Ka-Ching by Shania Twain

KA-CHING is a song sung by the Canadian singer Shania Twain and recorded in 2003. It has been used for pedagogical reasons by OUP’s New English File Intermediate.

The link to the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEe3hBXZEyI

Why and how to use this song for teaching English? 

  • With pre-intermediate or intermediate students: use the highlighted words in the lyrics section below as useful vocabulary for working around the theme “money” (NEF’s method)
  • With upper-intermediate and advanced students: use as a starting point for a conversation class around the topic of ‘consumerism’ and a ‘consumerist society’. You could ask questions like: provide examples from the song that describe a consumerist society or brainstorm the advantages and disadvantages of living in a consumerist society. You could even take off from there to explore what the term ‘consumerism’ would suggest in different cultures.

LYRICS

We live in a greedy little world
that teaches every little boy and girl
to earn as much as they can possibly
then turn around and spend it foolishly.
We’ve created us a credit card mess
We spend the money that we don’t possess
Our religion is to go and blow it all
So it’s shoppin’ every Sunday at the mall.

[Chorus]
All we ever want is more,
a lot more than we had before.
So take me to the nearest store.
Can you hear it ring?
It makes you wanna sing.
It’s such a beautiful thing – Ka-ching!
Lots of diamond rings,
The happiness it brings,
you’ll live like a king,
With lots of money and things.

When you’re broke go and get a loan
Take out another mortgage on your home
Consolidate so you can afford
To go and spend some more when you get bored.

[Chorus]

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