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Learn English A-Z Elementary: Meet the British!

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Learn English A-Z Elementary

Meet the British!

by Katie Barron

Illustrated by Artists at the University of Hertfordshire

Published by Liberal Publications, St Albans

ISBN 978-0-9931468-1-7

Text Copyright 2015 Katie Barron

Illustration Copyright 2015 Imogen Elliott, Roxana Radulescu, Jef

Winter, Catherine Cooksley, Alicia Jennings, David Howse, Dagmara

Cielecka, Lauren Odell, and Joe Barnes

First published 2015

All rights reserved.

Cover illustration by Imogen Elliott

A big thank-you to the teachers and students at Oaklands College,

UK, who piloted this book.

About the Author

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Learn English A-Z Elementary

Katie Barron graduated from Oxford

University in History and Classical

languages. She worked as a journalist

at the Financial Times in London before

becoming a teacher. She has twenty

years’ experience of teaching English to

speakers of other languages (TESOL)

around the world. She holds the

Cambridge Diploma in English

Language Teaching (DELTA) from

International House, London (2011).

About the Illustrators

The illustrators of Learn English A-Z Elementary are all recent

graduates from the University of Hertfordshire. They include Roxana

Radulescu, Jef Winter, Catherine Cooksley, Imogen Elliott, Alicia

Jennings, David Howse, Dagmara Cielecka, Lauren Odell, and Joe

Barnes.

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Learn English A-Z Elementary

How to Say English

Aa age (How old are you?)

Bb be (am, is, are; was, were)

Cc can

Dd dates

A-D Test Yourself!

Ee ‘silent e

Ff frightened! (= scared)

Gg go (Present Simple & Present Continuous)

Hh have and have to

E-H Test Yourself!

Ii ill

Jj jolly, happy and funny

Kk Katie, the author of this book

Ll love

I-L Test Yourself!

Mm must

Nn not (= n’t)

Oo ordering in a café/ restaurant (I would like)

Pp prepositions (in, on, at)

M-P Test Yourself!

Contents

Learn English A-Z Elementary

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How to use this book

1. You don’t need a teacher.

2. Buy a small dictionary. It will help you to read this book.

3. Read the sentences aloud, to practise speaking. Repeat,

repeat, repeat!

4. You also need a pen. Writing will help you to remember the

words.

Qq questions (Where? When?)

Rr royal family (Queen, Prince Philip)

Ss sorry

Tt time

Uu up (wake up, get up…)

Q-U Test Yourself!

Vv verbs (Present Simple & Past Simple)

Ww will and won’t (Future)

Xx sixty-six (big numbers)

Yy letter Y

Zz zoo

A-Z Test Yourself!

Contents

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Learn English A-Z Elementary

How to say English: Vowels

a e i o u

These five letters (a, e, i, o, u) are called ‘vowels’ because they

use an open mouth.

You can make vowels very long. Take a big breath.

How long can you say ‘aaaa’?

Dentist: ‘Say Ah!’

Patient: ‘Aaaaaaaaah!’

To learn more about a, e, i, o, u look at Chapter Ee

in this book.

Learn English A-Z Elementary

How to say English: Consonants

b c d f g h j k l

m n p q r s t v w

x y z

sh ch th

These letters are ‘consonants’.

With consonants, we do NOT open our mouth very much.

th

For more on ‘th’, go to Chapter Dd, about Dates, in

this book.

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Y

‘Y’ is sometimes a consonant and sometimes a vowel.

For more on ‘Y’, look at Chapter Yy in this book.

If you want to practise saying English vowels and consonants,

here are some good websites:

English Alphabet – www.esolcourses.com

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English) – www.youtube.com

Letter Sounds by AdStar Productions – www.youtube.com

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Age Aa

- How old are you, Lucy?

- I’m six and a half!

- How old is Carla?

- She’s sixteen. Lucky her!

- How old are Mr and Mrs

Brown?

- They’re in their sixties.

Note:

Correct: Carla IS sixteen. Yes!

(Incorrect: Carla has sixteen. No! )

Aa

And you? Talk to us! What is your age?

Age

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1 one

2 two

3 three

4 four

5 five

6 six

7 seven

8 eight

9 nine

10 ten

11 eleven

12 twelve

13 thirteen

14 fourteen

15 fifteen

16 sixteen

17 seventeen

18 eighteen

19 nineteen

20 twenty

21 twenty-one

22 twenty-two

23 twenty-three

24 twenty-four

25 twenty-five

26 twenty-six

27 twenty-seven

28 twenty-eight

29 twenty-nine

30 thirty…

30 thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two…

40 forty, forty-one, forty-two…

50 fifty, fifty-one, fifty-two…

60 sixty, sixty-one, sixty-two…

70 seventy 80 eighty 90 ninety

100 a hundred (A hundred?!! Congratulations!)

