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In Red Level Lesson Twenty-seven you’ll learn about prepositions that follow verbs. This combination creates a verb phrase. Verb phrases are very common in English.

Today’s reading assignment: Americans drink a lot of coffee.

Today’s word of the day is "treat."


Today’s lesson shows you how to use the verb "go" and another verb. This is fairly common in American English, but perhaps less common in British English. It’s not necessary to use "go" in this manner, but for some reason we do:

  • Let’s go eat. / Let’s eat.
  • Go find a table. / Find a table.
  • Maria went to go make some coffee. Maria went to make some coffee.
  • I need to go get something. I need to get something.

It’s important to note that this usage is not applied to all verbs–only some of them.

The word of the day is "ship." A ship is a large boat used for moving passengers or cargo, but we also use this word as a verb for the action of sending something from one place to another by truck, boat, plane, or car.


  • Packages are shipped quickly by overnight delivery.
  • Shipping costs vary depending on the weight and the size of a package.
  • It’s a good idea to find out how much it will cost to ship a package before you send it.

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Today’s Red Level lesson is on opposite adjectives.

Here’s your reading exercise: Finding a new job is not an easy thing to do.

The word of the day is "proud."

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There’s a big difference between today’s lesson and yesterday’s lesson, but you might not notice it right away. In Red Level Lesson Twenty-four, you’ll learn how to use "be used to" to describe a person who has learned to adapt to a new situation, or that person is satisfied with an existing situation.

  • Sherri is used to working 60 hours a week.

To work 60 hours in one week would be very difficult, but if a person does it week after week, eventually he or she becomes or gets or is used to it.

Notice that the verbs become, get, or be appear before "used to" in this lesson.

This lesson also includes a quiz, which I recommend you take.

The reading exercise for today about winter: Winter is a long season in Minnesota. When you live in a cold climate, you get used to it, and you may eventually really enjoy it.

The word of the day is "inch." This word can be used as a noun or as a verb. It’s also found in many popular expressions.

The main lesson for today is Red Level Lesson Twenty-three which explains how to use "used to." Look at the sentences below:

  • She used to live in Myanmar. Now she lives in the U.S.
  • We used to visit our grandmother every weekend, but she passed away last year.
  • This used to be a good place to have dinner, but the service is terrible now.

"Used to" indicates that some past action is far in the past and is not likely to return. It’s a good way to form the past tense if the activity or situation is completely over.

The reading exercise for today provides you with some additional practice with "used to."

The word of the day is "ride."

I recommend the following pronunciation exercise for students who are having trouble with the "r" sound.

The word of the day is "whose." This is the possessive form of the pronoun "who."

This new video might help students who need to learn basic English vocabulary. It’s about doing laundry.


There are two parts to today’s lesson:

Reading Numbers


How are you doing with your lessons so far? There’s just one more week left before we all move forward to the Yellow Level.

There’s a new reading exercise for the Aqua Level: We like to play together.

Today’s lesson is on possessive pronouns. These pronouns resemble possessive adjectives, so be careful not to get them confused.

The reading exercise for today is #19 in the Red Level: Everyone loves the summer.

Your lesson for today is on gerunds. These are "ing" words which look like verbs but they serve the same purpose as a noun. When studying gerunds it’s also a good idea to learn about infinitives.

Today’s reading assignment is #18 in the Red Level: Everything feels new and fresh with the arrival of spring.

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The word of the is "tempt." Did you receive today’s email for this word?

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The word of the day is "respect."

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Today’s word of the day is "gain." A gain is an increase in something.

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There’s a new reading exercise for the Aqua Level.

When something goes up, it increases. The word "increase" is the word of the day. Are your English skills increasing?

Your lesson for today is on a few and a little.

Don’t forget to take the quiz after finishing the lesson.


Here’s a new video for object pronouns:


We are now into our second week in the Red Level. How are you doing so far? Is everything going okay? If you need to go back to the Blue Level, that’s okay.

Today’s Red Level lesson shows how the verb "do" is used as a main verb for particular situations.

Today’s Blue Level lesson shows how to form the present tense. We use the present tense to talk about activities that happen every day.

The word of the day is "gather." This word has a voiced "th" sound in the middle of it. If you have trouble with middle "th" sounds, click here.

Today’s Red Level lesson is on object pronouns.

Your reading assignment today for today: Matthew gets ready to go to work. Notice that the reading assignment number matches today’s date. You should read be reading every day.

The word of the day is "familiar." If something is familiar, you believe you have seen it before.

  • That house looks familiar.
  • You look familiar. Have we met?
  • This area feels familiar.

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The word of the day is "decrease." When something decreases, it goes down.

There’s a new reading exercise for the Aqua Level: Denise is in the bathtub. The focus is on pronouns used when talking about a woman.

The word of the day is "crunch."

Students studying in the Red Level go to Lesson Three to learn the differences between "do" and "did" when they are used as helping verbs to form the present tense and the past tense.

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Your lesson for today is Red Level Lesson Two, making the present the tense negative by using the helping verb "do."

Your reading assignment for today is Donna and Bill had lunch together.

The word of the day is "bully." A bully is someone who is intentionally mean to other people. No one likes a bully.

Students move to the Red Level today. Lesson One shows how to use the verb "do" in the present tense.

If you are a new student this month, start in the Blue Level. Lesson One shows how to use the verb "be" in the present tense.

There will be another live event today at 10:00 a.m.

There’s a new reading exercise for the Aqua Level: Mark has a cat.


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