Monthly Archives: November 2011

Advanced Season 1, Lesson 3: Mind Map of India

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Hey guys!

In this advanced lesson, we have a mind map of India. India is a fascinating, vast, varied, dynamic country with an incredible history and an exciting future. Learn more about India with this mind map. Why not print it and put it on your wall?


If you are learning English, you may be interested to know that there are more English speakers in India than in any other country in the world. Learn facts about India with today’s lesson!

Click Below for the Mind Map of India








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If you like this mind map, please remember to share it with friends!

See you next time!


Advanced Season 1, Lesson 2: The British Weather!

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Hey guys!

Today’s advanced lesson is a reading lesson for you. First, read about the British weather below. And then try to do the quiz at the bottom!



The British Weather

There are few things British people like to talk about more than the weather. This is because the weather in Britain changes so often. If someone aksed me to desrcibe the weather in Britain, I’d have to say that it can be four seasons in one day! You can have warm weather, rain, wind, clouds and snow all in the same day! The British weather is actually one of the first things that visitors to the U.K. notice. Rather than having brilliant sunshine or icy cold, most visitors will be struck by how much rain, clouds, wind, and also blue skies one place can have.

The reason for the unpredictable nature of Britain’s weather is the location of the country. Great Britain is an island in North-Western Europe. As such, Britain enjoys the warmth brought by the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic Ocean. This is a current of warmth produced by the ocean flowing from Florida all the way to Europe and Africa. Thanks to the Gulf stream, Britain doesn’t get too cold for most of the year. However, there are disadvantages to being an island next to the Atlantic Ocean. With oceans come clouds and rain, and Britain get s a lot of both! As such, even in the summer British people have to put up with overcast days and heavy rainfall. This is a source of disappointment to many tourists and locals alike!

Personally, I don’t like the weather in Britain. Well, I certainly don’t like the clouds and rain, anyway. I have been to lots of countries that have wonderful sunny weather all year round, without too much rain. And I have been to countries which, even though they are very cold, get lots of beautiful snow. But Britain doesn’t have much glorious sunshine, and it also doesn’t get very much snow. I find the cloudy, grey weather very depressing, actually. If the sky is blue I always feel cheerful, even if it is cold outside. But when the sky is grey and there isn’t much light, it makes me want to stay indoors!

Britain is famous for the sense of humour people have. People around the world talk about “The British sense of humour”. British people often have a very “self-deprecating” sense of humour. This means we don’t mind laughing at ourselves, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. I think we might have this sense of humour as we are used to disappointing weather, and rather than feeling upset about the bad weather we have learnt to laugh about it. In the same way, we have learnt to laugh at our own failures rather than getting too upset about them.

Now try answering some questions!

The British Weather Quiz

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Beginner Season 1, Lesson 15: He’s a teacher. She’s an artist.

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Hello English learners!

Today is the last lesson on Beginner Season 1. But don’t worry- Season 2 will start soon!

In this lesson:
- We will learn the articles “A” and “An”.
- We will practice using the Verb “to be”.
- We will learn some jobs vocabulary.

This is Kimberley.
She’s a student.





This is Stanley.
He’s an accountant.





We use “A” with nouns that start in a consonant sound.
Consonant sounds are the sounds of the other letters in the alphabet: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y and z sounds.

a pilot (pilot starts with a consonant sound, “p”)
a biologist (biologist starts with a consonant sound, “b”)

We use “An” with nouns that start in a vowel sound.
Vowel sounds are: aeioand sounds.

an umpire (umpire starts with a vowel sound, “u”)
an electrician (electrician starts with a vowel sound, “e”)

Let’s practise!

Practice Questions

Fill in the blank with “a” or “an”.

