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Lesson 1: Welcome!


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.

Summary

Anna moves to Washington, DC. She meets Pete at her new apartment.

Speaking

Watch the video and record yourself. Listen to yourself. Then listen to the video again.

Pronunciation

In careful speech, we say words with a small break. In everyday speech, the sounds come together with little or no break. Watch the video to learn about how the sounds change. Practice the example.

Conversation

Pete: Hi! Are you Anna?
Anna: Yes! Hi there! Are you Pete?
Pete: I am Pete
Anna: Nice to meet you
Anna: Let's try that again. I'm Anna
Pete: I'm Pete. "Anna" Is that A-N-A?
Anna: No. A-N-N-A
Pete: Well, Anna with two "n's" ... Welcome to ... 1400 Irving Street!
Anna: My new apartment! Yes!

Writing

Introduce yourself in the Comments section. Download the worksheet to learn the alphabet and numbers.

Lesson 1 Activity Sheet

Lesson 1 Activity Sheet

For a fun way to learn the alphabet, watch the alphabet video below.

Learning Strategy

Each week we teach a new learning strategy. The first one is Set a Goal.

When we set a goal, we decide what we want to do or learn.

You are studying English with VOA Learning English. What do you want to learn? Here is an example:

Pat works at a coffee shop. She wants to greet her customers in English. She sets a goal: "In three months, I will feel confident in greeting customers in English."

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. Setting a goal is an important learning strategy because it gives you a strong reason to keep studying.

What is your goal for learning English this year? Send us an email or write to us in the Comments section. See the Lesson Plan for more details.

Listening Quiz

Check how well you understand the lesson with this quiz. Play the video and choose the correct answer.

New Words

apartment - n. a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live. She lives in an apartment.

meet - v. to see and speak to someone for the first time. Pete meets Anna on the street.

new - adj. not known before; recently bought or rented. Anna has a new friend.

nice - adj. good and enjoyable . It is nice to see you.

street - n. a road in a city, town, or village. Anna lives on Irving Street.

try - v. to make an effort to do something. Please try to say it again.

welcome - interjection. used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place. Welcome to America!

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Free Materials

Word Book

Word Book

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

Lesson 1 Activity Sheet

Lesson 1 Activity Sheet

For more practice, each lesson has an activity sheet. In this lesson, you can use it to learn to say the letters and numbers.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan - Let's Learn English Lesson 1

Lesson Plan - Let's Learn English Lesson 1

Download a lesson plan for this lesson here. Let us know your thoughts about this lesson in our Comments section or send us an email.

Grammar focus: BE + name in introductions; BE + location

Topics: Meeting people; Personal information; Learning the Alphabet (Activity sheet); Learning the Numbers 1-20 (video)

Speaking & Pronunciation focus: Meeting people; Pronouncing linked sounds

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.

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