English from the Beginning Transcript Lesson One

Lesson One – The Verb TO BE

 

Hi. I am Sarah. I am British.

This is Cup of English.

This is my system and

this is English from the beginning.

So this is now and

then we have lessons

and this is the end for Cup of English.

 

Then I say goodbye and you can carry on.

 

Cup of English is simple.

It is calm, slow, everyday English, but it builds up.

Then you will speak brilliant English.

 

So let’s make a start…

 

PRONUNCIATION

 

I am Sarah.

I am British.

This is Cup of English.

This is my system.

This is English from the beginning.

I am Sarah. I am British.

Here we have the letters SH…

 

This is Cup of English.

Here we have the letters TH.

We have to put our tongue between our teeth and say ‘this’…

 

This…The… That… These… There

 

(This…The… That… These… There)

 

This is Cup of English and

this is my system and

this is English from the beginning.

 

SUBJECTS AND VERBS

 

This is me!

I am bad at art!

 

I am bad at art!

 

This is me!

This is my husband.

My husband is British.

 

(My husband is British.)

 

So I AM British

but my husband IS British.

He is British.

Our children are girls.

We have Hannah, Eleanor and Rebecca.

 

My daughter is 13.

Hannah is 13.

She is 13.

 

(My daughter is 13.

Hannah is 13.

She is 13.)

 

So here I have the person…

I or My husband or He.

My daughter, Hannah or She.

 

Here I have the verb… I am….is…is

 

This is the verb, and this is more information about this person.

 

So I am Sarah.

Sarah is me.

We are the same; we are equal.

This is information about me.

This is information about my husband.

This is information about my daughter.

Yellow is for the person – the subject.

I have a pen.

My pen is white…My pen is the subject.

I am Sarah… I am the subject.

My husband is British…

My husband is the subject and

this gives more information about the subject.

So this and this… these are the same.

So let’s go through them again…

I am Sarah.

My husband is British.

He is British.

Hannah is 13.

She is 13.

My pen is white.

It is white.

He and she are people.

They are people.

My pen is not a person; my pen is a thing.

 

These subjects are one person or one thing.

I am one person.

My husband is one person.

My pen is one thing.

These subjects are one person or thing.

We need one more person and that is you!

 

You are here.

You are here with me.

You are here.

So I am… He is…She is… It is and You are

Our children are girls.

They are girls.

My husband, our three girls and I – we are a family.

We are a family.

They are girls.

 

So these subjects are for one person or thing,

and these subjects are for two or more people or things.

And that is how we make our subjects and our verbs for the verb ‘to be’.

This is the verb ‘to be’ and it is a very important verb.

You have to know the verb ‘to be’.

 

QUESTIONS

 

If I say ‘I am British’, that is a fact; it is true.

If I say ‘You are here’, that is a fact.

(You are with me here.)

If I say ‘My husband is British’, that is fact.

If I say ‘Hannah is 13’, that is fact.

Now if I want to make a question with the verb ‘to be’,

All I have to do is turn these around.

So I am becomes Am I?

You are becomes Are you?

He is becomes Is he? Or:

Is my husband British?

Is Hannah 13?

Is the pen white?

Are we a family?

Are the children girls?

That is how we make a question – with the verb ‘to be’.

We just turn around the subject and the verb.

We turn them round… Easy!

 

NEGATIVES

 

If we say ‘I am’, this is positive.

You are is positive.

If we want to make something negative then we say not…

I am NOT a man. (I am a woman.)

You are not on the beach.

(You are here with me.)

My husband is not at work.

Hannah is not 14.

My pen is not blue.

We are not in the garden, and

The children are not boys.

We just put ‘not’ after the verb – with the verb ‘to be’.

(That is very important.)

 

CONTRACTIONS

 

In English if we have the words ‘I am’, we can put them together to make I’m…

I am British – I’m British.

I am Sarah – I’m Sarah.

You are here – You’re here.

Here we take off the vowel and we add an apostrophe…

You’re… He’s… She’s… It’s… We’re…They’re

I’m

You’re

He’s… My husband’s…

My husband is British.

My husband’s British.

She’s… She’s 13.

Hannah is 13 – Hannah’s 13.

It’s… It is white – It’s white.

The pen’s white.  (The pen is white.)

The pen’s white.

We’re… We’re a family.

They’re…They’re girls.

But remember…

You take away the vowel and you add an apostrophe.

Don’t forget!

That was the end of Lesson One – on the verb ‘to be’.

I am happy.

Are you happy?

English is not easy, but

My system is very helpful, and It is FREE!

Thank you so much for watching!

See you again – for Lesson Two.

Bye for now!