1. He’s a carpenter.





2. She’s __ insurance agent.





3. He’s __ fire fighter.





4. He’s __ engineer.





5. She’s __ English teacher.





6. He’s __ veterinarian.





7. She’s __ doctor.





8. He’s __ fisherman.





9. He’s __ art student.





10. She’s __ architect.





11. He’s __ lawyer.





12. He’s __ postal worker.





13. She’s __ archaeologist.





14. He’s __ soldier.





15. She’s __ economics professor.






1. He’s a carpenter.

2. She’s an insurance agent.

3. He’s a fire fighter.

4. He’s an engineer.

5. She’s an English teacher.

6. He’s a veterinarian.

7. She’s a doctor.

8. He’s a fisherman.

9. He’s an art student.

10. She’s an architect.

11. He’s a lawyer.

12. He’s a postal worker.

13. She’s an archaeologist.

14. He’s a soldier.

15. She’s an economics professor.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson. See you next time!


Beginner Season 1, Lesson 14: Countries in North America Mind Map

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Hey guys!

Today’s lesson is a mind map of the countries in North America.




Click Below for the Countries in North America Mind Map:







(Click here for the PDF)

Example Sentences:

1. Canada is the second largest country in the world.
2. Costa Rica is a wonderful tourist destination.
3. Many famous athletes come from Jamaica.
4. The biggest city in the United States is New York.
5. The Panama Canal is extremely important for international trade.
6. Spanish is spoken in Cuba.
7. Guatemala has some incredible scenery.
8. Belize has a British colonial history.
9. The population of Barbados is 285,000.
10. The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean.
11. Nicaragua shares borders with Honduras and Costa Rica.
12. A devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010.
13. “The Island of Spice” is another name for Grenada.
14. Saint Lucia is a volcanic island.
15. “Trinidad” is the Spanish word for “trinity”, which means “three”.

Have a great day, and see you next time!


Why Anyone Can Learn Another Language

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There are a lot of myths out there with regards to what people can and can’t achieve. We seem to limit ourselves by building boxes around ourselves. We say things like “I’d love to play the piano, but I could never learn. I’m just not musical.”

This kind of attitude gets worse as we grow older. When we are very young we feel we can achieve anything at all, and our success is only limited by the fact that we are too busy going to school to really make a start on our dreams. But as time goes by, and we experience failures, we start to doubt our own abilities, and this in turn creates attitudes about what we can actually achieve. Before you know it, we are in a routine of self-doubt and disappointment, safely avoiding failure by not trying anything difficult. We like to justify our new lack of ambition by describing ourselves as “no good” at something.

What do you want to learn how to do?

What is it that you want to do? What unfulfilled dream do you have? The fact that you are on this page suggests that you have an interest in learning another language. But maybe you think it would be too hard?

The example I used above of learning the piano is an interesting one, as maybe there are people who genuinely can’t get to grips with music. But language? We have all learnt a language, fluently. If you are reading this and understanding it then I can safely assume that you are a highly competent English speaker who has no trouble discerning meaning from strings of English words. That’s no mean feat, after all, a large chunk of the world’s population spends hours every day trying to get to grips with this complicated language.

So what if I can speak English?

The thing is, the fact that you speak English shows that you are intelligent enough to acquire language. English is a difficult language, full of irregular verbs, exceptions, nonsense idioms, double meanings, strange pronunciations and so on. But you have managed to get to grips with it.

When I was in South Korea teaching high school kids, I spent a great deal of my time studying the Korean language. Many of the other foreigners living there dipped into learning Korean but didn’t go beyond ordering a beer or asking for a bus ticket using hand gestures. Some of them said that Korean was just too hard, and this misconception was reinforced by a number of the Koreans who said that their language was indeed too hard for foreign people to learn, as if they had some innate ability lacking in people of other races.

If I can learn a language, then YOU definitely can!

FACT: Anyone can learn any language. 

The interesting thing is, many young Korean Americans who have learnt English from birth but no Korean, travel to Korea and have a torrid time. This is because they are expected to be fluent Korean speakers due to their race. They are almost considered a little stupid by Koreans who meet them and find they are unable to hold even the simplest of Korean conversations. However, they chat away in English with their American friends, since that is the language they learnt from birth.

