Learn American English Online Blog
November 30, 2017
Learn how to use the word "fit." This is the word of the day.
November 28, 2017
I teach a class at a local community college, and yesterday one of the topics we covered was harassment. There are many different words that can be used when talking about harassment: bullying, intimidation, and ridicule are just a few. Now, sadly, we have a President who uses bullying, intimidation, and ridicule in conducting the business of being president. One recent example was to call out a female senator for her claim of having native American ancestry. He referred to her as "Pocahontas," which is the name of the a native American woman who played a role in American history. He used the term derisively and without justification. He used the word in a way that a bully would intentionally demean or belittle another person. That kind of behavior is really beneath the dignity of the office he holds; however, few people are surprised these days that the occupant of the White House can achieve a new low after so many new lows have been recorded. But we have to have the courage to identify bad behavior in our leaders and call it what it is: harassment.
The word of the day is "force."
November 26, 2017
As we come to the end of the month, students will prepare for and then take tests. I’m monitoring the progress you are all making together (not individual progress). It looks like this month most students are studying in the Blue Level. Remember it’s okay to repeat a level when you study on this website. In fact, it’s good to repeat the beginning levels, especially the Blue Level and the Red Level.
November 24, 2017
The word of the day is "clever."
November 23, 2017
Here’s a new quiz for the Blue Level: Present Tense Questions.
November 22, 2017
It’s a busy week for travelers as people go home for the Thanksgiving weekend. What do you know about Thanksgiving?
November 20, 2017
There are many different ways to use the word "so." In the video below, I talk about how to use "so" with an adjective.
November 18, 2017
The word of the day is "appear."
November 16, 2017
I’ve changed the chat room page so that the chat room is no longer on the website. The link you click will put the chat room onto its own page.
November 15, 2017
Learn how to form and use the past perfect tense in Yellow Level Lesson Fifteen.
November 13, 2017
There’s a new video on my YouTube channel for the verb phrase "come by."
November 12, 2017
Do you make good choices when deciding between a singular verb and a plural verb? This new pretest can give you some idea.
November 10, 2017
Yellow Level Lesson Ten provides an introduction to the most common modal verbs.
November 8, 2017
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November 6, 2017
Here’s a new video for the word "too."
November 5, 2017
We turned our clocks back an hour today for central standard time. The sun will now set earlier and make the days feel shorter.
For students working in the Yellow Level this month, I recommend that you complete these three lessons together:
November 2, 2017
Students who began learning English on this website in September should be ready to move on to the Yellow Level.
Here is the Yellow Level checklist for lessons, quizzes, and other activities. Print it out, keep it by your computer or mobile device, and use it to monitor your progress through this level.
The first two lessons are review:
It’s important to understand these first two lessons before moving on to the present perfect tense, which is tomorrow’s lesson.
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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