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Pre A1 Starters

Word list picture book


for exams from 2018
Contents
About this book..................................................................................... 2
About pre A1 Starters............................................................................ 3
Where are the young learners?...........................................................4

My body.................................................................................................. 5
At the zoo...........................................................................................6–7
At the clothes shop.......................................................................... 8–9
My friend’s birthday...................................................................... 10–11
My favourite food..........................................................................12–13
At home..........................................................................................14–15
At school.........................................................................................16–17
At the beach...................................................................................18–19
My street........................................................................................ 20–21

Some games..................................................................................22–24
A–Z Word List for pre A1 Starters...............................................25–30
Answers................................................................................................. 31

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About this book
You can use this colourful picture book to
help children when they are just starting
to learn English.

The book uses many of the words from


pre A1 Starters Word List. You will find the
words in:

• the colourful pictures


At the zoo chicken
snake
Let’s talk!
crocodile

• the ‘Let’s talk!’ sections


tail
cow
frog horse
• Oh dear! Where’s the yellow snake?
bird dog • Look at the goats. Which goat
tiger has yellow eyes? What colour
sheep giraffe are yours?
animal

• the activity pages.


• OK, have you got a favourite
animal? Which animal don’t
goat you like?
mouse / mice duck monkey spider
6 lizard hippo elephant 7

The full pre A1 Starters Word List is at the


end of this book on page 25.

Talk about the pictures


If you are a parent or a teacher, find time to sit with your children and look at the book.
Talk to them about what you see. As a start you could ask some of the ‘Let’s talk!’ questions on
the picture pages.

Find words in the pictures


There are lots of words to find in the pictures.
Can the children find them all?
See if the children want to test your English too!
What can they ask you to find in the pictures?

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About
pre A1 Starters
Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers is a series of fun, motivating English language tests
for children in primary and lower secondary education. The tests are an excellent way for
children to gain confidence and improve their English.

Common European Cambridge


Framework of English
Reference (CEFR) Scale Schools

230

220

C2 210 C2 Proficiency
PROFICIENT

200

C1 190 C1 Advanced

180

B2 B2 First
INDEPENDENT

170 for Schools

160

B1 150 B1 Preliminary
for Schools

140
A2 Key for
Schools
A2 130
A2
Flyers
BASIC

120
Young Learners

A1 110 A1 Movers

100

Pre
A1
Pre A1
90
Starters

80

There are three levels of exam:


• pre A1 Starters
• A1 Movers
• A2 Flyers

Pre A1 Starters is for children who are just starting to learn English.

For more information about pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers


and for preparation materials, please visit:
cambridgeenglish.org/starters
cambridgeenglish.org/movers
cambridgeenglish.org/flyers
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Hello!
Where are the Young Learners?
Here are 17 young learners from the ‘My body’ picture. They are also in the pictures in the book.
When you find them in the book, tick here and write the name of the picture.
The answers are on page 31.

PAlex Grace Dan

Which picture? __ __ ___


______ _____
_At_ home
____

Jill Sam Anna


__ ___ __ ____ __
___ ______

Kim Sue & Tom Ben


__ ___ __ ___ __ ___
___ _______ ____ ___

Lucy & Hugo Bill May


__ __ __
______ ______ _________
____

Pat & Alice Nick


_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ’_ __
________ ______

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My body
head hair Let’s talk!
arm • What’s your name?
leg • Here are lots of children playing.
Are they happy or sad?
hand body face • Who’s waving at you?
foot eye
ear
feet
mouth nose 5
smile
At the zoo chicken

cow
frog horse

bird
tiger
sheep

goat
mouse / mice duck monkey
6 lizard
snake
Let’s talk!
crocodile
tail

• Oh dear! Where’s the yellow snake?

dog • Look at the goats. Which goat has


yellow eyes? What colour are yours?
giraffe • OK, have you got a favourite animal?
animal Which animal don’t you like?

