Last week we listened to an interview with Shakira about her new video. She’s one of those people that you either love or hate so I thought she would be good for conversation. In addition to this, she is a great example of someone who has mastered English as a second language.
Before we began the listening, I asked the students about their views on Shakira. One particularly enthusiastic young guy said, “She has really good ass movements!”
OK, let’s be honest: most people probably agree. Shakira has a beautiful body and moves it well. However, this students phrasing sounds really unusual – somewhere between comical and vulgar. No native speaker would say that.
This student had basically the right vocabulary and has put the words together in a logical order, but still it just doesn’t sound natural.
A natural phrasing would be:
A little vulgar:
Shakira can really shake her ass!
Sharkira can really shake it!
Shakira can really move!