King's English
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VOCABULARY
to feel down - ndjehem i/e dėshpėruar, i/e mėrzitur
to feel better - ndiehem mė mirė
to entertain - zbavis
worry - shqetėsim, hall
to achieve - arrij
pop music station - stacione tė muzikės pop
wimp - njeri i dobėt, pa vlerė; kėtu: kėngėtar pa vlerė
wishy washy - i/e dobėt,pa vlerė, (kėngė "limonatė")
teeth - dhėmbė
bite - kafshim
range - gamė
strange - i/e ēuditshėm/shme
'cos (=because) - sepse
to come out - dal nė shitje
number - kėtu: numėr artistik, kėngė
number one - vendi i parė (nė listėn e kėngėve mė tė dėgjuara Hit Parade)
keep off - mbaj larg, pengoj tė arrij
top - mė i lartė, majė
spot - vend
to get to/to make it to number one - tė arrish vendin e parė
amazingly - ēuditėrisht
to realise - kuptoj, di
singer - kėngėtar/e
actually - faktikisht, nė tė vėrtetė
finally - mė nė fund
LESSON 20

 

It's something good in his voice and, really, if you do feel down, just listen to some of Elvis's gospel music - ballads, rock 'n' roll even, you know, and it makes you feel better and that's what he wanted to do, he just wanted to entertain, he just wanted to make people feel - their worry's over, for that hour, two hours and if he achieved that, he was happy and it really kept him going, I think.

The first time I heard Elvis was on Radio Luxembourg. In Britain in 1956 you didn't have pop music stations - in fact, hardly anywhere in the world. I'm sure even in America it wasn't very big. But all of a sudden you were trying to get Radio Luxembourg, and at the time it was all what I call wimp music - Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, all wishy washy songs with no teeth - no bite.

He brought this whole range of hits - one after the other, after the other. It's strange 'cos I was so young, I was only eleven, but more and more and more songs would come out. They were all great numbers; every single one of them could have got to number one. Amazingly people don't realise that Elvis never made it to number one with 'Heartbreak Hotel', because Pat Wimp, singer Pat Boone, beat him to it. In those days to get to number one was fantastic. These days it means nothing. But Pat Boone kept Elvis Presley off the top spot. And it wasn't 'til 'All Shook Up' came out that Elvis actually, finally got to number one.


EXPLANATIONS

 

and it really kept him going - dhe ishte pikėrisht kjo qė e bėnte tė vazhdonte mė tej/qė i jepte energji/forca pėr tė vazhduar mė tej
hardly anywhere in the world - pothuaj asgjėkundi tjetėr nė botė
even in America it wasn't very big - edhe nė Amerikė nuk ishte shumė i pėrhapur/i njohur
all of a sudden - papritur e pakujtuar
no teeth, no bite - pa dhėmbė - pa kafshim
one after the other - njėri pas tjetrit
more and more songs would come out - do tė dilnin gjithnjė e mė shumė kėngė. Konstrukti Would + infinitive tregon njė veprim tė pėrsėritur nė tė shkuarėn
every single one of them could have got to number one - secili prej tyre mund tė kishte shkuar drejt pėr sė drejti nė vendin e parė
(he) beat him to it - ai ia kaloi, i zuri vendin e parė
kept him off the top spot - e mbajti larg vendit tė parė
 
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