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February 28, 2019
There are two tests students can take at the end of the Red Level.
The answers are here.
Students who do well on these test should move forward to the Yellow Level.
February 27, 2019
A phrasal verb is a combination of words. In Red Level Lesson Twenty-seven, you will learn how verbs are combined with prepositions to form phrasal verbs or idioms.
After students finish all of the lessons in the Red Level, they can review what they have learned on this page.
February 26, 2019
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February 25, 2019
This new video shows examples of ways to use the suffix "able."
February 24, 2019
Today’s Red Level lesson looks similar to the one linked to yesterday, but it’s quite different. When the verb "be" is placed in front of "used to," it means that a person has become accustomed to a situation, whether that person likes it or not.
Does that mean I like cold weather? Not necessarily. It simply means that I have lived in an area that is cold for a very long time, and I accept it as a fact of life.
It’s important to note that you can use "be used to" with gerunds as well as nouns:
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February 23, 2019
You can use the word "used" and an infinitive to talk about the past.
Learn more about using "used to" in this Red Level lesson.
The word of the day is "sag."
February 21, 2019
There are two Red Level lessons today. The first one is on money. The second one is on numbers. This is basic English and basic information, but you have to know it if you want to speak English in the United States.
The word of the day is "time." There are many different ways to use this word.
February 20, 2019
Students who follow this website are working on Lesson Twenty in the Red Level today. This lesson is on reflexive pronouns.
Schools located in the area where I live are temporarily closed today because of a snow storm. The word of the day is "temporary."
February 19, 2019
Possessive pronouns replace a noun in a sentence, or they replace a possessive adjective and a noun in a sentence:
Learn how to use possessive pronouns on this page.
You can also take a quiz on possessive pronouns here.
In the middle of winter, it might make you feel a little warmer to read about summer. Here’s your reading assignment for today.
February 18, 2019
Happy President’s Day! I got the day off, but I’m spending it working on my website, so I guess it’s not really a day off–but it’s still fun to work on videos and the website. Here’s one I made of Amy Klobuchar’s announcement that she’s running for President of the United States.
Your lesson of the day is on gerunds.
February 17, 2019
Infinitives look like verbs but they can function as subjects or objects in a sentence.
In the sentence above, "to be" is the subject which matches the verb "is."
In this sentence, "to get" begins an infinitive phrase, "to get to work on time."
You can learn more about infinitives in Red Level Lesson Seventeen.
You can also try this writing exercise. Write the sentences in your notebook.
Students who want to work on their reading skills can go to Red Level reading exercise #17: Toby is at the apple orchard with his kids.
Here’s a new video for the verb phrase "let up."
February 16, 2019
There’s a new Word of the Day quiz for Winter 2019. Click here to give it a try.
February 15, 2019
Conjunctions are words that connect other words and sentences. Words such as and, but, and so are conjunctions. Learn about conjunctions in Red Level Lesson Fifteen.
The word of the day is "shot."
February 14, 2019
Adjectives are words that provide information about nouns. Learn about adjectives on this page.
Today is Valentine’s Day. What do you know about this holiday? You can learn about it here.
Here’s is your daily reading exercise: Stan lost his job.
February 13, 2019
Today’s Red Level lesson is on the word "like."
Do you know what a jukebox is? Donna and Bill discover an old jukebox in a restaurant in this reading exercise.
The word of the day is "romance."
February 12, 2019
Yesterday my online students learned how to make the future tense using the modal verb "will." Today students will learn to use be going to when talking about future events.
Would you like to drive a go-kart? Go-karts look like this:
Read about a man who built his own go-kart in this reading assignment.
February 11, 2019
Red Level Lesson Eleven shows students how to form the future tense using the modal verb "will."
Read about Luke and Sandra’s baby in Red Level reading assignment #11.
Here is a new video for complex sentences. This is the kind of instruction you will find in the Orange Level:
February 10, 2019
The word of the day is "grit."
February 9, 2019
When talking about small amounts, use "a few" or "a little."
February 8, 2019
In this new video, I explain how the word "good" is often followed by a preposition and then another type of word.
When talking about amounts, use "many" or "much"
In Red Level reading assignment number eight, students read about skyscrapers.
February 7, 2019
The verb "do" is used as a main verb as well as a helping verb. It’s important to know the difference. Learn more about this in Red Level Lesson Seven.
Practice your reading: Carolyn recently lost her husband.
The word of the day is "east."
February 6, 2019
Students studying in the Red Level this month should work on Lesson Six today: object pronouns.
Here’s a quiz on object pronouns.
Your reading assignment for today: Matthew gets ready to go.
The word of the day is "doze."
February 5, 2019
Learn how to form questions using the helping verb "do" in Red Level Lesson Five.
Try this Red Level exercise for forming and answering questions.
Luke and Sandra are going to have a baby. Read about it in the Red Level Reading Room.
The word of the day is "cost."
February 4, 2019
In Red Level Lesson Four students learn how to form commands.
Today’s Red Level reading assignment is about a farm.
The word of the day is "silly."
February 3, 2019
It’s important to understand the differences between helping verbs "do" and "did." Use "do" (and "does") when forming present tense questions and negative verbs; use "did" when forming past tense questions and negative verbs. If students understand the differences between "do" and "did," their English will improve.
Here is your reading assignment for today: These are Lisa’s children.
Today the Superbowl is being played in Atlanta. This game marks the end of the football season, and it’s the most-watched sporting event of the year. Are you going to watch the Superbowl?
February 2, 2019
Today is Groundhog Day. There’s an old superstition here in the United States which says that if a groundhog sees his shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Groundhog Day is not really a holiday, but it gets a lot of attention, and if you live in the United States, you will hear about it in the news or on television.
This is what a groundhog looks like.
Students working in the Red Level should study Lesson Two today: do + not
Today’s reading assignment: Donna and Bill had lunch together.
February 1, 2019
Blue Level students move forward to the Red Level in February.
Start on Lesson One.
Reading: Stan likes to ride his bike.
Remember to write in your notebook the answers to exercises and quizzes. It’s also a good idea to copy some of the lessons into your notebook while studying on this website. Writing is the key to learning and remembering what you have learned.
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