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There's a new reading exercise for the Yellow Level: Sylvia wants to buy a used car.

The word of the day is "concern."

New video: 50 words that begin with the letter H


The word of the day is "temper."

The word of the day is "excite."

excited man

His school vacation has just begun. He's so excited!

Hillary Clinton picked Tim Caine, a U.S. Senator from Virginia to be her running mate. Good pick!

The preposition "on account of" is similar to "because of."

The word of the day is "woman." If you have trouble with the pronunciation of the singular or the plural form of this word, I recommend that you listen to this.

There's a new Word of the Day quiz for July 2016.

Today's word is "relative." Are you paying attention to the Word of the Day section every day?

Did you get my email today? If not, it included an exercise for choosing the correct pronoun. I recommend that you sign up to receive emailed lesson and exercises from your teacher. Here is an example of what you missed:

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Understanding the use of pronouns in English requires regular practice, so I've come up with an exercise for you to try here.

Directions: Choose the correct pronoun for each sentence or question. Write your answers in your notebook. hand writing

1. She's getting (her / hers) car fixed.
2. I have my book. Do you have (your / yours)?
3. They finished the work all by (themselves / theirselves).
4. Do you remember when you and (me / I) were younger?
5. There's not much of a difference between (he / him) and (she / her).
6. He likes all of (his / he's) classes this semester.
7. Where are (your / yours) children?
8. Maria says that the decision is (her / hers).
9. We bought (us / ourselves) a new car.
10. I'll give (you / yours) a little more time on the assignment.

How well did you do? The answers are below.

If you think you need more practice with pronouns, go to these lessons:
Blue Level Lesson Four: nouns and pronouns
Blue Level Lesson Fourteen: possessive adjectives
Blue Level Lesson Fifteen: possessive pronouns
Red Level Lesson Twenty: reflexive pronouns

1. her; 2. yours; 3. themselves; 4. I; 5. him, her; 6. his;

7. your; 8. hers; 9. ourselves; 10. you


The word of the day is "people."

God rest the souls of the people who were killed in Nice today.


The word of the day is "gentleman." Use this word when talking about a man or when addressing a group of men.

The word of the day is "family."

Every now and then it's necessary for me to remind students that this website is intended for students who are willing to study hard and study independently. Despite other websites that tell you it's easy to learn English, I can assure you that it is not easy. It requires sacrifice, self-discipline, and the right amount of motivation to succeed.

It's also important to mention that this website is mostly intended for beginning and intermediate level learners of English. I am working on a new website for more advanced students, but it's not quite ready to be released.

The word of the day is "brother."

The word of the day is "father."

The word of the day is "mother."

This new video explains how perfect verb tenses are formed:


The word of the day is "girl."

Today we celebrate Independence Day and commemorate 240 years of separation from England.

The word of the day is "child."

The word of the day is "boy." This represents basic English vocabulary, but there are some uses for this word that might surprise you and with which you should be familiar.


A student emailed and asked for audio to be added to the preposition "underneath." If you want audio to be added to any of the pages you see on the website, just let me know!

The word of the day is "adult."

The word of the day is "wait."

This new video features 50 words that begin with

the letter G.


When it gets really hot outside in the summer, as it is now, we often use the word "grueling" to describe the intensity of the heat.

  • Working outside when temperatures rise above 100 degrees can be a grueling experience.

There are two conjunctive adverbs that I'm recommending students study today: whenever and as soon as. They are similar to the word 'when," but they can't always be used in exactly the same ways that "when" is used.

Click here for this month's Word of the Day quiz.

Did you happen to read about the outcome of yesterday's vote in Britain? We'll see what the consequences of that will be in the coming weeks and months. The word of the day is "outcome."

An email was sent to members today. It included an exercise for the verb phrase "have to." Did you get it? If not, make sure you sign up for free emailed lessons from your teacher.

The word of the day is "post."

The word of the day is "reverse."

The word of the day is "park." This word can be used as a verb when you drive a car, or as a noun when you are visiting a place for recreation.

Did you receive today's email? If you aren't receiving emailed lessons and exercises, sign up here. It's free.

The word of the day is "crawl."

a baby crawling

A baby crawls, but sometimes adults need to crawl, too.

This new video provides an overview of how continuous verb tenses are formed:


On Thursday, voters in Britain will have a chance to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. Are you paying attention to this story?

The word of the day is "exit."

The word of the day is "wise."

The word of the day is "hinge.


A door swings freely on a hinge.


Do you like to chew gum? Do you like chewing gum? Gum comes in the form of a gumball, a stick of gum, pieces of gum, or gum wrapped in candy. When it's in your mouth and you start chewing it, gum becomes a wad. There's a wad of gum in my mouth right now. Occasionally I blow bubbles with my gum. When I'm done with it, I put it in a wrapper and throw it away.


The word of the day is "fate."

The word of the day is "coward."

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of people who were killed in today's terrorist incident in Orlando, Florida. Fifty innocent lives were taken by a man consumed by hatred. Where does that kind of evil come from? It's especially disheartening considering how open the United States is to people from all over the word.

I'm proud to live in a country that tries to protect people who are the most vulnerable and the most in need, regardless of gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, or physical ability.

Here's the exercise from yesterday's email in case you missed it:

In the exercise below, write the correct form of the verb "have" for each sentence or question. The verb tenses are indicated in parentheses.

1. _______ you ________ a pen? (present tense)
2. ________ they _________ a party? (present continuous tense)
3. She ________ _________ enough to eat. (present perfect tense)
4. The employees ________ _________ a lot of work to do. (future tense)
5. John ________ ________ anything to eat. (past tense--negative)
6. We ________ ________ much time. (present tense--negative)
7. ________ you ______ ________ dinner? (future continuous tense)
8. The man said he ________ ________ enough. (past perfect tense)
9. Mary ________ _______ anything to do with that. (future tense--negative)
10. We _________ __________ fun until it started to rain. (past continuous tense)


This verb was the subject of an emailed lesson today. It's also the word of the day.

The word of the day is "flop." If something flops, it fails.

  • The candidate's speech flopped with the crowd.
  • His speech was a flop.
  • Everyone knows that he's going to flop.

The word "floppy" is derived from "flop," but it has a different meaning. If something is floppy, it's usually large and falls over or covers an area.


A floppy hat protects you from the sun.

Did you receive today's emailed lesson? If not, make sure you sign up to receive free lessons from you teacher.

The word of the day is...


Click here to listen to your teacher talk about spam.

The word of the day is "mistake."

This new video provides a brief overview of the twelve verb tenses found in English. Additional videos will follow with more detailed explanations.


The word of the day is "dash." This is a good word to know if you do a lot of work on the internet.

Yesterday I sent out an email requesting donations to help keep the website online.

If you believe that the website is helping you, any small amount would help me pay for the server and other software that keeps the website operating. Just go to the membership page. There are many different options for people who are able to provide support. I understand not everyone can help out, but if you can I would really appreciate it. I only make this request a few times a year, so... thanks!


Here's a new video for embedded questions. I had a really old one posted in the Orange Level, so it was time for an updated version.


Many new students will begin studying English on this website for the first time today. If you are one of them, my recommendation is that you start on Lesson One of whatever level you are working in and then complete one lesson per day in the order that they appear.

If, for example, you are studying in the Yellow Level, today you will study Lesson One. You should also download the checklist for that level to keep track of your progress. Each level includes a checklist.

The word of the day is "study."


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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