Fun Easy English Classroom January 11


Introduction to
writing the English
Writing the English Alphabet Introduction

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you will learn a little about writing the English alphabet in manuscript and cursive. You will also learn the ABC Song. Why am I teaching the ABC Song in an adult classroom? After teaching English in Japan for many years I realized this song was being taught incorrectly. Different words and different rhythm.
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Alphabet: Writing the English Alphabet Introduction

Knowing the correct way to write the English alphabet in manuscript and cursive is extremely important. Being able to recognize and write both manuscript and cursive will make it easier for you to understand, not only printed material, but handwritten information as well. It also feels pretty good if people think your handwriting is beautiful.
English alphabet written in manuscript

Writing style used in printing and electronic communications.

Easy to read since the letters are separated.

Generally slow style of writing.
English alphabet written in cursive

Any style of handwriting which is designed for quickly writing down notes and letters by hand.

Can be easy or difficult to read depending on the skill of the writer.

Cursive is generally faster to write than manuscript.
Video: Writing the English Alphabet Introduction
Video: Alphabet ABC Song Information
Video Script: Alphabet ABC Song Information

Hi. In the classroom today you will learn the ABC Song.

The ABC Song is an alphabet song.

An alphabet song is any song used to teach children the alphabet, used in kindergartens, pre-schools and homes around the world.

The ABC Song is one of the best known English language alphabet songs, especially in the United States.

The song was first copyrighted in 1835 by the Boston based music publisher Charles Bradlee.

The theme is that used by Mozart for his piano variations commonly recognizable as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

The lyrics of the ABC Song are as follows.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G, (the comma denotes a short pause)

H-I-J-K-LMNOP, (l-m-n-o spoken twice as quickly as rest of the rhyme)

Q-R-S, T-U-V, (pause between s and t)

W-X, Y and Z, (pause between x and y)

Now I know my ABCs, next time won't you sing with me?

Until next time.
Video: Alphabet ABC Song
Sing the ABC Song,
Watch and sing along with the following video using the words to the ABC Song as shown above in the video script. (music only)
From YOUR Teacher: Learning the English Alphabet

Most American kids begin learning the English alphabet between 2 and 3 years old. They usually begin reading between 3 and 4 years old.
Alphabet: Writing the English Alphabet for Kids

Write the English Alphabet with Akira and Aleem.
Hi. We are Akira and Aleem.
Nice to meet you.
We will teach you the ABC's.
Now, let's learn something about Akira and Aleem.
Hi. My name is Akira.
I am from a small town in Japan.
I am an English language student.
I am studying English in the
United States of America.
My favorite letter is A because
there are 2 A's in my name.
Hi. My name is Aleem.
I am from a small town in India.
I am an English language student.
I am studying English in the
United States of America.
My favorite letter is E because
there are 2 E's in my name.
Fun Easy English Alphabet Writing Lessons For Kids
Video: Writing the English Alphabet for Kids
Flashcards: Alphabet
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.
  • Today in History - Advanced Level. Important events which changed history in America and around the world. Great English reading practice.
60 Second News

January 11, 2019
(Beginner - Listening, Reading)

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)

January 11, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
Conversation Lesson 11 - This Is My Neighborhood
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna has many things to do. She needs to go to the library, post office, bank, and store. Marsha helps her find these places in their neighborhood.
Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hello! DC is a city for walking. In our neighborhood, I can do all my errands. Marsha, before we get ice cream, I need to return three books to the library. Where is the library?
Marsha: It is on this street on the corner.
Anna: Awesome!
Marsha: Let's go!
Anna: Marsha, I can return the books here.
Marsha: Anna, what are those in the books?
Anna: Marsha, these are letters to my family and friends back home … four letters! Is there a post office near here?
Marsha: Um, no. The post office is far from here. But there is a mailbox across from the store.
Anna: Awesome! Let’s go!
(At the mailbox)
Anna: Marsha, now I need to buy stamps.
Marsha: Do you have cash?
Anna: No. Is there a bank near here?
Marsha: There is a bank behind you.
Anna: Thanks, Marsha. You know our neighborhood so well.
Anna: Now I have cash. I can buy stamps.
Marsha: That store sells stamps.
Anna: Wait here.
Anna: I have stamps.
Marsha: Wow, you’re fast.
Anna: Thank you, thank you letters, for sending my words… my love … to my family and friends -
Marsha: Do you have more cash?
Anna: I do!
Marsh and Anna: Ice cream!!
Anna: I love my new neighborhood! Everything is near our apartment! Even hair salons*, and ice cream!
Anna: Until next time!

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

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to thank someone for giving you help.

