An English anthem for Israeli schools

What is probably the first ever anthem for English classes and teachers in Israel has just been recorded on video by Jerusalem Anglo singer-songwriter David Ben Reuven with the fifth-grade students and their English teachers Efrat and Iva in the Yefe Nof elementary school in Jerusalem. The impressive video, produced by Larry Pfeffer, is now fast gaining popularity on Youtube, and Ben Reuven hopes that it will be adopted for their English classes by English teachers in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.

The videos featuring the anthem “English is Easy” and Ben-Reuven’s rock hit “Jerusalem Rock” are now accessible on Youtube by simply typing in the titles English is Easy and Jerusalem Rock David.

Here now are the words of Ben Reuven’s English anthem:

ENGLISH IS EASY
The theme song for the English classes
Words and music: David Ben Reuven

English is easy
ABC,
English is easy
1,2,3,
English is easy
So speak like me.
English is easy,
Have a cup of tea!.

English is easy,
Listen to me.
Soon you’ll speak English
Just like me.
Don’t say “I can’t!”
Just say “I can!”
And soon you’ll speak English
Like an Englishman! (or an American!)

(spoken)
So listen to your English teacher
Because she teaches you well
To read and speak English
Here in Israel.

When you’re in England
Say “How are you?”
When you’re in England
Say “Please” and “Thank you.”
So start to speak English
“Red,” “White,” and “Blue,”
But don’t you forget how to speak Hebrew!

Copyright David Ben Reuven, Jerusalem 2018, 02-6536764

Schools and English teachers wishing to contact Ben Reuven about the new anthem or to receive the links to the videos can phone him at 02-6536764

About the Author
London-born David Herman came on aliyah in 1966 after graduating from Cambridge University. In the 1960s, he founded the Good Times Publishing Company specializing in publishing newspapers in simplified English, French and Arabic for the Israeli school system. David currenty works as a translator, and is also very active in the field of songwriting and performing under the musical name, David Ben Reuven.
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