Hello and welcome to English today. My name is Louise and I will be your English teacher.

Now, with
this new multimedia course you really will learn the English language and you’ll have fun. Learning
English with English today is easy , just like watching television : now , in every DVD you will see
some programs led by our presenter Lucy Ross and Eric Brown about cinema , music ,sport , the
weather , travel , as well as cooking and the news just like the real TV network! And along with this
programs you can also enjoy a story ‘that’s life’; which tell the adventures of five young flatmates.
Now , in each TV programs there will also be an English language lesson : we’ll take you to
through a full immersion course , which will help you learn the language step by step , in an
enjoyable and stimulating way. A really innovative method where you are at the centre of the
learning process. So , are you ready to look at today’s program?
Now , in this DVD you’ll see three episodes of our story ‘that’s life!’ and then two specials TV
programs. The first ‘welcome to the team’, the second , an interview about the famous star , George
Clooney. Then after , in the grammar section , we’ll study the verb ‘to be’ , question words , the
alphabet and possessive adjectives , ok ? well , enjoy your study and have fun ! bye.

Hello again! Now we’re going to watch our story ‘That’s life! ‘And this story is about five young
people from different countries, from Canada, from Australia, from England and from America. Now
they meet and become friends and all sorts of different situations develop over a period of time, and
they will use the language that we are going to learn here, in this live TV studio. This is where we are
going to do out lessons together. So let’s go and join them now, in the first episode of ‘That’s life! ‘
And I’ll see you later, bye!
Jack : Hello. I’m Jack.
Anne : Hello! My name’s Anne.
Jack : Nice to meet you.
Anne : It’s a pleasure.
Jack : So, this is the house… It’s really beautiful!
Anne : Yes, it is. But… but it’s very difficult to keep clean…
Jack : Sorry… not a good start…
Anne : Don’t worry…
Jack : Your accent is very clear. Where are you from?
Anne : I’m from Oxford.
Jack : Wow! Oxford! 100% English!
Anne : 100% English! Yes… and you are American, is that right?
Jack : Yes, but my family is from Italy, Bologna.

Anne : Oh! Italy is wonderful! My sister is in Italy at the moment…
Jack : Where?
Anne : She’s in Rome, studying Italian painters. She’s really happy. Italians are so friendly.
- Oh… That’s Alice… She is also part of the ‘family’.
Jack : Oh, it’s nice to meet you Alice!
Alice : So this is Jack, the new flatmate.
Anne : Yes, and he is from…
Alice: Nice to meet you, Jack… I’m from Sidney, in Australia, and you… are… a Capricorn!
Jack : Yes! Amazing! I come from America. I’m from New York!
Alice : Wow, the Big Apple!
Jack : Yes… Okay… Ehm… can I put my things in the bedroom?
Alice : Let me help you! Hey… this is nice!
Jack : I’m glad you like it. It’s a Mexican hat! You look great!
Alice : And what is this?
Jack : It’s an African mask!
Alice : Is it magic ?
Jack : yes , but look at this……a bottle of Italian wine. Do you like wine?


Did you see the first part of our story , ‘That’s life! Was it difficult? Don’t worry, it’s always
difficult at the beginning. Now, let’s do our first lesson: The verb ‘to be’. Listen to me carefully: I’m
Louise, I’m English, I’m from Cambridge, and I’m your teacher. You… you’re my student, and you’re
here to learn the English language and you’re very intelligent, I’m sure. He… let’s look he , he… he is
my boyfriend. He’s Mexican, he’s a jazz musician, and he’s very good-looking. She… she yes, she is
my puppy, she’s Zukie , she’s a Jack Russell Terrier , and she’s lovely , Zukie… she. Now, it… yes… it’s
a hat, it’s a big hat , it’s a Japanese hat. Ok? Now, we, we’re team, and we’re here to learn the
language together, and you, you’re my students. They… let’s see… they! They are… they’re my CDs,
they’re music CDs and they’re very expensive!
Now, in every lesson that we do together, we will have a moment like now when I go in this
position , and we will work with a screen. Let’s look at that. The screen. Now, this is a moment when
we focus on the grammar . So, all the things that I said then, had the verb ‘to be’. So, let’s look at
the verb ‘to be’. Here we are!




