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Use these pages to get started learning English. Basic English grammar, vocabulary and lessons include all you need to start learning English from the very beginning.

Asking for Things
Guide to common phrases used for asking and requesting things in English for English learners and classes.

Personal Descriptions
This lesson focuses on learning how to write personal descriptions about yourself and others. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing personal descriptions.

Starting a Conversation - Top Ten Questions
Here are ten questions that will help beginning level learners of English when starting a conversation. Each question is followed by a number of questions to continue the conversation.

How Speak English?
The phrase 'how speak English' is incorrect, but often used. Correct phrases include: How can I learn to speak English? How can I learn English? Begin learning English correctly with these phrases.

Basic English Lessons for Beginning English Learners
20 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. Use this gallery as a great way to study the basics in one easy to use area of the site. Each English lesson provides basic information and is followed by a short quiz to test your understanding.

Free Beginning English E-mail Course
Sign up (or sign your students up) for this beginning level course. You will receive an e-mail each week. Each lesson contains an introduction and links to learning materials on the site. The course makes for an excellent introduction to the basics of English.

Spelling Rules in English
This guide to spelling focuses on the most common rules used when spelling in English including rules on capitalization, adding suffixes and common endings.

What are pronouns?
Here is a guide to the four basic types of pronouns: subject, object, possessive and demonstrative. This overview provides a simple introduction for beginners or a quick review for other level students.

This, That, These, Those, Here and There
Learn how to use this, that, these, those, here and there to indicate one or more items and their location.

Some or Any?
Any and some are used to refer to both countable and uncountable objects. Learn when to use "some" and "any" - and "some" and "any" words such as something, anywhere, somebody, etc. in positive, negative statements and questions.

Present Simple Tense
What do you do every day? The present simple to speak about what we do everyday. In other words, use the present simple to speak about habbits. Learn the rules and practice the present simple.

Question Words
Beginning level guide to the use of question words in English. Each question word is explained and provides examples. The guide is followed by a quiz checking your understanding.

Prepositions - The Basics of Time and Place
Janet was born on the 12th of January in Boston at 6.15 p.m. In, at and on are common prepositions that are used with times and places. Learn the rules to use these prepositions correctly.

Much or Many?
 "How much...?" and "How many ...?" are used to ask about quantity. The choice between the two depends on wether the object is countable or uncountable. Learn the rules to these two important questions.

in / at / on - prepositions of time and date
Learn when to use in, on or at with times such as the hours of the day, days of the week, months or year. 

in / at / on - prepositions of place
In, on and at are used with places. Learn when to use in with cities, states and regions, at with places in a city and on with surfaces. 

in / at / on - prepositions of place and movement
In, on and at are used when something doesn't move. To is used when something moves to another place. Learn the rules of these common prepositions.

Be - Quiz
The verb 'to be' is one of the most important in English. Test your understanding of the verb 'to be' with this quiz.

Be - present - Hello! My name is Ken
Introduction to the verb 'to be' in the present incluing basic questions and conversations as well as a chart to help you learn the correct form.

Be - past - Where were you yesterday ?
Introduction to the verb 'to be' in the past with this conversation and chart. There's a short quiz to check your understanding of 'was' and 'were'.

He drives carefully. In this sentence 'carefully' is an adverb. Adverbs describe how, when or where we do something. Learn how to use adverbs in English.

He is a careful driver. In this sentence 'careful' is an adjective. Adjectives describe nouns or objects and often used with the verb 'to be'. 

A, An, The
"A, An, The" are called the definite and indefinite articles in English. They are used with nouns. Learn how to use these articles in English.

ABCs Song
The ABCs are also called the alphabet. It's important to know your alphabet to spell correctly in English. Great for children, learn the ABCs by singing along with this popular ABC song!

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