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Nelly Furtado's first
big hit single was
"I'm Like a Bird".  
This song is popular
around the world.

This is a good song
to practice the
English
simple
present.

"I'm Like a Bird"
Nelly Furtado

Learn English grammar with these popular songs:
Fill in the spaces with the correct words.

You're , that's for sure
You'll never ever fade
You're lovely but it's not for sure
That I won't ever
And though my love is rare
Though my love is true

I'm like a bird, I only away
I don't know where my soul is,
I don't know where my home is
(and baby all I need for you to know is)
I'm like a bird, I only fly away
I don't know where my soul is ,
I don't know where my home is
All I need for you to know is

Your faith in me brings me to
Even after all these years
And it pains me so much to tell
That you don't know me that
And though my love is rare
Though my love is true

I'm like a bird, I only fly away
I don't know where my soul is,
I don't know where my home is
(and baby all I need for you to know is)
I'm like a bird, I only fly away
I don't know where my soul is ,
I don't know where my home is
All I need for you to know is

It's not that I wanna say
It's just that every time you try to tell me that you love me
Each and every single day I know
I'm going to have to eventually give you away
And though my love is rare
And though my love is true
Hey I'm just scared
That we may fall

Would you like more music by the same artist?

Listening Comprehension Activity

The song uses many examples of the verb to be. Here are
some:
  • "I'm like a bird"
  • "My love is true"

Notice that many of the verbs are contractions
. There are
many examples of simple present contractions. Here is a
list of some of the contractions used in the lyrics.

You are = You're
I am = I'm
It is = It's
Do not = Don't

When you listen to the song, look at the lyrics below and
focus on the simple present and the contractions.

Listen to the song and try the listening comprehension
exercise below. You need to fill in the blanks with the
correct words from the lyrics.  
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