Now, when we speak in English, we contract the form so that ‘I am’ becomes ‘I’m',
‘you are’ becomes ‘you’re’, ‘he is’ becomes ‘he’s',she is… she’s, it is… it’s, we are… we’re,
You are… you’re, they are… they’re.
Ok? So, they’re is quite a difficult pronunciation… they’re…they are… they’re.
Now, let’s look at the sentences:
I’m your teacher, you’re my student,he’s good-looking, she’s a puppy, it’s a Japanese hat,
we’re a team, you’re interested, and they’re very good.
Now, in our story ‘That’s life! ‘ there were some phrases using the verb ‘to be’.
For example:
Anne said : I’m Anne, I’m from Oxford.
And then Alice said: You’re a Capricorn, you’re American.
Other examples were:He’s from New York, she’s really happy,it’s a Mexican hat, it’s an African
mask,it’s really beautiful, Italy’s wonderful,we’re flatmates, you’re students,and they’re so friendly.
Ok?
Now, that’s the verb ‘to be’. Be careful with the pronunciation you’re,we’re, they’re.
Now, you’re going to see the firs tepisode of ‘That’s life! ‘ again, but this time listen very carefully
and see if you can recognise all the parts of the verb ‘to be’. Alright? And then I’ll see you later,ok?
Bye!

I am - I’m - I’m your teacher

you are - you’re - you’re my student

he is - he’s - he’s good-looking

she is - she’s - she’s a puppy

it is - it’s - it’s a Japanese hat

we are - we’re - we’re a team

you are - you’re - you’re interested

they are - they’re - they’re very good


Jack : Hello. I’m Jack.
Anne : Hello! My name’s Anne.
Jack : Nice to meet you.
Anne : It’s a pleasure.
Jack : So, this is the house… It’s really beautiful!
Anne : Yes, it is. But… but it’s very difficult to keep clean…
Jack : Sorry… not a good start…
Anne : Don’t worry…
Jack : Your accent is very clear. Where are you from?
Anne : I’m from Oxford.
Jack : Wow! Oxford! 100% English!
Anne : 100% English! Yes… and you are American, is that right?
Jack : Yes, but my family is from Italy, Bologna.
Anne : Oh! Italy is wonderful! My sister is in Italy at the moment…
Jack : Where?
Anne : She’s in Rome, studying Italian painters. She’s really happy. Italians are so friendly.
- Oh… That’s Alice… She is also part of the ‘family’.
Jack : Oh, it’s nice to meet you Alice!
Alice : So this is Jack, the new flatmate.
Anne : Yes, and he is from…
Alice: Nice to meet you, Jack… I’m from Sidney, in Australia, and you… are… a Capricorn!
Jack : Yes! Amazing! I come from America. I’m from New York!
Alice : Wow, the Big Apple!
Jack : Yes… Okay… Ehm… can I put my things in the bedroom?
Alice : Let me help you! Hey… this is nice!
Jack : I’m glad you like it. It’s a Mexican hat! You look great!
Alice : And what is this?

Jack : It’s an African mask! But look at this……a bottle of Italian wine.
Do you like wine?

Hello again! Was that a bit easier? Yeah? Good! Now let’s continue with our lesson about the verb
‘to be’, but this time we’re going to study the negative form. So, listen to me again.

I’m not English, I’m Welsh. You know Wales? Wales? Scotland, England, Wales? I’m Welsh. And I’m
not a teacher,I’m a singer. You know a singer?But don’t worry. Don’t worry. Now… you aren’t fluent
in English,yet… you aren’t fluent, but you will be. Now, he… my boyfriend: He isn’t rich, he isn’t
famous, and he isn’t tall…but he’s still wonderful.…she… yes. She isn’t a pedigree and she isn’t very
obedient, but she’s smashing. It… well, this hat. It isn’t very practical, isn’t very practical, is it?
Now, we aren’t friends yet,but we will become friends. So we aren’t. They… those… they,
they aren’t English music. And they aren’t cheap. Ok?
So those are examples of the verb ‘to be’ in the negative. And now it’s time to move
to our language screen, where we can study the grammar together. Now, like in the positive form,
we have a contraction in the negative.
Let’s look at the negative!
‘I am not’, ‘you are not’, ‘he is not’, ‘she is not’, ‘it is not’, ‘we are not’, ‘you are not’, ‘they are not’.
Now, to contract those when we speak we say: ‘I’m not English’, ‘you aren’t',
you see that? ‘Aren’t'… ‘are not’… ‘aren’t'…difficult pronunciation… ‘you aren’t worried’,
‘he isn’t famous’,‘she isn’t obedient’, ‘it isn’t comfortable’,‘we aren’t relatives’,‘you aren’t fluent’,
and ‘they aren’t cheap’.
So, the difficult here is the pronunciation of ‘are not’, which is ‘aren’t’. Ok? ‘Aren’t’. Good!
So, that’s the negative of the verb ‘to be’ and now it’s time to go back to our story ‘That’s life! ‘.
And I’ll see you soon. Bye!
Trio : Cheers!
Alice : Uhm… This wine is very good!
Anne : Uhm… Yes, it’s really good! Uhm… by the way, you are very lucky. Look, it’s raining now.
Jack : Yes, I am lucky.
Anne : Uhm, that’s my photo album there. The pictures of all my friends are in here.
Jack : Oh, that’s interesting! Show me.

