As July comes to a close, students have to think about what to do next. Students who began the seven-month program in January have finished the Violet Level by now. Those students can repeat all seven levels–which is a good idea because there’s quite a lot of material that can easily be missed–or they can go on to other parts of the website, such as American Speech, or they can go on to other websites. It’s good to learn about any subject from more than one teacher, so I recommend that students look around and see who else is out there and capable of providing English language instruction.


The word of the day is "sick."

Today’s word of the day is "yummy."

man holding hot dogYummy!

Here’s a new vocabulary video:


The word "versus" is a preposition that we use to describe conflicts and opposition.

There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for July 2017. This is Quiz #66. If you want to print out the PDF without the answers, click here.

What can you do to become a good English language student?

Every now and then I find it’s necessary to have a conversation with my students about what they need to do in order to be successful as students.  These are ideas for my regular classroom students, but my online students should also hear this.

Rule Number One: Try to stay motivated. Once you lose your motivation to learn English or improve your English, you might stop altogether. When you stop, it’s all over.  Keep in mind all the benefits of learning English.

Rule Number Two: Be organized and use a notebook.  Write in your notebook every day. Date each notebook entry. If you do this every day, you will notice progress.  I do this for myself in studying music. I’m not very good at playing the guitar, but I’m always, always making progress.

Rule Number Three:  Find a time and a place where you can go every day in order to study English. For many people, that’s a desk with a computer on it, or it’s an English book that was provided by your teacher. Find a quiet place and try to commit at least an hour a day to studying.

Rule Number Four:  Every student is different.  What works for another person might not work for you. Also, if you ever hear someone say that he or she  learned perfect English in just a few short months, that’s probably not true. This brings me to the last rule.

Rule Number Five: Learning English is really, really hard. It can be a little easier for people whose first language is French, Spanish, or German, but even they find it difficult.  Keep working at it and remember that English is really difficult for everyone.

Stealing from another person is also known as "theft." A person who steals is called a thief.

thiefTheft is a common problem around the world.

The word of the day is "save." This word can be used for many different reasons.

  • You can save money.
  • You can save a person’s life.
  • You can save a lot of junk inside your house.
  • You can save food in the refrigerator.
  • You can help save the Earth.

The word "physical" is the word of the day. Notice that the "ph" in this word makes an "f" sound.

man holding a top People who are interested in the ways the universe operates study physical science.

Here are 15 words that rhyme with the word "moan."

Yes, it’s ice cream. But what is he holding? Find out in the Word of the Day section.

The word "make" is an extremely important word to understand and use correctly. This is the word of the day. The class I teach on Saturday morning will be practicing the use of "make" as a verb and as a noun.

When someone or something lingers, it doesn’t go away. It remains in place. The word "linger" is often used for negative situations:

  • There’s a strange-looking man lingering outside of the school.
  • Sarah is dealing with a lingering headache.
  • A strange smell still lingers in the refrigerator.
  • A feeling of dread lingered over the meeting as everyone feared it would end with someone getting fired.

Today’s word of the day is "grab." This very popular word is used when a person uses the hands to get something. The word "grab" is also used when getting a person’s attention.

police officer grabbing someone

The police officer grabbed the may by the collar and told him to read the sign.

The word of the day is "fan." At this time of the year in the United States, many people have a fan going because it’s so hot.


Do you know the difference between the words "affect" and "effect"? If not, this video might be of some help:


This is the Fourth of July weekend in the United States. We celebrate independence from England on the fourth of July. Now is a time of year when many Americans travel to vacation homes or visit famous American landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The bald eagle is our national symbol. You’ll see pictures of the bald eagle on money, official government property, and on government buildings. Today’s word of the day is "bald."

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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