New And …. But…. Song

There’s a great discussion on the forum about testing and joining phrases together.

I find the easiest way to do this is to start off with simply adding “And” and “But” to the How are you? song. The kids find it amazing that they can come out with huge long pieces of English like “I’m hungry and I’m tired but I’m happy and I’m OK!” And that’s after just one lesson! Very impressive.

To make it even easier here’s a special version of the How are you? song for you with lots of Ands and Buts: And… But Song

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You just do the normal How are you? class, then in a future lesson ask the kids to listen to this version and see if there are any new words that they don’t know. Let them try and guess what they mean. If they figure it out themselves you’ll never have to review it ever again!

Just for the teacher’s benefit, here are the lyrics:

I’m hungry and I’m tired.
I’m thirsty and I’m sad!
I’m cold and I’m scared.
I’m hot and I’m angry!


I’m hungry but I’m happy
I’m thirsty but I’m fine
I’m hot but I’m great
I’m cold but I’m OK


What do you think? What are your favourite combinations of phrases to use with “And” and “But”?

P.S. Make sure you’ve done Happy Halloween previously so that they know “I’m scared!”

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P.P.P.S.  Picture cards for most of the vocab are in the Excuse me, are you…? theme.

Richard Graham

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3 Responses to “New And …. But…. Song”

  1. Margit

    Oh Richard, this is brilliant!

    With this song I’ll finally start teaching “How are you” again. I never really liked it and just did as much as I had to.
    But this is great and I think it really fits the song!
    Thank you!

  2. Flossy

    This is wonderful for the older students, who are a bit ‘too cool’ for the original! Thanks Richard.

  3. nena

    That’s funny…just yesterday I did a game with 2 of my 6 year old private students on this subject. I put two piles of picture cards, the kids each had a puppet on their hand and they had to answer questions like what’s your name? how old are you? and how are you? when they were asked the last question the had to pick a card from each pile and make the frase…It worked great! they made up names for the puppets, ages and had great fun!
    Have a good day everyone !

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