Anne : So, this is Mary. She’s from Ireland. Her mother and father are Greek.
Jack : Her parents are from Greece ?
Anne : Yes, they are Greek. They’re from Athens.
Jack : Oh, and who’s that?
Anne : That’s Alice!
Jack : No, that’s not Alice…
Alice : Yes, it is! After a party… a Halloween party…
Jack : That’s funny. And… oh… and who are they?
Anne : That’s Sharon and Peter, they live in the flat near here. They’re good friends.
Jack : She’s very pretty…
Hi again, and how are you? Now, in the last part of ‘That’s life! ‘ Did you hear nationalities
and countries? Because that’s what we’re studying now: Nationalities and countries. And to help me
do this, I’m going to use my CDs. Let’s have a look.
Now, Brazilian samba… fantastic! This is from Brazil, the Brazilian samba! What about this…
Spanish flamenco! This is Spanish flamenco from Spain. Next one: Irish folk music, very interesting…
Irish folk music from Ireland. Next: Italian opera, from Italy. Cool American jazz from America. And
here we have French romantic music from France. And then, unusual Chinese music, unusual
Chinese music from China.
So, those were nationalities and countries. Let’s now go to our language screen and look at
those words together.
Now, if you look, on the left you can see the countries and on the right you will see the
nationalities or the languages, because they are the adjectives. Alright? Let’s look together. So,
Australia is the country, Australian is the nationality. Brazil is the country, Brazilian is the nationality
or language,
for example:
China, Chinese. England, English. France, French. Italy, Italian. Japan, Japanese. Portugal, Portuguese.
Spain, Spanish. Switzerland, Swiss. The United States, American.
Ok, so those are some of the more important countries and nationalities. Good! So we’ve
studied the verb ‘to be’, and countries and nationalities, and this is the end of our first lesson. But
come back for more, because this is the programme, the live programme where you can learn
English. See you soon. Bye!



Jack : Hello… My name’s Jack. I’m the new flatmate. It’s nice to meet you.
Peter : Hello Jack! I’m Peter Nash. And Sharon? Okay, and this is Sharon.
Sharon : It’s a pleasure.
Jack : How are you, Sharon?
Sharon : Fine, thanks.
Anne : Oh, good, you’re friends! But so guys… There’s work in the kitchen for everyone…
Alice : Please help me.
Peter : Sure.
Alice : Here’s the form. I’m not very good with computers.
Peter : Okay, let me see… Yes, it’s simple… What is your last name, Alice?
Alice : My last name is Dubois.
Peter : And where are you from ?
Alice : I’m from Australia, but I’m proud to have French blood!
Peter: Really?
Alice : Yes! My grandmother was from Avignon!
Peter : Fascinating… And how do you spell your last name?
Alice : D-U-B-O-l-S.
Peter : Dubois, and the name is A-L-l-C-E. Okay. What’s your job?
Alice : Well… actually… I’m a student, but I consider myself a painter…
Peter : Yes, I know… And what’s your address?
Alice : The same as you! Forty-Five Trinity Lane!
Peter : Right! How old are you?
Alice : I’m twenty-eight years old.
Peter : Are you married?
Alice : Well, I’m on the market… are you interested?
Peter : You know, Alice, I only love my music…
Alice : And what about Sharon?


Did you see Sharon’s face? She was really surprised to see Jack, wasn’t she? And did you
notice in that episode of ‘That’s life! ‘ how Peter helped Alice with a job application form? And there
were a lot of questions that she needed to answer about her personal details, those are very
important questions. And now I’d like to look at those with you on the screen, because we use them
very often. Alright? The first one is
‘What’s your first name? ‘. ‘What’s your first name? ‘
Well, my first name is Louise, and you? What’s your first name?
Next:
‘What’s your surname? ‘ Now, we can say surname, last name or
family name, so we have three possibilities for that.
‘What’s your surname? ‘ Well, my surname is Evans, and you? What’s your surname?
Sounds difficult!
Next one.
‘Where are you from? ‘.
Where are you from?
I’m from Cambridge. And you?
Ok! Next question, ‘What’s your job? ‘.
What’s your job?
I’m a teacher, and you?
What’s your job?
Next one,
‘What’s your phone number? ‘
‘What’s your phone number? ‘ My phone number is 0715634121.
And you? What’s your phone number?
Alright, next one
‘What’s your address? ‘, ‘What’s your address?
My address is 140 Gilbert Road,
Cambridge, England. And your address? I’m sure it’s difficult.

