How to reach level A2 in English?

We have already talked about the A1 level in English which is the most basic level of the CEFR ( Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ) , today we continue our way to the next level! If you have already studied English, if you know the basics, but you always stumble when you find yourself in a situation where you have to speak English spontaneously, perhaps you should aim for level A2 in English !

In other words, this is the level for false beginners : by progressing on the grammar points, the vocabulary and the subjects mentioned in this article, you will be able to consolidate your English basics and begin to communicate well , to feel more comfortable!

What is the A2 level in English?

Levels A1 and A2 correspond to the beginner level and even if level A2 is still considered only as an elementary level, it is an excellent objective to set!

At this level, we are a basic user but a user all the same! We already know the basics of grammar, the essential vocabulary and the most common linguistic structures. At this level, one can survive in English . We’ve already taken our first steps and are ready to run, play and enjoy the language – like a child full of energy and curiosity!

This is what we look like at level A2!How to reach level A2 in English


What does level A2 contain?

In this section, you will find all the information about the A2 level and the skills you need to acquire to reach it. Since you already had an introduction to the main grammatical points at level A1 , now you need to diversify and enrich your vocabulary in order to familiarize yourself with more everyday topics! The following lists can also be used as a checklist to check if you have already studied everything you need for level A2!


What skills for level A2?

According to the CEFR, this is what one should be able to do:

  • Understand isolated phrases and frequently used expressions related to immediate areas of priority (eg, simple personal and family information, shopping, familiar surroundings, work).
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring only a simple and direct exchange of information on routine topics.
  • Describe with simple means his training, his close environment and evoke subjects which correspond to immediate needs.

As you can see, after reaching this level, one is already able to say a lot of things in English !

What is the meaning of level A2 in English?How to reach level A2 in English


What grammar ?

The grammar points you need to learn for A2 are very similar to those we saw in the A1 article , but they now need to be looked at in more detail:

In EnglishIn French
Understanding and using numbers (Ordinals)Understand and use ordinal numbers
Understanding and using pricesUnderstand and use prices
Telling the time (Dates)say the date
Telling the time (Setting a date)Set a date (agree on an appointment)
Giving personal informationGive personal information
Describing habits and routinesDescribe their habits and routine
Describing peopleDescribe a person
Describing thingsDescribe objects
RequestsAsk for something
Hintsmake a suggestion
AdviceTo give advice
invitationsInvite someone
OffersMake an offer
Arrangements to meet people using -ingArrange a date with someone using – ing
Obligations and necessityObligations and Necessity _
Describing placesDescribe a place
Describing past experiences and storytellingTalking about past experiences and storytelling

A point of grammar that comes up constantly are the modals :
revise and practice them as much as possible!
How to reach level A2 in English

In EnglishIn French
Linkers (sequential, past time)Link words (logical and temporal connectors)
RequirementsThe imperative
Question formsInterrogative forms
Wh-questions in the pastQuestions in Wh in the past tense
Simple presentThe simple present
Present continuousThe present continuous / progressive (in Be + V-ing
Past simple (to be)The past tense of to be
Past simple (regular verbs)The past tense of regular verbs
Past simple (irregular verbs)The past tense of irregular verbs
Past continuousThe past continuous/progressive (in Be + V-ing)
Used toUsing used to to describe a past habit
going toThe construction and uses of going to
Present continuous for the future (arrangements)The present continues to make plans for the future
Future time with will and going toThe future with constructions in will and going to
Basic use of the present perfectThe basics of the Present Perfect
Gerunds and verb + -ing or infinitive after like / want / would likeGerund and verbs + -ing or infinitive after verbs like / want / would like
To + infinitive to express a purposeTo + infinitive to express a goal
Verb + to + infinitiveVerb + to + infinitive
Zero and first conditionalConditionals of types zero and 1
Pre-teach or review the particles, using the verb to be as an exampleThe basic particles, used with the verb to be for example
Common phrasal verbsThe most common phrasal verbs
Can/could (Functional)Express permission with “can/could”
Might, mayThe “might, may” modals
Possibly, probably, perhapsPossibly, probably, maybe
Must and must notMust and must not modals
Have toThe modal verb have to
ShouldThe modal verb should
Countable and uncountable (More practice with much and many)Countable and uncountable nouns (go further with much and many )
Advanced personal pronounsAdvanced personal pronouns
Possessive ‘s and s’The possessive case: ‘s and s’
possessive pronounsThe possessive pronouns
Prepositions of time (on/ at/ in)Prepositions of time (on/ at/ in)
Prepositional sentences (time and movement)Prepositional expressions (of time and movement)
Zero article with uncountable nounsThe zero article with uncountable nouns
Articles with countable and uncountable nounsItems with countable and uncountable nouns
Basic determiners (eg any, some, a lot of)Simple determiners (any, some, a lot of)
Wider range (eg all, none, not (any), enough, (a) few)More determiners (e.g. all, none, not a(ny), enough, (a) few )
Demonstrative adjectivesDemonstrative adjectives
Adjectives ending in -ed and -ingAdjectives in -ed and -ing
Comparative (use of than)Comparatives (the use of than )
Superlative and use of the definite articleSuperlatives and the use of the definite article
Adverbs of frequencyAdverbs of frequency
Simple adverbs of place, manner and timeSimple adverbs of place, manner and time
Very basic intensifiersThe most common intensifiers
Basic intensifiers (quite, so, a bit)Common intensifiers (quite, so, a bit)

