English Usa Lesson 10 Homework


Ashley is visiting Anna. She calls to find out how to go to Anna's apartment. Ashley learns about Anna's neighborhood.


In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to give directions to a place. You can also download the Activity Sheet and practice giving directions to a friend.


In this video, you learn what it means when Americans make their voice go up after a sentence.


Anna: Hi! Today, my friend Ashley, is coming over. I am showing her my new apartment! Oh! That’s Ashley calling.

Anna: Hi Ashley!

Ashley: Hi Anna! I’m coming to your apartment. Where is your apartment?

Anna: My apartment is near the Columbia Heights Metro.

Ashley: It is near the Columbia Heights Metro?

Anna: Yes. Exit the Metro and turn right. Then at the bus station turn left. Then walk straight ahead.

Ashley: Okay. Exit Metro, turn right, turn left, then go straight ahead?

Anna: Yes. My apartment is near a coffee shop.

Ashley: Okay. See you soon!

Anna: Hi, Ashley.

Ashley: Anna, Which coffee shop? There are three coffee shops.

Anna: Okay, my apartment is across from a big department store.

Ashley: A big department store? Ah, I see it!

Anna: Okay! Bye, Ashley. See you soon!

Ashley: Okay. See you soon.

Anna: Ashley! Ashley! Ashley! Over here! It’s Anna! It’s Anna! Hi!

Anna: I love having my friends over. Come on!

Ashley: Great!


How do you tell someone how to find your school? Or where you work? Try writing directions to a place near you. Send us an email or give us directions in the Comments section. Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice with a friend.

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. The learning strategy for this lesson is Use Images. When we listen to directions, it helps to use an image in our mind or on a screen or paper to understand them better. Here is an example.

Marcos wants to go to his friend Lucia's house. He asks her to give him directions. As he listens, he draws a map on a piece of paper. Lucia says, "Turn right at the supermarket." Marcos draws a box with an 'S' on his map. He draws an arrow (=>) to the right. When he is walking to Lucia's house, he thinks of the map. He remembers the supermarket and the arrow. He turns right and finds Lucia's house.

How do you use images to understand and remember English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Listening Quiz

Test your understanding by taking the listening quiz.


New Words

ahead - adv. to or toward the place where someone is going

bus - n. a large vehicle that is used for carrying passengers especially along a particular route at particular times

coffee shop - n. a small restaurant that serves coffee and other drinks as well as simple foods

department store - n. a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold

exit - v. to go out of a place

left - adj. located on the same side of your body as your heart
adv. to or toward the left

Metro - n. an underground railway system in some cities (also called subway)

right - adj. located on the side of your body that is away from your heart

station - n. place where buses, trains, etc., regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off

straight - adv. in a straight or direct way

then - adv. used to indicate what happened or happens next

turn - v. to cause your body or a part of your body to face a different direction

walk - v. to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running


Free Materials

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheetfor extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice giving directions.

For Teachers

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: Locating places; Imperatives; There is /There are

Topics: Giving directions; Sequence of events with then

Learning Strategy: Use Images

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Giving simple directions; Using rising intonation to check understanding


Now it's your turn. Send us an email or write to us in the Comments section below or on our Facebook page to let us know what you think of this lesson.

Let's Learn English is a course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. There are 52 lessons. Every fifth lesson, there is a review of the previous lessons.

Each week, there is 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.


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


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.


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?

Anna: No. A-N-N-A

Pete: Well, Anna with two "n's" ... Welcome to ... 1400 Irving Street!

Anna: My new apartment! Yes!


Introduce yourself in the Comments section. Download the worksheet to learn the alphabet and numbers.

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

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 for learning English this year? Send us an email or write to us in the Comments section. See the Lesson Plan for more details.

Listening Quiz

Check how well you understand the lesson with this quiz. Play the video and choose the correct answer.

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!


Free Materials

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

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.

Grammar focus: BE + name in introductions; BE + location

Topics: Meeting people; Personal information; Learning the Alphabet (Activity sheet); Learning the Numbers 1-20 (video)

Speaking & Pronunciation focus: Meeting people; Pronouncing linked sounds

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