Next one:
‘Are you married? ‘, ‘Are you married? ‘ Now, I’m not married,
but I hope to get married to my boyfriend sometime! We’ll see.
And you? Are you married?
And the last question ‘How old are you? ‘,’How old are you?
I’m not telling you how old I am.
What about you, how old are you?
No? Ok. Tried enough!
Good, so those are some of the most important questions that you need when you are
talking about your personal details. So, memorize them, they are very important to use. Ok? So, now
let’s go back and see more of ‘That’s life’. Bye!

Jack : Anne, you are a great cook!
Anne : Thank you, Jack… Big announcement: Finally I have all the points and I can get that
marvellous set of Chinese plates!
Jack : What?
Anne : Yes, with the cookies. Help me to fill in the form, Jack, please.
Jack : All right. Let me see the questions… What’s your name?
Anne : Are you joking?
Jack : Okay okay, A-N-N-E. And what’s your family name?
Anne : My surname ?
Jack : Right.
Anne : Baxter.
Jack : B-A-X-T-E-R. And what’s your phone number?
Anne : It’s o four five four seven eight six two o nine seven.
Jack : O four five four seven eight eight two o nine seven.
Anne : No, it’s O four five four seven eight six two o nine seven.
Jack : Right.
Anne : You have to remember, this is your telephone number too!

Jack : You’re right… Are you married?
Anne : No, I’m single.
Jack : girl pretty like are single?
Anne : Stop it Jack, please! Yes,for the moment I’m single.
Jack : Next question, please. Where are you from?
Anne : There are a lot of questions!
Jack : It’s for your Chinese plates!
Anne : Okay, for the last time! I’m from England from Oxford.
Jack : A-X-F-O-R-D.
Anne : No! O-X-F-O-R-D.
Jack : just joking.
Anne : It’s okay. What’s next?
Jack : What’s your address?
Anne : The address is… Forty-five Trinity Lane,Flat C.
Jack : What’s the postcode?
Anne : EC14RN.
Jack : EC14RN…and what’s your job?

Anne :I’m an employee in a publishing company.

Jack : Oh, you are just the right person for me…I have a great love story to write!



Hi, and welcome back to ‘English 2day’! That was a lot of questions wasn’t it for some
Chinese plates? Now, do you know how to use the English alphabet?Well, I’m going to give you a
little test. Now, at home, take a piece of paper and a pen, and write this word. You’re ready? Right!
W just a minute W- E – A – T – H – E – R R, that’s difficult! Let me see what you got! Did you get this?
Weather. It’s difficult, especially this… R? It’s difficult. So what I want to do now is, we go to the
screen and I will explain how the alphabet is divided into different groups, to help you remember.
Ok? So let’s look at the screen! The first group is with the sound ‘ei’ and the letters are A H J and K,
alright? The second group is with the sound ‘I’ at the end; so the letters are B C D E G P T and V. Ok?
The next group is with the sound ‘eh’ for example: F L M N S X and Z, /eh/ in the middle. Z, alright?
Next group is ‘ai’ the sound ‘ai’ and the letters are I and Y. The next group is ‘ou’ which is the letter?

O. And then ‘u’ the sound ‘u’ and the letters are Q U and W. And then the last one is ‘a’ and that is
the letter R. And that’s difficult. Now, look at the screen and let’s have another test.
So, write this word. Ready? K- I – look at the screen. T – C – H – E – look at the screen N. And
what did you get? Did you get the same as me? This is the word. Kitchen! Not easy, is it? If you
follow that system, it really works. Now, we also heard them using numbers. And I want to look at
that with you now, at the screen again.
So, the easy numbers witch I’m sure you know already:
One, two, three, four, five,six, seven, eight, nine, ten. From one to nine we use on the telephone.
And we also say on the telephone o or zero, the American say zero. Let’s move on. Eleven,
twelve,now these are interesting numbers that’s follow, listen: Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen,
seventeen, eighteen, nineteen. Nineteen, now all of those numbers finish with teen and if you are
the age from thirteen to nineteen, then you are called a teenager. That’s where it comes from,
teenager. Ok? Great! Now let’s move on: Twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-
four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seveny, twenty-eight, twenty-nine. Thirty, forty, fifty, sixty,
seventy, eighty, ninety and one hundred!
I think that’s enough for now, because we’ve learned a lot of things,we’ve learned the
alphabet and numbers. So, keep practising those because you are going to use them all the time.
Alright? And I’ll see you again in the next lesson here on ‘English 2day’. Bye.
Anne : Good morning, Alice. How are you?
Alice : Hi, Anne. Good morning…I’m fine, and you?
Anne : Fine, thanks. Excuse me, Where’s my watch?
Alice : I don’t know,isn’t it under the magazines?
Anne : No, it isn’t.
Alice : are you sure ?
Anne : Yes, I’m sure! It’s not under the magazines… and…and I’m late! I’ve an appointment at 8
o’clock!
Alice : Maybe it’s here on the table… Hmmm, no, the watch isn’t here. Behind the apples, next to the
pasta?
Anne : Ah,there it is! Thanks, Alice.
Alice : You’re welcome, Anne.
Anne : Bye!
Jack : Oh no,it’s late Alice, what time is it?
Alice : Just a moment…It’s half past seven.

