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Date: May 30 2014

Themes: Celebrity, Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns


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Starting as a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce Knowles has become one of the most influential musicians and self-made celebrities in the US. Her songwriting and singing, along with her dancing, personality and beauty, are only some of the skills and qualities that together make Beyonce an international star.

Beyonce began to sing in public as a girl, and her group Destiny’s Child became famous in 1998. By 2003, Beyonce was making her own music, as well as acting in TV and movies. In 2008, she married famous rap singer Jay-Z, and the two had a daughter in 2012. Beyonce is involved in fashion, politics, and raising money for people in need. She is easily one of the most influential singers in the US.

Rafael and Marni talk about Beyonce and how she became a success in today’s English lesson about a music superstar.


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Marni:  Oh my gosh. I was just watching that “Bootylicious” video from Beyonce. It’s so good!

Rafael:  Is that the one where she says, “All the single ladies, all the single ladies?”

Marni:  No, that’s “Single Ladies.” No, you know, her body’s “too bootylicious?”

Rafael:  See, I know her image. I know that she’s very influential in her field, but obviously I don’t even know the names of her songs, as you just found out.

Marni:  I think Beyonce is just amazing. I have so much respect for her, you know? She’s just self-made, she worked super hard to get to where she is, and I just think she’s great.

Rafael:  Like I said, maybe not necessarily my cup of tea, but I think that she has a lot of self-confidence, from what I’ve seen. And if she has so much success, like she does, it’s probably well-earned.

Marni:  Very true. Each song that she keeps coming out with, and her videos, and her concerts and things, I think she really tries to break new ground as much as she can. I think she’s very influential.

Rafael:  All right. Let’s get serious, though. What do you think her net worth is, financially?

Marni:  In the millions. 75 million.

Rafael:  Easily, right?

Marni:  Totally.


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Marni loves Beyonce’s music, and she has a lot of respect for the hard work Beyonce’s done to get where she is. Marni thinks that Beyonce is doing things that nobody else is doing, and that’s part of why she is so popular. It’s meaningful to Marni that Beyonce is a self-made woman, too.

Rafael doesn’t know Beyonce’s music very well, but he can tell that she’s an influential singer. He likes that Beyonce is confident and believes that her success is well-earned. Rafael is curious about how much money Beyonce must have thanks to her music, videos and concerts. Marni guesses $75 million or more.

Rafael and Marni agree that Beyonce is one successful musician. What do you think? Are you a fan of Beyonce?



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United States

love her she a all so sing. She the greates person.

01:21 PM Oct 21 2015 |



United States

Nice gril I olove here songs.

02:47 PM May 20 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

10:12 AM Jun 13 2014 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Miss Universe, Love your songs:)

Crazy in love, Single ladies <3

10:10 AM Jun 13 2014 |

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faisal abdo


idont know her but irespect her

05:13 AM Jun 08 2014 |

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Well. I do like her mainly bcz she is by on own women actually we are on the same page in this case. hah hah hah. Expressing some in common features btw Beyance and I, really funny! Anyway, another reason is that as for her natural talent and successes I respect to her a lot. Obviously, he is one of the influential musicians in the world. 

07:13 PM Jun 06 2014 |

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I just have heard her one song the name is Halo, I like it and her voice what is powerful and very nice.

06:51 AM Jun 06 2014 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don”t know Beyonce . My favourit singer is shajarian!

03:20 AM Jun 03 2014 |


South Korea

Well, no, it’s the first time for me to know about Beyonce when learning the lesson on the internet called englishbaby.com!
So I’m afraid that I need to take time to search more about her stories.

04:56 AM Jun 01 2014 |



Well, she’s not my cup of tea, so to speak. However I think she is very talented.  She knows how to keep her fame and manage business.

11:24 PM May 31 2014 |



I’m her fan _her voice is very distinctive and she is the best for me .


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love her skin color beside her voice :) 

10:29 AM May 31 2014 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

Drunk in love is the clip I’ve loved a lot this year

06:58 PM May 30 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

im her fan – she is one of my favourite artists , oh jay-z can we  switch for just 5 minutes? :D

06:30 PM May 30 2014 |


mrn90Super Member!


I like her songs. She has a strong voice. “HALO” is my favourite.

06:29 PM May 30 2014 |




Yup, can i see her full picture ? she looks topless what earned her to be “successful” in any secret industry even in kaddafy’s regime.

04:44 PM May 30 2014 |



I`m not her fn but I must say that she is so succesful and beautiful, too :)

02:09 PM May 30 2014 |


Puerto Rico

Well, to me Beyonce is a great artist in his field. She’s not my favorite artist but I have to admit that she’s very successfully in his career. She has worked hard to be in a great position about others artits in the music industry. I think his husband Jay-Z must be a great collaborator in his career since he knows the music industry very well. Finally Beyonce is a beatifull girl and she’s have a lot of characteristics to be in where she is.

11:37 AM May 30 2014 |



Russian Federation

I’m not a fan of Beyonce, but I agree that she’s a successful and very popular musician.

10:30 AM May 30 2014 |

munisa alimatova


im not fan of Beyonce! she is not cup of my tea~.But i like her one music”if i were a boy”. and she has really good voice!

04:52 AM May 30 2014 |

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