I love learning languages myself and whenever I get on a plane I try to listen to and understand the safety instructions given by the cabin crew. Since I already generally know what the safety instruction is about, I can try to listen for words and phrases that sound familiar. Usually they speak in English as well as the language of the airline carrier.
Most people fly often enough that they do not pay attention to (listen to) the safety instructions. They think they already know what the flight crew will say. Some airlines have started to try to make these safety demos (demonstrations) more interesting as a way to get passengers to pay attention. I think you will be amazed by this one!
Southwest Airlines is a US airline that is known for being different compared to other airlines. They are less expensive and are considered a budget airline. Their flight attendants dress more casually and they are known for taking a different approach with their clients. It is often more personal and comedic.
A few years back one of their flight attendants decided to rap the entire safety instructions to the passengers. If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty cool.
It’s also a good listening practice exercise. Try to fill in the missing words in the transcript below. If you need to, listen to the rap several times. The video begins with David, the flight attendant, explaining that he is tired and doesn’t want to give another boring safety demo that day. He asks for some audience “participation,” encouraging passenger to give him a beat (he asks them to stomp their feet and clap their hands).
Here we go. Give me a stomp, clap, stomp, clap…