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IRONIC by Alanis Morisette

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.

  • A) Discussion questions:

    • 1. Is Irony used to hurt people’s feelings or to be amusing?

    • 2. In what kind of situations do you use it? Who do you usually use it with?

    • 3. Tell your partner about ironic situations that have happened to you in your everyday life.

IRONIC by Alanis Morisette Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up. <a href=George Saunders A) Discussion questions: 1. Is Irony used to hurt people’s feelings or to be amusing? 2. In what kind of situations do you use it? Who do you usually use it with? 3. Tell your partner about ironic situations that have happened to you in your everyday life. IRONY Just when you thought it could never happen B) Vocabulary. Match the words with their meanings 1. Chardonnay a) (spoken) used before a kind of behavior as a humorous name for a man who has that 2. Death row pardon quality. 3. Mr. b) A long line of vehicles on a road that cannot move, or that can only move very slowly. 4. Sneak up on sb c) To officially allow a prisoner to be free without being punished by being killed. 5. Help sb out d) To come near sb very quietly so they do not see you until you reach them. 6. Blow up (blew, blown) e) Champagne. 7. Traffic jam f) To give support or help to sb who has problems or who is very busy. g) To destroy sb, or to be destroyed, by an explosion. C) Fill in the blanks with the words above Example: I don’t think we need any comments from Mr. Sarcasm here. 1. Rebels attempted to ________________ the bridge. 2. Don’t ______________ like that! You gave me quite a shock. 3. There was a murderer on _____________. 4. 5. Is there anything I can do to ? _______________ We were stuck in a _____________ for two hours. D) Read the first two lines of the song. Is this situation ironic to you? An old man turned ninety-eight. He won the lottery and died the next day. Match the lines in column A with the ones in column B. Listen and check. A B 1. It’s a black fly 2. It’s a death row pardon a. when you’ve already paid. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? b. that you just didn’t take. 3. It’s like rain c. two minutes too late. 4. It’s a free ride d. on your wedding day. 5. It’s the good advice e. in your Chardonnay . Who would’ve thought…it figures. E) Translate these lines into English. Listen and compare “Señor Seguro” tenía miedo de volar, empacó su maleta y se despidió de sus chicos con un beso. Esperó toda su maldita vida para tomar ese vuelo y mientras el avión se estrellaba el pensó “bueno, ¿No es esto lindo ... ?” ¿No es esto irónico? ¿No crees? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ F) Fill in the blanks using some of the verbs in exercise B. Listen and check Well, life has a funny way of ___________________ you when you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right. And life has a funny way of ____________ you ______ when you think everything’s gone wrong and everything _______________ in your face. Do you agree with this idea of life? " id="pdf-obj-0-20" src="pdf-obj-0-20.jpg">

IRONY Just when you thought it could never happen

  • B) Vocabulary. Match the words with their meanings

  • 1. Chardonnay

  • a) (spoken) used before a kind of behavior as a humorous name for a man who has that

  • 2. Death row pardon

quality.

  • 3. Mr.

  • b) A long line of vehicles on a road that cannot move, or that can only move very slowly.

  • 4. Sneak up on sb

  • c) To officially allow a prisoner to be free without being punished by being killed.

  • 5. Help sb out

  • d) To come near sb very quietly so they do not see you until you reach them.

  • 6. Blow up (blew, blown)

  • e) Champagne.

  • 7. Traffic jam

  • f) To give support or help to sb who has problems or who is very busy.

  • g) To destroy sb, or to be destroyed, by an explosion.

  • C) Fill in the blanks with the words above

Example: I don’t think we need any comments from Mr. Sarcasm here.

  • 1. Rebels attempted to

________________

the bridge.

  • 2. Don’t ______________

like

that! You gave me quite a shock.

  • 3. There was a murderer on _____________.

4.

5.

Is there anything I can do to

?

_______________

We were stuck in a _____________

for

two hours.

  • D) Read the first two lines of the song. Is this situation ironic to you?

An old man turned ninety-eight. He won the lottery and died the next day.

Match the lines in column A with the ones in column B. Listen and check.

A

B

  • 1. It’s a black fly

  • 2. It’s a death row pardon

  • a. when you’ve already paid.

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

  • b. that you just didn’t take.

  • 3. It’s like rain

  • c. two minutes too late.

  • 4. It’s a free ride

  • d. on your wedding day.

  • 5. It’s the good advice

  • e. in your Chardonnay.

Who would’ve thought…it figures.

  • E) Translate these lines into English. Listen and compare

“Señor Seguro” tenía miedo de volar, empacó su maleta y se despidió de sus chicos con un beso.

