Lesson 3a

The alphabet and spelling

Level: Beginner
Lesson contents:
  • Pronunciation:
    Letters of the alphabet.
  • The Alphabet Chart:
    The 7 basic vowel sounds.
  • "What's your name?"
    "Can you spell it?"

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

15 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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The alphabet and spelling

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Video with Precise Subtitles:



Like yourself, the creators of Real English® are English teachers (EFL). Real English® course organization reflects real problems encountered in the classroom.

We have noted that upper-intermediate students who can communicate well are often at a complete loss when they must write down the first and last names of the person they are talking to. It's the normal speed of spelling which usually throws them off. Normal speed seems too fast for them. Other students at this level simply never learned the alphabet thoroughly.

The videos and exercises in this particular lesson are designed to reveal unknown weaknesses while providing the material necessary to begin to rectify a common problem. Of course, this lesson is in the beginner's section, but try it out with your more advanced students!