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There's a new reading exercise for the Yellow Level: The holiday season is upon us.

The word of the day is "yoga."

I posted this on Facebook today:

pictures of students

This is a collage consisting of pictures of students who have visited the website within the last few months. Considering only a small fraction of people actually send in their photos, you can guess that the number of daily visitors around the world is quite large. Right now we seem to be averaging between 3000 to 5000 visitors per day. This is really thrilling for me as a teacher because I would like to believe that my work is having a positive impact on so many people.

The word of the day is "womb."

The day after Thanksgiving is known as "Black Friday" because it's the start of the holiday shopping season. This is the time of the year when retailers make most of their money, thereby becoming profitable for the year. When a company is "in the black," it has made a profit. A company that is "in the red" is losing money.

The word of the day is "virus."

The Purple Level is intended for intermediate and advanced level students; however, beginning level students might also benefit from looking at the verbs that are listed there. All of the verbs in the Purple Level are among the most common verbs in English. They are particularly useful for conversation.

Today's Purple Level lesson is on the verb "have." This verb serves as both a helping verb and a main verb, so it's extremely important for you to know how "have" is used in any part of a sentence or question.

Everyone has to go to the bathroom. The elimination of waste is a basic process that your body goes through every day. The word of the day is "urine."

Without thumbs, it would be difficult to pick things up or handle objects. This is your word for the day.

The word of the day is "sneeze."

The word of the day is "react."

There's a new Green Level reading exercise: Alice was taken to the hospital last weekend. You'll notice the use of the passive voice is a little heavier than normal in this exercise.

The word of the day is "prick." This is what a nurse does when testing a person's blood. It also means that something is sharp.

Here's the Word of the Day quiz for November 2015.

An important part of good health maintenance is taking care of your mouth. The word of the day is "oral."

open mouth

The word of the day is "nurse."


The word of the day is "medicine."

Everyone I know is talking about the attacks that took place in the streets of Paris yesterday. It's truly heartbreaking to see so many young and innocent people killed in such a cold-hearted manner. The United States is sure to support France in whatever action that it takes in response to this act of terrorism.

heart breaking heartbreaking

The word of the day is "lethal."


Did you receive today's emailed lesson? Some lessons only appear in the form of email. They won't appear on the website. If you aren't signed up for email from your teacher, you can sign up here.

The word of the day is "knuckle."

We're still collecting photos for the photos section. If you are a new student, send in your photo along with your first name and the name of the country that you currently live in. Thanks!


There's a new reading exercise for the Yellow Level:

Do you want to go to college in the United States?

The word of the day is "juvenile."

Articles in English (a, an, and the) are a little difficult for some students, especially if their first language doesn't have them. My own study of German revealed the difficulty of learning articles, and to this day I still make mistakes when speaking or writing in German because I don't have enough practice. With practice comes the knowledge and skill you need to use articles properly.

This lesson might help you improve in your use of articles. It's very basic but even advanced level students need practice in this area:

Blue Level Lesson Ten

The word of the day is "immune."

As we continue to study words related to health and sickness, it stands to reason that the word "health" would make a good addition to the Word of the Day section.

One way people get sick is when they are contact with each other. You can get the flu or possibly some type of disease from someone standing next to you. This is because of the presence of germs. Germs are living micro organisms that cause sickness. They spread from one person to another. This is one reason why it's important for you to always wash your hands after visiting public areas.

Germs can't be seen with the naked eye. You have to use a microscope to see them.


The word of the day is "fatigue."

The word of the day is "emergency."

The word of the day is "disease." A disease is a sickness. It's fairly common to get a disease, but there are many different kinds. Some are lethal (deadly) while others are benign (not deadly).

The word of the day is "check." This what a doctor or a nurse does when you visit a clinic or a hospital. A doctor checks on your physical condition. He or she gives you a check up.

There's a new reading exercise for the Blue Level: We're giving blood at school today.

The word of the day is "bleed."

The theme for this month will be sickness and health. Most of the Word of the Day vocabulary, stories, and exercises will be about getting sick and staying healthy.

The word of the day is "ail."

The word of the day is "monster."

Students who are following the schedule of lessons for the various levels are taking tests today. Good luck! If you do well on the test, move on to the next level in November.

The word of the day is "order." You can use this word as a noun or as a verb.

The word of the day is "scandal." This word is a noun used to describe a situation in which a person in a high position or in a position of responsibility does something that is unethical. We hear about scandals through newspaper reports or TV news programs every day.

The word of the day is "other." A student asked me about this word just yesterday. Don't confuse this word with "others" or "another." The video included on that page should help you understand the differences.

The word of the day is "thief." I've had some problems lately with people stealing the content from my website and using it on their own websites, so this choice seems appropriate for today.

We're coming to the end of the month, which means you are nearing the end of the level that you are working on. I recommend that you work on one level every month and complete the levels in sequence. It takes about seven months to go through all seven. If you finish the lessons too quickly, you won't remember anything!

