Be Aware – Lesson 2

This Be Aware Lesson is based on the conversation, Annette 1 – Where are you from?.

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This lesson has two sections:

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Section A – Grammar Explanations with Examples

Sometimes when you are listening to something in English, you can understand it, but you cannot say it. You are not able to reproduce what you hear with correct grammar. It is important to be aware of grammar and the correct way to use words. It helps you to communicate more clearly. This saves time and prevents misunderstandings.

Let’s look at some examples:

What is your name?
How are you called?

The first one is the normal way to answer the question. The second one is an old way of speaking, which we do not use any more except on stage.

Try this one:

Where are you from?
Where do you come from?
Where do you hail from?
Where are you coming from?

The first two phrases have the same meaning. The third one is a colorful way of speaking. It is old. It is not common. The last one is “present continuous tense.” We use it if we meet a friend who is coming from work or coming from school or coming from home and we want to know where he is coming from now. We do not use it to ask a person we just met where that person comes from.

Look at this one:

Where in America?
What part of America?

If we know somebody comes from America but we want to know what place, there are two ways to ask the question:

Where in America are you from?
What part of America are you from?

If we want to check the location of that place by comparing it with another place nearby, we can say:

that’s near
that’s close to
that’s not far from

They all have about the same meaning.

What do these places have in common?

Denmark
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Scandinavia

The first four are Scandinavian countries. They are all part of the area, which we call Scandinavia. Scandinavia is in northern Europe. Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are very similar languages. People from those countries can understand each other easily.

Finnish is not easy for them to understand. It is very different. Linguists think it is related to Estonian and Hungarian and perhaps Turkish. What family does your language belong to? Write and tell me about your language in the comments section below.

Look at the next pair of phrases:

kind of
sort of

They both mean the same thing. They both mean “about.” In the conversation below the phrase is used in an unusual way. In this conversation it is used to hesitate without saying anything.

Do these phrases mean the same thing?

close to Germany
near Germany
next to Germany

They might mean the same thing but not necessarily. “Next to Germany” is more specific. It means on the border.

Do you know the difference between these phrases?

on the mainland
on an island
it is an island

The first one means on the main part. Some countries have many islands. China has a mainland, which is the main part. Europe also has a mainland, which is the main part.

“On an island” means a city or village, which is on an island. “It is an island” means the whole place is an island.

Look at this group of words and phrases:

Europe
mainland Europe
the European mainland
the European Union.
The European Community.
The EEC
The EU

Europe stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains. We generally say that the UK is in Europe but “mainland Europe” excludes islands like Britain and Ireland. The European Union is the name of the economic and political organization, which we call the EU. The old name was the EEC, which stands for “European Economic Community”.

Finally, look at these ones:

Can you speak _______?
Are you able to speak _______?
Do you know any ______?

If we ask somebody if they can speak a language, we might ask:

Can you speak German?
Are you able to speak German?
Do you know any German?

They all have approximately the same meaning.

If you ask someone if they can speak a language, they might answer with one of the expressions below. They are in descending order of ability. Check your dictionary if you do not know them all.

a lot
quite a lot
a fair bit
some
a bit
a little bit

There are several ways to say “yes”:

yeah
yes
yep

There are also many ways to say “no”:

no
na
naw
nup
nope

There are also many ways to say “thank you”:

thanks
thank you
thanks heaps
thanks a lot
thanks awfully
thank you very much
thank you so much
a thousand thank yous



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Section B: Listening Activities

Now listen to the whole conversation without the transcript. While you are listening go through this list and mark the expression you hear. Have fun!

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Mark the phrases you hear while you listen:

What is your name?
How are you called?

Where are you from?
Where do you come from?
Where do you hail from?
Where are you coming from?

Where in Denmark?
What part of Denmark?

That’s near Germany.
That’s close to Germany.
That’s not far from Germany.

Denmark
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Scandinavia

kind of
sort of

close to Germany
next to Germany
near Germany

Europe
mainland Europe
the European mainland
the European Union.
The European Community.
The EEC
The EU

Are you able to speak German?
Can you speak German?
Do you know any German?

a lot
quite a lot
a fair bit
some
a bit
a little bit

yeah
yes
yep

no
na
naw
nup

thanks
thank you
thanks heaps
thanks a lot
thanks awfully
thank you very much
a thousand thank yous

To improve your pronunciation and speaking confidence, listen to the recording many times. Try to repeat each phrase as the speaker speaks it. You can find the transcript here: Annette 1 – Where are you from?.

This is the end of Lesson 2. Did you enjoy it? Do you have any questions? Please leave us a comment below.

