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December 31, 2014
Happy New Year!
I sincerely hope you reach your goals of improving your English in the new year. With a lot of hard work and determination you can do it!
December 30, 2014
The word of the day is "tense." Notice the differences between this word and the word of the day from two days ago: intense.
December 28, 2014
The schedule for the week is on the home page.
There’s a new reading exercise for the Red Level: Jimmy needs to go to the bathroom. This reading exercise includes vocabulary and phrases that are useful when talking about something that all of us have to do at one time or another.
The word of the day is "intense."
December 27, 2014
There’s a new quiz for the prepositions "to" and "for." I sent the first half of the quiz in an email to students at the beginning of the week.
The word of the day is "smell."
December 26, 2014
In Blue Level Lesson Twenty-six, you’ll learn how to use the word "want" in the past tense: wanted. On the day after Christmas, after all the gift-giving has finished, you’ll hear statements and questions like these:
You can’t always get what you want.
The word of the day is "barely."
December 25, 2014
Click here to learn about the holiday.
To all of my students I wish you all the best.
December 24, 2014
The word of the day is "short." This is a good word to use to describe things that are not tall or anything that is the opposite of the word "long."
Today is Christmas Eve and I’m running short on time. There are still many things that I have to get done before this evening.
December 21, 2014
I’m sorry I haven’t had time to give the blog much attention in recent days. It’s the busy holiday season, and there are so many things to do. What do I have to do at this time of year?
As you can see, there’s a lot of activity at this time of year. On the other hand, I’m a teacher so I get a two-week break in order to get some of these things finished. Of course, I’ll still work on the website during this time.
December 18, 2014
There’s a new video for the words "be" and "up."
The word of the day is "run."
December 17, 2014
The word of the day is "peace."
Today the United States announced that it intends on restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. This comes after over 50 years of hostility and disagreement between the two countries.
December 16, 2014
There’s a new word of the day quiz for December 2014.
God help the people of Pakistan heal after today’s assault on innocent school children. This kind of horror is an abomination, unjustified, and an act of pure evil. Words can’t express how sad this is.
December 15, 2014
The word of the day is "opposite." If something is opposite, it’s on the other side or it’s very different.
December 14, 2014
The word of the day is "native."
December 12, 2014
The word of the day is "latch."
There’s a new quiz for the idioms section for verbs used with the preposition "up."
It’s interesting how many verbs are used with up: Here are some more:
hang up / draw up / move up / call up / work up
Do you know what these idioms (verb phrases) mean?
December 11, 2014
Here’s a new video: be + up
December 10, 2014
Here are your lessons for the day:
The word of the day is "jewelry."
December 9, 2014
How’s everything going so far? To find out which lessons you need to work on for today, check the home page. Today is the 9th of December, so you should work on Lesson Nine for your level.
The word of the day is "idle." We use this word to describe a person who is not busy or is lazy.
December 8, 2014
The word of the day is "heal."
December 6, 2014
The word of the day is "fabric."
Anyone who wants to be included in the Photos section for December should send in a picture that includes a first name and the name of the country that the student is from. I’ll have that up in a few days. Thanks!
December 5, 2014
Did you receive today’s email? If not, it includes a new exercise for the Orange Level.
The word of the day is "exclude."
December 4, 2014
The word of the day is "distance."
Thanks to students who have found errors in the website recently. It really helps to have input from other people. My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be!
December 3, 2014
Today is December 3, so you should be on the third lesson of the level that you have chosen to work on. Remember, most new students start on the Blue or Red Level.
The word of the day is "cure."
December 2, 2014
The word of the day is "bath." Notice that this word can be changed to a verb by adding an "e" to the end of it.
There are a few other words that do this:
There’s a new reading exercise for the Green Level: Our class visited a community college.
Have you moved on to the next level? Students who were working in the Yellow Level last month should move to the Green Level. Students who were in the Orange Level should move to the Purple Level.
Make sure you download the checklist for the level that you are working on. For example, students studying in the Blue Level should go to the Blue Level page and download this checklist. Keep the checklist by your computer to keep track of progress.
December 1, 2014
You’ll notice that each level on the home page shows that the lesson for today is Lesson One. Now that all of the levels are there, you simply follow the calendar when deciding on a lesson to study. What level are you? The tests and reviews for each level will help you make that determination. This new approach allows me more time to develop new material and work on new websites.
The word of the day is "advance."
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