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April 2016 BlogLAEO

Blue Level students review all of their lessons in the Blue Level Review today. Afterwards, there are two tests to take:

Blue Level Test #1  /  Blue Level Test #2

Green Level students also have a review and two tests:

Green Level Test #1  /  Green Level Test #2

The word of the day is "wag."

The word of the day is "ultimate."

Students studying in the Blue Level are nearing the end for this level. Today’s lesson is on the verb "need" in the present tense. If you need something, it’s necessary to have it.

Green Level students complete the review for this level.

Your word of the day is "store." It’s important to note that this word can be used as a noun or as a verb:

  • We store food in our basement. (verb)
  • I need to go to the store to get some food. (noun)

Blue Level students study "would like" today. Although this is a lesson intended for beginning level students, this might be a good lesson for intermediate level students as well.

The word of the day is "smell."

Here’s a new video for words that begin with the letter "f."


Blue Level students learn how to use the verb "want" in the present tense.

Today’s Green Level lesson show how to change from the passive voice to the active voice.

The word of the day is "similar." This includes a video that I made a few years ago.

The modal verb "can" is one of the most commonly used modal verbs. If you can do something, you have the ability to do it, or you have the money to do it, or you have the time to do it:

  • Sheila can play the piano. (She knows how to do it.)
  • Rhonda and Felipe can finally buy a house. (The have the money to get it.)
  • Jordan can’t make it to the meeting. (He doesn’t have enough time today.)

Learn more about the verb "can" in Blue Level Lesson Twenty-three.

In the Green Level, students learn how to use "be" and "called" to indicate the name of something. It would be okay for beginning level students to look at this because it’s really not too hard and it’s important to know.

Today’s word of the day is "lick." This verb is used when describing what the tongue does with food and other things that the tongue touches.

He is licking an envelope.

The word of the day is "lay." Don’t confuse this word with other similar words:

meaning simple past past participle
to put down
to recline
to be false

There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for April 2016. This is quiz number 47. If you are interested in taking the other 46 quizzes, you can find them here.

I also sent this quiz out through email. If you want to be sure that you receive email from your teacher on a regular basis, make sure you sign up for it. It’s all free!

Today’s Blue Level lesson is on numbers.

Red Level students: money and reading numbers

Yellow Level students: adverbs

Green Level students: (be) used

If you have been using this website on a regular basis but have never contributed to it in the form of a donation, please consider all the time and money that I put into this. It’s free for you to use, but the website really costs a lot to operate. Plus there’s my time, which I think has some value. Don’t you? Thanks!

Beginning level students study the days of the week today.

Red Level students are learning about reflexive pronouns.

Yellow Level students look at height and weight.

Intermediate level students review verb tenses in the Green Level.

The word of the day is "street."

This new video explains the meaning for the phrase "no longer."


The word of the day is "lap."

Blue Level students learn about count and noncount nouns today.

Red Level students learn about possessive pronouns.

Green Level students review continuous tenses. (Don’t look at this lesson if you have not finished the Blue, Red, and Yellow levels.)

There’s a new Words that Rhyme exercise for the word "eat."

The word of the day is "repeat." This is a good word to know how to use when you want someone to say something again.

Bad news for people who haven’t been paying attention to emailed lessons, exercises, quizzes, etc. They have been dropped! All 21,000 of them. If you value the emailed material that I send out, you have to look at from time to time it at the very least; otherwise, it’s adios amigos.

I pay a lot of money per month to maintain email lists, run software, operate a chat room and the website itself. It’s really irritating when people sign up for all this free stuff and then they don’t use it. Use it or lose it, right?

In this new video, all of the words begin with the letter "e." These words represent basic English vocabulary:

The word of the day is "compete."  

The word of the day is "edible."

The word of the day is "whip."

Blue Level students learn about information questions today. Information questions begin with words such as who, what, where, when, how, and why.


Green Level students learn how to form past perfect tense verbs in the passive voice.

There’s a new reading exercise for the Blue Level: You have to wear your seatbelt.

The word of the day is "seat."

Here’s a new Words that Rhyme exercise for the word "clip."

The word of the day is "strip."

Blue Level students learn about prepositions today.

Green Level students learn how to form the passive voice in the past continuous tense.

was or were + the past participle

  • The game was played outside.
  • The students were given time to finish their work.
  • A good time was had by all.

Attention: Make sure you respond to emailed lessons and exercises. Students who do not view emails within a six-month period will be dropped from the membership list.

Here’s a new video for you:

Do you know what the students on this website are working on today? If not, go to the home page and you’ll see the schedule of lessons.

The word of the day is "nip."

The word of the day is "lip."

My friend, Anthony, sent me this video yesterday. I really love it. He’s from Viet Nam. This is his school:


The word of the day is "sight."

Blue Level students study the word "there" today.

After the lesson, complete this writing exercise.

Green Level students learn to substitute the helping verb "be" with the verb "get" when forming the passive voice.

Did you receive today’s email today? If so, you already know what you have to do.

I also recommend that Green Level students practice their reading skills. These reading exercises include examples for the passive voice.

The word of the day is "hip."

Her hand is on her hip.

The word of the day is "grip."

New students who want to be included in the Photos section for April can send in their pictures at any time. Please include your first name and the name of the country that you are from. Thanks for participating!

New students learn about nouns and pronouns today in Blue Level Lesson Four.

Green Level students continue learning about the passive voice today.

When verbs are in the past tense and in the passive voice, the formula looks like this:

was or were + past participle

  • My car was washed last weekend.
  • The class was taught by an experienced teacher.
  • The police were called to break up a fight.

The word of the day is "clip."

He’s clipping a bush.

Blue Level students should be on Lesson Three today.

Green Level students learn about the present tense in the passive voice.

Students who are new to this website begin the Blue Level in April. Complete lessons one and two.

Students who have been with me since January complete lessons one and two in the Green Level.

The word of the day is "belt."


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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