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    Regards,

  129. Julen says:

    Hello, I speak two languages, the two languages of my country. I speak Spanish and Basque language, the first is my native tongue and the second I learned twenty-five years ago. Basque language have several dialects between two states (French and Spain), a lot of linguistics don’t know what is the origin (Indo-European?) nobody knows but everybody says that Basque language is the older from Europe. I don’t know. I teach Basque because in my country the twenty per cent speaks it and a lot of people wants to speak Basque language. Them Navarre is a bilingual region of Spain.
    If I speak about me I need say what I learn English to use in my work. When I was a student I learn French. One part of Basque language region is in South of French.
    Thanks a lot.

  130. Arma says:

    hi,my teachers,thanks a lot for a dialogue.My native language is Armenian,an independent branch of indo-European languages.Armenian is my native tongue ,besides i know russian fluently and now i am trying to learn English.And you lessons help me a lot

  131. soheila says:

    Hi every body.
    How is it going on?
    I m from Iran.but my native language is not Persian, because I m Turkish but i can also speak in Persian .Persian people call their language Farsi,I think Farsi is not a complete language and its not strong enough,but Turkish is.I sometimes find English grammar just like Turkish,but English and Persian are completely different.I like Turkish more as u notice because its my mother tuong.

  132. I really enjoyed and apreciated this lesson.
    very short and very interesting.
    thanks so much.

  133. sharifa says:

    it was really very helpful for me .thank you so much.

  134. behzad says:

    Thanks alot. but the conversation was very short.

  135. Dear teachers

    My language, as well as Italian French and Spanish has his roots in Latin language, nowadays considered as a dead language. Making a comparison for ex: Verb to drive Present simple in English is:
    I drive
    you drive
    he,she it drives
    we drive
    they drive

    In Portuguese would be:

    eu dirijo (I)
    tu diriges (you)
    ele, ela dirige(he, she,it) in portuguese we don´t have it.
    nós dirigimos (we)
    vós dirigis (you in the plural)
    eles,elas dirigem (they)

    Pay attention – for each person the verb has specif termination, it seems more difficult than English, but actually I don´t know!!!

    • Mark White says:

      Many years ago i started to learn German and then Italian and French and Russian. Conjugation was always a problem as conjugation in English is simpler.

      It seems difficult at first but you get used to it later.

  136. kanaka says:

    HI
    this is kanaka . i thought to improve my commuication skils. it was very helpful to know about more . thaks

  137. Jennie says:

    Thanks very much. I enjoyed this lesson but I think it was a bit short.

  138. David says:

    Very good. I´ve learned some things I didn´t know. Thanks a lot.

  139. geetha says:

    Its really Very usefull to me thanks a lot

  140. ruma says:

    hi mark and Aaron
    the second lesson was good but very short.
    about your question my mother language is arabic .
    thank you very much.
    ruma

  141. Maria says:

    Thanks, I think is easy.
    But the conversation is basic for start to speak in english.
    Very good work!!!

  142. sonia says:

    I think the little tips you are giving the people who want to learn english,like me, are very useful. I am not only enjoying your lessons, plus I am learning.

    Thank you very much.

  143. asha says:

    iuve me as evveeders tand and than ks yuo but give me alot of examples and videos as every day and iam one of yuor stu dents

  144. Yulius Ibrahim says:

    thank you, I have just got some phrases of which the sense I had not known before such as: ” where do you come from? ” and “where are you coming from?”. this lesson helps me very much.

  145. maria says:

    Are these lessons for elementary students? Come on!!!!!I hope the next lessons will be better.

  146. arnold says:

    it works Good

    Thanks for this sites

  147. Luis says:

    It´s great, I like a lot, and I was enjoing all the time listen and working with it.
    Thanks

  148. hagar says:

    i need anyone to talk to me in english and corret my mestakes anyone reply me plzzzzzz an i think the first step is to think in english i to learn how to think in english

    • maria says:

      My friend,the only way to learn how to spell is by typing in your computer, it will highlight your mistakes (by the way mistakes are spelled with an “I” and then write them down in your notebook

  149. hagar says:

    plz help me to talk in english

  150. hagar says:

    its soooo easy i need to talk in english ……

  151. eka says:

    Thank you very much. I think the dialoge is a littel short and too easy.

  152. hagar says:

    the dialoge is very short …………..

  153. I CANT EAR WHAT THE AUDIO IS TELLING ME .THAT WAY I CAN NOT GIVE THE RAGH ANSWERS.FOR THE NEXT LESSONS I WOULD LIKE IF THEY COULD SEND ME QUESTIONS TWO ANSWER.ON THE ANOTHER HAND I WOULD LIKE TO THANKS FOR THE COURSE.