Language has no birth right.

If I had been born in Korea, my parents would have spoken to me in English at home and I would have learnt Korean at school. Due to the huge amount of time I had spent learning each language, I would be fluent in both. There is no reason why, as a white person, I am unable to learn a language from Asia.

MYTH: It’s easier for children to learn a language.

Many people are under the misconception that children can learn language easily whilst for adults it’s almost impossible. The reason children seem to learn language quickly is, they have to. If I hadn’t quickly forced myself to learn certain English expressions when I was a toddler, how on Earth would I have asked my parents for food, to give me a jacket because I was cold, to take me home because I was tired, and everything else we need to survive? The pressure was there to learn and to remember what I needed to say. But if I am sitting in a warm room in England and trying to learn Arabic grammar, what happens if I just stare out of the window or daydream? Well, nothing.

That’s the thing. The only pressure I have to learn is the motivation I choose to have. If I put down the book and go and do something else, I won’t go hungry, get cold or be miserable. I have no pressure to learn, so I don’t bother.

This guy may not be as good at learning as you think...

MYTH: A child’s brain is like a sponge. 

It’s not true that children are better at learning than adults. In fact, children are extremely forgetful, and have very poor concentration spans compared to adults. What’s more, they have no experience when it comes to how to learn or memorise things effectively, whereas adults can draw on decades of experience when it comes to learning things. The reason they appear to learn quickly is that they have the same things repeated to them again and again and again, at home, at school, when playing, all the time. If we immerse ourselves in a language in the way children are immersed, we can learn just as effectively, in fact usually more quickly.

MYTH: It’s impossible to learn a new language when you get older.

As we grow older, we feel that our mental capacities fade, and many of us give up actively trying to learn anything new. However, this is a crucial misconception which causes us to waste our potential. Look at the great minds of human history, the Da Vincis, the Einsteins. Did these brilliant people stop discovering because they weren’t kids anymore? Of course not. In fact they had a lifetime of experience and knowledge to draw upon, whereas children are really just stumbling in the dark when it comes to learning and discovery.

If you want to learn a new language, you already have a vocabulary and grammar bank in your brain which comprises thousands and thousands of entries. Each one of these is a potential “hook” for a foreign word or grammar rule. It is much easier to learn what a foreign word means if I tell you the English equivalent. If I try to explain to a child by demonstrating, or using what few words he or she does know, it will take me much much longer, and I will have a job just getting the child to concentrate in the first place and remember in the long term.

You're brighter than you think.

MYTH: A person can be bad at languages.

Let’s get back to this idea that a person can lack the ability to learn a foreign language. It is in fact, poppycock. Humans are born with an incredible capacity for language, one which is rarely used to anything like its full potential. The stumbling block we face is not our ability.

Why you haven’t been able to learn other languages yet:

If you have tried and failed to learn a foreign language, the reason is not that you can’t.

It is probably one or more of the following.

- You had no motivation. When I was at school, I had to learn French and German. Even though they were well taught, I had no interest in language acquisition at that time. So I didn’t bother to try hard, and in turn I only learnt a moderate amount of those languages. I am currently learning French all over again, this time off my own back, and am finding the experience a wholly positive one now I want to learn. If I had been motivated at school, I dare say I would have learnt a lot.

Now THIS is a lousy teacher!

- You had a lousy teacher. A good teacher can be a wonderful blessing. They can motivate us, encourage us, teach us clearly, maintain our interest and also make us laugh or smile whilst we learn. But a bad teacher (one who doesn’t hold our interest or present things in a way that appeals to our way of learning) can actually discourage us from wanting to learn for the rest of our lives. And in my opinion that is a tragedy.

