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Mixer #74 | Intermediate B1

Favorite Music

Six people talk about their preferences in music.

Jeff, Canada
speakerWhat kind of music do I listen to? I listen to all kinds of music, every genre of music I have and the type of music I listen to depends on the type of mood I'm in, so if it's night time and I want to relax, I listen to classical. If I'm doing work, I want to listen to something mellow or if I'm exercising, I listen to something more upbeat so I love all kinds of music and it just depends on my mood.

Shibika, India
speakerI like listening to Indian music in fact, all kinds of Indian music, and I like listening to English music as well but I don't prefer to listen to rap.

Fred, Canada
speakerMy favorite music would have to be Jazz. I love Jazz from the bottom of my heart. I think it's music that's suits me. It really brings out so many great emotions in me. It's also a way for me to relax and just enjoy my time and I just really love it. It makes me feel good.

Lupe, United States / Mexico
speakerI'm a music lover so when people ask me what my favorite type of music is I really never have a straight answer. I love to listen to all types of music and I love listening to Spanish music, English Music. I have favorite singers, not necessarily a favorite genre. I really listen to whatever I'm in the mood for. If I'm going out I love fast music so that I can dance. If I just want to relax, I'll listen maybe to a little bit of jazz, blues, or just lounging music.

Rebecca. Australia
speakerWhat kind of music do I like? The music I like best is the bands that play live in the pubs. Generally, they are really good to go and watch. We have a lot of bands come through my town where I live. Generally every Saturday night we go to a band and watch it. It's better than listening to it on the radio.

Swinky, Kenya
speakerWhat kind of music do I like? My tastes are so diverse. I can't really point out what kind of music I like but I'm more inclined to R&B and you know nature music, like listening to whales listening to each other and I also like Bollywood music and reggae, some styles of reggae are really enjoyable.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



I listen to every genre of music.

Here, the word genre is similar in meaning to 'kind'.  We use it to talk abot art, music, writing and movies.  Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy every movie genre.
  2. I enjoy every kind of movie.



I want to listen to something mellow.

In music, the term mellow means soft and relaxing.  Notice the following:

  1. I listen to mellow music in the morning.
  2. Do you enjoy mellow music?

brings out


It brings out many great emotions.

Someone or something that causes us to feel a certain way brings out emotions.  The phrase can be positive or negative.  Notice the following:

  1. Politics brings out the worst in people.
  2. I try and bring out the best in my students.

a straight answer


I really never have a straight answer.

Here, the word straight means the same as 'clear', but it can also mean truthful.  Notice the following:

  1. He never gave the police a straight answer.
  2. Just give me a straight answer!



My tastes are so diverse.

Personal tastes are the kinds of things we like or prefer.  When our tastes are diverse, that means we like many kinds of things.  Notice the following:

  1. She has great taste in clothes.
  2. My dad says I have poor taste in music.

Vocabulary Quiz

genre • mellow • bring out
straight • taste
  1. He has a very unique in music.
  2. My favorite of movie is drama.
  3. It's difficult to trust someone if you don't feel like he is giving you a answer.
  4. Her friends really her funny side.
  5. I have one cat who is really and one who has a lot of energy.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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