- Lesson 1 - Hi!
Normal, Formal, and Informal Greetings, What's your name?, and possessive adjectives.
- Lesson 2 - Where are you from?
Includes This vs that and an introduction to introducing people.
- Lesson 3a - The Alphabet
Level: Absolute Beginner through Advanced!
Almost everyone needs to review their spelling skills. Includes the alphabet chart and 10 people spelling their names.
- Lesson 3b - Spelling Test
Spelling Test for Beginners. You will meet both native speakers of English and others learning English as a Second Language.
- Lesson 4 - What's your favorite color?
A simple beginner clip for more practice with "be". Introduction to "whose" the possessive form of "who".
- Lesson 5 - What nationality are you?
Listening comprehension and vocabulary plus distinctions between countries and nationalities. Expression "How about.. ?"
- Lesson 6 - Introducing yourself & others
Making introductions, an important social function. Includes spelling review. Family relationships: inlaws, the apostrophe, expressions with get.
- Lesson 7 - What's your astrological sign?
This lesson concentrates on a great deal of useful vocabulary while introducing like as an adverb. Verb be present tense, continued.
- Lesson 8a - Cardinal Numbers
This lesson is the basis of the 4 other number lessons where we study numbers in specific useful contexts.
- Lesson 8b - Ordinal Numbers
Ordinal Numbers. The basic form of ordinal numbers with a illustrations.
- Lesson 8c - How old are you?
How old are / is, with all subject pronouns. Practice in the affirmative, negative and interrogative. Expression "Do you mind...?"
- Lesson 8d - Dates
Birthdays and birth dates - use of "in" and "on" (in February, on February 29th). US vs International date formats. Days of the week.
- Lesson 8e - Phone Numbers
Phone number practice and listening comprehension are featured here.
- Lesson 9 - Telling the Time
Telling the time in the USA and UK - Dictation Quiz: the ultimate in listening comprehension, with a constant help module integrated into the quiz itself.
- Lesson 10 - The Jones Family
Pure Americana - The family members describe each other. Adjectives galore. Antonyms and synonyms. Review of introducing people.
- Lesson 11 - Are you married?
Level: Beginner / Pre-Intermediate
Maital status - Jr. and Sr. (US) - Expression "How dare you...!" Are you married? with other beginner questions.
- Lesson 12 - What's the weather like?
What's the weather like? All sorts of weather, with vocabulary illusrtations followed by a dictation exercise.
- Lesson 13 - What are the Americans like?
Stereotypes - Expressing opinions - Use of "self" as prefix (self-confident, etc.) - UK idiom "over the top" - "There" as adverb and pronoun.
- Lesson 14 - What are the British like?
Adjective vocabulary, adverb "otherwise" - "Well" as adverb-prefix - The British vs The English - Synonyms and Antonyms, part 2.
- Lesson 15 -Modal Verb Can
Can (to be able to do something) - Present, past, & future forms: Can, could and will be able to - Adverb placement - "Else" as adverb & adjective.
- Lesson 16 - What are the French like?
Introduction to the Present Simple & Past Simple - Object Pronouns - A few uses of get - Introduction to the 2nd Conditional and the Present Perfect.
- Lesson 16b - Lisa, an American tourist in London
Introduction to the near future - How long for lengths of time - The use of "you guys" as the plural of "you" for both men & women
- Lesson 17 - What are the Italians like?
Extensive beginner review of lessons 1 to 14 - Enjoy doing - Everyday adjectives not often found in beginner lessons.
- Lesson 18 - What are the Germans like?
Use of like as an adverb - Introduction the the Present Simple with ago - Idiom: let one's hair down.
- Lesson 19 - Giving Directions - "Lost in England"
Level: Beginner / Pre-Intermediate
Can you tell me the way to...? - A typical reply: "Go up to the lights and turn right, then turn left at the stop sign. It's the church on your right."
- Lesson 20 - Going to a Place
Introduction to the Present Continuous: Eleven examples of going to a place - On one's way as synonym - Head as verb.
- Lesson 21 - The Present Simple
Introduction to the Present Simple (Do / Does) - Job activities - The use of "so" for agreement - Grammar recap of this verb tense.
- Lesson 22 - Continental Airlines
Do vs Doing with the Customer Service Representative - Airport vocabulary - Excellent job description based on reality.
- Lesson 23 - Got = Have got = Have
Includes US/UK variations: pudding, + whatever, "How about...? etc. Gallon / liter conversion - Requests with Can & Can't.
- Lesson 24 - What do you do for a living?
The Simple Present for Jobs - Doing vs Do, as natural as it gets - Review, pronunciation of G & J - Have to and must - Job jargon - One's own (songs).
