Anna has a new goal - to run in a marathon. Her friend Ashley knows that training a little every day is a good idea. Will Anna be able to meet her goal?
In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about gerunds and infinitives.
Use this video to learn about how Americans pronounce the reduced form of "to" in sentences with infinitives.
In this lesson, Anna helps at a charity event. Have you ever helped with a charity? Tell us about what you did to help. Write to us by email or in the Comments section.
Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet to practice using gerunds and infinitives to talk about sports. Please note, our activity sheets now can be completed on the computer.
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.
The learning strategy for this lesson is Set a Goal. This strategy is what we do when we plan to do something. In learning a language, setting a goal means we have a reason to learn. That helps us focus on our study and practice more often.
In this lesson, Anna has a goal of running in a marathon. Her friend Ashley has the same goal. But Ashley has been training so she can run the long race. She set a goal and is working hard to meet it.
Anna's goal is not easy to meet because she has not been training, or preparing to run well. She learns that she can have a new goal in this week's lesson. That goal is something she will be able to meet.
What is your goal for learning English? Write to us about the goals you have and how you are working to meet them in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.
goal - n. something that you are trying to do or achieve
habit - n. something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
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 using gerunds and infinitives to talk about sports.
See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.
Grammar: Review of Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous; Gerunds; Infinitives (to + verb)
Topics: Habits; Discussing things you dislike doing; Expressing appreciation
Learning Strategy: Set a Goal
Speaking and Pronunciation: Reduced "to" in infinitives