This is a page devoted to understanding how we use the tenses in English. Watch each video (you can scroll down to see which ones you want to see first) and then do some written exercises to make sure you’ve understand the important points. Sing along with Julie Andrews with a song from Mary Poppins Feed The Birds and Louis Armstrong* in his interpretation of What A Wonderful World at the end to practice your pronunciation and to better assimilate the differences between the present simple and the present continuous. Good luck!


Now…check your comprehension by doing the following online exercises:


2. ANGLAIS FACILE.com (for French learners although exercise is in English)

3. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 1  

4. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 2

5. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 3

6. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 4

7. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 5

8. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 6

9. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 7

10. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 8

11. ENGLISH4 U: Exercise 9

12. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 10

13. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 11

14. ENGLISH 4 U: Exercise 12

TEST 1 : Level 1

TEST 2: Level 2

TEST 3: Level 3

For Beginners: SpeakSpeak 1 SpeakSpeak 2

Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Present Simple or Continuous?

Complete the Text: English Learner

English-Hilfen: Complete the Text with a Drop Down Menu

*Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong’s influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to “cross over,” whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. It allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man. While he rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, he was privately a strong supporter of the Civil Rights movement in America.

Here is singing again towards the end of his life in the late 60’s:

MORE PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE: FEED THE BIRDS Sung by Julie Andrews in the musical film Mary Poppins:


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