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.
  • 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.
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
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.