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Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy

Date: May 26 2008

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Until 40 years ago or so, dances had funny names like the monkey or the twist. All the kids knew them. When a particular song was played, they all knew exactly what to do.

That doesn’t happen so often anymore. People typically just make up their dance moves as they go along and they can go with any song with a good beat.

But a few months ago, a young rapper named Soulja Boy introduced a step named after himself and it spread like wildfire. Amanda recently realized she’s the only person in America who doesn’t know the step.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Beren:  So, are you familiar with the latest dance craze hitting the west coast?

Amanda:  Which one? The Macarena?

Beren:  Not the Macarena. What is this? 1997?

Amanda:  Oh, my bad. No, I went downtown last night and I went clubbing with the girls and we were so [def ]bummed[/def] you couldn’t make it. There was this crazy dance that was going on in the middle of the dance floor. It was to Soulja Boy, but what I didn’t understand was, like, everybody knew it.

Beren:  Yeah! Yeah.

Amanda:  I mean from like 18-year-old girls to the 65-year-old guys on the wall. I don’t understand what’s going on with this craze. It’s this crazy phenomenon right now.

Beren:  It’s gone viral, as they say now. It’s crazy. So Soulja Boy, I think he’s from Houston…

Amanda:  OK.

Beren:  ...somewhere in Texas. He came up with this one song, this one hit, and he does the dance, the Soulja Boy in the video and if you go to YouTube, there’s like 100 videos imitating the Soulja Boy dance.

Amanda:  Well, of course, I went there that night because I was trying to imitate and watch and pick it up. And it’s not that difficult. It’s not like you have to be that skilled to do it, but if you want to learn it from start to finish, that’s like four minutes of moves and you go on and there’s like 100,000 versions of this dance.

Beren:  That’s insane.

Amanda:  So, like, from toddlers to cheerleaders to people in nursing homes for activity time.

Beren:  That’s hilarious.

Amanda:  So I was thinking, maybe you could help me out later.

Beren:  Yeah, totally. I’ll teach you the Soulja Boy.

Amanda:  My favorite part is the Super Man.

Beren:  Oh yeah.

Amanda:  How cute is that?

Beren:  Fly, Super Man.

Amanda:  Who’s not gonna like the Super Man?

Beren:  Yeah.



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Dance crazes are so rare that when Beren asks Amanda if she knows the step sweeping the nation, she thinks she’s talking about the Macarena, a dance that was popular ten years ago.

Turns out Amanda has seen the Soulja Boy, she just didn’t know what it was. She looked it up on YouTube and discovered hundreds of videos of people doing the dance.

Soulja Boy is only 16 years old and Beren is right that he’s a Southern rapper, although he’s from Atlanta, not Houston as she says. His dance has become so popular that it has taken on a life of its own. People are making their own videos about it.

Beren says she’ll teach Amanda the Soulja Boy and she’s excited to learn her favorite part, the Superman, a moment in the dance where you pretend to fly off to the side.

Has the Soulja Boy hit your town yet? What’s the last dance craze you got into?



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United States

It is cool to see people dancing together.

10:15 AM May 26 2008 |


Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

we have many dance in my country. Congolese like dance so much. We danced Makarena in 1997 but I don’t know the Soulja dance. As I ear about Soulja dance I’m sure that I’ll see it soon!

10:07 AM May 26 2008 |



United States

He is young and talented. Born in 1990.  But I am wondering whether he is able to won his name all around

the world.

10:01 AM May 26 2008 |



I haven’t heard about Soulja Boy before.The step looks easy to study,and maybe it will spread like wildfire in China.Soulja Boy who looks so cute and cool would influence the actions of young people all over the world.

09:58 AM May 26 2008 |




Hello ENGLISH baby Users and people,

                        I have never heard about it before so i can say that its good to know about the stuff wether its usefull or not, As far as this lesson is concern i might say that Its Good… !

04:02 AM May 26 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


I do not know what i soud writ .If i shoud writ about soulja boy tipical:

in my opinon this tipical was good and help to improve  our english.

thank for your site.

03:45 AM May 26 2008 |

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