Fun Easy English Classroom February 12
 
 
 
 

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Learn American
English idioms
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letter A
Idioms Letter A

Today in the classroom you are going to learn some idioms beginning with the letter A.
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Idioms: American English Idioms - Letter A

Today learn 10 idioms beginning with the letter A.
Idiom Definition Usage
about time more than long enough It's about time that you returned that book to me.
absent minded forgetful She is really absent minded.
according to Hoyle Strictly by the rules According to Hoyle, you are not allowed to enter this room.
across the board which included everyone The employees received a salary increase across the board.
add up be reasonable His excuse didn't seem to add up.
ahead of time early We started the meeting ahead of time.
air one's dirty laundry reveal his embarrassing secrets She began to air his dirty laundry at the party.
all along the entire time I knew you were seeing someone else all along.
all at once Suddenly All at once, the fans rushed onto the field.
all day long the entire day She has been waiting for the mail to arrive all day long.
From YOUR Teacher: About Time

This idiom is used most often when referring to someone who is late in doing something. It's about time you showed up (arrived), the food is getting cold.
 
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • 60 Second News - Beginner Level. A one minute video of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening and reading practice. News stories are posted on weekdays only.
  • Learning English - Beginner Level. A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
60 Second News
(Beginner - Listening, Reading)

February 12, 2019

A one minute video of recent world news.
Great reading and listening practice.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
News stories are posted on weekdays only.
 
Learning English
(Beginner - Listening)

February 12, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
 
Conversation Lesson 43 - Time for Plan B
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna lost her wallet and needs to go to her class. She is calling her friends to get help. Who will help her find money for the train?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hey there! Tonight, I am teaching my ukulele class. It is far away. So, I am going to ride the Metro. Oh, no! I lost my wallet! It has my Metro card, my credit card and my money! Oh, no!
Anna: It's times like this I remember my father’s important words. He said, “Anna, never … ” No wait, “Always have emergency money.” .” (Anna pulls an envelope out of her bag and looks inside) It's empty. Time for Plan B. ‘Extra Emergency Money.’ (Anna pulls another envelope out of her bag and looks inside)
Anna: No! It's empty too! Anna, it's time for Plan C.
Anna: Hi, Marsha!
Marsha: Hi Anna. What’s up?
Anna: I’m stuck downtown without any money. Would you be able to come downtown? Please?
Marsha: Anna, I can’t. I’m too busy. I have to give a big presentation in one hour. Sorry!
Anna: That's ok. Good luck with your presentation!
Marsha: Thanks!
Anna: Time for Plan D.
Anna: Hi, Jonathan! How’s it going?
Jonathan: Hey, Anna. Things are great. What’s up?
Anna: Well, I was wondering if you could give me some money.
Jonathan: What?
Anna: See, I lost my wallet and I’m stuck downtown and I --
Jonathan: Anna, I wish I could. I'm at the airport with my mother. Her flight leaves in two hours.
Anna: That’s okay. Tell your Mom to have a nice trip!
Jonathan: I do wish I could help. Thanks.
Anna: 'Bye.
Anna: This is serious. Time for … Plan E.
Ashley: Hello.
Anna: Hi, Ashley! What are you doing?
Ashley: Oh! Hi Anna!
Anna: (Anna hears a child crying through the phone.) Ashley, I was wondering, uh, would you be able to come downtown? And could you give me $20?
Ashley: Anna, I can’t.
Anna: I’ll pay you back the money. I promise.
Ashley: Anna, I’m not worried about the money. I’m babysitting. (off-camera to niece) That was very, very, bad!
Anna: Well, losing your wallet is bad, but it's not the end of the world, Ashley.
Ashley: I was talking to my niece, Anna.
Anna: Well, thanks anyway, Ashley!
Ashley: Good luck getting money.
Anna: Good luck babysitting!
Ashley: Thanks.
Anna: Well, Plans A, B, C, D and E did not work. Think, Anna, think. Time for Plan F.
Anna: (singing) Won't you give, could -- Thank you very much, sir! -- would you give me money, won't you give -- Thank you very much! -- could you give, won't you give me money -- until next time! -- won't you give me money?
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Speaking

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about using modal verbs, like "would" and "could," to ask for help politely.
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about using informal pronunciation with "what are you" and "would you."
New Words
  • airport - n. a place where aircraft land and take off and where there are buildings for passengers to wait in and for aircraft to be sheltered
  • babysit - v. to take care of a child while the child's parents are away
  • could - modal verb. used in speech to make a polite request or suggestion
  • downtown - adv. to, toward, or in the main or central part of a city or town
  • emergency - n. an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action
  • empty - adj. containing nothing
  • flight - n. a journey on an airplane
  • presentation - n. an activity in which someone shows, describes, or explains something to a group of people
  • wallet - n. a small folding case that holds paper money or credit cards
  • without - prep. not having or including (something)
  • wonder- v. to have interest in knowing or learning something
  • worried - adj. feeling or showing fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen
  • would - modal verb. used to ask a polite question or to make a polite request, offer, or invitation
Activity

In this lesson, Anna needs help from a friend. Did you ever have a problem that a friend helped you to solve? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using what you know to make polite requests and excuses. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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