- You didn’t work long enough. Notice what I said there. I didn’t say “You didn’t work hard enough”. This might have been the case of course. But actually I believe the biggest challenge to language learners is the time commitment required. Think how many hours you spent learning English. It was years and years of learning for hours and hours every single day of your life. When I studied Korean I put in about 3,000 hours over a three year period living in the country, plus of course the learning that happened just by living there, and even then I only reached an intermediate level (according to a proficiency exam I took). Asian languages are of course notoriously difficult for English learners, so you may not have such an arduous task if you choose a language closer to home, such as French or Spanish. But don’t underestimate the time required.

- You concentrated on the wrong things. Any language is a massive amount of information, and even native speakers will never learn all of it. English has 171,476 common words (source: or many times that, depending on where you stop counting. But we don’t need to know every word. Better to find the most common words, such as I, you, house, road, food, go, shop and so on. Likewise, it is much more useful to learn the simple present, past and future tenses than to worry about irregular conjugations of obscure verbs. Don’t start learning long vocabulary lists until you are comfortable with the most important words and phrases of a language. Otherwise you could be wasting a lot of time. This site has a number of lessons aimed at English learners of different levels. But some of them are more useful for beginners than others. For instance, I would direct an English learner towards vocabulary mind maps and how to use them before I suggested they looked at the lesson which teaches how to write in cursive. Mind maps are going to be a more helpful use of time than cursive writing, at least at first. If you are trying to run before you can walk, so to speak, you might well get frustrated and give up on something that could have been great.

Be fearless. Start learning today.

So now you know that anybody can learn a foreign language if they are willing to persevere. Not only that, but they can have an amazing time doing it. What’s stopping you from learning Italian, or Japanese, or whatever language interests you?

Why Learn a Foreign Language? 10 Great Reasons

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Today let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it is a fantastic idea to start learning another language, even if you feel like you have no language ability. There are ten great reasons why learning another language can be a wonderful thing:

1. Employment. If you can speak more than one language, you have an advantage over many of the other people who are applying for the same jobs as you. This is especially useful in today’s internationally-minded world.

2. It’s good for your brain. Getting your head around complicated grammar structures, plus memorising lots of vocabulary, is great exercise for your mind. The older we get, the more we need to keep our brains sharp, and language study is perfect for this.

3. It’s interesting. There’s nothing like that “eureka!” moment when you see sense in language. For me, studying Chinese characters and Korean language at the same time was a wonderful, stimulating experience. I gather you can have the same joy if you study Latin and other European languages.

4. Meet new people. Learning languages inevitably brings you into contact with other people, often from other countries, cultures and walks of life. Whether it’s in an evening class or an online forum, learning a foreign language is the perfect route to meeting people.

5. Improve your first language. It’s surprising how much we can improve our own language. I would never think of myself as someone who needs to learn English, but as time goes by and I study more foreign languages, I see gaps in my knowledge of my own mother tongue. Learning a foreign language helps us see the room for improvement in our own language.

6. It’s sexy. Listen to anyone speaking English with an accent from say, Latin American countries, or listen to someone speaking French, and you will see how attractive it is to speak other languages.

7. Travel. If you can already speak English, you will find that many doors are already open to you in terms of communicating when you travel. But there comes a point where you need to dip into other languages. It is amazing how welcoming people can be if they see you are making an effort with their own language, and you might just find yourself invited to people’s homes by virtue of the fact that you said just a few sentences in their own language.

8. It’s inexpensive. You don’t need to spend a fortune to study another language. Especially with the internet, you can choose just about any language you fancy and find excellent free resources available for you to study. In particular, people who want to learn English online free are incredibly spoilt in terms of the resources available to them.

9. You can be creative. One of the beautiful things about learning English or any other language is that you are your own master. Unlike more disciplined subjects like maths or science, when you learn a foreign language you can choose fun topics that interest you. If you like sports, learn some of the vocabulary and phrases associated with sport. If you are a fan of movies, watch some movies with the subtitles turned on in the language you are learning. Better yet, watch some movies from the country which speaks the language you want to learn. It really is up to your imagination.