Learning English is hard and it takes time! There's no such thing as a fast and easy approach.

The word of the day is "match." When things or people match, they go well together:

  • My shoes match my jacket. (They're the same color.)
  • Maria and Charles are a good match. (They're a good couple.)
  • A floral pattern and stripes don't match. (They don't look good together.)


It's extremely important for students to learn how to use "have to" when describing responsibilities and obligations. Blue Level Lesson Twenty-four can help you with this. The lesson is in two parts:

Click here for Part 1.

Click here for Part 2.

The word of the day is "make."

The word of the day is "mess."

The word of the day is "hurry."

Your lessons for today in the Blue and Red levels are about numbers. Talking about numbers in English is different from the way you talk about them in your first language.

Blue Level Lesson Twenty-one is a very basic lesson featuring two videos.

Red Level Lesson Twenty-one is in two parts: Reading Numbers and Money.

Today's word of the day is "vacuum."

The word of the day is "ultra." This is a type of intensifier.

Here's a new vocabulary quiz for October. You can print out the quiz or write the answers in your notebook. Good luck!

I've added all new audio to the words pages in the pronunciation section. Some of you may remember that my audio files were lost last year, and now finally they are almost all back after having to rerecord them.

The word of the day is "ramp." A ramp makes it easy for a person to move up or down.


Some people can't use stairs, so they use a ramp instead.

How do you talk about what another person said? This is one of the most difficult things to learn how to do in English. Click here to learn about direct and indirect speech in Yellow Level Lesson Sixteen.

Blue Level lesson Sixteen shows beginning level students how to use the verb "be" in the past tense.

The word of the day is "qualify."

There's a new audio recording for words that begin with "T."

How do you ask a person about his or her age? This video can help you with that:


Sometimes the most important words to learn in English are the little ones. Today's word of the day is "old." Yes, you know what it means, but pay close attention to how it's used.

The word "old" is an adjective. The Red Level lesson for today explains what adjectives are.

The word of the day is "naughty."

Today's Blue Level lesson is on forming the past tense. The key to doing it the right way is to understand the difference between the simple form of the verb and the past tense form. I recommend you look at today's lesson if you don't know the difference between those two things.

Yesterday's Red Level lesson was on forming the future tense with the helping verb 'will." Did you study it? Remember to use the helping verb "will" and the main verb.

Now click here for an exercise.

The word of the day is "mold."

Answers for today's exercise: 1. did...go; 2. went; 3. did....do; 4. didn't do; 5. Was; 6. was; 7. Did...have; 8. didn't; 9. did...take; 10. took

1. will...go; 2. will go; 3. Will...do; 4. won't have; 5. Will...be; 6. will; 7. wil...have; 8. will eat; 9. will...take; 10. won't take

The word of the day is "live."

The word of the day is "knack."

New audio was added to words that begin with "s."

This new YouTube video shows how the preposition "in" can be used when talking about time.

The word of the day is "immigrate."


The word of the day is "hair."

pink -haired girl She's got pink hair.

Perhaps one of the most important things that a student should learn about when studying English is understanding how and why to use the present tense. Click here for today's Blue Level Lesson.

The word of the day is "gab."

The word of the day is "fault."

Do you know the differences between the present tense and the present perfect tense? They're similar in some ways, but don't get them mixed up, especially when forming a question.

Red Level Lesson Five shows how to form questions in the present tense.

Yellow Level Lesson Five shows how to form questions in the present perfect tense.

After you take a look a look at those lessons, try this exercise:

Directions: Change the verb in parentheses according to the directions below.

In questions 1-5 use the helping verb and the main verb to form the present tense.

1. Where _______ you ________ ? (live)

2. _______ you ________  breakfast every morning? (have)

3. What ______ they _______ ? (do)

4. Where ________ he? (be)

5. How long _______ she usually ________? (sleep)

In questions 6-10 use the helping verb and the main verb to form the present perfect tense.

6. Where _______ you ________ in the last ten years? (live)

7. _______ you _______ any breakfast yet? (have)

8. What _______ they ________ so far today? (do)

9. Where _______ he _______ all day? (be)

10. How long _______ she _______? (sleep)

The answers are below.

The word of the day is "elegant."

1. do...live; 2. Do...have; 3. do...do; 4. is; 5. does...sleep; 6. have...lived; 7. Have...had;

8. have...done; 9. has...been; 10. has...slept

Have you checked the schedule of lessons on the home page today?

The word of the day is "dairy."

The word of the day is "cold."

New video:


The word of the day is "big." This is a fairly common and easy vocabulary word to understand; however, it's used in many ways that might surprise you. I recommend you listen carefully to how I use the word in each sentence.

Students advance to a new level today. Blue Level students go to the Red Level, Red Level students go to the Yellow Level, and so on.

Here's a new video that shows how the preposition "in" is used when describing a location.


The word of the day is "adopt."

Remember, each course level on this website has a checklist. Print out and keep the checklist next to your computer, tablet, or phone and use it to track your progress as you move through the lessons:


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