spider
hippo elephant 7
At the clothes shop
white skirt
black hat clothes
purple
glasses blue jacket shoe

sock
brown bag pink
8 handbag
watch grey/gray
trousers

yellow
shirt Let’s talk!
angry • Wow! How many hats do you see?
man
• What’s your favourite colour?
red T-shirt • What clothes do you like to wear?

green orange
jeans dress
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My friend’s birthday
Miss
Park

person

people woman
man robot
baby boy girl
monster
alien
child

10 balloon men women children give a toy


dad/father mum/mother
Mr Park Mrs Park family

Let’s talk!
• Is the alien very ugly or really beautiful?
• Whose birthday is it? How old is he?
• What do you do on your birthday?

cousin

grandmother/ grandfather/
sister brother grandma grandpa 11
My favourite food
meat
potato

banana lime mango dinner


grapes lemon
apple pineapple
orange
pear fish
water
rice
peas sausage egg
fruit beans
onion tomato

12 bread coconut breakfast


milk
17
candy/
sweet(s)
chocolate
watermelon

cake chicken
Let’s talk!
juice • Is the door open or closed?
lemonade • Do these people like eating?
drink • What do you eat for breakfast?
• What’s your favourite food?
burger
chips/ ice carrot
lunch fries cream 13
At home
bathroom dining room
window

picture
box mirror
clock chair
cupboard
bath table
radio
doll
kitchen bed
bookcase apartment/
flat

14 bedroom house/home
hall garden
wall
flower
door
phone Let’s talk!
• Can you show me the white flowers?
painting television/ • Where are the children watching
TV television?
sofa
room • Where do you sleep at night?
armchair • Do you live in a house or a flat?

cat lamp
rug
living room 15
At school part teacher alphabet
letter
line
draw/do a board
drawing book page

football/ floor
soccer
class classroom

ruler hockey
pen

pencil basketball
16 eraser/rubber
book
computer mouse

keyboard
Let’s talk!
desk close • Look at the woman in the blue skirt.
Is she standing up and writing a
sentence?
open
• Do you enjoy reading books and
listening to stories?
tick • Do you like to spell?
music
cross
17
At the beach piano
kick
a ball
hit paint
a ball
guitar
paint(ing)

jump
baseball walk
sing a song

table tennis camera


18 fishing
take a photo
throw catch
a ball a ball kite

sport
Let’s talk!
• What colour is the boy’s camera?
• Do you see the boy with the yellow
and blue shorts? What did his mum
tennis badminton give to him?
• There are a lot of games here. Which
game do you like?
sand

swim sea sun shell 19


My street run
tree
park

train

morning afternoon evening

20
bookshop shop/store day
fly a plane

Let’s talk!
bus
boat

drive a car • Can you point to the car in front


of the bus?
lorry/truck
stop • What’s in front of the fruit shop?
helicopter go • What colour bag does the boy see?

ride a
motorbike bike 21
Some games
Can you find the words?

Y O U N G K D D E N L
L W W Z D O S S C N U
O E E L U N O E I O F
N J L B C L E A N D I
G I L N D V G X A R T
L E A Q H A L L B A U
L H M W T R O H S P A
A E T E L P M O C X E
M R K P Q B R F P E B
S S Y Y T R I D V V Q
A N G R Y W F G O O D

P clean beautiful end nice

sorry new good small

again big angry well

dirty short double

complete hers long

young old pardon

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Which number?
Can you show which number goes with which and write in the letters?

_w_
1 __g__ 11
s_____n
2 _h___ 12
one
3 __v__t___ 13
_w___y
4 __x 14
_l___n
5 n___ 15
__u___e_
6 _e_ 16
_h__t___
7 17
f_f____
____n
8 18
_w___e
___h____
9 19
f__r
__n_t___
10 20
__v_

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Where is Monkey?

