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September 30, 2018
If you have been working in the Blue Level, you should take the Blue Level tests.
If you do well on the tests, move forward to the Red Level in October. If you don’t do well on the tests, you should repeat the Blue Level.
September 29, 2018
In Blue Level Lesson Twenty-nine, you can learn how to use the verb "need" in the past tense.
Tomorrow many of you will probably be finished with the Blue Level. There’s a Blue Level Review and two tests:
Your reading assignment for today: It rained all day.
Here’s a new video for students who need help with the present tense:
September 28, 2018
Use "need" when talking about something that is necessary:
Notice that "need" is often followed by an infinitive.
Here’s the next reading assignment: Kimberly has a pet rabbit.
September 27, 2018
Use "would like" to talk about things that you want in the future:
Notice that "would like" is often followed by an infinitive but not a gerund. You can also put a noun after "would like."
"Would like" sounds a little more polite than "want."
You can practice your reading today with this Blue Level reading exercise: My son bought a goldfish.
September 26, 2018
The past tense of the word "want" is "wanted." Click here to see today’s lesson.
Today’s reading assignment: It’s baseball season.
The word of the day is "recommend."
September 25, 2018
When you want something, you desire it. Click here for Blue Level Lesson Twenty-five to learn about the word "want" in the present tense.
September 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
The modal verb "can" is used when talking about a person’s ability or possibility.
To make this verb negative, just add "not."
can + not = can’t
To learn more about using "can," click here.
Your reading assignment for today: Dana works as a nurse.
September 22, 2018
The Blue Level lesson for today is on addition and subtraction.
Here’s your reading assignment for today: Mr. Jefferson is a math teacher.
The word of the day is "swamp."
September 21, 2018
Some of my students have trouble when it comes to reading numbers. That’s why I created this lesson for numbers and ordinal numbers.
This new video can help you talk about the weather in English:
September 20, 2018
Today’s lesson is very simple. Click here to learn about the days of the week.
Patricia and Graciela are returning to school. This is your reading assignment for today.
The word of the day is "protect."
September 19, 2018
Knowing the difference between count nouns and noncount nouns will help you make good decisions when it comes to using adjectives such as many, much, few, and little. It also makes a difference when choosing between singular and plural verbs.
September 18, 2018
How well do you know the months of the year? This is a simple drill for beginning level students.
Practice your reading here: Our neighbor just had a baby.
September 17, 2018
This week, most of the lessons will be about numbers and words used when keeping track of time. Today’s lesson is on time, day, and date. This represents really basic English, but if you don’t know it, you must learn it.
Your reading assignment for today is about Leonardo and Rachel’s cats.
September 16, 2018
The verb "be" takes two different forms when it’s used in the past tense: was and were.
All of the examples above are in the past tense. Notice that nouns and pronouns in the first-person singular, Ted, Maria, and it, use "was." The pronoun "I" also uses "was."
When nouns and pronouns are in the plural form, use "were."
You can learn more about using was and were in Blue Level Lesson Sixteen.
September 14, 2018
Your lesson for today is on possessive adjectives. These are words that appear before a noun and indicate he owns something, or possessive adjectives indicate relationships:
All of the words in bold print are possessive adjectives. You can learn more by clicking on the link.
The word of the day is "vivid."
Here’s a new video:
September 13, 2018
Your lesson for the day is on information questions.
September 12, 2018
To talk about things that you did yesterday, last week, last year, or just a few hours ago, use the past tense.
There are two different ways to do this. For the verb "be" use "was" or "were."
For almost all of the other verbs, use the past tense form of the verb.
You reading assignment for today: Tigist needs a new place.
September 11, 2018
Prepositions are those small words such as in, at, for, with, etc., that come before nouns and appear with verbs and adjectives.
In addition to the lesson above, there’s an entire section of the website dedicated to prepositions. You can read and listen to examples of how prepositions are used. On this page, you will also find quizzes for prepositions.
September 10, 2018
September 9, 2018
The verb "have" is a common main verb. It’s also a helping verb, but you won’t study how to use "have" as a helping verb until you get to the Yellow Level. Let’s look at some examples of "have" as a main verb:
The sentences and question above are all in the present tense. Notice the use of "have" when forming a question or a negative statement. In British English, you might hear this:
Most Americans won’t make a question this way. It sounds unusual. That doesn’t mean it’s bad; it’s just not very common here to form a question that way with "have." Instead, Americans use the helping verb, "do."
