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Red Level Lesson Twenty-one helps you with reading numbers and talking about money.

Purple Level Lesson Twenty-one is on the verb "seem." This verb is useful when a person describes his or her impressions and opinions.

The word of the day is "snag." Some students have trouble with the initial "sn" sound. If that's you, you can practice your pronunciation of the "sn" sound here.

Red Level students learn about reflexive pronouns in Red Level Lesson Twenty. Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of a sentence. For example...

  • Bob made breakfast for himself.

Who made breakfast? Bob did. Who did he make breakfast for? He made it for himself (Bob). Reflexive pronouns are extremely important to understand. Click here to learn more.

Here's a new video for reflexive pronouns:


Purple Level Lesson Twenty features the most important and, perhaps, the most complicated verb in English--the verb "be." What makes this verb so hard to use properly? It changes its form completely, depending on the subject and depending on the verb tense. It's also used as a helping verb. If you don't recognize the various forms "be" might take, you're going to be lost.

be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being

The word of the day is "buddy."

The word of the day is "fluid." This is a good word to know right now because the Ebola virus is spread through body fluids. Any sort of liquidy substance from the body--blood, sweat, mucous, etc.--is considered a fluid.

Lessons for today:

Red Level Lesson Nineteen is all about possessive pronouns.

Purple Level Lesson Nineteen shows examples for different ways to use the verb "run."

There's a new YouTube video for infinitives. I felt a need to update the old video for infinitives which was over six years old.


Red Level Lesson Eighteen is all about gerunds. It's important that you study gerunds and infinitives together because they share some of the same qualities.

Purple Level Lesson Eighteen shows examples for the verb "play." Remember that this word is also commonly used as a noun. Look at the sentences below:

  • He played a good game. (verb)
  • He made a good play during the game. (noun)
  • She plays a widowed mother of three in the film. (verb)
  • Several hundred people attended the play. (noun: play = a performance in a theater)

The word of the day is "encourage." I've added new audio to the is page.

The word of the day is "done."

There's a new reading exercise of the Red Level: Do you need to get a driver's license?

The lesson for today in the Red Level is on infinitives.

Purple Level Lesson Seventeen focuses on the verb "cut." There are many interesting idioms that are formed with this word. You can take a quiz on this word by clicking here.

There's a new Word of the Day quiz for October 2014.

Beginning level students who are studying in the Red Level learn about expressions of time today.

Purple Level students study the verb "keep." This lesson includes a video and a quiz.

The word of the day is "blank." Use this word to describe a flat surface that doesn't have anything on it, such as a piece of paper of a sign. You can also use "blank" when describing your mind: My mind is a blank today," which means that I'm having a hard time concentrating.

Purple Level students study the verb "tell" today. Now that you have learned about both "say" and "tell," you can take this quiz.

If you are studying in the Red Level, here are some things that you can do today:

Red Level

If you are studying in the Purple Level, this is what I recommend:

Purple Level

The word of the day is "bind."

There's a new reading exercise for the Red Level: Americans drink a lot of coffee.

Your Red Level lesson for today is on the word "like."

Students who are studying in the Purple Level click here to learn about the verb "want." The results of this quiz will show how good you are at distinguishing between the verbs "want" and "need."

The word of the day is "bear."

Another way to talk about the future is to use what I (and other English teachers) call the "going to" future tense. It's extremely common, and if you aren't using it, you really should. The formula goes like this:

Subject + be + going to + the main verb

The main verb is in the simple form. The verb "be" changes according to the subject. Here are some examples:

  • It's going to be nice today.
  • What are you going to do?
  • I'm going to go for a walk.
  • After that I'm going to cut my grass.
  • Tomorrow my class is going to meet at 1:00 p.m.

Each of these sentences and questions uses the "going to" future tense. Learn more about this in Red Level Lesson Twelve.

Intermediate and advanced students study the verb "need" today. This is suitable for beginning level learners of English as well.