  154. fridoon says:

    thanks for all your staff

  155. Eduardo H says:

    Hi:
    I can´t donwload the mp3 files
    have they been erased?

    Eduardo

  156. rehant says:

    thank you guys, it’s very nice for me to know your language

  157. Dipen says:

    thanks is easy but it is short.

  158. thanh le says:

    Thanks,it’s easy to listen and understand ,it is importand for me to study a second language

  159. obayed says:

    i also want to learn some thing from your english conversation course couze your this course is the simple and best way to learn gramaticaly english.
    thanks
    with the best regard
    obayedullah sadat

  160. sory am like thes sent you esmes every bat my hend heve tolk

  161. i like thes langoe very mauch bat i can,t endestan spiek

  162. milli says:

    Thank you very much. I hope. I try. t,ks for your helps0.

  163. salma says:

    I’m so happy to joined to this group …. very useful lessons thanks alot

  164. sami says:

    Thanks but i think the dialog is a little short.

  165. Bandu Maran Roi San says:

    thanks for your helps

  166. ubax says:

    thanks it was too easy to understand thanks alot

  167. Aimal says:

    Thanks a lot for sending me such informative material
    Just i need for more than Pdf-Adob lesson tow lorn more than

  168. Milli says:

    Thank you very much. I good understand. Good luck. Tnks

  169. Thank you Mark and Aaron. It’s really help me on my english lesson. I coudn’t wait longer for the other lessons..

  170. Abrham azra says:

    A.J.Hoge thank you so much I love you so much becosue you are direct man . But I lost sow lesson one…Hoaever thank you takecare.

  171. Ahmad Hamedi says:

    Thousand thank yous for this great helps

  172. gabr says:

    realy I’m very interested of these lessons.
    thanks alot.

  173. Parveen says:

    thanks a lot for sending me such informative material

  174. asrom savara says:

    Iam from india .Thnak you by sending this very good very informative ,helpul to me

  175. Katy says:

    Thank you, in reality seems simple but it doesn’t…
    God bless you all

  176. Nermin says:

    Many thanks for keep me aware of all few minor thing I have never been noticed
    Waiting For more .
    C U

  177. Emilia says:

    Hi,

    I am Emilia from Romania. Thank you for lesson.

  178. liannu says:

    I come from Myanmar(burmese)is related to Indo-European and Tibet and Sino Chinese language.

  179. andrea says:

    hi

    i liked this conversation
    its funny

    im from mexico

    thanks

  180. marina says:

    It’s wonderful!
    great to listen to spontaneous real events…
    feel like participating,improving – a step forward

    I just loved from the first lesson!

    thank you so much,
    you are great!

    marina
    portuguese language

  181. sadavee says:

    Hi again,
    Can you expland to me please, what is the meaning of “Thanks heaps and thanks awfuully” ?
    Thanks a lots.

  182. Francis says:

    More oil to your elbows Mark White.

  183. leena says:

    Leena from Afghanistan,

    Thanks for your hard work and i enjoyed the conversation also i got many things from the lesson in the pharse

    Thanks alot

    Leena

  184. Mostafa says:

    thanks.
    my language is arabic

  185. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Mark and Aaron! How are you??? i hope that fine!!
    According to the following question “What family does your language belong to?” I am from venezuela, which is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. It is a continental mainland with numerous islands located off its coastline in the Caribbean Sea. my native language is spanish and i love the english language, so i would like to improve it!

    a thousand thank yous!!

  186. imran khan says:

    Hello,
    thank you very much for sending me your lessons. i dont know english i am trying to learn english i liked your method of teaching english thanks.

  187. liannu says:

    thank you for this lesson

  188. Yulia from Novosibirsk says:

    Thank you for such a course. The first lesson was a bit more difficult than the second one.

  189. anna says:

    thank you very much for lesson. it is very useful and interesting. i hope we will have a lot of good lessons in the future

  190. sherouk says:

    thanks alot. its very good and very useful and help me alot in speaking english. thanks again and go on . good luck

  191. liannu says:

    thank you so much for this lesson it is very good and for me and very useful for me.I wish you all the best in life hope you always be successful in your life good luck thank you so much.

  192. Bigben says:

    Quite an easy lesson. Thanks anyway.

  193. hoda says:

    Hi thanks to u people who send me the lessons i learned a lot. Wish u all the best in life hope u always be successful in your living life good luck thank you very much once again.

  194. pro says:

    thanks
    thank you
    thanks heaps
    thanks a lot
    thanks awfully
    thank you very much
    a thousand thank yous

  195. nur says:

    Thank you very much for this lesson.

