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October 31, 2015
The word of the day is "monster."
Students who are following the schedule of lessons for the various levels are taking tests today. Good luck! If you do well on the test, move on to the next level in November.
October 30, 2015
October 29, 2015
The word of the day is "order." You can use this word as a noun or as a verb.
October 28, 2015
The word of the day is "scandal." This word is a noun used to describe a situation in which a person in a high position or in a position of responsibility does something that is unethical. We hear about scandals through newspaper reports or TV news programs every day.
October 27, 2015
The word of the day is "other." A student asked me about this word just yesterday. Don’t confuse this word with "others" or "another." The video included on that page should help you understand the differences.
October 26, 2015
The word of the day is "thief." I’ve had some problems lately with people stealing the content from my website and using it on their own websites, so this choice seems appropriate for today.
October 25, 2015
We’re coming to the end of the month, which means you are nearing the end of the level that you are working on. I recommend that you work on one level every month and complete the levels in sequence. It takes about seven months to go through all seven. If you finish the lessons too quickly, you won’t remember anything!
Learning English is hard and it takes time! There’s no such thing as a fast and easy approach.
The word of the day is "match." When things or people match, they go well together:
October 24, 2015
It’s extremely important for students to learn how to use "have to" when describing responsibilities and obligations. Blue Level Lesson Twenty-four can help you with this. The lesson is in two parts:
The word of the day is "make."
October 23, 2015
The word of the day is "mess."
October 22, 2015
The word of the day is "hurry."
October 21, 2015
Your lessons for today in the Blue and Red levels are about numbers. Talking about numbers in English is different from the way you talk about them in your first language.
Blue Level Lesson Twenty-one is a very basic lesson featuring two videos.
Red Level Lesson Twenty-one is in two parts: Reading Numbers and Money.
Today’s word of the day is "vacuum."
October 20, 2015
The word of the day is "ultra." This is a type of intensifier.
October 18, 2015
Here’s a new vocabulary quiz for October. You can print out the quiz or write the answers in your notebook. Good luck!
I’ve added all new audio to the words pages in the pronunciation section. Some of you may remember that my audio files were lost last year, and now finally they are almost all back after having to rerecord them.
October 17, 2015
The word of the day is "ramp." A ramp makes it easy for a person to move up or down.
Some people can’t use stairs, so they use a ramp instead.
October 16, 2015
How do you talk about what another person said? This is one of the most difficult things to learn how to do in English. Click here to learn about direct and indirect speech in Yellow Level Lesson Sixteen.
Blue Level lesson Sixteen shows beginning level students how to use the verb "be" in the past tense.
The word of the day is "qualify."
There’s a new audio recording for words that begin with "T."
October 15, 2015
How do you ask a person about his or her age? This video can help you with that:
October 14, 2015
Sometimes the most important words to learn in English are the little ones. Today’s word of the day is "old." Yes, you know what it means, but pay close attention to how it’s used.
The word "old" is an adjective. The Red Level lesson for today explains what adjectives are.
October 13, 2015
The word of the day is "naughty."
October 12, 2015
Today’s Blue Level lesson is on forming the past tense. The key to doing it the right way is to understand the difference between the simple form of the verb and the past tense form. I recommend you look at today’s lesson if you don’t know the difference between those two things.
Yesterday’s Red Level lesson was on forming the future tense with the helping verb ‘will." Did you study it? Remember to use the helping verb "will" and the main verb.
Now click here for an exercise.
The word of the day is "mold."
Answers for today’s exercise: 1. did…go; 2. went; 3. did….do; 4. didn’t do; 5. Was; 6. was; 7. Did…have; 8. didn’t; 9. did…take; 10. took
1. will…go; 2. will go; 3. Will…do; 4. won’t have; 5. Will…be; 6. will; 7. wil…have; 8. will eat; 9. will…take; 10. won’t take
October 11, 2015
The word of the day is "live."
October 10, 2015
The word of the day is "knack."
New audio was added to words that begin with "s."
October 9, 2015
This new YouTube video shows how the preposition "in" can be used when talking about time.
The word of the day is "immigrate."
October 8, 2015
The word of the day is "hair."
She’s got pink hair.
October 7, 2015
Perhaps one of the most important things that a student should learn about when studying English is understanding how and why to use the present tense. Click here for today’s Blue Level Lesson.
The word of the day is "gab."
October 6, 2015
The word of the day is "fault."
October 5, 2015
Do you know the differences between the present tense and the present perfect tense? They’re similar in some ways, but don’t get them mixed up, especially when forming a question.
Red Level Lesson Five shows how to form questions in the present tense.
Yellow Level Lesson Five shows how to form questions in the present perfect tense.
After you take a look a look at those lessons, try this exercise:
Directions: Change the verb in parentheses according to the directions below.
In questions 1-5 use the helping verb and the main verb to form the present tense.
1. Where _______ you ________ ? (live)
2. _______ you ________ breakfast every morning? (have)
3. What ______ they _______ ? (do)
4. Where ________ he? (be)
5. How long _______ she usually ________? (sleep)
In questions 6-10 use the helping verb and the main verb to form the present perfect tense.
6. Where _______ you ________ in the last ten years? (live)
7. _______ you _______ any breakfast yet? (have)
8. What _______ they ________ so far today? (do)
9. Where _______ he _______ all day? (be)
10. How long _______ she _______? (sleep)
The answers are below.
The word of the day is "elegant."
8. have…done; 9. has…been; 10. has…slept
October 4, 2015
Have you checked the schedule of lessons on the home page today?
The word of the day is "dairy."
October 3, 2015
The word of the day is "cold."
October 2, 2015
The word of the day is "big." This is a fairly common and easy vocabulary word to understand; however, it’s used in many ways that might surprise you. I recommend you listen carefully to how I use the word in each sentence.
October 1, 2015
Students advance to a new level today. Blue Level students go to the Red Level, Red Level students go to the Yellow Level, and so on.
Here’s a new video that shows how the preposition "in" is used when describing a location.
The word of the day is "adopt."
Remember, each course level on this website has a checklist. Print out and keep the checklist next to your computer, tablet, or phone and use it to track your progress as you move through the lessons:
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