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.
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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.
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.
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.