English Conversations For Beginners

ThaiStudents

Hi everyone, and welcome to Everyday English Conversations for Beginners. The main goal of this website is to provide easy and effective English conversations and exercises to help beginners improve their English speaking skills.

My name is Don, and I have been teaching English conversation in Thailand for more than 10 years. The English conversations and exercises on these pages are the same ones that I use every day in my classroom. I will also occasionally suggest a book, or other materials, that I have found to work well with my students.

The intent of my class is to help students express what the are thinking, and how they are feeling. I do not focus heavily on grammar. I feel that the kids can improve their grammar skills after they can form the basic idea of what they want to say. To that end, the beginner conversations and exercises concentrate more on “who or what” they want to talk about, and the action that is happening.

Beginner English Conversation

For beginners, I use small conversation blocks that focus on the “am – is – are” and answer WHO, WHAT, and WHERE questions first. Then, we progress to the 20 most common verbs used in spoken English, and and use “do and don’t” questions to check for understanding. Keeping things relevant to my student’s actual life goes a long way in helping them understand how to talk about it.

I don’t talk about things like “going to the airport” or “hotel reservations” in class very often, because my kids are only 9 years old. They don’t take too many business trips yet. I use topics like that for my older and more skilled students. My little monsters like to talk about movies, comic books, sports, chatting online, and their cell phones. I try to keep things relevant to their real everyday world. Here is a very general overview of what we do. I try and let them choose the focused topic as often as possible, without letting them always choose the easy topics, are be too repetitive.

MY LIFE
(AM – IS – ARE – DO – DOES)

1. YOU: WHO – WHAT – WHEN – WHERE – WHY – HOW
• SELF – PERSONAL INFO
• FREE TIME
• LIKES – DISLIKES
• SCHOOL
• FRIENDS

2. HOME: WHO – WHAT – WHEN – WHERE – WHY – HOW
• FAMILY
• HOUSE
• THINGS
• NEIGHBORHOOD
• ACTIVITIES

3. TOWN: WHO – WHAT – WHEN – WHERE – WHY – HOW
• PLACES
• PEOPLE
• DIRECTIONS
• ROUTINE
• ACTIVITIES

4. WORLD: WHO – WHAT – WHEN – WHERE – WHY – HOW
• PLACES
• CULTURES
• DESCRIBE
• NATURE
• ACTIVITIES

VERBS:

AM IS ARE GO LIKE WANT HAVE PLAY FEEL CAN
DO EAT WATCH MAKE SEE THINK TALK KNOW SAY USE
GET GIVE WORK LOOK RIDE CALL TAKE TRY STUDY SHOP
BUY LIVE LISTEN ASK WRITE FIND READ TELL PUT LET

IDENTIFY – DESCRIBE – DISCUSS

Please feel free to use any of the exercises or conversations on this website for yourself, or your students. The best way to learn how to talk, is to talk. Practice whenever you can, either by yourself, or with a friend or classmate. With steady practice, you won’t sound like this guy! Good luck!