Pet shop boys for their lyrics, which have made me improve my knowledge of English?
I'm always happy to check new words, and phrases, from their new songs, as recently with 'cronies', 'dumb cluck', and 'Hansard', I remember that the behaviour album was also very rich in terms that were new to me.
Thank you for that Neil and Chris!
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#2 Post by jasonjohn » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:21 pm

Yes :) Neil always takes us on little journeys with every album

(But ignore him when he says "ass" instead of "arse")

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#3 Post by frenchpsbfan » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:25 pm

I knew there were two ways of writing it, as for the pronunciation of 'often'
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#4 Post by Future Lover » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:26 pm

What a good name for an album this could be! Really political in a way. Also, yeah, I learned 'hansard' today as well.

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#5 Post by le petit corbusier » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:57 pm

Same here.
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#6 Post by leesmapman » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 4:29 pm

jasonjohn wrote:
Thu 07 Feb 2019, 2:21 pm
Yes :) Neil always takes us on little journeys with every album

(But ignore him when he says "ass" instead of "arse")
He meant the donkey

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#7 Post by Dog » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 4:35 pm

jasonjohn wrote:Yes :) Neil always takes us on little journeys with every album

(But ignore him when he says "ass" instead of "arse")
Surely he uses the American pronunciation here because he is paraphrasing Trump.
Woof.

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#8 Post by East End Girl » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 7:21 pm

Yes, frenchpsbfan, you are absolutely right. PSB-lyrics have always been a motivation for me to improve my English, too (unfortunately not very successful).
Especially new words you won't find in any ordinary dictionary, just like 'hansard'. So Neil really is a good teacher :lol:
He also woke up my interest in other languages. I liked the Spanish on Bilingual very much and learned "obrigado" at a concert (he used that quite a lot). Not to forget the French in "Paris City Boy".

And as I'm from Germany, it is always a nice surprise to hear some German words every now and then, just like "schadenfreude" in Love is a bourgeois construct or the beautiful song "Auf Wiedersehen".

At the book launch event last October in Hackney Neil also talked about his interest in Russian history and culture. So maybe we will get a song in Russian someday. 8)

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#9 Post by le petit corbusier » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 9:36 pm

East End Girl wrote:Yes, frenchpsbfan, you are absolutely right. PSB-lyrics have always been a motivation for me to improve my English, too (unfortunately not very successful).
Especially new words you won't find in any ordinary dictionary, just like 'hansard'. So Neil really is a good teacher Image
He also woke up my interest in other languages. I liked the Spanish on Bilingual very much and learned "obrigado" at a concert (he used that quite a lot). Not to forget the French in "Paris City Boy".

And as I'm from Germany, it is always a nice surprise to hear some German words every now and then, just like "schadenfreude" in Love is a bourgeois construct or the beautiful song "Auf Wiedersehen".

At the book launch event last October in Hackney Neil also talked about his interest in Russian history and culture. So maybe we will get a song in Russian someday. 8)
Well, obrigado means "thank you" in Portuguese, not Spanish. After all that concert took place in Brasil.
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#10 Post by Gabby » Sat 09 Feb 2019, 11:54 pm

I'm English, and PSB has taught me lots about history and politics - obviously less so on language.

However, I can relate to this - back in the 80's/90's I was a big Falco fan, and was able to pick up a lot of German as a result. I even aced my school German exam!

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#11 Post by Bulldog » Sat 23 Feb 2019, 7:35 pm

My english is mediocre, but I like singing along and pretending I'm fluent in it.
"It was a dark and stormy night."
"You know what's wrong with your stories? They lack subtlety."
"It was a sort of dark and kind of stormy night."

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