Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks.
Each week, there will be a new lesson with video showing the lives of young Americans. The lesson includes instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
There are also printable worksheets, assessments and lesson plans for individual learners and English teachers. We encourage you to follow the weekly lessons and share your progress with us through comments and email.
Anna moves to Washington, DC. She goes to her new apartment and meets a new friend.
Listen to the speaker in the video. Use your computer or phone to record yourself saying the words. Listen to yourself, then listen to the video again. Can you say the words the same way? If not, listen carefully and try again.
Watch the video to learn about linked sounds.
Slow Speech: You are here.
Fast speech: You’re here.
Jonathan: Hey, Pete! Who’s your friend?
Pete: She is Anna. She is new to D.C.
Jonathan: Where are you from?
Anna: I am from a small town.
Jonathan: Well, welcome to D.C.
Anna: Thank you.
Jonathan: I am Jonathan. I am in apartment B4.
Anna: I am in apartment C2. Marsha is my roommate.
Jonathan: I know Marsha. She is nice.
Pete: And I am in Apartment D7. I have to go now.
Pete: Remember to call Marsha at work. Tell her you’re here.
Anna: Right, thanks, Pete. Nice to meet you!
Jonathan: You too, Bye.
Anna: Apartment C2, here I come!
We often write our name and address on forms. Americans write and say an address this way: name, number, street city, state, zip code, country.
How do people in your country address an envelope? Anna sends a letter to her family. Look at how she writes the address:
Address an Envelope
Now download the worksheet and practice filling in a form and addressing an envelope.
Lesson 2 Activity Sheet
Learning strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. This lesson's learning strategy is preview. To preview is to look over what you will study in advance. During the preview, remember what you already know about the topic and the language, and think of what you need to learn. Here is an example:
Mari previews the video for Lesson 2 of Let's Learn English. She sees the title is "Hello, I'm Anna." She thinks, "This lesson is about meeting people. What words do I know in English for when I meet people? What do people usually say and do?" She knows, "Nice to meet you" from Lesson 1. She remembers hearing "Where are you from?" in class. She wants to know if the new friends ask other questions. Mari keeps this in mind as she watches the video. When she hears Jonathan ask, "Where are you from?" she smiles and thinks, "I know what that means already!" She watches carefully to see how Anna answers the question.
Preview is an important learning strategy because it helps you prepare for what you will learn. Do you use this strategy when you are learning? Send us an email or write to us in the comments section. See the Lesson Plan for more details.
See how well you understand the lesson by taking this quiz. Each question has a video. Play the video and choose the correct answer.
know - v. to have met and talked to (someone)
meet - v. to see and speak to (someone) for the first time. Anna meets Pete near her apartment.
call - v. to make a telephone call. I call once a week to talk to my parents.
friend - n. a person who you like and enjoy being with. Meet my friend, Anna.
number - n. a number or a set of numbers and other symbols that is used to identify a person or thing or a telephone number. I am in apartment number D7.
remember - v. to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past) or to think of (something or someone from the past) again. Do you remember me?
roommate - n. a person who shares a room, apartment, or house with someone else. Anna and Marsha both live in apartment C2 because they are roommates.
work - n. the place where you do your job. She is not at work today.
Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.
Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson you can use it to practice writing addresses in English.
Lesson Plan Lesson 2
Click on the Lesson Plan to learn how to teach this lesson in your classroom. The Activity sheet is included in the Lesson Plan, or may be downloaded separately here.
Grammar Focus: BE + noun; BE + location ; Subject pronouns: I, you, he, she, we, they
Topics: Welcoming & Leave-taking, Spelling names aloud
Pronunciation: Contractions with BE
Speaking Focus: Vocabulary; saying your address
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