Now read all the numbers out loud.

Pronunciation Important!!

13

thirTEEN

30

THIRty

14

fourTEEN

40

FORty

15

fifTEEN

50

FIFty

How old are you? I’m .

How old is your mother? She’s .

How old is your father? He’s .

How old is your house?

It’s years old.

How old is your town?

It’s years old.

How old is your country?

It’s years old.

Write the English numbers:-

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Age Aa

Now read these aloud, to practise speaking.

Well done!

Is your father older than your mother? Yes/ No

Is your town older than your country? Yes/ No

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Aa Age

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The Sphinx’s question:

What walks on four legs, then on two, then on three?

Answer: a human

young middle-aged old

You can learn English at any age. When you are young you have

time. When you are middle-aged you have motivation. When you

are old you have experience . So all ages are good for learning

English.

Now (Present)

am / ’m

is / ’s

are / ’re

Yesterday (Past)

was

were

‘To be or not to be, that is the question…’

(William Shakespeare)

am, is, are, was and were are all part of a verb called ‘be’.

(What is a verb? Go to Chapter Vv about Verbs.)

Moscow is a city.

We are Russians.

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Be Bb

Bb

You can use am/ is/ are to make lots of sentences:

Be

I am six!

(‘I have six’ is not correct. )

The statue is 111 feet (34m)

tall.

‘Katie is hungry!’

(‘Katie has hungry’ is not correct. )

Jon is thirsty.

Carla is tired. The children are bored.

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Be: Long and Short Forms

Long

person + be

I am

He is

She is

It is

There is

You are

We are

They are

Short

person + be

I’m

He’s

She’s

It’s

There’s

You’re

We’re

They’re

You can use the long form or the short form.

They have the same meaning.

- How are you?

- I’m fine, thanks. And you?

- Oh fine. How’s your husband?

- He’s fine, thanks. And how are your children?

- Oh, they’re OK. Noisy!

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Be Bb

There is a… = There’s a….

- Waiter! There’s a fly in my

soup!

- Very sorry, sir. Just a moment.

- Waiter! There’s a spider on

the table!

- But the spider can eat the fly!

Ok, sir. Just a moment.

- Waiter! There is a bird on

my head!

- But the bird can eat the spider!

OK, sir. Just a moment….

Note: ‘There is’ introduces something new.

Bb Be

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‘In my country, I was a mechanic.

But now, here in England, I am a

waiter. In the future, I want to be

a businessman.

And you?

How about you?’

Talk to the waiter about YOU:

‘When I was younger, I was a .

Now, I am a .

In the future, I want to be a .’

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Be Bb

Today (Present)

I am/ I’m

He is/ He’s

She is/ She’s

It is/ It’s

We are/ We’re

You are/ You’re

They are/ They’re

Yesterday (Past)

I was

He was

She was

It was

We were

You were

They were

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Can you answer these questions in English?

Well done!

Now you can talk to people in English.

Is there a supermarket near your house?

Yes, there is. / No, there isn’t.

Are there trees in your street?

Yes, there are. / No, there aren’t.

Is your father a good cook?

Yes, he is./No, he isn’t.

Is it cold outside today?

Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t.

What’s your name? My name is .

Where are you from? I’m from .

How old are you? I’m .

How tall are you? I’m tall.

What is your job? I’m a .

How are you today? I’m .

Bb Be

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For more on n’t go to Chapter Nn.

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Learn English A-Z Elementary: Meet the British!

Learn English without a teacher! Learn English A-Z is a quick and easy guide to English. Elementary Level. English for Everyday Life: - Order a meal - Make friends - Make a phone call - Go to the doctor - Learn about Britain. The easy guide to: - basic grammar - pronunciation - spelling - dates, times and big numbers - short forms like n’t, ‘ll and ‘d. 'Very practical and useful' - Sheran Hill, English Language Lecturer, Oaklands College, UK 'Very useful and informative, refreshing,' - Ian Salkey, CEO, St Albans School of Languages, UK 'A friendly guide to English for your first visit to the UK, USA or any English-speaking country' - Catherine Rendon, Educational Counsellor, Savannah, USA 'I wish I had had this book when I moved to London!” Natasa Stanic, actress, Croatia and UK 'Extremely original and fun!' - Catherine Vuolo, English Language teacher, Trieste, Italy 'For the student who knows a lot of words but finds it difficult to make sentences' - Prakash Detha MA, Tourism Operator, Jodhpur, IndiaI am recommending Learn English A-Z to all my staff – Tedi Celli, Manager, FoodLab, London Katie Barron is an Oxford University graduate. She has taught English Language for 20 years around the world and holds the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching from International House, London.

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