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May 31, 2014
Are you ready for a test? Click here for the Purple Level test.
The word of the day is "cope."
Tomorrow we’ll return to the Blue Level. If you know anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of English, tell that person to be here next week.
May 30, 2014
Students who are working in the Purple Level review today for a test tomorrow.
May 29, 2014
There’s a new video for the word "work" on the home page.
The word of the day is "count."
May 28, 2014
We lost one of our brightest, most beautiful poets today. Maya Angelou had a lovely voice, and she was a truly great teacher.
Did you receive today’s emailed lesson? Was it helpful? I’m going to continue to experiment with new ways of instruction online through email, videos, and audio exercises that you can access here on the website.
The word of the day today is "sway."
I shut down the Blue Level chat room because of bad behavior there. If this continues, I’ll remove all of the chat rooms on the website. I’m sorry this affects people who are innocent and just want to practice their English.
May 27, 2014
Boy, is it humid today! We went from winter to summer lickety-split (very quickly).
The word of the day is "trim."
I’m redoing the audio for the stories in the Purple Level. Here’s the newest one: Two Fellows and the Bear.
The Purple Level lesson for today is on the verb "set."
May 26, 2014
Today is a national holiday in the United States. We honor those who have fought and died in wars and other conflicts throughout our history. People also pay their respects to family members by visiting their grave sites, bringing with them flowers or wreaths. Banks and government offices are closed today, but the stores will be open.
The word of the day is "through."
The Purple Level Lesson for today is on the verb "last." It’s worth keeping in mind that "last" can be used as a verb or as an adjective.
May 25, 2014
If you are new to the United States as an immigrant, or if you are planning to visit here some time in the future, I hope this website can help you learn or improve your English. Next month in June, we’ll return to the Blue Level and basic English. If you follow the website every day, the lessons you study here should help you achieve your goals in learning the language.
Make sure you check the home page daily for the lessons that are listed for the week.
The word of the day is "bit." We use this word when talking about amounts, but there are a few other applications for it.
May 24, 2014
The word of the day is "stagnant." This word is similar to yesterday’s featured word (stale), but it’s used for very specific reasons. We use "stagnant" when describing water, air, and economic activity.
The Purple Level lesson of the day is "do." It’s important to remember that "do" is a main verb and a helping verb.
I haven’t figured out what to do next with the Aqua Level, so the next best thing is to have students work on prepositions.
May 23, 2014
Students who are working in the Purple Level this month study the verb "send" today.
The word of the day is "stale."
There’s a new Think in English exercise.
May 22, 2014
The word of the day is "estate."
May 21, 2014
The Purple Level lesson of the day is on the verb "seem." It’s similar to the verb "be."
Aqua Level Lesson Sixteen is about pronouns that are used when talking about things: everything / something / anything / nothing
The word of the day is "state."
May 20, 2014
The word of the day is "bust."
There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level.
Today’s Purple Level lesson is on the verb "be." This is a good lesson for all students to take a look at. I recommend you try this quiz. If you have trouble with the quiz, go back to the first few lessons of the Blue Level to review the verb "be."
If you’ve been studying pronouns in the Aqua Level, take a look at the pronoun review. Tomorrow, I’ll add new lessons to this level.
May 19, 2014
Purple Level students study the verb "run" today. There are many different ways to use this word:
The word of the day is "dust."
May 18, 2014
Some students are having trouble with the audio on certain pages of this website. If you can’t hear something, please let me know which page is causing trouble and I’ll fix it immediately. You may have noticed that all of the new recordings use Soundcloud. The other audio service is too unreliable to depend on, so it will take me some time to convert all of the audio into the new format. The nice thing about Soundcloud is you can download the audio and listen to it on a mobile device or on your computer.
May 17, 2014
Today’s Purple Level lesson for today is on the verb "cut." Many idioms are formed with this word.
The word of the day is "roster."
May 16, 2014
How did you do on yesterday’s quiz? I sent it out in the form on an email and included here on the website. If you haven’t signed up yet to get emailed lessons, quizzes, and updates, you can sign up on the home page. It’s all free!
