Here’s a new video for the word "which."

The word of the day is "use." It’s important for you to know that this word can be a verb or a noun. When it’s a verb, the "s" in use sounds like a "z." When it’s a noun, the "s" sounds like an "s."

  • I used my cell phone. (The "s" sounds like a "z.")
  • It has many uses. The "s" sounds like an "s.")
  • Do you use public transportation?
  • The use of public transportation can reduce traffic congestion.

Do you undersand the differences in the sentences above? If not, go to the word of the day and listen to more examples.

A student emailed me recently and asked why I didn’t answer his email. I told him this: On a daily basis I get a lot of email. It’s in the hundreds. If I responded to everyone every day, I would never get anything else done! Another reason for not always responding is because some email comes back to me as undeliverable. That means I sent an email to a student who wrote to me, but the email could not be delivered. Why? Sometimes it’s because a country blocks email. Sometimes a person’s inbox is full. Sometimes the email address is fraudulent. That’s a very frustrating thing to find out after spending ten or fifteen minutes on an email response to a student. So, I’ll do my best to respond to you, but please be understanding if I don’t.

The word of the day is "dig." This is an irregular verb:

dig  /  dug  /  dug

Today’s email included an exercise for the pronoun "you." If you didn’t receive the email, you can try the exercise here:

Directions: Choose the best form of the word “you” to complete the sentences and questions below:

you  you’re  your  yours

1. Is that jacket __________?

2. I’m sorry. I forgot __________ name.

3. She gave _________ something to drink.

4. __________ a good student!

5. My classes are easy. __________ are difficult.

6. __________ play a great game of chess.

7. __________ teacher wants to talk to __________.

8. I think __________ doing a good job.

9. Did the noise wake __________ up?

10. Thanks for __________ time.

Answers:1. yours2. your3. you4. You’re5. Yours6. You7. Your….you8. you’re9. you10. your

The word of the day is "valve." If you work around heavy, industrial equipment, or if you do anything that involves controlling the flow of water or air, this is a good word to know.

Here’s a new video for the pronoun "you." This was made upon request for a beginning level student:


Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of a sentence:

  • I hurt myself while working on my car.
  • She cut herself as she was chopping vegetables.
  • The kids are old enough to dress themselves.

Learn more about reflexive pronouns in this Red Level lesson.

The word of the day is "tackle."

The word of the day is "sheep."

Happy Chinese New Year to my students who are celebrating that today. It’s the year of the sheep.

sheep sheep

There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for February 2015.

The word of the day is "require."

Do you know how to ask about time, day, or date? Even my advanced students make small mistakes when doing this:

  • What time is it? What’s the time?
  • What day is it? What day is today?
  • Do you know today’s the date? What’s the date?

Learn more about this essential skill in Blue Level Lesson Eighteen.

The word of the day is "quiver."

Today is Presidents’ Day in the United States. It’s an official holiday, so banks and government offices are closed. Schools are closed, but this website is always open if you want to learn English!

The word of the day for today is "pair." We use this word when two things are part of a matching set.

The word of the day is "original."

Here’s a new video for the verb "know."


The word of the day is "know." This simple yet important word is very common in English and good to know.

Today’s email included an exercise for the simple past tense. Did you get it?

The word of the day is "jolt."

The word of the day is "inform."

There’s a new exercise for Words That Rhyme. Click here to figure out which words rhyme with the word "map."

The tax season is upon us. People who live in the United States are trying to figure out how much money they owe to the government or how much money they expect in the form of a refund. I think the easiest thing to do is to just higher a qualified accountant and let that person do all the paperwork. Whatever course you choose to take, the word "gross" is important to know when thinking about your income.

The word of the day is "famous." The Eiffel Tower is famous throughout the world.

Eiffel Tower The EIffel Tower

People who want to save money make economical decisions. Or, we can say that a person who wants to save money economizes. As workers we all contribute to the economy. At this time of the year in the United States, many people are thinking about money because it’s tax season. The word of the day is "economy."

The word of the day is "cage."

Did you receive the email I sent out on this day? If not, it contained an exercise for the word "break." Make sure you sign up for emailed lessons, quizzes, and exercises on the home page.

You can try it here:

In the exercise below, choose the correct form of the word “break” to complete each sentence. Hints are provided following each sentence or question.

break breaks broke broken to break breaking

1. Wendy is going on __________ now. (noun)

2. That really __________ my heart. (present tense)

3. They have no money. They’re __________. (adjective)

4. The signal from your cell phone is ___________ up (present continuous tense)

5. Bertha has __________ her promise too many times. (present perfect tense)

6. A __________ news story just showed up on my screen. (adjective)

7. We have a ________ window that needs to be fixed. (adjective)

8. I need __________ a 100-dollar bill. (infinitive)

9. Aw come on! Give me a __________. (noun)

10. It looks like Tony __________ his arm. (past tense)

Today is the day of the Superbowl, the most popular football game and sporting event of the year. It usually has the largest TV audience for the year, too. The word of the day is "audience."

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