This new video will give you some ideas about how to ask questions in class:


When something happens in "broad daylight," it happens during the day. This phrase is often applied to any sort of activity that would normally be expected at night, but instead it happens during the day. Here’s an example:

  • The theft occurred in broad daylight.

Because many crimes are committed under the cover of darkness, a crime committed during the day is somewhat of a surprise. To say it happened in broad daylight emphasizes that point.

The word of the day is "broad."

As students get close to completing each level, it’s a good idea to complete the reviews and tests. Here are the reviews for each level:

Blue Level Review

Red Level Review

Yellow Level Review

Green Level Review

Purple Level Review

There is no review pages for the Orange and Violet Levels.

I’m currently updating many different parts of the website. If you happen to come across any pages that aren’t working properly, please let me know. Thanks!

The word of the day is "about."

Here’s yet another video for the preposition "about." You can use this word when talking about a subject or a topic.


The word of the day is "compare."

This new video is for the preposition "about" when "about" means "almost."

The word of the day is "tool."

I also encourage students to take a look at the Think in English section of the website. This is useful for developing thinking and writing skills.

The word of the day is "rub."

There’s a new page for the Red Level which matches the video below.

This video is about days on a calendar:

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The word of the day is "prosper."

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The word of the day is "million."

The word "keep" shows up in a lot of verb phrases. Click here to see how many different ways you can use "keep" in the form of a verb phrase or an idiom.

Are you keeping track of your progress on this website?

One of the most important words to know how to use if you learn anything is the word "learn." This is the word of the day.

Here’s a quiz to match the video I put out yesterday.

You can also print out the PDF if you want. Teachers are welcome to use any of the quizzes found on this website for their classes–no charge!

This is a new video for forming echo questions. An echo question is one in which a person repeats what someone else said but uses only a pronoun and a helping verb to form a question that expresses surprise or interest. Watch the video!


While teaching a class last night to some upper-level students, we came across the expression, "to put yourself in another person’s shoes." When you put yourself in another person’s shoes, you try to understand that person’s experiences or behavior from his or her point of view.

Are you able to put yourself in another person’s shoes?

You can find other expressions that begin with the letter "p" on this page.

The word of the day is "flag."

The lesson for today is on modal verbs used with the passive voice.


When you use "(be) supposed to," you are using a common phrase that is very similar to the passive voice. It begins with the verb "be" and the word "supposed" is the past participle, followed by and infinitive verb.

  • He is supposed to go to the meeting today.

Other people have the expectation that he will go to the office; he has an obligation to meet.

What are you supposed to do today?

It will take about 25 minutes for you to listen to and read this old German fairy tale. I’m the person reading it. I hope you enjoy it!


The word of the day is "dent."

When forming the passive voice, it’s important to consider there are two necessary things to use: the verb "be" and the past participle for the main verb.

Today’s Green Level lesson is on the present tense, passive voice.

The word of the day is "shut."

It’s April Fool’s Day. This is a day on which people play tricks, tell jokes, or pull pranks or on each other.

The word of the day is "fool."

Yellow Level students who moved to the Green Level learn about the passive voice today.

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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