 

Esperó toda su maldita vida para tomar ese vuelo y mientras el avión se estrellaba el pensó “bueno, ¿No es esto lindo

...

?”

¿No es esto irónico? ¿No crees?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • F) Fill in the blanks using some of the verbs in exercise B. Listen and check

Well, life has a funny way of

___________________

you

when you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right.

And life has a funny way of

____________

you ______

when you think everything’s gone wrong and everything

_______________

in your face.

Do you agree with this idea of life?

G) Complete the following sentences with possible ideas (they have to be ironic). Listen and compare

A

when you are already late.

A

on your cigarette break.

It’s like ten thousand

_________

when all you need is a knife.

It’s meeting the man of your dreams and then meeting his ______________.

Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think…

Has any of these things ever happened to you? Can you think of other examples?

H) Use the melody of this song and change the lyrics in order to adapt it to your own life

Isn't Ironic, do ya think

No I don't think. People overuse and more importantly misuse the word ironic. Irony is when the opposite happens of what is

expected. Alanis Morisette said it worst in her popular song "Ironic".

An old man turned ninety-eight

He won the lottery and died the next day

It's a black fly in your Chardonnay

It's a death row pardon two minutes too late

Isn't it ironic

...

don't you think

chorus:

It's like rain on your wedding day

It's a free ride when you've already paid

It's the good advice that you just didn't take

Who would've thought

...

it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly

He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye

He waited his whole damn life to take that flight

And as the plane crashed down he thought

Not ironic. It

sucks
sucks

that the

guy died, and you can get more chardonnay, but its not

guy died, and you can get more chardonnay, but its not

ironic, just bad luck.

 

Rain sucks. But it’s only ironic if you lived somewhere rainy and went to the desert to

get married expecting to avoid the rain and it rained anyway but was dry in the place

you originally were from. And who pays for a ride before you take the ride. And if it

was free, wouldn't they have given you your money back. If not it wasn't ever a free

ride. Who doesn't take good advice. And even if you didn’t, its not ironic, it’s

dumb .
dumb .

The only irony would be on the part of the person who gave the advice. It's ironic that

they told you what to do and they expected you to, but because you didn't you

screwed.
screwed.
got
got

Of course he waited his whole life to take that flight. No one can take a flight before

the present or in the future. No matter what you do your whole life is still behind you.

Still not ironic, just sucks. Not ironic

cause
cause

he expected to be in a crash. That’s why

"Well, isn't this nice."

he was scared. And rightly so apparently.

And isn't it ironic

don't you think

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you

 

When you think everything's okay and everything's

going right

And life has a funny way of helping you out when

 

You think everything's gone wrong and everything

blows up in your face

A traffic jam when you're already late

A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break

Well if you are already late then

G) Complete the following sentences with possible ideas (they have to be ironic). Listen and compare

it serves you right to get even later. People don't

know how to be punctual anymore. Cause if they weren't late they would have gotten

It's like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife

ahead of the traffic. Smoking is bad for you anyway. Pop on that nicorette patch and

It's meeting the man of my dreams

stop polluting my air, oxygen theif.

delivery

mess-up
mess-up
Who the hell
Who the hell

has 10,000 spoons? Is this like some

stop polluting my air, oxygen theif. delivery mess-up Who the hell has 10,000 spoons? Is this

bulk, but they don't sell

at BJ's or Sam's Club. You

gotta buy them in

knives. Sounds more like a school thing now, with the

damn zero tolerance even a

And then meeting his beautiful wife

And isn't it ironic

...

don't you think

A little too ironic

..

and yeah I really do think

...

butter knife is a weapon and it gets you suspended. But that’s a different rant entirely.

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you

And life has a funny way of helping you out

Helping you out

What part of this helped anyone out? That just doesn’t make sense, and more

importantly STILL ISNT IRONIC.

Why can't people learn English? Those

wacky
wacky

Canadians.

Don't even

get me started on Ebonics.

 

It sucks: used to say that sth is very bad

 

Dumb: stupid

Mess-up / Screw sth up: to do sth badly or spoil sth

It serves you right: used to say that sth that has happened to

sb is their own fault and they deserve it

Bulk: the large size or quantity of sth

Damn: a swear word that people use to show that they are

annoyed, disappointed, etc. (also, dammit)

Wacky: funny or amusing in a slightly crazy way

Get started on: to begin to complain about sth or criticize sb

G) Complete the following sentences with possible ideas (they have to be ironic). Listen and compare

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