Choose from:
in front of next to behind in
between under on

1 between

2 3

4 5

6 7

That’s the end of pre A1 Starters quiz time. Thank you for taking part. Check the answers on page 31.
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Starters A–Z
Word List
Grammatical key
adj adjective excl exclamation pron pronoun
adv adverb int interrogative v verb
conj conjunction n noun
det determiner poss possessive
dis discourse marker prep preposition

A
a det alien n answer n + v
about prep alphabet n apartment (UK
add v an det flat) n
afternoon n and conj apple n
again adv angry adj arm n
Alex n animal n armchair n
Alice n Ann/Anna n ask v at prep of place

B
baby n be v Bill n bounce v
badminton n beach n bird n box n
bag n bean n birthday n boy n
ball n bear n black adj bread n
balloon n beautiful adj blue adj breakfast n
banana n bed n board n brother n
baseball n bedroom n board game n brown adj
baseball cap n bee n boat n burger n
basketball n behind prep body n bus n
bat (as sports Ben n book n but conj
equipment) n between prep bookcase n bye excl
bath n big adj bookshop n
bathroom n bike n boots n

C
cake n candy (UK carrot n ball) v
camera n sweet(s)) n cat n chair n
can v car n catch (e.g. a chicken n

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child/children n classroom n colour (US count v
chips (US fries) n clean adj + v color) n + v cousin n
chocolate n clock n come v cow n
choose v close v complete v crayon n
clap v closed adj computer n crocodile n
class n clothes n cool adj + excl cross n + v
classmate n coconut n correct adj cupboard n

D
dad n dinner n donkey n drawing n
Dan n dirty adj don’t worry excl dress n
day n do v door n drink n + v
desk n dog n double adj drive v
dining room n doll n draw v duck n

E
ear n elephant n enjoy v evening n
eat v end n eraser (UK example n
egg n English adj + n rubber) n eye n
Eva n

F
face n find v fly v fries (UK
family n fish (s + pl) n food n chips) n
fantastic adj + fishing n foot/feet n frog n
excl flat (US football (US from prep
father n apartment) n soccer) n fruit n
favourite (US floor n for prep fun adj + n
favorite) adj flower n friend n funny adj

G
game n go v grandfather n great adj + excl
garden n go to bed v grandma n green adj
get v go to sleep v grandmother n grey (US gray)
giraffe n goat n grandpa n adj
girl n good adj grape n guitar n
give v goodbye excl gray (UK grey)
glasses n Grace n adj

H
hair n handbag n have v head n
hall n happy adj have got v helicopter n
hand n hat n he pron hello excl

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her poss adj + hippo n hold v how int
pron his poss adj + home n + adv how many int
here adv pron hooray excl how old int
hers pron hit v horse n Hugo n
hi excl hobby n house n
him pron hockey n

I
I pron in prep of place in front of prep its poss adj +
ice cream n + time it pron pron

J
jacket n jellyfish n juice n
jeans n Jill n jump v

K
keyboard kid n kitchen n kiwi n
(computer) n Kim n kite n know v
kick v

L
lamp n letter (as in living room n a lot of det
learn v alphabet) n lizard n lots adv + pron
leg n like prep + v long adj lots of det
lemon n lime n look v love v
lemonade n line n look at v Lucy n
lesson n listen v lorry (US truck) n lunch n
let’s v live v a lot adv + pron

M
make v name) n Miss title (computer) n
man/men n me pron monkey n mouth n
mango n me too dis monster n Mr title
many det meat n morning n Mrs title
Mark n meatballs n mother n mum n
mat n milk n motorbike n music n
Matt n mine pron mouse/mice n my poss adj
May (as in girl’s mirror n mouse

N
name n Nick n not adv
new adj night n now adv
next to prep no adv + det number n
nice adj nose n

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O
of prep old adj open adj + v ours pron
oh dis on prep of place or conj
oh dear excl one det + pron orange adj + n
OK adj + dis onion n our poss adj

