Audio Lessons

Black Eyed Peas telling you to practice what you preach!

Black Eyed Peas telling you to practice what you preach!

Let’s listen to the chorus of the Black Eyed Peas song ‘Where is the love’:

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love

Let’s read the lyrics together.

Here, we see the phrase ‘practice what you preach’.  In English, ‘preach’ means to tell someone or try to persuade someone to believe something.  So the phrase ‘practice what you preach’ means ‘do what you say’.  Here, the Black Eyed Peas are asking why everyone says they want love, but always seem to get involved in conflict.  Here is an example of how to use the phrase ‘practice what you preach:

He is always telling his children not to smoke, but he smokes 2 packs a day.  He should practice what he preaches.

Another phrase they use is ‘turn the other cheek’.  In English, ‘turn the other cheek’ is a way to say ‘forgive’.  So here, the Black Eyed Peas are asking if forgiveness is possible.  Here is an example:

I know he stole money from you, but you have got to forget about it and turn the other cheek.

Now use the phrases ‘practice what you preach’ and ‘turn the other cheek’ in the following sentences:

Question 1
Don’t tell me to get a job!  You haven’t had a job for 10 years, you should __________.

Question 2
The hardest thing to do is forgive someone and __________.

Question 3
I can’t __________.  He insulted my mother!