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September 30, 2013
The Blue Level comes to an end with two tests: Part 1 and Part 2. The answers for the tests are on this page. If you have trouble with these two tests, I recommend that you repeat the Blue Level. If you do well, move forward to the Red Level. Make sure that you print out the Red Level checklist and keep it next to your computer so that you can monitor your progress.
There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level: Diana works as a nurse.
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Green Level students move on to the Purple Level today. The main goal of this level is for you to become familiar with commonly used verbs in English. Many of these verbs are also used when forming idioms, so the meanings of these words can change. Click here to print out the checklist for this level.
The word of the day is "dim."
There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for the month of September. All of the words are verbs in the passive voice.
September 29, 2013
Today’s lesson for Blue Level students is a review of the Blue Level. If you are a new student, this review will help you prepare for tomorrow’s test. If you are a returning student, the review will help your relearn some basic things that you may have forgotten.
The word of the day is "ever."
September 28, 2013
Blue Level students study the verb "need" today.
The word of the day is "wander." Thanks go out to Srinivas for suggesting this word.
September 27, 2013
The word of the day is "lump."
Blue Level students study "would like" today. This is similar to the word "want," but there are some important differences.
Green Level students take a test today. You’ll take the second part of the test tomorrow.
September 26, 2013
Students studying in the Blue Level go to Lesson Twenty-six to learn about using the verb "want" in the past tense.
Green Level students go the Green Level review to prepare for a test.
The word of the day is "zone."
September 25, 2013
The verb "want" requires an object to follow it:
It’s also common to see the use of an infinitive after the verb "want."
Click here to learn more.
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For students working in the Green Level, click here to practice listening and writing with dictation exercises. This is something that I do regularly with the students that I work with every day.
The word of the day is "yield."
September 24, 2013
Use "have to" in the same way that you use a modal verb. It’s very similar to the modal verb "must," however, auxiliary verbs must be added when making the negative and when forming questions:
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Green Level Lesson Twenty-four shows you a few things about using the verb "get" followed by a past participle. This is very common in American English, but it often confuses students who are learning English for the first time.
The word of the day is "x-ray."
September 23, 2013
The modal verb "can" describes ability or possibility. All modal verbs are used with a main verb in the simple form:
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Green Level students study "be called" today. We use "be called" when asking about the name of someone or something:
The word of the day is "wag."
There’s a new reading exercise for the Red Level: Fall is in the air.
September 22, 2013
If you live in the United States, you’ll have to learn how to talk about basic math operations in English. Click here to learn vocabulary and grammar related to addition and subtraction.
When you want to describe where, how, or when something was manufactured, consider the use of "be made."
The word of the day is "video."
September 21, 2013
Talking about numbers in English can be a real challenge for students. Blue Level Lesson Twenty-one features two videos that offer basic instruction in numbers.
Do you ever use the verb "use" in the passive voice? If not, Green level Lesson Twenty-one will show you how. This is important for describing interactions.
The word of the day is "ultimate."
September 20, 2013
Blue Level Lesson Twenty will help you talk about the days of the week in English.
Green Level Lesson Twenty is a review of verb tenses using the verb "be" as the main verb. The reason for this is because intermediate and advanced learners of English often forget or overlook the many common uses for this verb. Remember: the verb "be" is the most important verb to understand when you study English (in my humble opinion).
The word of the day is "tale."
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September 19, 2013
Blue Level students study count and noncount nouns. This is an important lesson for everybody!
Green Level students review continuous forms for verbs.
The word of the day is "snap."
September 18, 2013
Do you know the months of the year in English? If not, click here.
Green Level students can practice their knowledge of the passive voice on this page.
The word of the day is "rail."
There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level: Mr. Jefferson is a math teacher.
September 17, 2013
Today’s Blue Level lesson is on time, day, and date.
The Green Level lesson for today is on the use of "make" as a causative verb.
The word of the day is "quiet."
How did you do on yesterday’s Word of the Day quiz? The answers are on this page.
September 16, 2013
There are two parts to your lesson for today. In the first part, you will learn about the verb "be" in the past tense. In the second part, you will learn how to use "there" with the verb "be" in the past tense.
Intermediate and advanced level students learn how to use causative verbs, "have" and "get."
The word of the day is "pack."
There’s a new word of the day quiz for September 2013.
September 15, 2013
Do you understand the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives? If not, this video might help you:
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Green Level students study passive gerunds in Green Level Lesson Fifteen. A gerund that is passive is formed like this:
being or getting + the past participle
The word of the day is "obese."
September 14, 2013
The word of the day is "numb."
To see the lessons for today, go to the home page.
September 13, 2013
There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level. The reading exercises on this website are designed to match the reading abilities of students for each level.
Blue Level students work on the formation of information questions today.
Green Level students study the past perfect tense in the passive voice.
The word of the day is "massive." Considering all the big disasters that have happened in the U.S. and around the world recently, this adjective makes a good choice.