Jack : Half past seven? My train is at 8 o’clock!

Alice : Hurry up, Jack! You’re late!

Jack : Okay, okay…Where are my keys?
Alice : They’re here, on the table.
Jack : Thanks Alice.Now, another problem: Where’s my sweater?
Alice : Maybe it’s on the chair!?
Jack : No, it isn’t. Where is it?
Anne : Calm down Jack…you’re wearing it!
Jack : Oh! Thanks, Alice,you’re a life-saver!
Alice: Hurry up, go, go, go! Ah… Too much stress……I must go back to bed again.
Hello and welcome back to ‘English2day’,the only live TV programme where you can learn the
English language. Now did you see that last episode of ‘That’s life! ‘? Do you ever have that problem
in the morning? You know… you… get up and you can’t find anything? Yeah? Me too. Now in that
episode there were a lot of questions, and that’s what I’d like to do with you now…Look in particular
at ‘question words’,the words that we put at beginning of questions. Ok? And we need to look at the
screen in order to do that.
Now the most important question words in English are: Where, what, who, when, why,what
time, how, and which. Let’s look at those individually now. What? Well… let’s start with: ‘where’.
Now ‘where’ is a question word which we use for a place. For example Anne said: ‘Where’s my
watch? ‘,she said: ‘Where are my keys?’ And Jack said ‘Where’s my sweater? ‘. Alright? So…
‘where’… next one! ‘What’… ‘what’ is used for things. For example I ask: ‘What is your job? ‘ Well…
I’m a teacher, what is your job? Next one: ‘who’… ‘who’ is a question word that we use for people.
So for example I ask: ‘Who’s your favourite person? ‘.‘Who’s your favourite person? ‘. Well my
favourite person is my godmother. Who’s your favourite person? Next ‘when’… ‘when’ is a question
word that we use with….the time or with a date. For example,so ‘When’s your birthday? ‘You could
say, ‘When’s your birthday? ‘.Well my birthday is April, the second. When is your birthday? Good,
next one. ‘Why’… ‘why’ is a question word we use when we want a reason. So for example: ‘Why are
we here? ‘. ‘Why are we here? ‘. Well, we are here to learn English! Next thing. ‘What time’ now
‘what time’ is used when we want the exact time. So I could ask: ‘What time is it? ‘. It’s two o’clock,
for example, ok? What time. ‘How’… ‘how’ is a question we use when we ask about the state of
things. So for example: ‘How are you? ‘ I’m fine thanks. And the last one is ‘which’, that is a question
word that we use about particular things. For example: ‘Which lesson is this? ‘. Good, so those are
the most important English question words: Where, what, who, when, why, what time, how, and
which, Ok? Very important words when you’re conversing in English! Great! Now go and listen to
that episode again, listen for the question words but also listen for some prepositions. Prepositions
for example: ‘On’, ‘in’, ‘under’ and we’ll look at that,in the next lesson, ok? So, see you later, bye!
Anne : Good morning, Alice. How are you?
Alice : Hi, Anne. Good morning…I’m fine, and you?

Anne : Fine, thanks. Excuse me, Where’s my watch?
Alice : I don’t know,isn’t it under the magazines?
Anne : No, it isn’t.
Alice : are you sure ?
Anne : Yes, I’m sure! It’s not under the magazines… and…and I’m late! I’ve an appointment at 8
o’clock!
Alice : Maybe it’s here on the table… Hmmm, no, the watch isn’t here. Behind the apples, next to the
pasta?
Anne : Ah,there it is! Thanks, Alice.
Alice : You’re welcome, Anne.
Anne : Bye!
Jack : Oh no,it’s late Alice, what time is it?
Alice : Just a moment…It’s half past seven.

