Lesson 21

Introduction to the Present Simple

Level: Pre-Intermediate
This is Millie. She works in an office. 
You will meet her in the 4th and last section of this video with her co-workers, and see the tension of the office spill onto the street.
Lesson contents:

  • What's the present simple tense? It is used for actions that happen regularly or non-stop. It uses the root form of the verb, such as 'teach' with an 's' or 'es' for the 3rd person singular. For example, 'I teach English.' and 'She/he teaches English.'
  • In this lessons, you will also learn about:
  • Job activities,
  • The use of "so" for agreement, and
  • Introducing people.

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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Introduction to Do / Does (Present Simple)

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles:



Do and does: the Present Simple. This is the first of 3 lessons featuring this verb tense.

There are four Interviews in this lesson, including David & Alan, Robert and Chris, Sybil, and Chris & Donna & Millie (that's Millie in the picture on the left).

Chris, Donna, and Millie work together. Donna's the boss. They seem to break the tension of the office during this interview on the street.

What do they do? What does she do? This lesson introduces us to new verbs in a form which express generalities and habits, such as going to work everyday!

This lesson includes review of a polite way to ask someone to introduce a friend, as well as people introducing themselves.