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February 28, 2014
At the end of every month, there are tests to take.
Orange Level students have just one test. If there are any problems with it, let me know. This is a new test.
The word of the day is "mate." This ends the animal theme for the month of February. What should be the theme for March?
February 27, 2014
Red Level students learn about using verbs and prepositions when creating a verb phrase. Verb phrases and idioms are extremely common in English.
Orange Level students practice their reading skills in the Orange Level Reading Room. Tomorrow there’s a test. The link for the test will appear by this evening.
The word of the day is "pest."
February 26, 2014
If you are a Red Level student, today you study the use of the verb "go" with other verbs. This is a common form of usage in American English but not all speakers of English around the world do it. For instance….
In each sentence that uses "go" in front of another verb, "go" is not necessary. You’ll often hear this in spoken American English.
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If you are an Orange Level student, today you practice your listening and writing skills with Orange Level dictation.
The word of the day is "pig."
February 25, 2014
Orange Level Lesson Twenty-five is on the subject of punctuation.
The word of the day is "feed."
February 24, 2014
The lesson for today in the Red Level is on "be used to." This is different from yesterday’s lesson on "used to." Use "be used to" when describing situation that are familiar to you–whether you like them or not.
Do you understand the differences between the two sentences above? If not, I recommend that you study Red Level Lessons 23 and 24 carefully.
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Today’s Orange Level lesson for intermediate and advanced students is on appositives.
The word of the day is "drone."
February 23, 2014
Today Red Level students learn about "used to" when describing the past or a part of your life this is very different from the way your life is now.
Students working in the Orange Level study the subjunctive mood. This is a difficult thing to learn about, so if you don’t understand it completely, don’t feel bad.
The word of the day is "yolk."
Here are some possible answers to yesterday’s exercise.
February 22, 2014
Here’s an exercise that will probably go into the Yellow Level for next month, but I’m afraid it might be too difficult. What do you think?
February 21, 2014
Orange Level Lesson Twenty-one features a list of question words that you need to know when asking questions.
The word of the day is "weasel."
February 20, 2014
Reflexive pronouns refer to the subject in a sentence. They are essential to learn when describing behavior. You can learn about them in Red Level Lesson Twenty.
Today’s Orange Level lesson is on embedded questions. I explained how embedded questions are formed during one of my regular classes last week and they found it to be very interesting.
The word of the day is "vulture."
February 19, 2014
Orange Level students study tag questions.
The word of the day is "turkey."
There’s a new lesson in the Aqua Level on the pronoun, one. This is a gender-neutral pronoun which people use when trying to speak perfect English; however, it sounds a little too formal and stiff for most people’s tastes. Notice that there’s a difference between the pronoun, one, and the noun or adjective, one.
By the way…If you look at that first sentence above that uses "one" as a pronoun, most people would probably use "you" instead of "one."
February 18, 2014
A gerund is an "ing" word that looks like a verb but functions like a noun. For example…
The first sentence uses a gerund. This word represents an activity, so it’s a thing. The second sentence uses the verb "run" in the present continuous tense, is running. The verb "be" (is) indicates that this is a verb. Learn about gerunds in Red Level Lesson Eighteen.
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The words "still" and "anymore" are used to describe continuous action or existence. Look at the examples below:
Notice that "anymore" is used with a negative verb. Learn more in Orange Level Lesson Eighteen.
The word of the day is "skunk."
February 17, 2014
Infinitives function like nouns in a sentence, but they look like verbs. They’re formed like this:
to + the simple form of a verb
Here are some examples.
Do you see where the infinitives are? "To do," "to paint," and "to lose" are infinitives. To learn more go to Red Level Lesson Seventeen.
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Today’s Orange Level lesson is on the use of "either" and "neither." These words function in a way that is similar to "so" and "too," but they are used with negative verbs:
"Either" and "neither" are the kinds of words that generate a lot of questions from students. Learn about them in Orange Level Lesson Seventeen.
Click here for a quiz on the words "so," "too," "either," and "neither."
The word of the day is "rat."
February 16, 2014
Students working in the Red Level study time expressions today in Red Level Lesson Sixteen.
The words "so" and "too" have a few different uses. One is to indicate that there is an addition or more of something.
They’re both happy! Learn more about these words in Orange Level Lesson Sixteen.
The word of the day is "pet."
February 15, 2014
Red Level Lesson Fifteen introduces you to conjunctions.
To describe something you want right now but don’t have, use "wish." This word follows some of the rules that apply to conditional sentences.
The word of the day is "owl."
February 14, 2014
Do you know what an adjective is? Your teacher provides examples and an explanation in Red Level Lesson Fourteen.
To describe situations that did or did not happen in the past sometimes requires a knowledge of past conditional sentences. Learn about them in Orange Level Lesson Fourteen.
