When describing a place or thing and placing an emphasis on numbers, there is a proper way to do that:

number-thing noun

  • They live in a five-bedroom house.
  • That’s a 45-story building.
  • There’s a two-dollar toll on the highway.

It’s important to notice that the noun following the number is not in the plural form. Also, the number and the noun are hyphenated. So, don’t do this:

  • They live in a five bedrooms house.

Click here for the lesson of the day.

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Click here to learn about this national holiday.

Native Americans and Europeans

The word of the day is "decay."


Today’s featured lesson shows you how to form the future perfect tense. This is a difficult tense to use because it describes a situation that comes to the end in the future. Here’s an example:

  • By this time next week, I will have finished the book that I am reading.

So, I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but by next week I should be finished with it because I don’t have that much more to read. How do I know for sure? Actually, I don’t. I’m not completely sure, but the future perfect tense provides a way to describe that possibility.

The word "how" is used when forming many different kinds of questions and statements. You can find examples for the word "how" on this page.

how He learned how to play the guitar.


If something is genuine, it’s real. How can you tell if something is genuine?


Are those pearls genuine?

You can use the future continuous tense when talking about things that you will be doing in the future. This is similar to the simple future tense; however, in the future continuous tense, an activity is continued over a period of time. Here are some examples:

  • I’ll be working this Friday.
  • What will you be doing on Friday?
  • Sandra will be getting together with some friends this weekend.
  • We’ll be leaving for the airport early tomorrow morning.
  • Tom will be driving to New York next week.

All of the above activities happen over a certain duration of time. This time period can last an hour or several days and weeks. It’s easy to form the future continuous tense:

Subject + will be ___________ing

The main verb is in the simple form with an "ing" ending. That’s it.

The word of the day is "formal."

formal dress He’s dressed in formal attire.

Talking about what another person said is challenging in any language. In this case, you have three people to think about: yourself, the person you are quoting, and the person you are talking to. In Yellow Level Lesson Sixteen, you will learn how to form indirect quotations in order to relay the words spoken or written by another person.

I created a new PDF for Lesson Sixteen in the Blue Level. This is for the verb "be" in the past tense.

The helping verb "had" can go at the beginning of a clause in about the same way as "if I had…." Here’s the video:


The word of the day is "dirt."


dirt and shovelUse a shovel to dig in the dirt.

Your lesson for today is on the present perfect continuous tense. What have you been doing all day? Have you been studying your English? The present perfect continuous tense is very useful when talking about activity that takes place over a long period of time and includes the present time.

The lesson of the day is Lesson Twelve in the Yellow Level. Use this formula when talking about past possibility:

modal verb + have + past participle

You are limited, however, to modal verbs could, should, would, and might when doing this:

  • I should have ordered a pizza. (But I didn’t.)
  • They could have spent their vacation in Hawaii. (But they didn’t.)
  • She might have gotten lost. (But I’m not sure)
  • It would have taken a lot longer to reach or destination if we had taken the other route. (But we didn’t.)

The word of the day is "constant."

constant If something is constant, it doesn’t stop. This can be very annoying!

This week students will study modal verbs. Modal verbs change the condition, the tone, or the mood of the main verb. Sometimes the changes are not very noticeable. At other times, the changes are very significant, so you really have to pay attention to which modal verbs are chosen.

How are you doing so far this month? Do you feel like you are making progress with your English? As you continue to move forward through the website, from one level to the next, improvement might be harder to find. That’s because it’s necessary to let time pass. It takes time for your brain to absorb new skills and new knowledge. Students become frustrated because they want immediate results from a website or an app. It doesn’t work that way. Keep working on your lessons, and try not to become too frustrated. You will have to wait for those new skills to kick in. (kick in = be of use)

Some of the most popular lessons in the Yellow Level are for the present perfect tense. It’s a good idea to study these lessons together.

Lesson Three – The Present Perfect Tense

Lesson Four – The Present Perfect Tense, negative

Lesson Five – The Present Perfect Tense, questions

Many of the students who use this website to work on their English are studying in the Yellow Level this month. If that’s you, complete the lessons in order.

The word of the day is "blue."

blue water and sky

Blue has a calming effect on people.

There is a particular word order when using more than one adjective in front of a noun. This video explains what it is.


At the begriming of each month, students move forward to the next level if they believe they are ready. Students who were studying in the Blue Level moved on to the Red Level. Students who were studying in the Red Level move on to the Yellow Level. From Green to Purple, and so on.

The word of the day is "go." There are many idioms and verb phrases that include the word "go."

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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