Learn & Remember the English ALPHABET: A, B, C, D, E, F…
October 27, 2019
Hello. I’m Gill from www.engvid.com, and here
we are in London on a rainy day, and we’re going to be looking at the English alphabet.
And I have for you an alphabet memory trick to help you remember. Okay? Because every
alphabet in every language is different, so the English alphabet with 26 letters is…
Sorry, that’s probably too high, so I’m going to put that down here. 26 letters is different
from other alphabets, and the letters come in a certain order. So some people start,
“Okay: A, B, C, D, E…” So this is to help you remember all of the letters in the correct
order. Okay. So it’s like a little poem or story. And the first word… The first letter
of each word is the letter of the alphabet. So let’s just look at
the first line, okay? So we have: “All Boys Can Do Exercise”, okay?
So that’s A, B, C, D, E, the first five letters of the alphabet. Okay? So it… Because it
means something in a sentence, hopefully it’s easier to remember. So: A, B, C, D, E: “All
Boys Can Do Exercise”. “Exercise” meaning this sort of thing. Okay?
Exercise. Right. Okay. Second line, continuing: “French Girls Help
In June”, okay? So: “French Girls Help In June”, the month of June, okay? I always think
of French au pairs here. I don’t know if you know that word: “au pair”, it’s French itself,
but it means usually a young woman who comes from another country to live with a family and
help them with their housework, help them with the children, the shopping, and they’re
called an au pair, so this always reminds me of French au pairs, so maybe that will
help you remember as well. So: “French Girls Help In June”, and that’s in the summer when
maybe more French girls will want to come because the weather isn’t that bad in the
summer. Okay. So, we’ve had A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, okay? And then, finally…
Because the alphabet is 26 letters long, it helps to divide it into two and stop halfway,
so it’s 13 plus 13, and that’s how I learned the alphabet when I was a very little girl
at school. So I always stopped halfway and knew I was halfway. So we’re
going to do the same here, okay? So, next one: K, L, M, okay? “Kids Like Milk”.
Now, if you don’t know the word “kids”, it’s an informal, casual word for children. Okay?
So: Children Like Milk, but it’s “Kids”. And a kid is also a baby goat, maybe that’s why
children are called kids; I don’t know. Don’t quote me. A kid is a baby goat, which is an
animal-okay?-that you find on the farm. A baby goat is a kid, but here it means children.
“Kids Like Milk”. You can also remember this line because it’s K, L, M, and I hope we’re
allowed to advertise, you may know of the airline, I think it’s the Dutch airline, KLM,
that’s another way of remembering this line. If you can’t remember about kids liking milk,
think of the Dutch airline KLM. Okay? So then here we are halfway through the alphabet.
So, we’ve got: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, halfway. Right.
Okay, ready to go on? Right. Next line, this sounds strange, but it sort of
makes sense, so we have: “Now Our Professor”-our teacher, our professor-“Quits Reading”. Okay?
“Quits” means stops. It’s another informal word, it means stops. Okay, so… And the
professor, that’s usually someone in a university. So it sounds pretty strange that a professor would
stop reading, because that is what professors are supposed to do, but maybe this professor
is retiring, or they got very tired, or they need a holiday, and they think: “Right, no
more books.” So: “Now Our Professor Quits Reading”. Okay, so: N, O, P, Q, R.
Okay. Now, the next bit is totally unconnected;
it doesn’t really follow in the story, but I’ll explain what this means if you’re not
sure: “Socks Turn Up”. “Socks”, what you wear on your feet, okay? Your socks. Sometimes
you lose your socks. You think: “Where are my lovely red socks? I can’t find them.” And
you go for about a week or two weeks, and you’re still thinking: “What happened to my
socks?” And then suddenly one day you go into the kitchen maybe, you open the kitchen cupboard,
and there are your socks and you say: “Oh, my socks turned up.” It usually means… If
something turns up, this is a verb with a preposition or a phrasal… Phrasal verb,
okay? Phrasal verb. It’s slightly an informal kind of phrase, again, but: “to turn up” it’s
usually if you have lost something… You lost your socks and then you find them again.
So, you lose them, you lose your socks. You lose your socks and then you find them. So:
“Oh, my socks turned up”, so that’s the meaning of this: Socks turn up. Okay? S, T, U. Right?
So we’ve got: N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, and then to end with… Now, the last few letters of the English alphabet
are quite difficult. Some other languages don’t have a W, for example, which makes it
difficult. But anyway, some more advertising: VW. Okay? VW, you may know the German car, the
VW, or Volkswagen is the full name. Volkswagen, so there’s the V and there’s the W. But no
English person finds the word “Volkswagen” easy to say, and it takes such a long time,
we say: “VW”, okay. My Russian… I have a Russian student who I told her about this,
and she said: “Oh, well, in Russia we say: ‘Volkswagen’.” So, okay but in England, in
the U.K. we usually say: “VW”, it’s easier. So, VW, car. And then the letter X is very, very
difficult to use in English at the beginning of a word, there are not many words if you
look in the dictionary beginning with an X, so to find something that actually made sense, I
had to use a word with X as the second letter, but never mind, it’s okay. So: “VW eXits”,
meaning goes out, the exit is the way out, so it goes out of “York”, that is a city in
the north of England. York. “Zoo”, the zoo where the wild animals are kept. Now, I don’t
know if there is a zoo in York, but it doesn’t really matter. If it helps us remember the
last few letters of the English language, then that’s all that matters. Okay. So:
“VW eXits York Zoo.” V, W, X, Y, Z. Okay, so just to go over the second half of
the alphabet: N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. Okay? So, that is the English alphabet.
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