Lesson 4

What's your favorite color (US) / favourite colour (UK)?
The Present Simple and the verb 'to be'

Level: Beginner
Lesson contents:
  • A simple beginner clip for more practice with "be" in the Present Simple.
  • Introduction to whose, the possessive form of "who".

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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What's your favorite color?

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles beginning at 1:35



"Be" is the most common English verb, i.e., the verb used most often in all variations of the English language according to the Oxford dictionary. Have comes in second place, and do in third place. The first 14 lessons in Real English® feature "be" as the main verb of each of these lessons, in very different contexts.

Note that the possessive pronoun/adjective "whose" is also featured in this lesson. Although "whose" might not be considered a beginner structure by some teachers, it's a good fit for this clip! In the quizzes, we watch 2 or more dialogues of people having different favourite colours, and the student identifies the person or people concerned, providing a simple introduction to the notion of "possession".

And thanks to Tracy who says that her favourite colour is definitely green, adverbs are also introduced.