- Lesson 24b - Dream Job
Reinforcement of "What do you do?" Is that your dream job? What IS your dream job? - "Run" for "manage" - "heart-wrenching", "entrepreneur".
- Lesson 29 - Like doing - Part 1 of 2
Level: Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate
Like to do = Like doing - Verbs followed by gerunds - Reflexive pronouns - Like as an interjection, in addition to its main use - A typical use of "stuff".
- Lesson 30 - Like doing - Part 2 of 2
Continuation like to do = like doing - Acre / hectare conversion - Phrasal verb hang out - Take drives = go for drives.
- Lesson 31 - How long does it take?
A Unique Use of the Present Simple: How long for duations of time - How + adjectives, a very different "How long" (How large, how deep, etc.).
- Lesson 32 - Where do you live?
Another common use of the Present Simple - Prepositions - Brief intro to the Present Perfect - Expression "Born and raised" - Say vs tell.
- Lesson 34 - Introduction to Present Continuous
Do vs Doing II - Actions happening in a period around the present moment in time. - I've just arrived: use of Present Perfect with "just".
- Lesson 37 - The "Doing" Classic
Level: Beginner / Pre-Intermediate
Extensive practice with the Present Continuous - Present progressive grammar - Basic forms (infinitives) and present continuous forms.
- Lesson 38 - What are you wearing?
Level: Beginner / Pre-Intermediate
A wide range of clothing bocabulary - Present progressive grammar - Basic forms (infinitives) and present continuous forms.
- Lesson 39b - Joey
Joey from Hollywood, Florida. This clip puts the emphasis on grammar: superlatives, gerunds, conditionals & Q + A tags.
- Lesson 40 - Introduction to "going to do"
The near future & use of so "I don't think so." - Expressions "I can't really say.", etc.
- Lesson 40b - Describing your loved ones
Vocabulary-rich descriptions - Introduction to the Present Perfect - The use of "would" for requests.
- Lesson 42 - Was and Were
Were you good at school? Past of be - So + auxiliary verb + subject for agreeing with someone: so was he, so were they....
- Lesson 43 - Marty & her Daughter
Introducing the Simple Past "Did" with irregular verb - Possessive Nouns - Grammar recap of regular and irregular verbs.
- Lesson 46 - Yesterday
Extensive practice with the past simple, includes ago. - Asking oneself a question - So did he; so did I.
- Lesson 47 - Used to do
Used to + infinitive - A unique form of the past tense. Contrast with I am used to doing something.
- Lesson 48 - Jim and Robin
The Present Perfect 1 - The present perfect essentials. British and N. American differrences in the use of this tense.
- Lesson 52 - Johnny & Noelle-Christine Brazil
Happy newlyweds bring us the Present Perfect 2 with done, and for vs since - Use of the superlative.
- Lesson 53 - The Messenger
James Jackson delivers the Present Perfect 3 thanks to the interviewer's question - How long have...? - Expression "It pays the bills." etc.
- Lesson 55 - Women & Conditional Tenses
Level: Upper Intermediate
3 Conditional tenses - Vocab.: one of many phrasal verbs using hold: "hold on" (with 4 definitions) - What should he have done?
- Lesson 57 - The Present Perfect Continuous
The Present Perfect & Present Perfect Continuous are always used with other verb tenses as we see in this lesson.
- Lesson 58 - Fernando from Brazil
Fernando - How to learn English or any other second language. Two opinions reflecting two types of language learners.
- Lesson 81 - Another Country
Our grand finale with 100 of our newest types of exercises!
Have you ever lived in another country? Can you make a comparison or contrast between (that country) and the USA?
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1, even the intermediate and advanced students.
But even more important than Lesson 1 is the second half of Lesson 3a. Students of all levels should absolutely not miss this spelling test. It makes it very clear that spontaneous spelling at normal speed is very difficult, even for the so-called "advanced" student! I've been teaching with it for over 25 years and it is very rare to find a student, who is able to spell all the names of the 12 people he meets in this second half of Lesson 3a!
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There are 2 ways to measure the level of difficulty of a real English conversation:
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2 - But there's a second way we measure the level of difficulty, which is all about the nature of the spoken word. Is the listening comprehension easy or difficult? It's probably easy if you're listening to a person who is speaking slowly and distinctly, talking in a way that some people think will help "foreigners" to undestand. But listen to the same person saying the same thing spontaneously, in a normal, natural way, not worried about who might or might not understand! Now you're in Real English territory and the real challenges begin.
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In Real English, you will hear at least a few people speaking fast, and perhaps with an accent that you never heard before in lesson 1, but in lesson 55, for example, dealing with the 2nd conditional, you might hear people speaking a bit more slowly, but using a grammar structure that is considered as much more advanced. Real English is a bit complicated, but a lot of serious fun for learners.
This shows us that there are clearly 2 ways to think about "levels"
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