Jack : Half past seven? My train is at 8 o’clock!
Alice : Hurry up, Jack! You’re late!

Jack : Okay, okay…Where are my keys?
Alice : They’re here, on the table.
Jack : Thanks Alice.Now, another problem: Where’s my sweater?
Alice : Maybe it’s on the chair!?
Jack : No, it isn’t. Where is it?
Anne : Calm down Jack…you’re wearing it!
Jack : Oh! Thanks, Alice,you’re a life-saver!
Alice: Hurry up, go, go, go! Ah… Too much stress……I must go back to bed again.

Hi again and how are you? Now, did you see in ‘That’s life’ how Anne said: ‘Where is my
watch? ‘ And it was ‘on the table’, or ‘under the magazines’, ‘now’, ‘on’ and ‘under’ are English
prepositions and that’s what I want to do with you now. And to help me do that I need to the help of
my assistant, Mr. Monkey. Here he is! He will help me! Now listen, Mr. Monkey is on the table, he’s
on the table. Now Mr. Monkey is under the table, under the table. Now Mr. Monkey is in the box, he

is in the box. Then he comes out of, out of the box. Then he goes through, difficult pronunciation
that… he goes through,through the box. Now. Where is Mr. Monkey now? Look at this: He is next
to,next to the box, now he’s near the box,near the box,next, this: He’s in front of,in front of the box,
and now… he’s behind,behind the box. Ok? This one here,Mr. Monkey is between the box and the
computer, between ok?
So, those are some of the most important prepositions. Now, let’s put Mr Monkey to bed
for the moment, he’s tired. And let’s go to the screen and look at those prepositions written in
English. So, Mr. Monkey is on the desk, he’s under the desk,he’s in the box,he comes out of the
box,he goes through the box,he’s next to the box,he’s near the box,he’s in front of the box,he’s
behind the box,and he’s between the box and the computer. Those are the most important English
prepositions. Great, so. Good lesson? I hope you are learning well,let’s continue now and go back
and see more of our story, alright? And I’ll see you later. Bye!
Jake : Okay, okay girls:What time is the dinner tonight at the restaurant?
Anne : Uh… it’s at half past eight.
Jake : Are you sure?
Alice : I think it’s at half past nine.
J ake : Okay, guys… when is it?
Alice : I’m certain it’s at eight thirty.
Anne : Sorry, it’s at nine thirty.
Jake : Okay, okay, it’s tonight, right?
Alice :Yes, it’s tonight. But… what time is it, by the way?
Jack : There’s a clock over there.
Alice : It’s a quarter to seven. So, if it’s after six,
sharon’s at home.
Jack : Ah, no… she isn’t. She’s at work.
Alice : No, usually she comes back home after six… Hi Sharon,good evening.
Sharon : Hi guys!
Jack : Sharon, please help us: What time is the dinner tonight?
Sharon : It’s quite late; it’s at half past ten.
Alice : See Jack, half past ten!
Jack : Okay, you’re right. I’m wrong. Women…

Hi, and welcome back to English 2day. How are you? Now did you notice in ‘That’s
life! ‘ the girls were very confused about the time for dinner,‘eight thirty’, ‘nine thirty’, ‘ten thirty’.
Well that’s what we are going to do in the lesson now,is look at how you tell the time in English. And
for that, I need a clock,so here we have a clock.

Now, when the hand is in this position on the hour in English we say ‘o’clock’ it’s, look at
this six o’clock, now. If we move the hand into this position, so it’s fifteen minutes after, we say ‘it’s
a quarter past six’,‘a quarter past six’. Let’s move it again, and here we have, ‘half past’, this is ‘half
past six’, alright thirty minutes after, ‘half past’. Let’s move again, like this, this is ‘a quarter to six’, ‘a
quarter to’,forty-five minutes, alright?

Now let’s look at those things on the screen because they’re quite difficult to

pronounce. Alright? Let’s go and see them now. So, the Question were ‘what time is it? ‘Or ‘what’s
the time? ‘. Then we said, ‘it’s five o’clock’, we did on the hour, ‘it’s a quarter past two’ for example
‘it’s half past three’. And ‘it’s a quarter to nine’. Those are the examples. Alright? Just a minute!
Hello? Hello? (I’m sorry) Yes! Yes! Yes! About the romantic weekend in Paris? Yes, yes. I’m very, very
interested! Yes! It’s my boyfriend’s birthday. Ok. What time is departure? Departure at nine fifteen,
okay. And what time is arrival? Ten thirty, ok, that’s good. Ten thirty, great. And what about the
romantic dinner for two,yes, in the evening eight… ok! Yes, eight o’clock that’s perfect. And then
there was a boat trip on the Seine, what time is that? Eight forty-five? In the morning? That’s a bit
early, ok, but that’s fine! And our departure from Paris? When is that? Ok good. Three forty in the
afternoon. Fantastic! Yes! Thanks great. I love it, yes, I’ll book it. Ok, great, thank you very much,
thank you. Yes bye. Fantastic, that is a holiday that I’ve booked for my boyfriend and for his birthday
for a romantic weekend. Now, did you hear when I was speaking I was using digital time in English?

