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October 31, 2016
Tonight children will go door-to-door in their neighborhoods to ask for candy. They’ll say "trick or treat," and then residents of the homes they visit will give them candy. This is a fun tradition in the United States. Children love Halloween.
The word of the day is "wimp." This is kind of a slang word in English. You should definitely learn what it means.
October 29, 2016
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October 28, 2016
When you want to change something back to its original state, you undo the thing that you changed. This is the word of the day.
October 27, 2016
How do you keep a conversation going once it has started? I created this handout to use with my regular classroom students, but anyone can use it.
October 26, 2016
While visiting Chicago last weekend, I stopped in at a middle eastern restaurant for a falafel and some yummy, creamy humus and pita bread. We have restaurants like this where I live, but they aren’t as good.
By the way, what is this thing called that has the meat on it?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump keeps using the word "rigged" when talking about the U.S. election system, so I thought this would be a good choice for the word of the day.
October 25, 2016
The word of the day is "term." This word can be used for agreements, periods of time, and when explaining the meanings of words.
October 21, 2016
I’m on the road this weekend collecting material (photos and video) for the website. Today I’m traveling through the midwestern states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Fall is a beautiful time to drive through this part of the country because the leaves on the trees are in the midst of changing colors before they drop.
The word of the day is "rank."
October 20, 2016
The word of the day is "quarter."
October 19, 2016
The word of the day is "prey."
Predator or prey?
October 18, 2016
Today’s word of the day is "ongoing." When something is ongoing, it’s continuing and it might be happening right now.
October 17, 2016
Here are the answers for today’s Word of the Day quiz:
Answers: 1. laugh; 2. lousy; 3. lift; 4. leak; 5. load; 6. lease; 7. loot; 8. lick; 9. lane; 10. land; 11. link; 12. live; 13. labor; 14. loaf; 15. list; 16. leap; 17. label; 18. left; 19. laundry; 20. liquid
October 16, 2016
Students in class yesterday asked me about the verb "get" and why it was so confusing. It’s used as a main verb, but it’s also used in a lot of verb phrases, and you can use it to form the passive voice. That’s why I put together a new YouTube playlist for the verb "get."
The word of the day is "mingle."
October 15, 2016
October 14, 2016
This new video features words that begin with the letter L.
The word of the day is "lurk."
October 13, 2016
The word of the day is "jury."
October 12, 2016
The word of the day is "indoor."
October 11, 2016
Today’s Blue Level lesson on prepositions might be useful for everyone who is studying English. It takes years to learn how to choose the correct preposition.
The word of the day is "ideal."
October 10, 2016
The word of the day is "hustle."
October 9, 2016
I’m sorry I haven’t been updating this page as much as I used to. Other projects I’m working on have taken time away from the blog.
October 6, 2016
There’s a new video on YouTube that explains how to make oatmeal cookies. My intention here is to help students develop vocabulary skills, and if they can also make good cookies as a result, that’s icing on the cake:
October 5, 2016
The word of the day is "evidence."
October 2, 2016
The word of the day is "conclude." When something concludes, it finishes, or a person forms a final opinion about something.
October 1, 2016
Today’s word of the day is "bid."
This quiz matches the video that I made a few days ago: All of these words begin with the letter K.
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