We are the Champions

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Basic information about We Are the Champions

"We Are the Champions" is a song by the British rock band Queen, first released on their 1977 album News of the World. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it is one of Queen's most popular songs, and one of rock's most recognisable anthems.

The song was a worldwide success. In 2009, "We Are the Champions" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame,[5] and was voted the world's favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll. In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest in the history of popular music.

"We Are the Champions" has become an anthem for victories at sporting events, including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Task 1: Copy, translate and answer these questions

Which group sang this song? When was it composed? What was the name of the album when it first appeared? Who wrote it? When do people always sing this song?

Clues about Freddie Mercury

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Basics about him

Farrokh "Freddie" Mercury (born 5 September 1946, in Zanzibar – died 24 November 1991, in England) was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution, in which thousands of Arabs and Indians were killed.

Mercury wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen's Greatest Hits album: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Seven Seas of Rhye", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy", "We Are the Champions", "Bicycle Race", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Play the Game".

He also performed outside the band. His second album, Barcelona, recorded with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, combines elements of popular music and opera. The album was a commercial success.

He died due to complications from AIDS, having confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease.

Task 2: Answer these questions

  1. Why did he leave Zanzibar at age 17?
  2. How old was he when he died?
  3. Was he born a Catholic?
  4. What did he die of?
  5. What did Freddie Mercury do together with Montserrat Caballé?

The verbs in the song

The verbs in We Are the Champions.png

Listening to the song

Can you follow the lyrics?

What can we do now?

Let's sing it together!

Your turn

Choose a song that tells a story and create a presentation where the story is shown in pictures, so that we can listen to the song and watch the presentation at the same time.
Rules:

  • 1 slide per line
  • You have to include the line and the translation in each slide


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