Now let’s look at that on the screen. Digital time. Well it’s very easy because you just read
the numbers, so for example: ‘Nine fifteen’ is ‘nine fifteen’ look at the screen, ‘ten thirty’, ‘eight
forty-five’, so very easy; if you know the English numbers, digital time is very easy. Now, in English
we use the twelve hour clock, so we say, ‘ten o’clock in the morning’, we don’t say ‘ten o’clock a.m.’,
we say ‘in the morning’. We say ‘three forty in the afternoon’ not ‘p.m.’, “three forty in the
afternoon”. Ok? And then we say ‘seven o’clock, seven o’clock in the evening’,we don’t use p.m., so
seven o’clock in the evening. And then for example ‘eleven fifteen at night’. So, ‘in the morning’, ‘in
the afternoon’, ‘in the evening’ and ‘at night’. Ok? So, that is telling the time in English, that’s both
normal time and digital time. So, I think you’ll find that useful. Good, well, keep studying and
remember to come back and be with us again at ‘English2day’ where you’ll be learning English live.
So see you very soon. Take care, bye! Good evening everyone.
Eric : Welcome to our TV programmes. I’m Eric Brown.
Lucy : And I’m Lucy Ross.
Eric : Well, Lucy and I are the presenters of all the programmes! Are you nervous Lucy?
Lucy : Yes, I am! This is my first time on TV!
Eric : Come on, come on! You’re a great presenter! Well, let’s meet our experts now.
What’s your name?
Expert 1 : Sanjeev Gupta.
Eric: Well, hello Sanjeev! Where are you from?
Expert 1 I’m from New Dehli
Eric : So you’re indian! India’s a fascinating country! And what are your interests?
Expert 1 : I like the cinema! Everything to do with the cinema! I watch lots of films!
Eric : Interesting. Sanjeev’s our cinema expert.
Lucy : And you? What’s your name?
Expert 2 : Hello, I’m Christine Oteng. I’m from Ghana, in Africa but now I live in London. I like
London. I love travelling…I adore travelling around the world. In fact, I’m the travel expert.
Expert 3 : Are you really from Ghana? Ghana’s the number one football team in Africa! People call
the football team ‘the Brazil of Africa’
Eric : Oh you… you must be John Forbes, our sports expert. Am I right?
Expert 3 : Right, Eric! I love sports, especially rugby and football.

Eric : And how old are you, John?
Expert 3 : I’m 45 and I’m from Leeds.
Lucy : So you’re English, interesting! And what about you?
Expert 4 : Hello, my name’s Anthony Moore but my friends call me Tony. I’m from Brighton… but my
parents aren’t English.
Lucy : Really? Where are your parents from?
Expert 4 : Well, my mother’s from Spain and my father’s from America.
Lucy : An international family! And what are your interests?
Expert 4 : I love music. Pop, rock, jazz… everything!
Eric : Good! A real music expert! Just right for our music programme. And this charming lady?
What’s your name?
Expert 5 : Hi Eric…and thanks for the compliment! I’m Susan Ferley, I’m English and… like all English
people. I’m interested in the weather! I love talking about the weather…
Eric : Very good! Because there’s a programme about the weather and Susan’s our expert.
Well, now let’s meet Marie Cornwell and Tom Bradfield. They’re the commentators for our
‘Let’s talk’ discussions.
Lucy : Hello Marie, hello Tom. How are you?
Expert6 : Fine thanks.
Expert 7 : Very well, thank you.
Lucy : And where are you from Marie?
Expert 6 : I’m from Manchester.
Lucy : The home of Manchester United… I love football…And what do you do there?
Expert6 : I’m a journalist.
Eric : I see! And you Tom?
Expert 7 : I’m a journalist to!
Eric : Very good! Two journalists! We’ll discuss lots of things with them lots of different things! Well,
that’s our team of experts.
Lucy : We’re very lucky Eric,they’re all very interesting people!
Eric : That’s right! They… we’re a great team!
Everyone : Yes, we are!
Lucy : Ok, well goodbye for now!
Eric : We’ll see you soon on our TV programmes.
This is the part of the programme where we look at some useful words and expressions
from our discussions together. Today was the first programme and we all introduced ourselves. So,
to start let’s look at some useful questions when you meet someone for the first time, and how to
answer their questions.
What’s your name? I’m Lucy. Where are you from?. I’m from Edinburgh. How old are you? I’m 28.
Or I’m 28 years old. This is perhaps not always a good question to ask the first time you meet
someone! What do you do? Which means: What’s your job? I’m a journalist. Notice we say “a”
journalist. I’m a student. I’m a doctor. Most of these questions can be asked and answered with the
verb “to be”. Another question is: What are your interests? I like the cinema. When you say what
your interests are you can also use the verbs love and adore which mean to like very much. For
example: I love sports. I adore travelling. You can also say ‘I’m interested in’ for example: I’m
interested in the weather.

