Lesson 1: Welcome!

Lesson 1: Welcome!
Let’s Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks.

Each week, there will be a new lesson with video showing the lives of young Americans. The lesson includes instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.

There are also printable worksheets, assessments and lesson plans for individual learners and English teachers. We encourage you to follow the weekly lessons and share your progress with us through comments and email.



Anna moves to Washington, DC. She meets Pete at her new apartment. 




PETE: Hi! Are you Anna?


ANNA: Yes! Hi there! Are you Pete?


PETE: I am Pete


ANNA: Nice to meet you


ANNA: Let’s try that again. I’m Anna


PETE: I’m Pete. “Anna” Is that A-N-A?




PETE: Well, Anna with two “n’s” … Welcome to … 1400 Irving Street!


ANNA: My new apartment! Yes!


Learning Strategy

Each week we teach a new learning strategy. The first one is Set a Goal. ​

When we set a goal, we decide what we want to do or learn.

You are studying English with VOA Learning English. What do you want to learn? Here is an example:

Pat works at a coffee shop. She wants to greet her customers in English. She sets a goal: “In three months, I will feel confident in greeting customers in English.”

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. Setting a goal is an important learning strategy because it gives you a strong reason to keep studying. 

What is your goal? Write to us in the Comments section. 



Click on the video below to learn about the listening quiz. Each question has a video. Play the video and choose the correct answer.


Speaking Practice

Watch the video and record yourself. Listen to yourself. Then listen to the video again.

Pronunciation Practice

In careful speech, we say words with a small break. In everyday speech, the sounds come together with little or no break. Watch the video to learn about how the sounds change. Practice the example.


Introduce yourself in the Comments section.

For a fun way to learn the alphabet, watch the alphabet video below. 

New Words

apartment – n. a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live. She lives in an apartment.

meet – v.  to see and speak to someone for the first time. Pete meets Anna on the street.

new – adj. not known before; recently bought or rented. Anna has a new friend.

nice – adj. good and enjoyable​. It is nice to see you.

street  – n. a road in a city, town, or village. Anna lives on Irving Street.

try – v. to make an effort to do something. Please try to say it again.

welcome – interjection. used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place. Welcome to America!

Download the activity sheet. Learn to say the letters and numbers.

Grammar focus

to be + name in introductions

to be + location


Meeting people

Personal information

Alphabet (Activity sheet)

Numbers 1-20 (video)

For teachers: download a lesson plan for this lesson here. Let us know your thoughts about this lesson in our Comments section or send us an email.

Source: Let’s Learn English