The word of the day is "nature."
There’s a new word of the day quiz. Click here to take a look or print it out.
Today is Valentine’s Day. If you are interested in learning about this holiday and why it exists, click here. If you are a man and need to buy flowers for your wife, get to the flower shop early today.
February 13, 2014
Today’s Red Level lesson is on the word "like." There are many different ways to use this word.
The Orange Level lesson for intermediate and advanced students is on forming present conditional sentences.
The word of the day is "monkey."
February 12, 2014
In yesterday’s Red Level lesson, you learned how to form the future tense with the word "will." In today’s lesson, you’ll learn how to use the verb phrase "be going to" in place of the verb "will." This is a very common and extremely popular way to talk about the future:
It’s important to pay attention to pay attention to the way the verb "be" changes when you use "be going to." Practice your knowledge of the future tense with this quiz. Print it out or write the answers in your notebook.
Students working in the Orange Level learn about future conditional sentences today.
The word of the day is "lion."
February 11, 2014
Red Level Lesson Eleven: The easiest way to form the future tense is to use the modal verb "will."
Orange Level Lesson Eleven: How do you describe what another person said? This is one of those things that speakers of English do naturally, but many of my students don’t do it properly. It takes a lot of practice! Learn how to form reported speech or indirect speech in this lesson.
The word of the day is "knead."
February 10, 2014
The words "a lot of," "some," and "any" are extremely useful when describing any kind of amount. Learn about them in Red Level Lesson Ten. You can download the audio for this lesson to your iPod or mobile device.
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It’s necessary to learn about the sequence of tenses for many reasons, especially when going from direct to indirect speech, and when using conditional sentences–all of which Orange Level students will study this week. (Students who have not completed the Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green levels of this website might be confused by this lesson.)
The word of the day is "jungle."
February 9, 2014
The words "few" and "little" are used when talking about small amounts. Do you know the difference between them? Go to Red Level Lesson Nine to learn more.
Orange Level students study adverb clauses today in Orange Level Lesson Nine.
The word of the day is "insect."
February 8, 2014
Today’s Red Level lesson shows you the differences between "much" and "many."
The Orange Level Lesson for today is on adjective clauses.
The word of the day is "horse."
A new chat room is coming soon. The one that I’m using right now has some problems.
February 7, 2014
Learn to introduce a clause with the word "that."
The word of the day is "growl." The audio for this page uses podomatic, so it should work perfectly. Let me know if it doesn’t.
February 6, 2014
The audio files are not working on all of the pages right now. I hope this is a temporary problem. I just want you to know that I’m aware of it.
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Object pronouns receive the action of a verb. They resemble* possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns, so be careful when using them.
A noun clause can be used the same way that a noun or a pronoun is used. Look at these two sentences:
"Who they are" is a noun clause. It replaces the pronoun, "them." Learn more about noun clauses in Orange Level Lesson Six.
The word of the day is "fox."
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February 5, 2014
There’s a new reading exercise for the Red Level. Click here to read and listen to Winter is a long season in Minnesota. You can also download the reading by scrolling to the bottom of the page. There you’ll see the podcast. Try saving it to your phone. If the download doesn’t’ work, let know.
In Red Level Lesson Five, students practice forming questions with the verb "do" in the present tense.
Orange Level students click here to learn about compound-complex sentences.
The word of the day is "elephant."
February 4, 2014
Red Level students study commands in Red Level Lesson Four.
Orange Level students learn about complex sentences today.
The word of the day is "dog."
February 3, 2014
Students who are working in the Red Level study the helping verbs, "do" and "did."
February 2, 2014
Red Level Lesson Two: This second lesson shows you some important things about making verbs negative with the helping verb "do."
Orange Level Lesson Two: Words are put together in the form of clauses and phrases when forming sentences. If you understand how they differ, you will improve your speaking and writing skills in English.
The word of the day is "bear."
It’s Groundhog Day in the United States. In Pennsylvania there’s an old tradition involving a small animal called a hedgehog. If he sees his shadow on this day, it means we will have six more months of winter. Well, he did, and we will.
It’s also Superbowl Sunday today. The Seattle Seahawks are going against the Denver Broncos. This is the biggest sporting event of the year in the United States, but many people watch it to see which TV commercials are featured. This is a big day for the world of marketing.
This afternoon I’m going to attend some winter activities on the lakes around Minneapolis and St. Paul. There’s skiing, fat-tire biking, and a dog-sled race. With six months of winter weather you can’t just stay inside all the time. I’ll show you the pictures later.
February 1, 2014
Students move on to new levels in the month of February.
Blue Level students move forward to the Red Level.
Purple Level students move to the Orange Level.
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