P
page n pea n piano n playground n
paint n + v pear n pick up v please dis
painting n pen n picture n point v
paper adj + n pencil n pie n polar bear n
pardon int person/people n pineapple n poster n
park n pet n pink adj potato n
part n phone n + v plane n purple adj
Pat n photo n play v put v

Q
question n

R
radio n rice n correct) adj eraser) n
read v ride v robot n rug n
really adv right dis room n ruler n
red adj right (as in rubber (US run v

S
sad adj ship n sleep v sport n
Sam n shirt n small adj stand v
sand n shoe n smile n + v start v
sausage n shop (US store) n snake n stop v
say v short adj so dis store (UK shop)
scary adj shorts n soccer (UK n
school n show v football) n story n
sea n silly adj sock n street n
see v sing v sofa n Sue n
see you excl sister n some det sun n
sentence n sit v song n sweet(s) (US
she pron skateboard n sorry adj + int candy) n
sheep (s + pl) n skateboarding n spell v swim v
shell n skirt n spider n

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T
table n tennis n these det + pron tomato n
table tennis n tennis racket n they pron too adv
tablet n thank you dis thing n toy n
tail n thanks dis this det + pron train n
take a photo/ that det + pron those det + pron tree n
picture v the det throw v trousers n
talk v their poss adj tick n + v truck (UK lorry)
teacher n theirs pron tiger n n
teddy (bear) n them pron to prep try n + v
television/TV n then dis today adv + n T-shirt n
tell v there adv Tom n TV/television n

U
ugly adj under prep understand v us pron

V
very adv

W
walk v wave v where int with prep
wall n we pron which int woman/women n
want v wear v white adj word n
watch n + v well dis who int would like v
water n well done dis whose int wow excl
watermelon n what int window n write v

X
(No words at this level)

Y
year n yes adv young adj yours pron
yellow adj you pron your poss adj

Z
zebra n zoo n

Letters & numbers


Candidates will be expected to understand and write the letters of the alphabet and
numbers 1–20.

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Names
Candidates will be expected to recognise and write the following names: 
Alex Eva Mark Sam
Alice Grace Matt Sue
Ann/Anna Hugo May (as in girl’s Tom
Ben Jill name)
Bill Kim Nick
Dan Lucy Pat

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Answers
Page 4 Page 23
Where are the young learners? Which number?
Alex – At home Did you get all the answers? Well done!
Grace – My street two
1 eight 11
Dan – At the beach
sixteen
Jill – At the zoo 2 three 12
Sam – At home one
3 seventeen 13
Anna – At school
twenty
Kim – At the zoo 4 six 14
Sue & Tom – At the clothes shop eleven
5 nine 15
Ben – At the zoo
fourteen
Lucy & Hugo – My street 6 ten 16
Bill – My street thirteen
7 17
fifteen
May – My favourite food
seven
Pat & Alice – My friend’s birthday 8 18
twelve

Nick – At school 9
eighteen
19
four
nineteen
10 20
five
Page 22
Can you find the words? Page 24
Where is Monkey?
Y O U N G K D D E N L
1. between
L W W Z D O S S C N U
2. next to
O E E L U N O E I O F
N J L B C L E A N D I
3. in

G I L N D V G X A R T 4. in front of
L E A Q H A L L B A U 5. on
L H M W T R O H S P A 6. behind
A E T E L P M O C X E 7. under
M R K P Q B R F P E B
S S Y Y T R I D V V Q
A N G R Y W F G O O D

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Thank you for
reading this book

Use your favourite colours to colour in the young learners.

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Teachers and parents can use this colourful picture book to help children get better at English and learn new words.

Sit down and talk to children about the pictures. Can they find many of the different words in the fun, colourful
pictures? Can you help them answer the questions in the ‘Let’s  talk!’ sections?

The Pre A1 Starters Word List Picture Book includes many of the words children might see in their
Pre A1 Starters test.

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