18 Easy English Lessons for Every Beginner Language Skill
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK was right. Once you master the basics, your skills will skyrocket.
In this post, we’ve searched the whole internet and picked the easiest and the best lessons for beginner English learners on a wide range of language skills.
- Basic English Vocabulary Lessons
- Lessons on Auxiliary and Phrasal Verbs
- Easy English Pronunciation Lessons
- Lessons on Exceptions to English Rules
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Basic English Vocabulary Lessons
How to Learn 100+ English Words a Day
Most people start learning new words without a plan or a structure. They simply try to hear new words and memorize them instantly. But after a few hours, most of this learning is lost. Learners are often unable to remember the right words at the right time, making it even harder to master English.
A strategy is a plan to achieve a longterm goal. And the vocabulary strategies in this lesson will surely help you throughout your language learning journey.
These strategies include:
- Learning words that act as both a noun and verb
- Learning words with multiple meanings
- Learning words that sound the same in your native language
- Learning groups of words with the same root or ending
With these strategies, you’ll memorize English vocabulary faster and more effectively.
Vocabulary for the Bathroom
The bathroom is usually the first place we go after we wake up. Knowing the names of the objects that you commonly find in the bathroom can be quite helpful for many learners. This is especially true if you’re planning to visit an English-speaking country.
This lesson does a wonderful job of including everything you can possibly find in a bathroom. It also describes some objects that are found outside of the bathroom, too. For instance tiles are thin pieces of stone or baked clay that are used to cover any wall, floor or roof. Similarly, a trash can holds garbage and is found in lots of places besides the bathroom.
This lesson uses images to both show you the objects and to give you practice at the end.
Many English learners either start studying English in classrooms or plan to eventually study in a school or a college. Knowing words for basic things in the classroom can help you relax and be confident while you’re there.
This cartoon video shows you common objects like a blackboard or a textbook, which you’ll find in all classrooms. The video also shows you the spelling of every word while speaking it aloud. That means you can use this video for basic reading practice along with vocabulary building.
When to Use “Good” vs. “Well”
This easy English lesson focuses on a very specific vocabulary topic: the difference between “well” and “good.”
This is a topic that often confuses even native English speakers!
When someone asks you how you’re doing, what do you say?
There are two common answers:
“I am good.”
“I am well.”
Since these answers are often used interchangeably, many English learners assume that both words have the same meaning. However, the word “good” is an adjective, which means that it’s used to describe or modify a noun. The word “well” is an adverb and it modifies a verb.
This difference becomes clear in other sentences. We say that a pizza is “good,” not “well.” And one can only sing “well,” not “good.”
This video will explain the difference between “I am good” and “I am well,” plus how to use both words in several other contexts.
The environment is the natural world as a whole. We can talk about the environment of the planet or of a specific place. In this lesson, we get to learn the most commonly used English words for this topic.
Since the world is going through a massive environmental crisis, this topic has become quite common in daily conversation. Although the words themselves sound technical and academic, native English speakers use them in informal and causal contexts, too.
For instance, you’ll see many companies use the word sustainability in their ads. The phrase green movement is also very popular now, since some political parties have also adopted this label to describe themselves.
This video lesson will walk you through the essential environmental vocabulary you need for conversations on such topics.Lessons on English Numbers Numbers are relatively easy to learn since they can only be used in certain ways. Their meaning remains constant and generally doesn’t change from culture to culture.
This makes it very easy to translate and understand the names of the numbers from your language to English. Plus, even if math isn’t taught in English in many countries, the basic English names of the numbers still might be introduced.
But numbers are also harder to remember because their meaning often isn’t tied to the context of a sentence. These easy lessons are the perfect way for beginners to start learning numbers in English.
How to Count
This video gives you the names and the symbols of the first hundred numbers in English. This video is best for regular practice while you start to learn English numbers.
Since it’s very hard for anyone to memorize all the numbers at once, try to learn 10 numbers at a time per day. This will help you review the numbers you learned earlier when you play the video again before learning the next group of numbers.
Since the video is fast, you might want to slow the audio down. Just click the gear icon at the bottom of the video screen and then adjust the speed.
While repeating the numbers, focus on how the instructor moves her mouth to pronounce the names of the numbers. This will help you pick up the accent as well.
The Big Numbers Song
If you’re the kind of person who likes to learn through music, then this video is for you. The narrator uses the rhythm of the music while speaking out the names of the numbers.
The video’s pace is slower than the one above and this might be more suitable for learners who are just starting to learn English.
But since the instructor can’t be seen in the video, you can’t see their mouth movements as they say the word. This might make it harder for beginners to pronounce the names of the words properly.
Basic Math ESL Vocabulary Lesson
This one is sort of a bonus. You’ll hear and see some numbers in English, but the main focus is mathematical symbols.
The presenter first names each symbol and then goes on to explain what they do.
The lesson is great for people who’ll eventually go into technical fields. But since this level of math is generally expected of anyone, knowing the names of these basic symbols is also really important for any English speaker.
Lessons on Auxiliary and Phrasal Verbs
Be, Do and Have
Auxiliary verbs might sound complex, but their role is actually simple in English. They’re also called “helping verbs,” because they help the main verb in the sentence.
Do, be and have are three main auxiliary verbs in English. This lesson gives an in-depth summary of how these verbs are used in informal English.
The instructor focuses a lot on the different forms of these verbs. She also talks about when to use contractions and when the verbs are absent in the sentence.
The video is extremely useful for beginners as each section is filled with examples where the important words are highlighted in red. While watching the video, be sure to pause when the examples are shown. Notice how the rules are applied and make sure you understand them.
If you don’t, then go back to the beginning of the section and listen to the instructor again.
No More Mistakes with Modals!
