Learn American English Online Blog
March 30, 2017
At the end of every month, my students take tests for the level or levels they are working on. Are you ready to take a test?
Blue Level Test # 1 / Blue Level Test #2
Red Level Test #1 / Red Level Test #2
The word of the day is "onion."
March 29, 2017
We’re coming to the end of the month, so students working in the various levels should be preparing for tests on the review pages.
The word of the day is "noodle."
March 27, 2017
Here’s a new video for adverbs in English:
March 25, 2017
There are many different ways to use the preposition "outside." Click here to take a look at some examples.
Students working in the Yellow Level study the future perfect tense today.
Red Level students learn about adjectives that have opposite meanings and do this exercise.
Blue Level students learn to use "want" in the present tense.
March 24, 2017
Yellow Level Lesson Twenty-four is your lesson of the day. Words like certainly, surely, definitely–among others– are called intensifiers. They increase the strength or the meanings of the words with which they’re used.
The word of the day is "legend."
March 22, 2017
This audio track matches the first half of the email that I sent out today to students:
In the last week or so, I’ve received a few dozen emails from students asking me to correct homework assignments that were given to them by their teachers in their home countries–wherever that might be. Please stop this. You can imagine how much time it would take to correct and return all those paragraphs and essays. This website offers free help in English grammar and usage. Students should use the website as a reference, not as a source for feedback on writing assignments.
March 21, 2017
The preposition "onto" is a little different from the preposition "on." I just added an audio track to a list of examples for the preposition "onto." Check it out! (Take a look at it.)
March 20, 2017
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March 19, 2017
Yellow Level Lesson Nineteen is on the future continuout tense. This is your lesson for the day.
The future continuous tense is used to describe future, continuous activities. For example…
I could ask the question like this…
However, by using the future continuous tense, I’m asking about activity over a period of time, such as an hour, or two hours.
Here’s how you can respond to the question above:
The word of the day is "near." This is an important preposition to use when talking about a close distance.
March 18, 2017
There’s a new audio track for the preposition "instead of."
March 17, 2017
Why are so many people wearing green today? It’s St. Patrick’s Day!
The word of the day is "green." It’s not just a color.
March 16, 2017
There’s a new addition to the video lessons page for basic vocabulary words. I still need to add P – Z. They’re coming.
Today’s Yellow Level lesson is on indirect speech. How do you describe what another person has said? There’s a method to this that you must learn about. Look at these examples:
Today’s word of the day is "indeed."
March 15, 2017
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March 13, 2017
Today’s lesson is on the present perfect continuous tense:
March 12, 2017
There will be a temporary interruption to service as we change our servers this morning.
March 11, 2017
The word of the day is "ground." The ground is the place where we stand when we are outside. It’s the place where seeds are planted in the spring. It’s an area that we play on and enjoy recreational activities. This is a good word to know.
March 10, 2017
Modal verbs can change the meaning of the main verb in many different ways. Click here to learn how.
March 8, 2017
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The lesson of the day is on the past continuous tense.
March 6, 2017
Yellow Level Lesson Six is on comparative adjectives:
The word of the day is "extreme."
March 5, 2017
If you are new to this website, I recommend that you take a look at the section for slang words and phrases. Slang is an important part of your understanding of what Americans are saying. You don’t have to use the slang yourself; you just need to understand what it is and what it means.
Students studying in the Yellow Level learn how to form questions in the present perfect tense in Lesson Five. This is not a difficult thing to do. Just put the helping verb, has or have, before the subject. The main verb follows the subject:
The word of the day is "soon."
March 4, 2017
To make the present perfect tense negative, all you have to do is add "not" to the helping verb "have." The helping verb and the word "not" are usually in the form of a contraction.
Learn more about making present perfect tense verbs negative in Yellow Level Lesson Four.
The word of the day is "disaster."
March 3, 2017
In Yellow Level Lesson Three, you learn about the present perfect tense. This is an extremely important verb tense to learn about because it’s used so often to talk about the past and the present.
The word of the day is "crew."
I changed the Think in English page so that it should show up a little better on a phone. You can find it here.
March 1, 2017
Are you ready to move forward? If you did well on the Red Level, congratulations! Move on to the Yellow Level. If you feel like you didn’t understand most of the lessons in the Red Level, you can go back and repeat some of that, but don’t worry about not understanding everything! I think it’s helpful for students to always feel like they are making progress. Complete all seven levels and then repeat the lessons in order. You should notice a big improvement in your understanding of English grammar after working through the seven-level program for a second time.
Here’s the Yellow Level reading assignment for today: Christine is a photographer.
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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