10. Get rid of stress. When you learn a foreign language, you can get away from all the stresses and trials of life. Forget about your problems at work, stop thinking about money, leave that health worry at home. When you are in an environment of learning, you can allow your energy to flow into positive experiences and leave your troubles elsewhere for a while. And that is pretty priceless, if you ask me.

Beginner Season 1, Lesson 13: Is Brazil Big or Small?

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Is Brazil big or small?
It’s big.

Hey everybody!

Today we will use the verb to be to describe things. We will also learn lots of useful adjectives.


Question: to be verb +               noun                  +               adjective 1         + or + adjective 2 ?
Is/Are +   Chris/France/curry  + tall/interesting/tasty + or + short/boring/disgusting

Answer: pronoun                 + to be verb + adjective
+       is/are     + intelligent/exciting/cold


1. Is the Queen young or old?
She’s old.





2. Are tigers beautiful or ugly?
They’re beautiful.





3. Is a sports car fast or slow?
It’s fast.





4. Are sofas comfortable or uncomfortable?
They’re comfortable.





Practice Questions:

1. Are elephants heavy or light?
They’re heavy.





2.  Is Tony fat or thin?





3. Is Dubai hot or cold?





4. Are crocodiles green or blue?





5. Are diamonds cheap or expensive?





6. Is Roger tall or short?





7. Is a cave light or dark?





8. Are the shoes clean or dirty?





9. Is Rena happy or sad?





10. Is the car modern or old-fashioned?





11. Is English easy or difficult?





12. Is dancing fun or boring?





13. Is her hair long or short?





14. Is Mark’s skin black or white?





15. Is Annie African or Asian?






1. They’re heavy.

2. He’s fat.

3. It’s hot.

4. They’re green.

5. They’re expensive.

6. He’s tall.

7. It’s dark.

8. They’re dirty.

9. She’s happy.

10. It’s old-fashioned.

11. It’s easy! (at

12. It’s fun.

13. It’s short.

14. It’s black.

15. She’s Asian.

Have a great day!


Beginner Season 1, Lesson 12: Countries in Asia Mind Map

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Hello everyone!

Today’s lesson is a mind map of the countries in Africa. Mind maps are a fantastic way of learning vocabulary. If you print this mind map you can stick it on the wall and learn the English names of these countries.


Click below for the Countries in Asia Mind Map:







(Click here for the “Countries in Asia mind map” printable PDF)

Example Sentences:

1. China has the largest population in the world.
2. Singapore is an island nation.
3. India is a country with many different languages.
4. Malaysia used to be part of the British Empire.
5. Indonesia is an archipelago with over 13,000 islands.
6. Saudi Arabia is a Kingdom in the Middle East.
7. The Maldives is very popular for vacations.
8. Korea has been divided in two since 1945.
9. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.
10. Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia.
11. Afghanistan has very harsh winters.
12. Mongolia once had the largest land empire in history.
13. Israel has an incredible history.
14. The capital city of Jordan is Amman.
15. People in Thailand are incredibly respectful of their King.

I hope this lesson was useful for you!


Beginner Season 1, Lesson 11: William is Kate’s Husband!

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Hey everyone!

In this beginner English lesson, we will learn how to use the possessive of nouns with the verb “to be”.





noun        +       to be verb (is/are)       +        possessive of noun (“noun’s”)     +      noun
William    +                 is                         +                    Kate’s                                   +      husband


1. Kei and Yuma
Kei is Yuma’s friend.





2. Rover and Rufus, with Mark
Rover and Rufus are Mark’s dogs.
Mark is Rover and Rufus’s owner.



3. Carlos and Eliza
Carlos is Eliza’s husband.




4. Roberta and Andrew
Roberta is Andrew’s mother.





Practice Questions:
1. Patch and Emma
(Patch = cat; Emma = owner)




