The word of the day is "something." This is a word that you can use when you don't know the name of a thing. You should also note that "something" can't be used with negatives. Use this word in statements or questions:
Something is wrong.
Is there something wrong?
She bought something at the store.
Did she buy something at the store? (You can also use "anything" in place of something for a question.)
Let's get something to eat.
Would you like something to eat?
The Purple Level level lesson for today is on the verb "send." Following the lesson, you can take this quiz.
Today's pronunciation exercises include words that begin with A , B , and C .
May 22, 2013
Use the verb "let" when inviting someone to do something, when granting permission, or when making a request:
Let's go to a movie. (invitation)
Let me use your pencil for a minute. (request)
I'll let you borrow my car if you need to use it. (permission)
Let's go golfing this weekend. (invitation)
Let me help you with that. (request and offer of assistance)
The teacher let the class leave early. (permission)
Click here to learn more about the verb "let." There's a new quiz in the Purple Level for this word.
Pronunciation exercises shift to the Words section starting today. The words in these exercises contain combinations of vowels and consonants that cause difficulty for some students.
The word of the day is "nothing." (I'm feeling kind of existential this morning : - | )
May 21, 2013
Today's word of the day is the verb "think." It's important to understand the differences between the use of this verb in the past tense and the noun, "thought," which was the word of the day for yesterday.
Today's Purple Level lesson is on the verb "seem." Use this word when describing your perception of a situation or a person.
The blended consonant exercises for today will help you with st and str.
May 20, 2013
Are you familiar with Aesop's Fables? The Purple Level Reading Room features Aesop's Fables slightly adapted so that they are easier to understand. It's possible you are already familiar with these tales of morality because they've been translated into many different languages as they've been told and retold. There's a new addition to the list of Aesop's Fables on this website. It's the story of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
Today's verb for the Purple Level is the verb "be." It's the most important verb for you to learn well. Even advanced level students need to review the verb "be" constantly because it changes in many unexpected ways.
Warm weather has come late to Minnesota this year. Just two weeks ago we had snow on the ground! I'm eager to get back into the gardens and do some planting. Here are a few snapshots I took of things that normally produce flowers early every year, regardless of what I do:
flowers on a plum tree
May 16, 2013
The verb "keep" has many different meanings which you must learn about:
She keeps sugar in a sugar bowl.
He kept working despite his age.
They can't keep up with the additional work.
Keep away from there!
Do you know the meanings for "keep" in the sentences above?
A friend of mine in the Blue Level Chat Room suggested the word "type" for word of the day, so here it is.
The lesson for the day in the Purple Level is "tell." After you complete it, there's a quiz for you to take. Notice that the lessons for "say" and "tell" are back to back. That's because many students make mistakes with these two verbs.
The pronunciation exercises for today are consonants th and th. These are two different sounds. The first th sound is unvoiced and the second th sound is voiced. A voiced sound is one that involves the vocal chords. Listen to these exercises very carefully and practice them if you have problems with these consonant sounds.
Purple Level students study different ways of using the verb "say."
If you are working in the pronunciation section of the website, today you can practice the consonants sh andt.
Students in my evening class last night learned about receiving evaluations and getting ahead at work, so a good choice for word of the day today is "promote." If you come to this website every day, you're getting some of the same material that I give to students whom I meet daily in regular classrooms.
May 13, 2013
If you are studying in the Purple Level, the lesson for today is on the word "want." After you complete this lesson, click here for a quiz. This quiz is focused on the difference between "want" and "need."
Students who are studying pronunciation listen to and practice the consonants r and s
There's a new exercise for the Correct or Incorrect section. Click hereto test your knowledge of forming negatives.
May 12, 2013
Today is Mother's Day in the United States. On this day, people do nice things for their mother: they take her out to breakfast, go for a walk, go to the park, or bring her flowers. Call volume skyrockets. (call volume = the use of phones). If you're a mom, happy Mother's Day!
How are you doing with the Purple Level? The verb for today is "need." Use this verb when something is necessary:
I need some help.
She needs something to eat.
We needed a new car.
Students who are studying in the pronunciation section focus on the consonants n and p
Students in the Purple Level study the word "know" today.
May 8, 2013
You may have noticed on the homepage that I announced we will begin the Blue Level in June and restart the seven-month program. This is because many students have extra time during the summer to study English, and the month of June is the perfect month in which to begin. Students working in the Purple Level will move on to the Orange Level in June. The Orange Level is intended for intermediate and advanced students of English who want to work on sentence-building skills.
The word of the day is "button." Pay attention to the way your teacher pronounces this word.
There's a new Think in English exercise. Click here to see what it is.
There's a new Correct or Incorrect execise. Initially, these will be easy and gradually become more difficult.
May 7, 2013
I have a new exercise for you to try. See if you can figure out if a sentence or question is correct or incorrect.
Purple Level students study the verb "see" today. This verb is used for sight, understanding, and the formation of relationships with other people.
There are more "r" sounds for you to practice today: eer,/ or, /and ur.
The word of the day is "pad." It rhymes with the previous two words for the Word of the Day section. What should be the word chosen for tomorrow?
Students studying pronunciation examine the differences between the short o and the long o sounds today.
Purple Level students click here to see examples for the verb "use."
May 3, 2013
I hope the pronunciation exercises are helping you. In today's lesson, we'll continue to study vowel sounds. Remember that by adding an "e" to the end of a word, the vowel sound often changes. In the example below, you can listen to two different "i" sounds:
Today I want you to compare words that have a short e sound with words that have a long e sound. Use the spelling of the words to guide your pronunciation. Words with a short e sound are usually spelled with just an "e," while words with a long e sound are often spelled with two "e's" or "ea" or "ie." Look at the chart below to compare:
Students working in the Purple Level study the word "get" today. If you studied in the Green Level you know that it's possible to use "get" as a helping verb to form the passive voice. It's also a very idiomatic verb. Look in a dictionary and you'll see a very long list of meanings for "get."
Do you have trouble pronouncing words in English when you read out loud or speak? In my regular classes we spend some time looking at how spelling influences the pronunciation of a word. The first set of pronunciation exercises are for the short a sound and the long a sound. Notice how the addition of an "e" changes a short vowel sound to a long vowel sound:
Listen to the short a sound and then the long a sound:
This doesn't apply to every similar situation. The word "car," for example, becomes "care" with the addition on an "e." The word "far" becomes "fare." The "r" at the end of the word has a lot to do with that. However, as you will notice in other pronunciation exercises, the "e" at the end of a word often elongates the vowel sound.
Students studying in the Purple Level study the word "go" today. This is the first lesson for this level because "go" is such an important irregular verb. We use this simple word in many different verb phrases and idioms.