These grammatical categories are taken from the British Council and EAQUALS website .

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What vocabulary ?

General A2 vocabularyGeneral vocabulary level A2
food and drinkfood and drink
Things in town, shops and shoppingCity elements, stores and shopping
Travel and services vocabularyVocabulary of travel and services
Objects and roomsObjects and rooms in the house
Adjectives about personality, description, feelingsAdjectives related to personality, physical description and feelings
Vacations and holidaysHolidays and celebrations
Work and jobsWork
Leisure activitiesRelaxation activities
Common errors (English) people makeCommon Learner Mistakes (Francophones)
Tongue twisterstongue twisters

So, of course, that’s a lot! That doesn’t mean you’ll know everything at your fingertips, but that you can already place simple (and useful!) sentences in each category (we’ll see examples below). See these lists as a way to organize yourself in English.

Travel in English!How to reach level A2 in English


What subjects?

We’ve put together the best resources for you to get started with A2 level topics . Just click on a topic if you’re not sure how well you know it. You will find resources in English and Hindi!

The individualThe people
Personal particularsTalking about oneself
AppearanceThe appearance
daily routineDaily life
Friends and acquaintancesFriends and acquaintances
Classmates/colleaguesClassmates and colleagues
Family membersFamily members
Family occasions/celebrationsfamily celebrations
Place of livingLiving spaces
house/flatThe house and the apartment
Furnishing of the living-room /bedroomLiving room and bedroom furniture
Kitchen furniture, gadgetsKitchen appliances and accessories
The street, the townThe street, the neighborhood, the city
Sharing the houseworkSharing household chores
Means of transportMethods of transportation
Time table/informationSchedules and information
Buying tickets (bus, train, plane)Buy a ticket (bus, train, etc.)
Travel documentsTravel documents
ShopsThe stores
Special shopsSpecialized shops
MarketsAt the market
grocery storeThe grocery store
Clothes shopsClothing stores
Departments in a shopping centerdepartment store shelves
Communication/keeping in touchCommunicate, keep in touch
Post (letter, postcard)By post (letter, postcard)
Telephone/faxOn the phone, send a fax
Text messages, emailsWrite a text, an email

English-speaking customers can be boring!
Learn to respond to them in English .
How to reach level A2 in English

Free time activitiesActivities in his free time
GuestsThe guests
CinemasAt the movie theater
TheatersAt the theatre
MuseumsAt the Museum
Time/weatherThe weather, the seasons
Rainy weather, winter weather, snowingRainy weather, winter, snow
At the pediatrician’sAt the pediatrician
At the doctor’sAt the doctor’s
At the dentist’sAt the dentist
Some common illnesses (flu, cold)Common illnesses (flu, cold)
At the chemist’sTo the drugstore
popular sportspopular sports
doing sportsPlay sports
Sports and hobbiesSports and leisures
MediaThe media
RadioThe radio

Use the media wisely:
go from couch potato to bilingual in English !
How to reach level A2 in English

listening to musicListen to music
Computer gamesVideo games
The candidate’s favorite pastimeTalk about your favorite hobby
Studying/workingstudies and work
SubjectsThe subjects
Popular occupationsCommon trades
WorkplacesWork place
Colleagues/School-friendsColleagues or classmates
Daily routine at home/at workDaily routine (at home and at work)

Topics are taken from the ECL website .