You can learn more about the verb "have" by clicking here.
Your reading assignment for today is Jim and Darryl work together.
September 8, 2018
You can learn about the present continuous tense in English in Blue Level Lesson Eight. This tense is different from the present tense. What are the differences?
The present tense is used for daily or routine activity. This was yesterday’s lesson. The present continuous tense is used for much more than that.
Use the present continuous tense to…
Here are some examples:
The word of the day is "grin."
September 7, 2018
One of the most popular lessons on this website is Blue Level Lesson Seven: The Present Tense.
This lesson helps students understand why and how to form the present tense. It’s not really that hard, but because "do" is used as a helping verb, it causes some confusion.
Here are some examples:
This is something I do every day or regularly. It’s part of my daily life. What do you do every day? Do you go to work every day? Do you visit your friends or family regularly? Do you study English?
Let me tell you about a friend of mine. Her name is Maria.
In the sentences and question above, the main verbs are "work" and "like." The helping verb is "do," which changes to "does" because the subject is singular. Is that confusing?
I urge you to study this lesson if you are having trouble with the present tense.
Today’s reading assignment: Tom has a question.
September 6, 2018
The word "there" is an important word to use when introducing facts. Many students don’t use "there" often enough. Are you using the word "there"?
Today’s reading assignment: Jacob and Matt are studying.
If you think you are ready, you can try the Blue Level dictation exercises. Listen to what you hear, and then check to see if you are correct in writing the words that you hear.
The word of the day is "dumb."
September 5, 2018
As you have noticed, the day of the month matches the number of the lesson for each level. Today is the fifth of September, so you will study Lesson Five in the Blue Level. or whatever level you are studying.
This lesson shows you the differences among this, that, these, and those.
If one thing or one person is close to you, use "this."
If one thing or one person is far from you, use "that."
If two or more things or two or more people are close to you, use "these."
If two or more things or two or more people are far from you, use "those."
The fifth Blue Level reading assignment is Bob is a businessman.
The word of the day is "exercise."
September 4, 2018
Here are your assignments for today:
Blue Level Lesson Four: nouns and pronouns
Reading assignment #4: This is a young girl
Make sure you keep track of the work that you complete with the Blue Level checklist.
September 3, 2018
The third lesson in the Blue Level shows you how to form questions in the present tense using the verb "be." This is a fairly easy thing to do. Just put the verb "be" in front of the subject:
(be) + subject
The verb "be" will change depending what the subject is. Here are some examples:
You can learn more about forming questions with the verb "be" by clicking on this link.
September 2, 2018
In today’s lesson, you will learn how to make the verb "be" negative. To do this, add the word "not" to the verb "be."
The following examples show how contractions (two words together) are formed with the word "not."
I am not thirsty. / I’m not thirsty.
You are not tired. / You aren’t tired. / You’re not tired.
He is not here. / He isn’t here. / He’s not here.
She is not hungry. / She isn’t hungry. / She’s not hungry.
It is not wet. / It isn’t wet. / It’s not wet.
We are not cold. / We aren’t cold. / We’re not cold.
You are not at work. / You aren’t at work. / You’re not at work.
They are not angry. / They aren’t angry. / They’re not angry.
To learn more about how to make the verb "be" negative, click here.
To practice your reading and listening skills, click here for Blue Level reading assignment #2: This is a young couple.
The word of the day is "ball.
September 1, 2018
Today many of you, my students, are going to start learning English in Lesson One in the Blue Level. This is a very important lesson because it’s about the verb "be" in the present tense.
In the examples below, I’ll show you how you can use the verb "be" in questions and answers:
Understanding the differences between "you" and "I" is extremely important. In the example above, I (your teacher) ask a question, and you answer it.
In the example above, I ask another question about you, and you answer it. In all the examples that follow, I ask a question, and you answer it. You can get more help with "you" and "I" in the Aqua Level.
In the plural, it’s likely you are going to ask a question about a group of people, so I’ll just provide one example here:
Write these questions and answers in your notebook. Date the entry. Today i September 1, 2018. You should also complete the lesson for today, Blue Level Lesson One.
In addition, there is a reading exercise for you: This is a family.
That’s all for now. Check the blog tomorrow for more instruction. You will also receive emailed lessons from me next week.
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