Learn American English Online Blog
July 30, 2018
The word of the day is "vanish." When something vanishes, it disappears completely. You can use this word for many different situations, whether you are exaggerating or stating a fact.
July 27, 2018
July 26, 2018
Well, I’m back. In case you were wondering, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling in the past month, but now I’m back and able to concentrate my attention on the website.
As an English teacher, I believe traveling to other countries is important for my professional development. When I find myself in a place where English is not the first language used, I’m reminded of how difficult it is for visitors and immigrants in the United States to adapt to English. These experiences help me develop new insights into what my students really need when they want to communicate in English.
The word of the day is "coffee."
Ah, the smell of coffee!
July 20, 2018
This is a new video for transitive and intransitive verbs:
The reason why it’s important to understand the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs is because some verbs take an object after them (transitive verbs) and some do not (intransitive verbs).
Here are some common transitive verbs:
Transitive verbs are followed by an object of some kind.
Here are some common intransitive verbs:
Intransitive verbs are not followed by an object. Instead, you might use a prepositional phrase, or there is nothing.
July 19, 2018
The word of the day is "interfere."
July 15, 2018
Congratulations to France on a spectacular World Cup win! Croatia also deserves congratulations for its great effort and sportsmanship. It was an impressive World Cup series overall.
July 13, 2018
The preposition "with" is an important preposition to use when explaining how to do something or when to use a particular object:
Questions and Answers:
Lately I’ve been using Instagram to experiment with new ways to teach English. I’m very new to it, so bear with me! Do a search on "photovocab" to find your teacher, Paul Lawrence, and follow me if you are interested in improving your vocabulary. Vocabulary development will be the main focus of the instagram page. This is yet another of my many online experiments.
July 11, 2018
Use the word "let" when requesting or granting permission. It’s also used when offering suggestions:
You can take this quiz to practice using the word "let."
July 9, 2018
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July 6, 2018
In the United States, after someone says "thank-you," there are many different ways to respond:
July 3, 2018
A few days ago, a birthday party in Idaho was interrupted by an American man who apparently tried to stab as many people attending the party as he could. Several people were seriously injured, and one person died–a little girl for whom the party was held. Almost all of the people who attended the birthday party were immigrants from Iraq, Ethiopia, and Syria. The assailant is most likely mentally ill, but that doesn’t lessen the degree of tragedy.
Yesterday, a man in Alabama pulled a gun on a peaceful gathering of protestors opposed to the government’s immigration policies and travel ban. He went to the protest determined to make it as uncomfortable as possible for all who attended. Dissatisfied with the effect he had on the people there, he showed that he had a gun and indicated he was prepared to use it.
Were these two isolated incidents? No. Since the election in 2016, these sorts of activities have become so commonplace that they often aren’t reported in the news. They’ve become the "new normal," a phrase often heard following the events on 9/11, except now the "new normal" is in reference to Americans behaving in ways that are absolutely unAmerican.
To anyone who has moved to the United States in order to escape persecution and injustice, please know that the vast majority of Americans support and welcome you. We just happen to be living through a dark time in which a small minority of people, many of whom support the president, are determined to make life uncomfortable for anyone who was not born here and chooses to make a new life here. I am deeply, deeply sorry about that.
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