Modal verbs are a special kind of auxiliary verb that express necessity or possibility. Words like must, should, can, will and may are all modal verbs.
This lesson lists out three main mistakes most learners make while learning these verbs. It also gives examples of both correct and incorrect usage of modal verbs.
After this lesson, test your abilities with this quiz and see if you understood the concepts correctly.
Phrasal Verbs: A New Way to Learn Them
What do these sentences have in common?
“The car broke down in the middle of the road.”
“The teacher asked Tom to turn off his phone.”
“I will drop off your book at your house today.”
All of them use phrasal verbs, a special type of phrase that includes a verb and preposition or adverb.
Phrasal verbs are usually very difficult for English learners. In this video lesson, Dawn Severenuk shares a very helpful tip that can remove the usual confusion.
Instead of trying to memorize every phrasal verb, Dawn suggests that you try and look at the prepositions and the adverbs. She notes that in every phrasal verb, the same verb can have a very different meaning depending on the sentence.
But the meanings of the adverbs and the prepositions usually remain the same in these phrasal verbs. For instance, the meaning of “up” in almost all phrasal verbs is related to finishing or completing something.
This easy technique will help all learners figure out the meaning of a phrasal verb and save a lot of time for beginners. If you’re still unsure about your ability, then you can try doing these phrasal verb exercises to test your skills.
Easy English Pronunciation Lessons
The connection between letters and sounds in English always seems mysterious to beginner English learners. It may seem like the rules of pronunciation are messy, but there are ways to determine what a word sounds like.
When you’re done with these lessons, it’s a good idea to practice pronunciation the natural way: By hearing native English speakers use the language and repeating it after them. For example, there’s plenty of content on FluentU that lets you hear English used naturally in authentic videos like movie clips, music videos, interviews, vlogs and more.
Follow along with accurate English subtitles and say the words out loud with the video. If you’re not sure how to pronounce a word, or what the word means, you can click on it right in the subtitles. This will show you the definition and example sentences, and let you hear the word’s audio pronunciation and other examples of the word in use through video clips.
Save any words that you want to practice further as a flashcard, then study your vocabulary list with interactive and personalized quizzes. If you get the iOS or Android app version of FluentU, you can even practice your pronunciation with speaking questions.
To get you started on the way to improved speaking skills, the lessons below will give you the basic knowledge you need about English pronunciation to start saying easy words correctly.
My Pronunciation Secret for Difficult Words
Do you often find yourself pronouncing English words the same way you’d pronounce them in your native language? Or do you find it hard to pick up the accent of native speakers even when you know that they sound different?
Most of these problems arise with all language learners. We’re just used to speaking in a certain way from our native language.
In this lesson, you’ll learn about a technique called backchaining that’s used by professional actors and language teachers. With backchaining, you pronounce the last sound of a word first and then keep moving forward.
This helps you understand the individual sounds of the word better. It also helps you get familiar with the common groups of sounds in English.
Learn English Like a Baby
Do you remember learning your native language? Probably not.
That’s because as children we pick up language automatically. This video explores how babies learn to speak a language, then lists three ways second language learners can imitate their success.
As the video shows, babies focus more on the stress and the feeling of the words first. This allows them to express and communicate in some way before even learning the proper words.
Babies also observe the movements of the mouth as others speak to them and constantly imitate.
This video will expand on these ideas to give you tactics for learning English the natural way—like a baby!
How to Pronounce Difficult Words in English
General strategies are good to keep in mind, but the main challenge is always to pronounce individual words.
This lesson presents seven words that are usually difficult for beginner learners. The instructor pronounces each one of them, focusing on the individual sounds and the stress.
This video gives you a good idea how English spelling relates to common patterns of pronunciation. These patterns occur throughout the language and this video is a good first step towards building up your advanced vocabulary.
How to Pronounce “Ough”
There’s no better example of the messiness of English pronunciation than this particular group of letters. The way you speak them changes with almost every word.
This video gives a nice summary of how and when the pronunciation changes. It also gives you plenty of examples that you can use in general vocabulary practice.
Rules to Pronounce Silent Letter Words with “B,” “C” and “D”
This is one of the most frustrating aspects of the English language for many learners. You spend hours learning the sounds and combinations of various letters. But then you discover that sometimes a letter is added to a word even though it’s meant to be ignored in pronunciation.
This lesson lists out some common rules you can use to figure out when the letters B, C and D are silent.
For example, B is generally silent when it’s at the end of a word, just after the letter M. Some examples are “crumb” or “bomb.”
Silent letters are so common in English because of the language’s history. Learning how to recognize their patterns now will make pronunciation much easier as you continue learning English.
Lessons on Exceptions to English Rules
The English language can take anyone by surprise. For every grammar rule, there’s almost always an exception.
This section is all about helping you be aware of the exceptions.
A/An: Exceptions to the Rule
“Mary offered Tom a banana. But Tom wanted an apple instead.”
I’m sure you’ve come across similar sentences before. The article “a” is used before words that start with consonants, but “an” is used before words that start with vowels.
…Most of the time.
This lesson will show you the exceptions to the rule above, which will help you sound like a more natural English speaker.
Stative Verbs in the Continuous Form
Do you know what stative verbs are?
Instead of describing actions (like to run) they describe emotions, relationships, thoughts and any other state of being.
Usually these words aren’t used in the continuous form (which are words that end with “-ing,” like running).
But sometimes stative verbs break this rule. The most common instance is in idioms or phrases. “It’s really weighing on my mind” is one such idiom. McDonald’s famous slogan “I’m lovin’ it” (lovin’ is short for loving) is another example.
This video will help you understand those types of exceptions and more.
Once you go through all these lessons and master the basics of English, don’t forget to check our other master list of advanced English lessons.
At the end of the day, regular practice is the only path towards fluency.
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