Be Verbs (Lesson Plan)
Beginner ESL students can hear real people speaking natural English using Be verbs in the simple present. Recommended study plan:
- Watch the video
- Take the quiz
- Listen again and read the script
- Learn the grammar with the notes
Todd: Hey Aimee, how are you today?
Aimee: I'm good, thanks Todd. And you?
Todd: I'm good. Pretty good. Let's talk about your favorite things.
Todd: What is your favorite food?
Aimee: Ooh! My favorite food is avocado.
Aimee: How about you?
Todd: My favorite food is pizza, I think. I love pizza.
Aimee: Oh, me too!
Todd: It's so good.
Aimee: It's so delicious.
Aimee: And what is your favorite movie?
Todd: Well, my favorite movie is Star Wars.
Todd: I know. And you? What is your favorite movie?
Aimee: Well, I do love Star Wars too, but my favorite movie Ferris Beuller's Day Off.
Todd: Ooh! I like that movie a lot. Very good. Very good. So I was in high school the same time as the movie
Aimee: Were you?
Todd: So cool. Who is your favorite actor?
Aimee: My favorite actor is Jean Reno.
Todd: Hmm, the Frenchmen.
Aimee: Yes. Yes, he's French, but he's been in a lot of American movies too.
Todd: Yeah, I like the movie Leon.
Aimee: Love it!
Todd: It's very cool.
Aimee: Yes, I agree. How about you?
Todd: My favorite actor is Brad Pitt, so I like Brad Pitt a lot.
Aimee: He's great.
Todd: Yeah, he is good.
Aimee: Very talented.
Todd: Ah, who ... I'm sorry ... what is your favorite season?
Aimee: My favorite season is probably Spring. I think. It's ... the cool of winter has passed and it's not too hot yet, so I think Spring. How about you? What's your favorite season?
Todd: Oh, my favorite season is the Fall or Autumn. I love the Fall. I love the colors. It is not hot. It is not cold, and they are many holidays, and my birthday is in the Fall.
Aimee: They are great reasons to love Autumn.
Todd: So, when is your birthday?
Aimee: Actually, my birthday is also in Autumn. My birthday is in October.
Todd: Oh, wow! Me too. My birthday is also in October. What day?
Aimee: And you?
Todd: The second. Cool! So next year let's have a birthday party together.
Todd: October birthday party.
Aimee: Good idea.
Todd: So what is your favorite city?
Aimee: My favorite city is probably Osaka.
Todd: Oh, in Japan.
Aimee: Yes, yes. So far. Yes, Osaka is very noisy and colorful and the people are very open and talkative, so I really enjoy Osaka.
Aimee: How about you? What's your favorite city?
Todd: I think my favorite city is Barcelona.
Aimee: Ooh, in Spain.
Todd: Yeah, it's very nice.
Aimee: It is.
Todd: It's warm. It's beautiful. The food is delicious.
Todd: People are nice.
Todd: But it's expensive.
Todd: A little bit.
Todd: But Osaka is expensive.
Aimee: That's true.
Todd: Very expensive.
Todd: OK, thanks.
Aimee: Thanks, Todd.
- I am a teacher.
- I am not a student.
- I'm 47.
- I'm not young.
- You are a student.
- You are not a teacher.
- You're early.
- You're not late.
- She is a doctor.
- She is not a nurse.
- She's tall.
- She's not short. / She isn't short.
- He is married.
- She is not single.
- He's smart.
- He's not stupid. / He isn't stupid
- It is hot.
- It is not cold.
- It's difficult.
- It's not easy. / It isn't easy.
- They are friends.
- They are not family.
- They're happy.
- They're not upset. / They aren't upset.
- We are from England.
- We are not American.
- We're here!
- We're not ready. / We aren't ready.