Learn American English Online Blog
March 31, 2019
At the end of the month, students who are studying on my website take tests. This month’s featured level is the Yellow Level, so here is the link for that test:
Students who do well on this test can start on the Green Level tomorrow. Students who don’t do well on the test should repeat the Yellow Level before moving forward.
March 30, 2019
I encourage my students to review what they have learned on the website. At the end of each level is a review. Here is the Yellow Level Review. After you complete it, you can check the answers here.
March 29, 2019
Today’s Yellow Level lesson shows how numbers are used with nouns to form adjectives in front of nouns. Look at the sentences below:
Which sentence is correct? The first one, of course. Click here to learn more about this.
March 28, 2019
The word of the day is "chat." To chat is to have a discussion with another person.
They met by chance, chatted briefly, and then moved on.
March 27, 2019
Once you have completed the Blue, Red, and Yellow levels, you will have learned about the twelve verb tenses in English. Here’s a review.
March 26, 2019
Today’s word of the day is "attend." This is an important word for students to know how to use.
March 24, 2019
Today’s Yellow Level lesson is on the future perfect tense.
The word of the day is "useful."
March 23, 2019
Here’s a new video for the verb phrase, "back up."
March 22, 2019
Comparative adverbs are not easy to use. That’s why this lesson is important if you want your English to sound perfect. Tomorrow’s lesson on superlative adverbs is even more difficult.
The word of the day is "sun."
March 21, 2019
Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs show quality and depth. You can learn more about adverbs in Yellow Level Lesson Twenty-one.
March 20, 2019
This new video explains what phrases are:
March 19, 2019
The future continuous tense is formed like this:
S + will be + ______ing
The future continuous tense is similar to the future tense, but it’s important to keep in mind that this verb tense applies to continuous activity that spans a period of time.
March 18, 2019
Prepositional phrases are so common in English, but they are not easy to use. It takes a lot of careful listening and paying attention to make the right choice of a preposition and then decide what kind of a word comes after the preposition. I sent out an email regarding this yesterday. Did you receive the email?
You can learn more about prepositional phrases in Yellow Level Lesson Eighteen.
March 17, 2019
The word of the day is "rather."
March 14, 2019
Today’s lesson focuses on how modal verbs are used with the present perfect continuous tense. This is very useful to know how to use when talking about the past.
The word of the day is "later."
March 13, 2019
This new video is about clauses in sentences:
March 12, 2019
Yellow Level Lesson Twelve is your lesson for today. What is it on? Click here to find out.
March 11, 2019
There are some verb phrases that function as modal verbs:
(be) going to = will
(be) able to = can
have to = must
These verb phrases are often used in place of the regular modal verbs that they represent, so you really have to learn them and practice them. For instruction on using these types of idiomatic modal verb phrases, go to Yellow Level Lesson Eleven.
March 10, 2019
Your lesson for the day is on modal verbs. These verbs are difficult for students who are learning about them for the first time because the choice of a modal verb is based on particular situations. What, for example, is the difference between "can" and "may"? In some situations, there is not that much of a difference, but in others there is a difference.
You can learn about modal verbs by clicking here.
March 9, 2019
In Yellow Level Lesson Nine, I provide examples of the differences between the past tense and the past continuous tense. Below are some examples:
What’s the difference between these two sentences. Not much. The first sentence is in the past tense, and the second sentence is in the past continuous tense. However, in the next set of examples, there is a difference:
In the first sentence, a noise was made and then it stopped. In the second sentence, the noise was continuous which means it happened over a period of time nonstop.
Many of my students ask me about the differences between the past tense and the past continuous tense. I hope this lesson helps you. Don’t forget to take the quiz.
The word of the day is "emotion."
March 8, 2019
The word of the day is "direct."
March 7, 2019
Comparative and superlative adjectives are important to study because they help you make comparisons among things and people. The two lessons linked to above should be completed at the same time.
March 5, 2019
This week my students are studying the present perfect tense. There are three lessons that should be done together:
the present perfect tense – negative
the present perfect tense – questions
Have these lessons been helping you? Email me and let me know what I can improve, or if there’s a video you would like me to make, tell me what you want to learn.
I hope the website is helping you.
March 4, 2019
In this new video, your teacher shows you how to change an adjective to a noun by using the "ness" suffix.
March 3, 2019
The word of the day is "cake."
March 2, 2019
In Yellow Level Lesson Two, students review the verb "have." This is important because the verb "have" can be used as both a main verb and as a helping verb for perfect tenses.
The word of the day is "bribe."
March 1, 2019
The Yellow Level is for students who finished the Blue and Red Levels.
In the first lesson, review the way that past tense questions are formed with the helping verb "did." This will be important to know as you learn about perfect tenses this month.
Here is the first reading assignment in the Yellow Level: Christine is a photographer.
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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