Adele – Chasing Pavements – Learn English through Songs

Learn English by listening to the song "Chasing Pavements" by Adele, one of the most popular singers in the world right now.

There are 6 steps in this lesson:

1 - Learn the new vocabulary words and idioms
2 - Listen to the song without reading the lyrics
3 - Read the lyrics
4 - Understand the text with my explanations
5 -​ Write the answers to the personal questions in the comments
6 - Sing along to the song 

1 - Vocabulary and Idiom List

to make up your mind - to decide to do something
lust- strong sexual desire
to end up with someone - to be with someone romantically after a long period of time
chasing pavements - doing something that has no chance of succeeding
to lead nowhere - to have no useful or helpful result in the end

 2 - Listen to the Song (without reading the lyrics)

​3 - Read the lyrics

I’ve made up my mind,
don’t need to think it over
If I’m wrong I am right,
don’t need to look no further.

This ain’t lust,
I know this is love.

But if I tell the world,
I’ll never say enough
‘Cause it was not said to you
And that’s exactly what I need to do
if I’d end up with you

Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a waste
even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?

Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

I build myself up
and fly around in circles
Wait then as my heart drops
and my back begins to tingle
Finally
could this be it?

Or should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a waste
even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?

Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

Or would it be a waste
even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?

Should I give up
or should I just keep on chasing pavements
Should I just keep on chasing pavements?
Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a waste
even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?
Should I give up
or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

​4 - Check your understanding of the complicated parts of the text

Is “don’t need to look no further” standard English?

What does it mean to “know your place”?

​5 - Answer these questions in the comments below to get personalized feedback on your writing

a) Are you usually quick or slow to make up your mind? Do you like to think things over first? What's an example of this from your life?

b) Have you ever chased pavements or are you chasing pavements right now? What's the story?

c)​ Who taught your right from wrong?

6 - Listen to the song again, and this time sing along!

​If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

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