In this video, you ​learn to show strong feelings by saying words slower and louder.
New Words
  • bank - n. a business where people keep their money, borrow money, etc., or the building where such a business operates
  • buy - v. to get (something) by paying money for it
  • cash - n. money in the form of coins and bills
  • corner - n. the place where two streets or roads meet
  • errand - n. a short journey that you take to do or get something
  • fast - adj. moving or able to move quickly
  • get - v. to obtain (something)
  • ice cream - n. a frozen food containing sweetened and flavored cream
  • library - n. place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow
  • mailbox - n. a public box in which letters and packages are placed to be collected and sent out
  • post office - n. a building where the mail for a local area is sent and received
  • return - v. to bring, give, send, or take (something) to the place that it came from or the place where it should go
  • sell - v. to exchange (something) for money
  • send - v. to cause (a letter, an e-mail, a package, etc.) to go or to be carried from one place or person to another
  • stamp - n. a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it
  • store - n. a building or room where things are sold

Where do you do errands in your neighborhood? Write about three places you go in your neighborhood. Write about them in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. 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 11, 1755

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: Birthplace of [Alexander] Hamilton, Island of Nevis, B.W.I. Keystone View Co., 1905. Stereograph Cards. Prints & Photographs Division
Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary of the United States, was born on January 11 in either 1755 or 1757, on the Caribbean island of Nevis in the British West Indies. Hamilton claimed 1757 as his birth year, but probate papers recorded shortly after his mother’s death indicate that 1755 is the correct year. Hamilton was born out of wedlock and his father abandoned the family in 1765. His mother died in 1768, leaving him an orphan at a young age.

Despite his impoverished childhood, Hamilton was hard-working and dreamed of military glory. In 1769, while employed as a clerk at a trading company on St. Croix, Hamilton wrote a letter to his friend Edward Stevens that captures his restless drive and ambition.

Hamilton’s life changed forever when his account of a destructive hurricane was published in St. Croix’s Royal Danish American Gazette in 1772. Impressed by Hamilton’s writing talents, the local business community raised money to send him to America to be educated.

In 1773, Hamilton studied at the Elizabethtown Academy, a college preparatory school in New Jersey, and then enrolled at King’s College (now Columbia University). As a student he became involved in the revolutionary cause and spoke out against British rule at rallies. He also published two influential pamphlets: A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress and The Farmer Refuted.

Hamilton left school before graduating and was appointed captain in a New York artillery company in 1776. The following year he was appointed aide-de-camp to George Washington with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and became one of Washington’s most trusted aides throughout the Revolutionary War. Still, Hamilton dreamed of glory on the battlefield and resigned his staff position in 1781. Later that year he was finally rewarded by Washington with a field command at the Battle of Yorktown, where he led a heroic assault on a British redoubt.

In December 1780, Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler, the daughter of Philip Schuyler. Hamilton was then associated with one of New York’s wealthiest and most distinguished families, giving him social status and political connections that would further advance his career. After serving for a year as a delegate in the Continental Congress, he resigned in 1783 and, having trained himself in the law, opened a successful law practice in New York City.

Frustrated by the weak central government under the Articles of Confederation, Hamilton attended the Annapolis Convention in 1786, which led to the Constitutional Convention the following year in Philadelphia. Hamilton went on to serve as a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention, where he delivered a six-hour speech in favor of a strong national government. After the convention, he joined forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays urging ratification of the Constitution. Known as the Federalist Papers or The Federalist, these eighty-five essays are considered one of the most important sources for understanding and interpreting the original intent of the Constitution.

After the formation of the new government in 1789, President George Washington selected Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury. Confirmed by the Senate on September 11, 1789, Hamilton made his first order of business the creation of a financial plan for the nation. He proposed that the federal government assume state debts incurred during the American Revolution. This proposal led to a contentious debate in Congress, until a compromise was worked out with Congressman James Madison and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. In exchange for locating the new capital on the Potomac River, Madison agreed not to block Hamilton’s debt plan.

Hamilton’s proposal for a national bank also caused sharp disagreements within President Washington’s Cabinet. Hamilton argued that the implied powers granted by the Constitution allowed for the bank’s creation. In opposition, Jefferson believed that creating a national bank exceeded the powers of the federal government as expressed in the Constitution. Washington eventually sided with Hamilton’s position and the First Bank of the United States was chartered on February 25, 1791.

Hamilton resigned as treasury secretary in 1795 and returned to his law practice in New York City. Although retired from government, Hamilton served as the de facto head of the Federalist Party throughout the John Adams administration. In 1798, Hamilton was appointed inspector general of the army with rank of major general during the Quasi-War with France.

In 1800, Hamilton attempted to thwart the reelection of President John Adams by supporting Charles Cotesworth Pinckney as the Federalist alternative. When the presidential election of 1800 ended in a tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr, the contest was thrown to the House of Representatives. Hamilton, believing that Burr lacked fixed principles and was too ambitious to be president, worked behind the scenes to end the deadlock in Jefferson’s favor, despite their longstanding political rivalry.

After Hamilton actively opposed Burr’s candidacy in the New York gubernatorial election of 1804, Burr challenged him to a duel. Blaming Hamilton for his defeat, Burr accused Hamilton of publicly insulting him during the campaign. On July 11, 1804, on the heights of Weehawken, New Jersey, Hamilton was mortally wounded by Burr.
Source: Library of Congress
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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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