The word of the day is "ache."


Students in the Red Level study the future tense today. The easiest way to do this is to use the modal verb "will" which is followed by the main verb in the simple form:

  • I will see you later today.
  • You will find the information at the desk.
  • She will help you.
  • They will have a good time.

Purple Level students study the verb "come." Notice that this is different from the verb "go." There are many idioms used with this verb

Click here for a quiz.

The word of the day is "bob." This word is often used when something floats in the water.

Here's a new video for "a little" and "little."


Red Level Lesson Ten shows you the differences among the words "a lot of," "some," and "any."

Purple Level Lesson Ten features the verb "make." Make sure you look at the idioms page for this word and take the quiz.

The word of the day is "air."

What's the difference between using "a few" and "few." There's actually a very big difference in some situations. This new video explains:


Beginning level students in the Red Level study the differences between the words "many" and "much."

Today's lesson for the Purple Level is on the verb "look."

There's a new Think in English exercise for a situation involving fear. Answers include audio.

The word of the day is "scary."

The verb "do" is kind of a strange verb in English because it's used as a helping verb and as a main verb. It's also a very idiomatic verb:

  • What are we doing for dinner? (What are we having or where are we going to eat?)
  • Do the math and see what you come up with. (Add or subtract the numbers.)
  • What's it doing outside? (How's the weather?)

Learn more about the verb "do" in Red Level Lesson Seven.

Purple Level Lesson Seven shows how the verb "see" might be used for reasons other than to describe a person's eyesight.

The word of the day is "necessary."

Beginning students learn about object pronouns in Red Level Lesson Six today. Lessons in the Aqua Level will also help you understand more about pronouns if you are confused.

Here's a new video for subject and object pronouns:


Purple Level students study the verb "give." There's an idioms page to match this lesson and a quiz.

The word of the day is "chew."

Click here to learn how to form questions with the helping verb "do." This is Lesson Five in the Red Level.

Purple Level Lesson Five shows how to use the verb "take." By adding a preposition to "take" you can form many different idioms. Following the lesson, click here to take a quiz.

The word of the day is "bite."

Learn how to give a command in Red Level Lesson Four. This is also known as the imperative form. We use commands for directions, instructions, requests, emergencies, and when telling someone not to do something:

  • Come here.
  • Open the door.
  • Please help me.
  • Don't eat that!

Purple Level Lesson Four features the verb "use." If you have looked around on this website, you'll notice that your teacher uses the verb "use" quite often, especially when given a command.

The word of the day is "hog." A hog is kind of like a pig but bigger. This animal is associated with situations in which there is too much consumption of something. My car is a gas hog. It uses too much gas. It's not good for a thing or a person to be a hog; however, Harley-Davidson motorcycles are often referred to as hogs. My neighbor rides a hog (not the animal--the motorcycle).

Red Level Lesson Three shows you have to use "do" and "did" as helping verbs. This is important to understand because one is used for the present tense (do), and the other is used for the past tense (did).

In Purple Level Lesson Three, students learn how to use the verb "put." Make sure you look at the idioms page as well. If you feel confident enough in your understanding of how verbs change, this quiz is all about the verb "put."

The word of the day is "spin."

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Purple Level Lesson Two shows how the verb "get" is used in a variety of situations. This verb has many, many different meanings and applications. It's also found in a lot of idioms.

The word of the day is "slap."

Students who have completed the Blue Level moved forward to the Red Level today and start with Lesson One - do.

Green Level students move forward to the Purple Level. This level features irregular verbs and a few regular verbs that are essential for you to know in order to speak and write in English. The first lesson in the Purple Level is on the verb "go." You should also take a look at the idioms page that matches this verb.

The Purple Level readings exercises for this month come from Aesop, an Ethiopian folklorist whose work is known around the world. The first story is "The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey."

The word of the day is "mortgage."

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