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Wicked! Upper-Intermediate Listening

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Wicked has a few different meanings in English. It can mean 'evil'.
E.g. "That woman is so wicked, she made me clean the bathrooms again today."
Confusingly, it can also mean the opposite, especially in England where it is slang for 'really great'.
E.g. "That roller-coaster was wicked ! Let's go on it again."

This song is taken from the musical, Wicked, which is all about 'The wicked witch' from the Wizard of Oz. I have written some words with their dictionary definitions at the underneath. Listen to the song and decide which word completes which gap, good luck!

Succeed - to achieve a goal.
Knowledge - things that you have learnt and know to be true.
Slang - very informal language.
Flirt - to behave as if sexually attracted to someone, although not seriously.
Makeover - A treatment to improve someone’s appearance.
Tender - loving and soft.
Advisor - someone who gives advice.
Protest - to state that you disagree with something
Dreary - dull and boring.



Elphie, now that we're friends, I've decided to make you my new project!

You really don't have to do that...

I know, that's what makes me so nice!

Whenever I see someone less fortunate than I,
And let's face it, who isn't less fortunate than I?
My __(1)__ heart tends to start to bleed.
And when someone needs a __(2)__,
I simply have to take over!
I know, I know exactly what they need!

And even in your case,
Though it's the toughest case I've yet to face,
Don't worry, I'm determined to __(3)__!
Follow my lead,
And yes indeed, you will be...

You're gonna be popular!
I'll teach you the proper poise,
When you talk to boys,
Little ways to __(4)__ and flounce,
I'll show you what shoes to wear!
How to fix your hair!
Everthing that really counts to be...

I'll help you be popular!
You'll hang with the right cohorts,
You'll be good at sports,
Know the __(5)__ you've got to know.
So let's start,
'Cause you've got an awfully long way to go!

Don't be offended by my frank analysis,
Think of it as personality dialysis,
Now that I've chosen to become a
Pal, a sister and __(6)__,
There's nobody wiser!
Not when it comes to...

I know about popular.
and with an assist from me,
to be who you'll be,
instead of __(7)__ who you were...
Well, are.
There's nothing that can stop you,
from becoming popu-ler... lar...

la la, la la!
We're gonna make you pop-u-lar!

When i see depressing creatures,
With unprepossessing features,
I remind them on their own they have
To - think - of
Celebrated heads of state,
Or specially great communicators!
Did they have brains or __(8)__?
Don't make me laugh!

They were POPULAR!
It's all about popular.
It's not about aptitude,
It's the way you're viewed,
So it's very shrewd to be,
Very very popular
like ME!

Why, Miss Elphaba, look at you. you're beautiful!

I, I have to go...

You're welcome...

And though you __(9)__,
Your disinterest,
I know clandestinely,
You're gonna grin and bear it!
Your new found popularity!

La la, la la!
You'll be popular!
Just not quite as popular as ME!

Lesson by Caroline

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