If you want to take an exam, chances are you will have to talk about one of these topics in the speaking test . The resources here are quite detailed while you are only required to survive in English and not be fluent. So if you are learning English on your own , you also need to decide which vocabulary will be useful to you at this stage of your learning. Wasting time and energy learning endless vocabulary lists is a common mistake to avoid !

Our advice: focus on 2-3 subjects that speak to you , they will serve as a springboard for you to speak English fluently.


How to reach level A2 in English?

The long lists of new words will probably scare you, but don’t worry! On this blog, we always try to show you how to learn vocabulary in an efficient and intelligent way . What you can do is combine the resources found in the previous category with the site to identify the most common words and, thus, which ones you will need to reach level A2!

At this point, no need to learn vocabulary beyond the 2000-3000 most used words, unless they belong to your daily life (not everyone is a specialist in organic chemistry!)

How to pass the A2 level in English?How to reach level A2 in English


Method to reach level A2

It’s still a lot of work and we don’t always have time to classify all the vocabulary and grammar, huh! So if you’re looking for a method that has done the work for you, i.e. identified the vocabulary and grammar needed for each level, check out Click & Speak ! This English training teaches you pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar by level, in an effective and fun way. Because it’s based on the CEFR , you’ll be able to measure your progress and always know what to do to get to the next level. But beware ! – it’s addictive.


How long to reach level A2?

What do you say when you are asked the question: How long have you been learning English? We often tend to say maybe 5 years , 1 year or a few months , but something that might surprise you is that the most effective way to measure the time it takes to learn a language is not in years but in hours !

To reach level A2 in English, a language relatively close to French, you will need around 180-200 hours of study from scratch.

If you already have an A1 level of English and are aiming for the A2 level, you will need about 2 months (between 80 and 100 hours) of study with the Click & Speak training . And if you are starting from scratch, it takes about 4 months (to reach between 180 and 200 hours of experience) in total to reach level A2!


Resources for level A2 in English


Listening in English at A2 level

Here are six A2 level example sentences taken from Click & Speak , to give you a clearer idea of what to expect at this level:

  • He wears a tie to work every day. = He wears a tie to work every day.
  • They’ve got a twelve-year-old kid. = They have a twelve-year-old boy.
  • There’s something wrong with the system. = There is a problem with the system.
  • Uh, excuse me. Could you take a picture of us? = Uh, excuse me. Could you take a picture of us?
  • Let’s just get rid of it, okay? = We get rid of it, that’s all. OK ?
  • I’m sorry. Could you say that again? = I’m sorry, could you repeat?

Written comprehension level A2

One of the components of the A2 English exam is the written comprehension test . Here are some sites that will allow you to practice it:

  • British Council
  • Exam Français
  • Test-English

Reading in English is also a great way to progress!

Lack ofWritten comprehension in English!How to reach level A2 in English


A2 level test?

It’s completely normal not to always know what your exact level is! Something you can do to see if you are at level A2 or not is to take a free mock exam of that level as well as some exercises! If it seems very hard or very easy, it may be worth reviewing level A1 first or moving on to level B1.

How to reach level A2 in English

Reaching level A2 in a language is a serious goal and once you master it you will be able to get by in most common everyday situations in any English speaking country!

For example, I was aiming for level A2 in Spanish and I was very happy to be able to communicate, talk a little about myself, order at the restaurant , ask simple questions and understand the answer during my last trip to Spain.

So I’m sure you too will be very happy and have a real sense of achievement once you achieve it in English!
Good luck for level A2, I’m sure you’ll soon realize your progress!

And if you can already talk about all these topics, if you understand the example sentences and the videos without any problem, then maybe it’s time to aim for level B1 in English !