    I’am from the Eden 🙂

    Can I say this type?

  196. omayya says:

    thank you very much for the lesson it’s simple clear i enjoyed it.
    i’m from syria on the east Mediterranean i live in small city at the
    north of capital DAMASCUS called QUTAIFE.

  197. Helen says:

    Where do I come from? I am from Colombia, a beautiful country next to Panama and Venezuela. My native language is Spanish, but I speak some English too.

    Thanks a lot.

    Helena

  198. ziba says:

    thanks
    it is very good lesson and very useful

  199. sileshi d. says:

    Dearest Aron
    a thousand thank yous

  200. major aftab says:

    very good Aaron , i like that and thanks

  201. major aftab says:

    very good and thanks

  202. jaco says:

    thanx 4 the great lessons..

  203. jaco says:

    thanx 4 the great lessons….

  204. Miglena says:

    Thank you for lesson 🙂

  205. alzoriki says:

    thanks a lot for lessons,i enjoyed

  206. hayatullah says:

    Thank you for the listening lessons and these grammar explanations.

  207. adan says:

    Hello, guys That is short but clear comvertation. I did like it. thanks awfully.

  208. ahmed alkazzaz says:

    very good lesson
    thanks a lot

  209. noha says:

    thanks alot ,because I engoyed the lesson

  210. julio eduardo says:

    thank so much for sending me this lesson,it is very usefull.

  211. Palani says:

    Hi.. Thank you so much!!

  212. layla says:

    thanks very much tofantastic lesson

  213. uuganbayr says:

    Hi, thank you very much.
    it’s lesson really helped me. tnx a lot sending me that.

  214. iqbal says:

    thank you for sending me the lisson

  215. Natalia says:

    What’s up? Thanks for this lesson. I really enjoyed it!!
    Have a great day! 🙂

  216. Mark White says:

    Hi Thuy

    Yes, language is full of formulaic expressions that we have to learn to get us through certain ritual situations. Then we can free up our mind to tackle the problem of expressing our thoughts when we want to say something original. There are many more formulaic expressions than people realize.

    Thanks for your feedback. Enjoy!

    • thuy says:

      thanks alot,mark white. i really enjoy it, i think it is a useful conversation for me to practice at home. thanks again, and have a wonderful day

  217. Thuy Nguyen says:

    Hi teachers,
    I want to say many thank yous to you for sending us such useful lessons. Both sections are very interesting to me, and I especially like session A since there are formulaic expressions that I have never known before. I believe that my speaking skill will be improved in a short time with your wonderful lessons.
    Thuy

  218. gegy says:

    HI Aaron how are you ? i hope you are fine
    i wanna to know ,how many years i need to speak English fluently ?

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Gegy…

      The amount of time it takes to become fluent is directly proportional to the amount of immersion and exposure to the language you are getting, combined with your will to learn. If you immerse yourself in English everyday for 1 month and focus hard on learning English in that environment, you can make great leaps toward fluency. It really is a question of effort, desire, and as much immersion as possible.

      Good luck with your language studies.

  219. Jasmin says:

    am waiting 4 lesson 3 😀

  220. Jasmin says:

    that sounds great

  221. shimba says:

    I couldn’t receive lessons 3 & 4, I couldn’t listen to sound of lessons,can you help me?

  222. shakeel ahmed says:

    thanks
    its very useful

  223. gegy says:

    hi Aaron ,my name is gegy am from Egypt i wanna thanks you for what you are doing with us and i have Q you told us about normal and old way of speaking which one is better? thanks a lot again .

  224. Seeraj says:

    Thank you very much for your wonderful work
    please I have a suggestion
    Add a list of New Vocabulary after each lesson with their meaning

    thanks alot

  225. Ayman says:

    thanks a million for this coversation, but we really need more vived conversations relate to varaiable subjects, like, social or psychological issues. So that, we can mke some debates and discussions.
    thank you and happy chance………
    Ayman……….

  226. Azhar says:

    very good but really i need to speake with someone know english good ,i just listen and write.

  227. Seeraj says:

    thanks a lot for you wonderful effort

  228. Chabow says:

    Thanks a lot.
    it’s very helpful.

  229. magda29 says:

    First of all I’d really appreciate this exercise, when I listen to it, I felt pretty fine because I could undestand it almost completely.
    Talking about my mother language that is Spanish, I could say that it belongs to the Indo-European from the Latin branch. Some sother languages that come from the same branch are: Italian, Sardinian, French, Provencal, Catalonian
    Spanish, Ladino, Galician, Portuguese, Romansh
    Romanian, Moldavian.