Our experts are all from different countries. Let’s take a look at some countries and
nationalities. Notice how the nationalities is a little different from the country. I’m from Scotland I’m
Scottish. Sanjeev is from India. So he’s Indian. Christine is originally from Africa. This means her
origins are African. John is from England. He’s English. Marie and Susan are from England. They’re
English. Tony is from Brighton. He is English. His mother is from Spain. She’s Spanish. And his father
is from America. He’s American. Ok, well that’s all for now. This is how it works, after every
programme. Eric or I will repeat some of the most useful expressions from our discussions and look
at topic-related vocabulary with you. See you soon!

Good morning, good morning from Lucy and welcome to ‘Talk Cinema’, the programme about the
cinema. Here in the studio is Sanjeev Gupta,our cinema expert.

Lucy : Hello, Sanjeev, how are you?
Gupta : I’m fine, thanks and good morning to all our viewers.
Lucy : Ok Sanjeev, what are you talking about today?
Gupta : Well, about a great Hollywood star George Clooney.
Lucy : Oh, George Clooney?
Gupta : Yes, George Clooney. Are you a fan, Lucy?
Lucy : Yes, of course I am.
Gupta : Well, George Clooney is very good-looking. He has many fans, many young women are his
fans like you Lucy. He’s very handsome.
Lucy : Well Sanjeev,where is George Clooney from?
Gupta : He’s from Kentucky in the USA. And how old is he? He’s 45.
Lucy : Is he only an actor?
Gupta : No, he’s an actor,a film director and a screenwriter. An actor, a film director and a
screenwriter,
Lucy : he’s a very interesting man.
Gupta : Yes, he is. And he’s very rich too.
Lucy : Is he?
Gupta : Yes, he is. He has two villas on Lake Como in Italy and a small house in Lima in Peru.
Lucy : So, what are his interests?
Gupta : His main interest is politics. He’s a democrat with liberal ideas.
Lucy : Like me! And his hobbies?
Gupta : His hobbies are basketball and motorbikes.
Lucy : Really? He’s a very interesting man.Now, another question.
Gupta : Yes?
Lucy : Is he married?
Gupta : No, he isn’t, he’s divorced.
Lucy : So, he isn’t married… he’s single… and he’s rich.
Gupta : Yes, and remember,he’s an actor, a film director and a screenwriter that’s George Clooney a
great Hollywood star.
Lucy : Well, thank you Sanjeev.
Gupta : Your’re welcome and goodbye to everyone.
Lucy : And goodbye from me, Lucy Ross.

Ok now let’s have a look at some of the vocabulary , Sanjeev and I just used to talk about
cinema. First of all in American English the word ‘movies’ means ‘films’, a movie is a film, and ‘the
movies’ means ‘the cinema’ ‘let’s go to the movies! ‘Is an invitation to go to the cinema.
When we talk about cinema the word ‘star’ means a famous actor who plays principal roles
in films. ‘Star’ is also a verb, it means to play a role in a film.
George Clooney stars in many films. We all know what an actor is, someone like George
Clooney, who plays a role in a film. But what about Julia Roberts? She’s an ‘actress’. An actor is a
man and an actress is a woman.

The person who directs a film,like Steven Spielberg,is called a ‘film director’and the person
who writes a film is called a ‘screenwriter’. George Clooney writes films, so he’s a screenwriter. He
directs films, so he’s a film director and he stars in films so he’s also an actor.
Notice how we always use the article ‘a’ or ‘an’ before a profession we never say ‘he’s film
director’ we say ‘he’s a film director Well that’s all for now,
I hope you enjoyed the programme, I certainly enjoyed talking about George ! Bye and see
you next time! Now let’s watch the whole episode together,look at the subtitles carefully,listen out
for the language points that we have learned together , ok? Enjoy your viewing!