Listening Activity: Be Thankful by Sarah Connor

Be thankful is a song by German singer, songwriter, and television personality, Sarah Connor. This page provides information about the song and links to the official video and the lyrics.

Be Thankfyl by Sarah Connor


Beginners and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: Be thankful
  • Album: Christmas in My Heart
  • Date of release: 2005
  • Genre: Soul, Pop
  • Song length: 3 minutes, 33 seconds

Interesting information (Thanksgiving)

The song Be Thankful reminds us of Thanksgiving holiday. According to the American history, the English colonists we call Pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as part of their religion. But these were days of prayer, not days of feasting.Thanksgiving was held to celebrate the colony's first successful harvest. These early settlers wanted to show how thankful they are. Nowadays, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year.

The video

Official Music Video

The lyrics

Full lyrics of this song

Language points

The song includes many examples of the imperative and a conditional sentence. Here are some expressions that may be useful to students:

  • Be thankful just for what you've got.
  • Take care of it and let it shine.
  • Leave all your pain and sorrow behind.
  • If love's your guide, you've got a lot.


I am thankful for...

It's time to show how thankful you are.

Draw a table like the following and show that you are thankful for the things you own, the people around you and any other things...

I am thankful for...
Things People Others
  1. house   1.father   1. freedom
  2.   2.   2.
  3.   3.   3.
  4.   4.   4.
  5.   5.   5.
  6.   6.   6.
  7.   7.   7.
  8.   8.   8.
  9.   9.   9.
10. 10. 10.

Source: Wikipedia

More lyrics here

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