    Thanks heap 🙂

  230. FATIMA says:

    hi :
    I AM SO HAPPY TO LEARN MY SECOND LESSON. THANK YOU VERRY MUCH. THIS LESSON IS USEFUL FOR IMPROVING MY SKIL IN CONVERSATION SPEAKING AND LESTNING.

  231. becrin says:

    Thank you so much,you are really helping me a lot to get progress in my English skills.Thank you once again.

  232. Hafizh says:

    thank you very much this conversation is useful and from this conversation I get a new vocabulary…

  233. sasha 20 says:

    dat incridable site really and icluding every thing , tnx for that

  234. ma says:

    thanks for this conversation its useful.but i cant but a mark under what the recorder say

  235. sarika says:

    Thank you so much for that lesson…! It’s useful for me.

  236. Mohitosh dey, INDIA says:

    hi
    teacher thank for sending me the conversation and audio i am now
    in hungary so it will good for me practice your lession.

  237. kanjana says:

    that’s very useful to improve my knowledge of english

    thanks a lot

  238. ngoc diem says:

    The lessons are very useful for practicing listening, speaking and pronunciation. I wonder if you can add writting exerceises in them and we as learners mark our papers together for improving writting skill?

  239. ngoc diem says:

    if i make any mistake of writting and grammar, please tell me!
    Thanks a lot!!

  240. ngoc diem says:

    I very like it!
    Thanks to it, I can distinguish clearly expressions in greeting which seem to be easy in appearence. I also get the knowledge of Europe and Scandinavia through out your interesting lesson!
    Thanks a lot!!!

  241. viqar says:

    hi very one who are learning english thanks it is very usful to me to lern english and it is so intesting
    viqar from saudi arabia

  242. mohamed says:

    thousand thank you MR.Aaron

  243. mimo says:

    a thousand thank yous

  244. Giovani says:

    Good excercise to me. I enjoy it a lot. I think this is a easy way to improve my english.

    Thank you so much jejeje

  245. elham alavi says:

    thank you..it is very useful

  246. hasib says:

    itis very goog to help english

  247. alaa says:

    thank you very much . this lesson was very useful and interested thank you for your efforts and i hope you give me alot of lessons. really thank you

  248. mubarak says:

    thankyou so much for your helping me

  249. kimthu says:

    i’m very happy when i can listen the conversation without transcript. my level is suitable to listen that record^^. anyway i want to improve it. How can I do it?

  250. jagath k kumara says:

    that’s very useful to improve my knowledge of english

    thanks a lot

  251. djogi says:

    nice for reviewing my english, thank anyway

  252. solange says:

    I couldn’t complete my exercise because i could not find where to tick or mark my answers.

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Solange….at present we offer no computerized system of ticking what you hear. You should either do it mentally, write down the phrase, or just print a copy and tick with a pencil. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Saleem says:

      Dear Mark and Aaron

      I would like to thank awfully to you and your organization for arranging the English learning on Internet for all persons who are unable to learn english during such a busy life, especialy who are willing to learn english by their skills / efforts.

      I am also very glad to receive exercise, timely for improving my english.

      I would like to thank to all english learners and I will be pleased to recieve any useful comments from my all friends.

      Regards

      Saleem

  253. solange says:

    Am sorry i could not find where or how to tick the asnswers or phrases

  254. Amal Mohammed says:

    thanks alot, and my country langage is arabic ofcours to me so easy and I think it’s easy to Foreign to learn it. well, if I had a mistake in writing or gerammar please tell me

  255. salma says:

    that is goog but please icrease the conversation period and difficulities

  256. al-mona says:

    hi every one
    it’s interesting but it’s so short

  257. Thuan Le says:

    Thank you so very much !!!

  258. pouya says:

    thx so much coz it s very useful for me

  259. ilham says:

    thanks too much realy it is very usful to me to learn conversation

  260. Tiny says:

    It’s intersting!

  261. teymour says:

    Hi every body’ thanks for this lesson and I THINK THIS THE BEST JOB FOR ME.THANK YOU SO MUCH.DECEMBER2,2009 AT6:15PM

  262. howraa says:

    thank awfully

  263. Aida says:

    It would be easier if the script was available

  264. hany says:

    It is good job, and I think if we have the conversation script it will be useful. thanks a lot

  265. sanakhaled says:

    Good evening
    thanks for this lesson and I think its good and uesfull and I hope u communicate with me
    Thanks alot
    SANAKHALED
    30-11-2009

  266. Hassan Shafiee says:

    thats very useful
    thanks alot

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