The Verb to be in English Beginners Course Lesson 1.




This English lesson 1 for beginners explains how to use the verb to be in the affirmative form. I am, you are, he is, we are, you are, they are.

The verb to be in English and how to conjugate it
This English lesson 1 for beginners explains how to use the verb to be, in the affirmative form. I am, you are, he is, we are, you are, they are.

 1/ English Sentence Practice

  • You are a student.
  • I am a teacher.
  • We are students.
  • She is a teacher.
  • He is a student.
  • They are lessons.
  • It is a school.
  • It is a classroom.
  • They are students.
  • I am a student.
  • I’m a student.
  • You are a student.
  • You’re a student.
  • He is a teacher.
  • He’s a teacher.
  • She is a student.
  • She’s a student.
  • It is a school.
  • It’s a school.
  • We are teachers.
  • We’re students.
  • You are teachers.
  • You’re students.
  • They are courses.
  • They’re classrooms.
  • Goodbye!

English Vocabulary

1/ Vocabulary Practice

  • I
  • You
  • He
  • She
  • It
  • We
  • You
  • They
  • A / an
  • The
  • A student /  students
  • A teacher / teachers
  • A class /  classes
  • A classroom /classrooms
  • A lesson / lessons
  • A course  / courses
  • Goodbye

English Grammar the verb TO BE.

3/ The verb “to be” (positive form / affirmative form) and subject personal pronouns

Notice that in English a subject is always used before a conjugated verb form, either as a subject personal pronoun (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they), a common noun (a teacher, a classroom, teachers…), or a proper noun (William, Harry, the Simpsons….).

In modern English, the contraction of the subject personal pronoun and verb to be is very common (I am > I’m, you are > you’re…).

Also, the second person singular is the same as the second person plural (you): you are a student (singular), you are students (plural)…

Note that “he” and “she” are used for males and females but objects for instance, “a school” which is a neuter, singular, uses the third person singular (it),” it is a school“. The third person plural does not vary, “they” is used for people or objects: they are students, they are classrooms…

Please repeat and memorise the following list. It contains subject personal pronouns and the verb “to be” in the present simple / simple present, in both the complete and contracted forms (positive form / affirmative form).

I am        I’m

You are   You’re

He is       He’s

She is     She’s

It is          It’s

We are    We’re

You are   You’re

They are  They’re

English Speaking Practise

Questions and Answers

You are a student.
Yes, I am a student.

It is a lesson.
Yes, it is a lesson.

I am a teacher.
Yes, I am a teacher.

We are students.
Yes, we are students.

They are classrooms.
Yes, they are classrooms.

She is a student.
Yes, she is a student.

He is a teacher.
Yes, he is a teacher.

It is a class.
Yes, it is a class.

We are teachers.
Yes, we are all teachers.

Goodbye!

Goodbye!

English Lesson Recap with your English Teacher Julia

Hi students!

Welcome to your recap video for Lesson 1! So this is your very first lesson. I hope that you enjoyed it. I hope that you are now comfortable with the new vocabulary and grammar.

As you may already know, in each of these videos, I am going to review some grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary difficulties with you.

I have my notes here. Those notes are going to appear here, on the screen.

Let’s start off with some grammar!

You may have noticed this already:

In English unlike some Latin languages, we have the indefinite article: A/AN. We can pronounce it 2 ways. You saw this in the dialogue: A STUDENT

This article does not exist in plural: A STUDENTS > this is wrong

STUDENTS > In English we do not have anything before the noun. We do not use an article.

He is a student.
She is a student.

They are students.
We are students.

The article is very important!

Let’s move on to pronunciation!

I know this is your first class so I would like to give you some general tips. If you look at the way I speak: I am exaggerating the vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u) and the combinations of vowel sounds that exist in English. Try to emphasise and exaggerate those vowel sounds.

You have to speak slowly! You have to enunciate and exaggerate initially.

Once you start to speak more confidently, you can speak faster and still pronounce well.

That is tip number 1!

Tip number 2 is the stress pattern. Let’s simplify the rule today: try to exaggerate the first sound of each word: STUdent, TEAchers

Try to exaggerate the first sound of the new words.

Repeat after me:

STUdent, TEAcher

Final piece of advice for today: the pronunciation of the plural.

The list of words today contains different plurals.

You may have noticed that the plural (the -S at the end of the noun) has three different pronunciations:

1/ STUDENT / STUDENTS – the plural ending is pronounced /s/

2/ TEACHER / TEACHERS – the plural ending is pronounced /z/

(I am going to look at my notes)

3/ COURSE / COURSES – the plural ending is pronounced /iz/

Practise those words!

When you listen to the dialogue again, please pay attention to those endings and their pronunciation. This might not seem important now. You may think that you can pronounce however you want. I don’t recommend you do that. Please pay attention to detail. I know that I talk a lot about pronunciation but please remember this:

If you pronounce well it doesn’t mean that you get rid of your foreign accent. But having a good pronunciation is possible. So try and speak with a clear accent which is easy to understand.

That’s it for today!

See you soon!

Thank you

The Verb to be in English Beginners Course Lesson 1.
The verb to be in negative form English Beginners Course Lesson 2
Verb to be questions English Beginners Course Lesson 3
What why how when where who in English Beginners course lesson 4
Possessive adjectives explained English Beginners course Lesson 5.
Explaining Adjectives and adverbs in English Beginners course Lesson 6
Some any every exercise explained in our English Beginners Course 7.
Possessive pronouns explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 8
The modal verb can explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 9.
Positive present simple explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 10
Questions in the negative form explained in English Beginners Course 11.
Countable nouns vs uncountable nouns explained in English Beginners 12.
Positive form of present simple explained in English Beginners Course 13.
Present simple tense explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 14
The form of present continuous explained in English Beginners Course 15.

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Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice



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