2. Tina and Annie
(Tina = mother; Annie = daughter)




3. Rich and Rob
(Rich = twin brother; Rob = twin brother)




4. Carl and Hannah
(Carl = husband; Hannah = wife)




5. Jack and Jenny
(Jack = grandfather; Jenny = granddaughter)




6. Ali and Fatima
(Ali = brother; Fatima = sister)




7. Yvette, Harriette and Belinda
(Yvette = mother; Harriette = daughter/sister; Belinda = daughter/sister)



8. Elizabeth and Gee-Gee
(Elizabeth = owner; Gee-Gee = horse)




9. Ahmed and Rahim
(Ahmed = father; Rahim = son)




10. Fabio and Elisabetta
(Fabio = cousin; Elisabetta = cousin)




11. Mike, Paula and Ian
(Mike = uncle/husband; Paula = aunt/wife; Ian = nephew)



12. Tomas, Ingrid and Ronald
(Tomas = brother/great-nephew; Ingrid = sister/great-niece; Ronald = great-uncle)




1. Patch is Emma’s cat. OR Emma is Patch’s owner.

2. Tina is Annie’s mother. OR Annie is Tina’ daughter. 

3. Rich is Rob’s twin brother. OR Rob is Rich’s twin brother.

4. Carl is Hannah’s husband. OR Hannah is Carl’s wife.

5. Jack is Jenny’s grandfather. OR Jenny is Jack’s granddaughter.

6. Ali is Fatima’s brother. OR Fatima is Ali’s sister.

7. Yvette is Harriette and Belinda’s mother. OR Harriette and Belinda are Yvette’s daughters.
Harriette is Belinda’s sister OR Belinda is Harriette’s sister. 

8. Elizabeth is Gee-Gee’s owner. OR Gee-Gee is Elizabeth’s horse.

9. Ahmed is Rahim’s father. OR Rahim is Ahmed’s son.

10. Fabio is Elisabetta’s cousin. OR Elisabetta is Fabio’s cousin.

11. Mike and Paula are Ian’s uncle and aunt. OR Ian is Mike and Paula’s nephew.
Mike is Paula’s husband. OR Paula is Mike’s wife.

12. Tomas and Ingrid are Ronald’s great-nephew and great-niece. OR Ronald is Tomas and Ingrid’s great-uncle.
Tomas is Ingrid’s brother. OR Ingrid is Tomas’s sister. 

See you next lesson!


Beginner Season 1, Lesson 10: What’s Your Name?

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Hey guys!

Today’s beginner English lesson is called “What’s Your Name?”. In this lesson we will learn how to use possessive adjectives (my/your/his/her) and the verb “to be”.




Question: What’s my/your/his/her name?

Answer: Possessive Adjective My, Your, His, Her + name + Verb To be + Name


1. Chris
What’s your name?
My name is Chris.





2. Timmy
What’s his name?
His name is Timmy.





3. Maria
What’s her name?
Her name is Maria.





4. Wilma
What’s my name?
Your name is Wilma.





Practice Questions:

1. Ali
What’s his name?
His name is Ali.




2. Elsie
What’s your name?




3. Robbie
His name is Robbie.




4. Carla
My name is Carla.




5. Denise
What’s her name?




6. Stan
What’s your name?




7. Pablo
His name is Pablo.




8. Anna
What’s my name?




9. Sheila
Her name is Sheila.




10. Ron
What’s your name?




11. Gina
Your name is Gina.




12. Theo
What’s his name?




13. Jackie
My name is Jackie.




14. Regine
What’s her name?




15. Bill
His name is Bill.





1. His name is Ali.

2. My name is Elsie.

3. What’s his name?

4. What’s your name?

5. Her name is Denise.

6. My name is Stan.

7. What’s his name?

8. Your name is Anna.

9. What’s her name?

10. My name is Ron.

11. What’s my name?

12. His name is Theo.

13. What’s your name?

14. Her name is Regine.

15. What’s his name?

I hope this lesson was helpful for you. Have a great day!