Today is Halloween! If you mystified by the reasons for celebrating this holiday, you can click here to learn more about it.

The word of the day is "hallow."

Here are some examples of simple conversations that you might overhear just about anywhere you go in the United States.

I recommend that students practice dictation exercises. Listen to the audio in each exercise, and then write what you hear. This is a good exercise for listening and writing in English.

Click here for the Red Level Review.

There’s a new reading exercise for the Red Level: Valerie is going through a divorce.

Valerie This is Valerie. She’s going through a difficult time right now.

Students studying in the Red Level this month are coming to the end of the level. By the end of the week, these students should have completed the Red Level and taken the tests before moving on to the Yellow Level.

Here’s a new video for the verb phrase "go through."


Two Red Level lessons that are often studied together by my students are Lesson Twenty-three (used to) and Lesson Twenty-four (be used to).

The word of the day is "industry."

The word of the day is "hall."

People rent halls for special events such as weddings and receptions. Halls are places where people meet on college campuses and within schools. A hall is also a place that connects rooms within a building.


Halls are passed through in a house in order to get from one room to another.

Hey, I took a quick trip to Chicago on business, but now I’m back. While there, a friend of mine produced this track for the word "music." This is kind of an experiment. At least it keeps the website interesting.

In this new video, I show my students how to make lasagna. This is useful for vocabulary development, and perhaps you can learn a few things about cooking. (But I’m not an expert!)

The word of the day is "grammar."

Time expressions and words related to time are your lesson for today.

Today’s lesson is on coordinating conjunctions. These are words that you can use to join words, phrases, and clauses.

The word of the day is "direction."

This new video is for students who need help in asking for directions:


The word "like" is an odd word because it can be used many different ways. You will hear it a lot if you visit an English-speaking country. It’s usually a verb, but it can also be used with adjectives and adverbs, and it can be used without expressing any meaning at all. This lesson explains.

You should study Red Level Lessons Eleven and Twelve together. In Red Level Lesson Twelve, you learn how to talk about the future using the verb phrase be going to. The verb "be" changes according to the subject:

What are you going to do today?

Are you going to work on Lesson Twelve?

The word of the day is "fluent."

It’s easy to form the future tense with the modal verb "will." Learn how to do this in Red Level Lesson Eleven.

The words "a lot," "some," and "any" are extremely useful when talking about amounts. Learn more about them in Red Level Lesson Ten.

The word of the day is "enthusiasm." It’s easier to do just about anything if you are enthusiastic or have enthusiasm.

enthusiastic person

He has a lot of enthusiasm.

It’s helpful to study Red Level lessons Eight and Nine at the same time because they provide instruction in talking about amounts. Here are some questions as examples:

  • How many apples did you buy?
  • How much lettuce did you buy?

The word "apples" is a count noun, so you use the word "many" in front of "apples."

The word "lettuce" is a noncount noun, so you use the word "much" in front of "lettuce."

To answer the questions above…

  • I bought a few apples. / I bought a lot of apples.
  • I bought a little lettuce. / I bought a lot of lettuce.

Use "a few" in front of count nouns. Use "a little" in front of noncount nouns. You can use "a lot of" in front of both.

If you need additional instruction in understanding the differences between count and noncount nouns, it would help you to visit Lesson Nineteen in the Blue Level in addition to the Red Level lessons.

The word of the day is "discuss."

They’re having a discussion about a report.

Your lesson for today is on the verb "do" as a main verb. This can be a little confusing for students because the verb "do" is also used as a helping verb for questions and negative verbs.

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What do you do every day?
  • I didn’t do very much this morning.
  • I don’t do any work that involves electricity.
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Did you do anything interesting last weekend?

In the examples above, notice that the verb "do" appears twice, as a helping verb and as a main verb. Click here to learn more.

The word of the day is "fair."

Here’s your reading assignment for today: Carolyn recently lost her husband.

It’s important to identify object pronouns in a sentence. To do this, I teach my students about subject pronouns before they learn about object pronouns. The table below shows how subject pronouns and object pronouns are related:


Click here for Red Level Lesson Six.

Click here for a quiz in PDF.


Forming questions in the present tense and the past tense usually require the verb "do." Learn how to do this in Red Level Lesson Five.

Here’s your reading assignment for today: Luke and Sandra are going to have a baby.

Today’s lesson shows students the differences among the helping verbs do, does, and did.

Here’s your reading assignment: These are Lisa’s children.

The word of the day is "boast."

The second lesson in the Red Level is on how to use the verb "do" to make a verb negative in the present tense.

Here’s another new video for the word "through."

Students who started in the Blue Level in September should moved forward to the Red Level in October. The first lesson is on how to use the verb "do" in the present tense.

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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