Fun Easy English Classroom January 1
 
 
 
 

Classroom
Today


Learn about New Years
resolutions and the
idiom lose weight
Happy New Year

Hey welcome to YOUR first day of Fun Easy English free classroom lessons. Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about New Year's resolutions. You will also learn the idiom lose weight. Visit the classroom every day, and at the end of this year, YOUR English will be perfect.
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Video: New Year's Resolutions
 
Video Script: New Year's Resolutions

Hi. In the classroom today you will learn a little about New Year’s Day and New Year's resolutions.

New Year's Day is the first day of the year.

On the modern calendar, it is celebrated on January 1st.

New Year's Day is often celebrated with fireworks.

Many people spend time thinking about the previous year.

Still other people think about changes to be made in the New Year.

These changes are called resolutions.

A resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to themselves.

These are a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.
  • Workout and get fit
  • Pay off debt and save money
  • Take a trip
  • Relax more
  • Get a better education
  • Get a better job
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Volunteer to help others
An important point to remember.

If you miss one day of your New Year’s resolution, don’t get discouraged.

Simply continue on with your resolution the next day.

Happy New Year.

Until next time.
Idiom: Lose Weight

Definition: reduce weight, become thinner
 
Video: Lose Weight
 
Video Script: Lose Weight

Hi. In the classroom today you will learn the idiom, lose weight.

When people go on a diet they typically say they are trying to LOSE WEIGHT.

Many non-native English speakers often use this idiom incorrectly.

They sometimes say they are trying to LOSE THEIR WEIGHT.

This means they are trying to lose all their weight which means they would weigh nothing and not exist.

This is obviously incorrect.

The correct way to say this idiom is you are trying to LOSE WEIGHT or you are trying to LOSE SOME WEIGHT.

The correct usage of idioms is extremely important in English.

Until next time.
 
Video: Lose Weight with Akira and Aleem
From YOUR Teacher: My Resolutions

Hey I thought since I am asking all of my students around the world to post their resolutions, it was only fair to post mine.

Get fit - I am working out every day including walking, jogging, hiking, mountain bike riding, and now farming.

Drink less alcohol - Yup I enjoy drinking wine with dinner and after but recently I am drinking a bit too much. I plan to reduce the amount of wine I drink every day.

Work on Fun Easy English - I am planning many new and exciting lessons for all my students around the world this year.
 
Survey: New Year's Resolutions

A new Year's resolution is a promise to yourself to make changes in the coming New Year. Many people use the New Year as a fresh beginning. A time to make personal changes resulting in a better year.
Pick your most important resolution on the survey below
and post a comment at the bottom of this page.
From YOUR Teacher: Please Post A New Years Greeting

PLEASE post a NEW YEARS GREETING for your Fun Easy English friends and post your NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS in the Facebook Comments section below. This is good reading and writing practice and fun for others to read.

Be sure to come back EVERY DAY for a new Fun Easy English lesson.

THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK with your English language studies.
 
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.
  • 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.
  • Today in History - Advanced Level. Important events which changed history in America and around the world. Great English reading practice.
Learning English
(Beginner - Listening)

January 1, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
 
Conversation Lesson Introduction

This is a collection of VOA conversation lessons for beginners. Each lesson has a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, writing activity, and new word section.
Introducing Let's Learn English

In this introduction meet Anna Matteo, the star of the show. She is from a small town. It is nice, but there is no good job for her. She goes to Washington DC. She wants to learn about Washington. You want to learn English. She wants to learn together with you.
Video Script

Anna: Hello, my name is Anna Matteo
Anna: I am from a small town
Anna: It is nice, but there is no good job for me.
Anna: Good-bye small town….and.
Anna: Hello Washington DC.
Anna: I want to learn about Washington.
Anna: You want to learn English.
Anna: Let's learn together.
 
Conversation Lesson 1 - Welcome!
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna moves to Washington, DC. She meets Pete at her new apartment. They fumble around a bit. There is a bit of confusion about the spelling of her name. Pete then welcomes Anna to her new apartment.
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
  • apartment - n. a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live. She lives in an apartment.
  • meet - v. to see and speak to someone for the first time. Pete meets Anna on the street.
  • new - adj. not known before; recently bought or rented. Anna has a new friend.
  • nice - adj. good and enjoyable . It is nice to see you.
  • street - n. a road in a city, town, or village. Anna lives on Irving Street.
  • try - v. to make an effort to do something. Please try to say it again.
  • welcome - interjection. used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place. Welcome to America!
Video Script

Pete: Hi! Are you Anna?
Anna: Yes! Hi there! Are you Pete?
Pete: I am Pete
Anna: Nice to meet you
Anna: Let's try that again. I'm Anna
Pete: I'm Pete. "Anna" Is that A-N-A?
Anna: No. A-N-N-A
Pete: Well, Anna with two "n's" ... Welcome to ... 1400 Irving Street!
Anna: My new apartment! Yes!
Listening

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

Watch the video and record yourself. Listen to yourself. Then listen to the video again.
Pronunciation

In careful speech, we say words with a small break. In everyday speech, the sounds come together with little or no break. Watch the video to learn about how the sounds change. Practice the example.
New Words
  • apartment - n. a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live. She lives in an apartment.
  • meet - v. to see and speak to someone for the first time. Pete meets Anna on the street.
  • new - adj. not known before; recently bought or rented. Anna has a new friend.
  • nice - adj. good and enjoyable . It is nice to see you.
  • street - n. a road in a city, town, or village. Anna lives on Irving Street.
  • try - v. to make an effort to do something. Please try to say it again.
  • welcome - interjection. used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place. Welcome to America!
Activity

Introduce yourself in the Facebook Comments section below. Do the activity and learn the alphabet and numbers. 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
 
Today in History
(Advanced - Reading)

January 1, 1892

Important events which changed history in America and around the world. Read the following story. Use the Online Reference window below to look up any words you do not know. This is great English reading practice.

Picture: Inspection Room, Ellis Island, New York, N.Y. between 1900 and 1915. Detroit Publishing Company. Prints & Photographs Division.
“Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free”

On January 1, 1892, a fifteen-year old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first of the more than twelve million immigrants who would pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station in its sixty-two years of operation. This small island off the New Jersey coast in the New York Harbor lies in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Together, these two landmarks have welcomed millions of immigrants to America.

Immigrants who had just completed their journeys across the Atlantic Ocean would dock at Ellis Island, where they disembarked. The passengers were screened by doctors for obvious physical ailments and by officers who reviewed their legal documents. If they were in reasonably good health and their papers were in order, immigrants were allowed into the United States within a few hours of their arrival.
Source: Library of Congress
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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