Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast

Hi all,

A while ago, we have introduced a couple of great (and free) English learning podcasts, including the ESLPod. Have you started listening to any podcast yet? If you haven’t, there is one more reason for you to do so.

Recently I discovered The Princeton Review (yes, the one who published a couple of TOEFL, TOEIC, and GRE books you found in big Vietnamese bookstores) also have their own Podcast series to help us learning English. Here you can really learn English by listening to songs. I am serious! They create songs specifically to help you learning new words. The songs aim at native English speakers, but we ESL students can still benefit a lot from them.

You can find the podcast, named “Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast” in iTunes store. If you don’t have iTunes and/or don’t want to/cannot install iTunes on your computer, try at Learn Out Loud, where you can also stream it online or download to your computer . Lyrics to some of the episodes can be found at Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Lyrics blog.

Have fun learning new words.


We are no heroes

Let’s relax with this lovely song 🙂

(Well… I could not embed it to this blog as WordPress does not support it. You need to click on this link to go to the song then. Happy listening 🙂 )

[Music and Lyrics: Dieter Bohlen]

You’re (1) ____ in your heart
And I swear I will be there, if you need me
Nobody’s home, (2) _________
And I’ll show you there will be a destiny
There’s a star, it shows the way for me and you
There’s a star (3) __________ what I shouldn’t do
So if you trust me I’ll stay always by your side
And I promised I’ll be your (4) ____ light

We are no heroes, but we are your friends
We all need love, oh, just (5)________, baby
We are no heroes, oh, don’t let it end
And music, music will (6)_____
There’s a chance for your dream
You are larger than (7)__________
A romance, oh, it seems
It’s so hard to find, my baby, can’t you see
Oh, I’ve lived a (8)_______, baby, in one
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, but (9) ______
Life is too short, my baby, don’t throw it all away
And I promised, babe, I’ll (10) ________.

If – Bread

I think this is one of the most beautiful songs of all time. The lyric is a tender whisper from a man in love, the music is simple but very dreamy and sensational. When I listen to this song, I always have the feeling that I am in a dream, a little bit sad but very sweet! 🙂


If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you,
You’re all that’s left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I’d be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I’d spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away.

I am looking forward to reading your translation of the song to Vietnamese in any form, raw is fine too. Bring it on 🙂 !

It is you (I have loved)

This is a song from the movie Shrek 1. In my opinion, this song, “Hallelujah” and “You belong to me” are the best three songs from that movie. I found this clip on YouTube, but it is not a video clip from the movie It is a slide show using manga and anime pictures. Well, I hope you enjoy THE SONG.

Here is the lyric of the song:

There is something that I see
In the way you look at me
There’s a smile, there’s a truth
In your eyes
What an unexpected way
On this unexpected day
Could it be this is where I belong
It is you I have loved all along
There’s no more mystery, it is finally clear to me
You’re the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved all along
There were times I ran to hide
Afraid to show the other side
Alone in the night without you
But now I know just who you are
And I know you hold my heart
Finally this is where I belong
And it is you I have loved all along
There’s no more mystery, it is finally clear to me
You’re the home my heart searched for so long
It is you I have loved all along
Over and over I’m filled with emotion
Your love, it rushes through my veins
And I am filled with the sweetest devotion
As I look into your perfect face
There’s no more a mystery, it is finally clear to me
You’re the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved
It is you I have loved
It is you I have loved all along

And here is my translation to a poem in Vietnamese :-). It is certainly not the best translation because I’ve left out many parts, so I would appreciate any of your suggestions. I would like to see your translation/interpretation of the song (in any form) as well 🙂 .

Sao bỗng dưng anh lại nhìn em ?
Ánh mắt anh sao nồng nàn đến vậy?
Em bỗng nhận ra một mối tình êm ái
Đã tự lâu em phải đi tìm

Có một thời em chạy trốn bản thân mình
Không dám nói những tình cảm thật
Không dám có những giấc mơ vương vấn
Nhưng… đêm cô đơn em vẫn nhớ một người

Trái tim em anh chiếm giữ mất rồi
Tình yêu anh chảy tràn trong huyết mạch
Em cảm thấy lòng mình đang chắp cánh
Đắm say trong ánh mắt anh nhìn…

Anh chính là nơi chốn bình yên
Nơi tâm hồn em thuộc về mãi mãi
Điều đơn giản đến bây giờ em mới thấy
Em yêu anh đã tự lâu rồi…

A good song

This is a song using in Friends show. It has a lot of good meanings and I also like it much. Here is the link