Learn American English Online Blog
July 31, 2017
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.
July 30, 2017
The word of the day is "sick."
July 28, 2017
Today’s word of the day is "yummy."
July 27, 2017
Here’s a new vocabulary video:
July 26, 2017
The word "versus" is a preposition that we use to describe conflicts and opposition.
July 25, 2017
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.
July 24, 2017
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.
July 23, 2017
Stealing from another person is also known as "theft." A person who steals is called a thief.
Theft is a common problem around the world.
July 22, 2017
The word of the day is "save." This word can be used for many different reasons.
July 20, 2017
The word "physical" is the word of the day. Notice that the "ph" in this word makes an "f" sound.
People who are interested in the ways the universe operates study physical science.
July 19, 2017
Here are 15 words that rhyme with the word "moan."
July 15, 2017
Yes, it’s ice cream. But what is he holding? Find out in the Word of the Day section.
July 12, 2017
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.
July 11, 2017
When someone or something lingers, it doesn’t go away. It remains in place. The word "linger" is often used for negative situations:
July 9, 2017
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.
The police officer grabbed the may by the collar and told him to read the sign.
July 6, 2017
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.
July 3, 2017
Do you know the difference between the words "affect" and "effect"? If not, this video might be of some help:
July 2, 2017
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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