Learn American English Online Blog
July 31, 2019
Here’s a video that I made in response to a question asked by a student on YouTube:
July 30, 2019
To tickle someone is to cause that person to laugh or feel a type of pleasant stimulation. This is the word of the day.
Something is tickling him.
July 27, 2019
In the summer I refuse to wear shoes and socks when I’m inside my house. I like to go barefoot.
July 25, 2019
Life was so much more difficult in the past than it is now. Despite the problems of modern life, aren’t you glad you are living now than in the past?
July 23, 2019
When you are notified of something, you are provided with information, usually written or electronic, that tells you about a situation that will affect you or others in an important way. Here is the word of the day.
July 22, 2019
The word of the day is "mature."
July 21, 2019
Students who are new to this website should note the changes to the scheduled lessons that appear on the home page. Every week these lessons are changed. Follow the scheduled lessons for the level in which you are working. At the end of the month, take the test for that particular level. If you do well on the test, move forward. if you don’t do well on the test, study the entire level again and then retake the test.
The method I’ve created here isn’t perfect, but it does help students understand better how to use English grammar.
If grammar isn’t something you are interested in, there are many other areas of the website to take a look at: idioms, vocabulary, proverbs, pronunciation, reading exercises, writing exercises, etc. There are over 4000 pages, so take your time and enjoy yourself as you learn. It’s all free!
July 20, 2019
The word of the day is "lamp."
I haven’t posted any videos here lately because I’ve been working on other things, but if you have any ideas for a new video, please send it to me. Thanks!
July 19, 2019
It’s feeling quite tropical in the Twin Cities today. People are often surprised when I tell them temperatures often go past 100 degrees here. The word of the day for today is "hot."
July 17, 2019
In light of recent events, the word of the day is "racism."
I also posted a comment on my Facebook page. Here it is:
It’s reassuring to know that our elected officials, and all Americans, are permitted to freely express themselves without a fear of repercussions. That’s not true in many countries around the world. In Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Russia, dissent will earn a person time in detention, or worse. In contrast to the lackeys of dictators and murdering kings, members of the United States Congress have a duty to work towards the creation of a “more perfect union,” and part of that work includes the occasional criticism of the way things are done here. Thanks to people like Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib for identifying and addressing problems that exist in our country today.
I try to avoid commenting on matters involving politics on Facebook but because I have so many friends online around the world, it’s important to say something rather than just remain silent when there is an incident such as the one yesterday at the Trump rally. Just know where I stand. Rooted in the chant “send her back” is the danger that comes from xenophobia, racism, and white nationalism. We don’t send anybody back because of their religious or political beliefs or what they look like. We embrace them and take pride in knowing they are here. There is strength in diversity and a diversity of opinions.
By the way, xenophobes, racists, and white nationalists are allowed to run for election in the United States and serve in elective office if they have the support of the majority of voters in their districts. They are also allowed to express their ideas as long as that form of self-expression does not lead to anyone’s physical harm. It’s a freedom of speech issue. In fact, prejudice is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s totally legal here to be bigoted and prejudge others. But it’s wrong and the majority of voters here reject it.
July 16, 2019
Here’s a new Word of the Day quiz for the summer of 2019.
July 15, 2019
The word of the day is "invent." To invent something is to create for the first time. Human beings are very good at inventing machines, ideas, and products. After these things are invented, we work on making them better.
July 14, 2019
The sky where I live has been kind of hazy due to wildfires burning in Canada. The word of the day is "haze."
July 11, 2019
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to garden.
July 10, 2019
The word of the day is "flake."
July 9, 2019
An errand is something a person does daily or weekly in order to take care of the needs of a household or an organization. You can also refer to an errand as a light task or a chore. Errands often involve going to a place to get something or drop something off.
She’s got some errands to do today.
July 7, 2019
A deck is an area outside of a house or on the upper level of a ship that provides a space for relaxing when the weather is nice.
This vacation home has a very nice deck!
July 5, 2019
The word of the day is "cling."
The boy is clinging to the tree for dear life.
July 4, 2019
Today we celebrate our country’s independence from England. Happy Fourth of July!
July 2, 2019
The word of the day is "badge."
July 1, 2019
Use the word "appreciate" when you value something or thank someone for something they have done for you.
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