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One difficult part of English is articles – but we use them a lot, so it’s important to know them. There are three articles in the English language: “a,” “an,” and “the.”

“A” and “an” are called indefinite articles because they are used when we talk about something in general, or when we talk about something for the first time. We use “an” when the next word begins with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) and we use “a” with words that begin with a consonant (all the other letters in the alphabet). In addition, we only use “a” and “an” with singular count nouns:

There was an earthquake in Japan two years ago.         

How much does a new car cost?         

Is there a bathroom in this building?

“The,” on the other hand, is a definite article.We use it when we’re talking about something specific, or when we continue to talk about something we’ve introduced. “The” can be used for singular or plural nouns, count or non-count:

The people in my class are very friendly.       

The refrigerator is broken!          

I took the F Train this morning.

Read the following story, and pay special attention to the articles:

Last night I found a cockroach in my kitchen. The cockroach was very big and very fast. I picked up a newspaper to kill it, but the newspaper was too soft. Then I picked up a frying pan. I was able to kill the cockroach, but then I had to wash the frying pan. I washed the frying pan in the sink, but when I finished, I saw a second cockroach. The second cockroach was even bigger than the first one!

Now watch the video lesson to learn more, then you can take the quiz to test your knowledge!

Th

Time for more pronunciation practice. Below is a good video which shows you how to pronounce English words with the “th” sound – like “think” and “this” and “bathroom” and “twentieth.” The most important thing to remember when making these sounds is to stick out your tongue! Here’s a picture of what your mouth should look like:

Do you see his tongue sticking out? Here’s the video. Remember to listen and repeat as you watch:

Idiom of the Week: Eat Out of Someone’s Hand

Meaning: To be very obedient; to do everything someone wants.

Examples:

Even though my boss is tough and mean, with my smile, hard work, and flexible schedule in only three weeks, I had him eating out of my hand.

The new teacher had lots of children who were naughty, didn’t listen to her and screamed all day. But she brought cakes, candy and computer games and soon she had them eating out of her hand.

You’ll never get them to eat out of your hand with your lousy attitude!

 

Pop Quiz:

If someone is eating out of your hand….

A.  you have food in your hand.

B.  you don’t have to ask them twice to do you a favor.

C.  they constantly complain about you.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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