September 12, 2013
All of my students should review the past tense today. We use this tense when describing activities that happened yesterday, last night, this morning, last year, last week, last Sunday, etc. I don’t think the past tense is too hard to learn, but irregular verbs will cause some confusion. You must remember how irregular verbs change from the simple form to the past tense form.
Green Level students need to remember the differences between verbs that are in the past tense and verbs that are in the passive voice. It’s easy to make mistakes with the passive voice because the main verb is in the form of the past participle, which sometimes looks like a past tense verb. Your lesson for today is on passive verbs in the present perfect tense.
The word of the day is "label."
September 11, 2013
Blue Level students study the use of prepositions today in Blue Level Lesson Eleven. It takes a long time to learn how to use prepositions properly, so don’t get too frustrated. You can find a list of preposition and examples for how they are used on this page. One of the best ways to learn how to use prepositions is by reading and listening to the way people speak.
Green Level students learn what the past continuous tense looks like when it’s in the passive voice.
The word of the day is "kin."
There’s a new reading exercise for the Yellow Level: Richard Ryan is stuck in traffic.
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Although it has been twelve years since the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon was struck, the memory of that day still feels kind of fresh. On this day we remember those lost on 9/11.
September 10, 2013
Today’s lesson for the Blue Level is on articles. These are difficult for everyone–even advanced students make an occasional mistake with articles: a, an, and the.
The Green Level lesson for today is on the present continuous tense in the passive voice.
The word of the day is "jack." This is a popular name for a man, but it has many other uses.
September 9, 2013
Blue Level students study the verb "have" today. We use this verb for many different reasons:
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Students working in the Green Level study modal verbs used in the passive voice and in the past tense:
The word of the day is "idiot."
There’s a new Green Level reading exercise. See if you can find all of the verbs that use the passive voice.
September 8, 2013
As you start the second week of the Blue Level, you’ll learn to form and use the present continuous tense. This verb tense if used for three main reasons:
These sentences provide examples:
This lesson is in two parts. The second part is here.
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Green Level students study the use of modal verbs in the passive voice.
The word of the day is "harass."
September 7, 2013
Today’s Blue Level lesson is on the present tense. We use this tense to describe activity that happens every day, or all the time, or never:
In Green Level Lesson Seven, you’ll learn how to use "be supposed to" when describing expectations that people have of each other.
The word of the day is "gap."
If you are a new student and would like to add your photo to the photo gallery for September 2013, email me with your first name and the name of the country that you come from. Include your picture, too, of course.
September 6, 2013
The word "there" is very common in English, and there’s a chance that you might not be using it enough. You might also be confusing "it" with "there." If so, print out this exercise and see how well you do.
Students studying in the Green Level learn that the verb "get" can often be used as a substitute for "be" when forming the passive voice. This is an important thing to understand when studying American English.
The word of the day is "fee."
September 5, 2013
Four essential pronouns for you to learn about are found in Blue Level Lesson Five. There’s also a video included. You can watch it here:
Notice that the voiced "th" sound is used when pronouncing these words. This is a difficult sound for some people to make. You can get more practice with the voiced "th" sound by clicking here.
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Are you studying in the Green Level this month? If so, you have completed Levels Blue, Red, and Yellow, or you are an intermediate to advanced student of English interested in learning about the passive voice. Today’s lesson is on the future passive.
The word of the day is "ease." Do you feel at ease when you speak English, or do you get nervous?
September 4, 2013
In Green Level Lesson Four, you’ll learn about the passive voice in the past tense. The verb "be" is in the past tense:
The word of the day is "darling."
September 3, 2013
Blue Level students learn how to form questions in the present tense using the verb "be" in Lesson Three.
Green Level students learn how to form the passive voice in the present tense in Lesson Three. This is a little confusing because it looks as though the main verb is in the past tense, but it isn’t. The main verb is in the form of the past participle.
The verb "be" is in the present tense (is / are). Remember that the verb "be" determines the tense of the verb when you use the passive voice. Is this confusing? Let me know.
The word of the day is "capture."
There’s a new Think in English exercise.
September 2, 2013
Students studying in the Blue Level learn how to make the verb "be" negative in Blue Level Lesson Two. For new students, notice that the lesson of the day matches the date. Today is the second of September, so you are working on Lesson Two.
Green Level students learn how to talk about the place or time of their birth in Green Level Lesson Two. This is a good example of something that everyone needs to know how to talk about regardless of how much English is understood.
The word of the day is "blind."
There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level Reading Room. Click here to read about Patricia and Graciela.
September 1, 2013
The school year begins in September. Are you excited to return? This is a good time to commit yourself once again to hard work and study. On this website it’s the study of English.
Yellow Level students move forward to the Green Level.
The word of the day is "absurd." It’s important for students to go to the word of the day every day–even if your English skills aren’t that good–because it offers you listening and reading practice as you improve your vocabulary. Words are often chosen at random, but I think this month we’ll move through the Word of the Day alphabetically starting with the letter "a."
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