Learn American English Online Blog
May 31, 2015
Thanks to students for sending in their pictures for the month of June. It helps me know who my students are when I can connect a name and a face with a part of the world where the student is viewing the site and learning English.
If you want to be included in the group of photos for June, send your photo and include your first name and the name of the country where you live.
May 30, 2015
May 29, 2015
The word "absolutely" is a fairly strong, popular adverb. You can use it in conversations when giving an affirmative response:
May 28, 2015
As soon as I sent off today’s email, a student quickly responded with the question, "What does Don’t miss the boat? mean?" This expression is used when there’s an opportunity available. If you miss the boat, you miss the opportunity. With the availability of the internet nowadays, opportunities abound. So don’t miss the boat.
May 27, 2015
There’s a new chat room. Click here to take a look at it.
The word of the day is "lean."
May 26, 2015
The word of the day is "path." A path is an area on the ground. You take it, stay on it, follow it, make it, and go on it. This is a good word to use when talking about traveling over short distances and when describing a person’s life.
May 25, 2015
There’s a new mobile version of the website. If you have any suggestions or want to give feedback on how it looks, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
The word of the day is "ruin." This is from a few years back, but I added new audio–as I’ve been doing on other pages.
By the way, if a page does not have audio, please contact me and I’ll add it on if possible.
May 24, 2015
You can use the word "well" and a past participle as an adjective to describe the quality of a thing, a person, a place, etc. This video is the second in a series of videos for the word "well."
May 23, 2015
Summer begins this weekend in the United States with the Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a holiday on Monday. We remember people who have served and/or given their lives for their country on Memorial Day. It also provides a three-day weekend, so many people use the time for traveling on vacation.
The word of the day is "well."
May 21, 2015
I’m getting a lot of requests from students who want to talk to me one-on-one on the phone or via Skype. Just to remind everyone, the website serves primarily as a free resource for you to use when you are confused about grammar and usage, pronunciation, vocabulary, and other things related to the study of English. If you have a question about something, do a search. There are search boxes throughout the site, and they’re very effective when it comes to locating particular lessons and information. You may also send a question to me through email, but there’s no guarantee that I will be able to answer it as I now receive hundreds of emails daily.
The word of the day is "vent."
May 20, 2015
May 19, 2015
What do you like to eat for breakfast? Is it toast ?
May 18, 2015
Watch for changes to the chat page in upcoming days. I think I found something that is fun and safe for everyone to use.
The word of the day is "school."
May 17, 2015
There’s a new Words that Rhyme exercise for words that rhyme with yesterday’s word of the day.
Today’s word of the day is "roast."
May 16, 2015
The word of the day is "pool." This is a good word to know if you enjoy recreational activities.
They’re shooting pool.
May 15, 2015
The word of the day is "okay." This is a common word, but you might not now that it can be used as a noun and as a verb in addition to being used as an adjective.
May 14, 2015
Here’s a new YouTube video for the word "well."
The word of the day is "narrow." This word is the opposite of "wide."
May 13, 2015
The word "minor" is used to describe a size, an amount, a degree, a category, an age, or a level. It’s a very useful word that you need to learn.
May 12, 2015
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May 11, 2015
There’s a new Think in English exercise for the word "race."
This is a new video for the verb "have" when it is used as a helping verb:
The word of the day is "knee." knee
May 10, 2015
Happy Mother’s Day!
May 9, 2015
If you are having problems viewing the website on your mobile device, let me know. I’m trying some new things with the layout on some of the pages.
The word of the day is "jinx."
May 8, 2015
There’s a new reading exercise for the Yellow Level: The students were not cooperative.
The word of the day is "hook." There are many different kinds of hooks:
A hook has this kind of a shape.
May 7, 2015
The word of the day is "grand."
May 6, 2015
The word of the day is "friend."
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May 5, 2015
The word of the day is "exercise."
He likes to exercise with weights.
May 4, 2015
How determined are you to learn English? The word "determine" is a good word to use when talking about a goal that you have:
He’s determined to become a world famous guitarist.
May 3, 2015
The world is usually a much more peaceful place to live in when people cooperate with each other.
This new video shows how the verb "do" is used as a helping verb when making the present tense and the past tense negative. It’s also used when making questions:
May 2, 2015
The word of the day is "bud."
May 1, 2015
As we begin a new month, students begin new levels or start the program as new students.
Remember to download the checklists for the level that you are working on this month. I recommend that you print out the list of lessons, exercises, quizzes, and reading exercises and mark them with a pen or pencil as they are completed.
The word of the day is "accent."
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