I notice a lot of my students are viewing this website with mobile devices. That's great, but remember the best way to use this website is with a desktop computer. It's so much easier to see the lessons that way, and it's easier to write down answers from a larger screen size. One of the the keys to learning English online is writing down what you see and hear. If you aren't writing, what are you doing?
You can find your lessons for this week on the home page.
The word of the day is "beige." Beige is a color that looks like this:
August 1, 2015
Each course level on this website has a checklist. Keep the checklist next to your computer, tablet, or phone and use it to track your progress as you move through each level:
The word of the day is "guy." This is an important word for anyone who wants to speak informal, American English. Many of us use "guy" when talking to or about a man or a boy, but it's not uncommon to hear this word used when talking to or about women and girls.
Don't confuse this word with the word "gay." That's something completely different.
July 27, 2105
If you like to eat dessert, you might like this story about nuns who make cheesecake. This video has captions so you can read as you listen. Just click on the video and then click on "cc" to turn on closed captioning.
This week we come to the end of the lessons for the Blue and Red Levels. Make sure you check the schedules on the home page to see which lessons you have to complete.
By the end of the week, Blue Level students go forward to the Red Level. Red Level students should advance to the Yellow Level. If you feel as though you didn't really understand the lessons in the level that you worked on this month, then I recommend that you repeat all of the lessons in the level. Work on lessons slowly!
The word of the day is "pull." Pay close attention to the pronunciation of this word because it sounds like other words such as "pool" and "pole."
Today's lesson for beginning level students in the Blue Level is on the verb "want." We use this verb when talking about desire.
Students working in the Red Level examine opposite adjectives. Knowing a word's opposite is a good way to develop vocabulary skills. Don't forget to do the exercise.
July 24, 2015
In Blue Level Lesson Twenty-four you'll learn how to use the modal verb phrase "have to." This is very similar to "must" and you really have to learn how to use it if you are a beginning level student.
What do you have to do today?
I have to go to the bank.
So, this is something that must be done. I could use "must," and say, I must go to the bank, but the word "must" sounds so strong. I'd rather use "have to."
Red Level students learn to use "be used to" today. This is very different from yesterday's lesson on "used to." When you are used to something, that means it becomes part of your routine. You might not like the activity or the situation, but you accept it.
Hodan is used to the cold weather in Minnesota. She comes from Somalia where it's almost always warm. After living in Minnesota for five years, she's used to the snow and the ice, and sometimes she even likes it.
When you experience physical or mental pain, you might be in agony. This is the word of the day.
Here's a new video that shows how to make a cherry pie. Remember, the main point behind a video like this one is so that students can learn new vocabulary or pronunciation. I don't claim to be a master chef.
Are you good at choosing the right preposition? In English, there are roughly 100 prepositions that you have to know. Choosing the correct preposition depends on the situation, the verb that comes before it, the noun that comes after it, or the choice of adjective. Beginning level students to advanced level students need a lot of practice with prepositions.
The word of the day is "gut." You can use this word to talk about your stomach, but you can also use it when talking about how brave a person is. It's an interesting word.
July 7, 2015
Blue Level students study the present tense today. This is extremely important for new students to master. We use the present tense for things that we do every day.
Red Level students learn about the verb "do." The most important thing about this lesson is to realize that the verb "do" is both a main verb and a helping verb. When used as a main verb, "do" takes on some very unexpected meanings.