October 21, 2016
I'm on the road this weekend collecting material (photos and video) for the website. Today I'm traveling through the midwestern states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Fall is a beautiful time to drive through this part of country because the leaves on the trees are in the midst of changing colors before they drop.
The word of the day is "rank."
October 20, 2016
If you are a new student on this site, I recommend that you do the reading and listening exercises in addition to the lessons.
The word of the day is "quarter."
October 19, 2016
The word of the day is "prey."
Predator or prey?
October 18, 2016
Today's word of the day is "ongoing." When something is ongoing, it's continuing and it might be happening right now.
Ongoing wars in the Middle East have displaced millions of people.
There are ongoing concerns among Republicans about the outcome of the U.S. election.
Climate change is an ongoing problem that may not be solved during our lifetime.
October 17, 2016
Here are the answers for today's Word of the Day quiz:
Answers: 1. laugh; 2. lousy; 3. lift; 4. leak; 5. load; 6. lease; 7. loot; 8. lick; 9. lane; 10. land; 11. link; 12. live; 13. labor; 14. loaf; 15. list; 16. leap; 17. label; 18. left; 19. laundry; 20. liquid
October 16, 2016
Students in class yesterday asked me about the verb "get" and why it was so confusing. It's used as a main verb, but it's also used in a lot of verb phrases, and you can use it to form the passive voice. That's why I put together a new YouTube playlist for the verb "get."
The word of the day is "mingle."
October 15, 2016
I've added a new set of questions to the Conversation Questions section. My Saturday morning class will be using them today to practice their conversation skills. The topic is traveling.
October 14, 2016
This new video features words that begin with the letter L.
The word of the day is "lurk."
October 13, 2016
The word of the day is "jury."
October 12, 2016
The word of the day is "indoor."
October 11, 2016
Today's Blue Level lesson on prepositions might be useful for everyone who is studying English. It takes years to learn how to choose the correct preposition.
The word of the day is "ideal."
October 10, 2016
The word of the day is "hustle."
October 9, 2016
There are two new additions to the Word of the Day page: furious and gust.
I'm sorry I haven't been updating this page as much as I used to. Other projects I'm working on have taken time away from the blog.
October 6, 2016
There's a new video on YouTube that explains how to make oatmeal cookies. My intention here is to help students develop vocabulary skills, and if they can also make good cookies as a result, that's icing on the cake:
October 5, 2016
The word of the day is "evidence."
October 2, 2016
The word of the day is "conclude." When something concludes, it finishes, or a person forms a final opinion about something.
October 1, 2016
Today's word of the day is "bid."
This quiz matches the video that I made a few days ago: All of these words begin with the letter K.
September 30, 2016
The word of the day is "uplift." To uplift is to make someone feel better.
September 29, 2016
30 words that begin with the letter K:
September 27, 2016
The word of the day is "talk."
September 26, 2016
There's a new word of the day quiz for September 2016.
Today's word of the day is "ring." You can use this word as a verb or as a noun. If you use it as a verb, it's irregular.
ring / rang / rung
September 23, 2016
The word of the day is "pure."
September 22, 2016
There are many different ways to use the word "pack." One way to use it is when you go on a trip or go on vacation.
They're all packed up and ready to go!
September 21, 2016
There's a new reading exercise for the Orange Level: There aren't enough hours in the day.
The word of the day is "outfit."
September 20, 2016
If someone is bothering you, you can say he or she is getting on your nerves. This is the word of the day.
September 19, 2016
The word of the day is "money."
September 18, 2016
This new vocabulary quiz features words that begin with the letter J.
September 17, 2016
Here's the newest vocabulary video. These words all begin with the letter J.
The word of the day is "lake."
September 16, 2016
The word of the day is "ketchup."
September 15, 2016
September 14, 2016
Today's word of the day is "image." This is a good word to know if you are interested in fashion or appearances.
September 13, 2016
The word of the day is "history."
Are you interested in history?
September 12, 2016
The word of the day is "gadget."
September 11, 2016
Fifteen years ago the United States was attacked by terrorists and life in the U.S., unfortunately, has not been the same since then.
The word of the day is "honor," as we remember the thousands of people who died on that day.
September 10, 2016
Today's Blue Level lesson on articles should be helpful for anyone who has a hard time deciding among a, an, the, or no article at all.
The word of the day is "
September 9, 2016
The word of the day is "floor."
September 8, 2016
How are you doing so far this month? I've noticed many new students joining here at the Blue Level. If you are a new students and working in the Blue Level, don't forget to download and printout the checklist for those lessons and assignments.
The word of the day is "fee."
September 6, 2016
The word of the day is "even."
September 5, 2016
A word that many of my students misuse is "dead." They often confuse it with "die" and "death."
The word "dead" is an adjective and a noun:
The man is dead. (adjective)
It's important to honor the dead. (noun)
You will probably be dead a hundred years from now. (adjective)
The word "die" is a verb:
My grandmother died last year. (past tense)
You will die if you drink poison. (future tense)
Everyone dies eventually. (present tense)
The word "death" is a noun:
September 4, 2016
The word of the day is "claim," requested by Srinivas. Thanks for the suggestion!
September 3, 2016
The word of the day is "bed."
Tom is in bed.
He usually goes to bed early.
He gets out of bed at 6:00 a.m. every morning.
He makes his bed later in the morning.
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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