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April 30, 2017
There’s a new video for the word "whevever." You can watch it here.
April 29, 2017
The word of the day is "wagon." A wagon is a type of vehicle:
This is a station wagon.
April 28, 2017
The weird thing about the words "need" and "want" is that sometimes you’ll hear someone use the past tense form of these verbs when they are asking a question or making a statement regarding a situation in the present:
Of course, you can ask the same sort of questions or make statements like this with very little change in meaning:
See, I think the past tense form is often used because when we want or need something we made the decision sometime in the past, and when confronted with the availability of the thing, we talk about it with the past tense.
The present perfect tense is also used with these verbs, but especially with the verb "want" to express some long-held desire:
What do you need or want?
April 26, 2017
We improved the navigation for the Yellow Level lessons. Thanks to my friend, Santiago, for the suggestion. There are still several pages that need to be improved or rewritten for that level. Remember, we welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement to the website. It ain’t perfect, you know!
April 25, 2017
We’re collecting photos of new students for the month of May. If you want to be included, please email your photo to
April 24, 2017
There’s a new lesson for the Yellow Level. It matches the video below and includes an exercise.
April 23, 2017
April 21, 2017
Today’s word of the day is "ouch."
April 20, 2017
April 19, 2017
The word of the day is "number."
April 18, 2017
April 17, 2017
I just joined Patreon in order to finance my next project. You can find me there as Teacher Paul and help support my work. Thanks!
April 16, 2017
April 15, 2017
Here are the answers to the exercise I sent out yesterday:
1. had been; 2. had prepared; 3. hadn’t told; 4. had done; 5. had had; 6. Had…saved; 7. hadn’t worked;
April 14, 2017
Here an exercise from an email I sent out this morning to my students:
Directions: Complete each sentence or question with the past perfect tense. The verb provided in parentheses is in the simple form. Some verbs are negative.
1. She _______ _________ a good student until she lost interest in school. (be)
April 13, 2017
Here’s a new video, by request, for the present perfect tense:
April 12, 2017
I’m trying to change the login for the chat room, but it might take awhile for people to get used to the change. If you want your own nickname, protected and available only to you, send me your nickname request and I will send you a password. This might help improve the quality of conversation that’s been happening there lately.
April 10, 2017
The word of the day is "hotel."
Here’s a new quiz for Words that begin with the letter P.
April 9, 2017
The word of the day is "grave."
April 8, 2017
This new video includes 55 words that begin with the letter "p."
April 6, 2017
Here’s your vocabulary quiz for this month. It’s a combination of words from last month and this month.
April 5, 2017
The word of the day is "excuse."
April 4, 2017
The word of the day is "death."
If you are one of my students, I sent you an email early this morning. The subject was the passive voice. I hope you learned something from the lesson and the exercise.
Emailed lessons, exercises, and quizzes are only available to people who sign up for them. If you want these things, just sign up.
April 3, 2017
Your lesson of the day is on the present tense, passive voice:
The word of the day is "click."
April 2, 2017
This month most of my students will focus on learning about the passive voice in the Green Level.
In the second lesson in the Green Level is something almost every student should understand, whether that student is a beginner or advanced.
When you come into the world–thanks to your mother’s hard work–you are born. The verb "bear" is the simple form for the past participle, "born." We almost always use "be" + "born" to talk about our arrival here on planet Earth:
To learn how to talk about birth experiences, click here.
The word of the day is "build."
April 1, 2017
Most of my students will learn about the passive voice this month in the Green Level.
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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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