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Be Verbs - Is / Am / Are (Lesson Plan)
Beginner ESL students can hear two people speaking natural English using the be verb: am, is, are. Recommended study plan:
- Watch the video
- Take the quiz
- Listen again and read the script
- Learn the grammar with the notes
Aimee: So Todd, where are you from?
Todd: I am from the U.S., I am from San Francisco. It's on the west coast.
Aimee: And what do you do?
Todd: I'm an English teacher. Also, I create Elllo. I work on Elllo a lot.
Aimee: Okay. How old are you?
Todd: I am 47. Yeah. I am old.
Aimee: No. That's not old. Who is your best friend?
Todd: My best friend is Don, he is a teacher too. He lives in America.
Aimee: And are you married?
Todd: No, I am not married. I am still single.
Aimee: Where is your mum from?
Todd: My mom is from California, she is from Los Angeles.
Aimee: And what does she do?
Todd: She is a manager, she works in a clothing store.
Aimee: Where is your dad from?
Todd: My dad is from San Francisco. He is not from Los Angeles, but he met my mother in Los Angeles.
Aimee: And what does he do?
Todd: He is also a manager, he works for a tree cutting company. They cut trees.
Aimee: Wow. That sounds exciting.
Todd: Yeah, cool job.
Aimee: Is it dangerous?
Todd: It is, a little dangerous. A little. And Aimee, what about you? Where are you from?
Aimee: I'm from Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland in the United Kingdom.
Todd: Nice. And what do you do?
Aimee: I'm also a teacher.
Todd: Nice. What do you teach?
Aimee: I teach English.
Todd: Oh, me too.
Aimee: It's fun, isn't it?
Todd: It is. It is very fun. Excuse me, can I ask, how old are you?
Aimee: Of course, you can ask. I'm 34.
Todd: Okay. Very young. Very young. Where is your mom from?
Aimee: My mum is also from Glasgow.
Todd: Oh, nice. What does she do?
Aimee: Well, she's retired now, but she was a nurse.
Todd: Oh nice. And is your dad from Glasgow?
Aimee: Yes, he is.
Todd: What does he do?
Aimee: He's also retired, but he used to be a teacher.
Todd: Oh wow. Many teachers.
Aimee: Yes. Looks like it.
Todd: Well, thanks Aimee. Nice talking to you.
Aimee: You too, Todd.
Be Verbs (am, is, are) Simple Present
- I am a teacher.
- You are a student.
- He is a nice man.
- She is very smart.
- I am American.
- I am not tired.
- I'm happy. (am = 'm)
- I'm not sad. (am = 'm)
- You are a student.
- You are not a teacher.
- You're a nice person. (are = 're)
- You're not late. (are not = 're not)
- You aren't late. (are not = aren't)
- She is my friend.
- She is not my sister.
- She's very smart. (is = 's)
- She's not here. (is not = 's not)
- She isn't here. (is not = isn't)
- He is my friend.
- He is not my brother.
- He's very smart. (is = 's)
- He's not here. (is not = 's not)
- He isn't here. (is not = isn't)
- It is cold today.
- It is not warm.
- It's easy. (is = 's)
- It's not hard (is not = 's not)
- It isn't hard. (is not = isn't)
- They are my friends.
- They are not from here.
- They're nice people.(are = 're)
- They're not my shoes. (are not = 're not)
- They aren't my shoes. (are not = aren't)
- We are here.
- We are not late.
- We're good friends. (are = 're)
- We're not busy. (are not = 're not)
- We aren't busy. (are not = aren't)