Purple Level Lesson Sixteen focuses on the verb "keep." This is a word that you can use for many different situations. The quiz that matches this lesson is found here.
The word of the day is "sting."
May 15, 2014
The word of the day is "stuck."
There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for May 2014.
The lesson for the day in the Purple Level is for the verb "tell." After you finish this lesson, this quiz asks you to decide between the words "say" and "tell." Do you know the difference?
Aqua Level Lesson Twelve is on the indefinite pronoun, "someone."
May 14, 2014
The word of the day is "step."
For the next several days, students will learn about indefinite pronouns used to describe people. The first lesson in this series is on the pronoun "everyone." This word is always singular–even when describing a large group of people.
Learn more about the word "everyone" in Aqua Level Lesson Eleven.
Purple Level Lesson Fourteen is on the verb "say."
May 13, 2014
Do you know the differences between the words "need" and "want"? Yesterday’s lesson was on the verb "need." Today’s lesson includes a video on the verb "want."
After you complete the lesson, take this quiz.
Aqua Level Lesson Ten is on the pronoun "who." Use this word when asking questions about people.
The word of the day is "fasten."
May 12, 2014
The word of the day is "staff."
The verb "need" is explained in Purple Level Lesson Twelve.
The third-person plural pronoun is "they." This is your lesson for the day if you are working in the Aqua Level. Don’t forget that "they" can be used for things in addition to people.
May 11, 2014
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms who are celebrating it today. Do something nice today for your mom or your wife.
The word of the day is "vast."
The Purple Level lesson for today is on the verb "come." Be sure to check out the idioms page for this word.
Learn about the plural form of the pronoun "you" by clicking here.
May 10, 2014
Purple Level students study the verb "make" today. This word is used with many different idioms. As with most of the lessons in this part of the website, there’s a quiz you can take afterwards.
Learn how to use the pronoun "we" in Aqua Level Lesson Seven.
The word of the day is "fist."
May 9, 2014
In Lesson Nine of the Purple Level, students learn about different ways to use the verb "know."
The word of the day is "master." If you know how to do something very well, you can say that you have mastered that skill.
The Aqua Level lesson for the day is on the pronoun "it."
May 8, 2014
The word of the day is "stir."
May 7, 2014
The word of the day is "stun."
Aqua Level Lesson Four shows you all the pronouns you need to know when talking about a man.
Purple Level Lesson Seven shows examples for the verb "see."
May 6, 2014
The word of the day is "list."
Students working in the Purple Level this month study the verb "give" today. This is an important irregular verb with many different applications.
If you are studying pronouns in the Aqua Level, the pronoun of the day is "I." You must learn how this pronoun changes from subject to object, and you need to learn about the possessive forms of this word. This is basic English, but intermediate and advanced level students sometimes make mistakes when using first-person pronouns.
May 5, 2014
The verb for today is "take." There are many idioms that make use of this word. You can take this quiz to see how well you are able to apply your knowledge of different verb tenses.
For students interested in learning basic English, this Aqua Level lesson is on the pronoun, "you."
The word of the day is "gesture."
May 4, 2014
The word of the day is "paste."
Students who are new to this website are welcome to email their photos for the Photos section. The reason for this part of the website is so that students can have some idea of who visits LearnAmericanEnglishOnline.com and in which part of the world they live. If you send anything in, please include your first name and the name of your country. Thanks!
May 3, 2014
Purple Level students study the verb "put" today. This verb is used in a lot of idioms. There’s a quiz after you watch the video and look at the examples.
The word of the day is "mist."
Students who work in the pronunciation section of the website practice the "st" and "str" sounds today.
May 2, 2014
Students working in the Purple Level this month should print out the checklist to keep track of their progress. The verb for today is "get." If you look this word up in a dictionary, you’ll see it has many different meanings depending on which preposition follows it:
What do they all mean?
The word of the day is "burst."
May 1, 2014
Happy May Day!
The word of the day is "sprinkle."
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