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September 30, 2019
At the end of each of the first four levels, there’s a review and a test. Some levels have more than one test. I recommend that you complete the review and then take the test for each level.
For students working in the Blue Level this month, here’s the review.
Here are two tests:
September 28, 2019
Use the verb "need" when something is required or necessary:
September 27, 2019
Over the many years that I have taught English, the verb phrase "would like" is one that gives beginning to advanced level students trouble. Remember that when you "would like" something, you don’t have it now.
You learn more about how to use "would like" in this lesson.
He’s tucked in underneath a blanket. The word of the day is "tuck."
September 26, 2019
September 24, 2019
This video demonstrates how the word "through" can be used as an adjective to indicate that something is finished.
September 23, 2019
The modal verb "can" is one of the first modal verbs a student learns. Use "can" when talking about ability:
Learn how to use the modal verb "can" in Blue Level Lesson Twenty-three.
September 21, 2019
The word for today is "trap."
September 20, 2019
Students around the world are going out on strike to draw attention to the problem of climate change. Thank God there are enough people who care about this problem. We have to act fast.
Here’s one solution. It’s called a conference bike. I bought this bike in 2005 and promoted it as a means of getting around downtown Minneapolis carbon free. The idea didn’t catch fire the way I thought it might, but I still had fun during the years that I owned the bike and gave rides to people. Perhaps the conference bike will make a come back!
September 19, 2019
Today’s word of the day is "remember."
September 18, 2019
This month we’re learning basic English. Today’s lesson is on the months of the year. How well do you know them?
Please write your answers in the form of a sentence.
Check your answers on this page.
September 17, 2019
Students learn to talk about time, day, and date in Blue Level Lesson Seventeen.
This new video introduces the phrase "how about." We use this when making suggestions or when speaking in casual conversation:
September 16, 2019
When the verb "be" is in the past tense, it takes two forms: was or were, depending on the subject. Learn more about this in Blue Level Lesson Sixteen.
The word of the day is "military."
September 14, 2019
Possessive adjectives are words like my, your, his, her, its, our, and their. These words appear before nouns:
September 13, 2019
How do you form questions for information in English? Blue Level Lesson Thirteen can help you with this if you don’t know.
The word of the day is "leisure." A person who enjoys leisure has the luxury of time and money to spend on fun activities.
Leisure suits were very popular in the 1970s:
September 12, 2019
Your lesson for today is on the past tense. This is an introduction to the past tense. Other lessons on this topic are also coming up.
You can use the word "come" in many ways when talking about the future.
September 11, 2019
We’ll never forget.
In Blue Level Lesson Eleven students learn about prepositions. These are difficult words to use because they depend on particular situations. Also, prepositions are used with particular adjectives, verbs, or nouns. The best ways to learn which prepositions to use involve reading and listening to English every day. That’s one of the reasons why I created the reading section for the website. You can read and listen to English at the same time. Notice how many prepositions, for examples, are found in today’s reading exercise.
The word of the day for today is "honor."
September 10, 2019
Articles are words such as "a," "an," and "the." It’s important to know when to use them and when not to use them. Click here for Blue Level Lesson Ten to learn about articles.
The word of the day is "heel."
September 9, 2019
The word "have" is an important verb because it’s a main verb and it’s a helping verb. You’ll learn how to use "have" as a helping verb in the Yellow Level. For now, let’s learn how "have" may be used as a main verb.
The word of the day is "generous."
September 7, 2019
Beginning level students must always practice using the word "there." Use "there" to show that something exists:
To show that something does not exist, use "not" with "there."
When making a question, put the verb "be" before the word "there."
Learn more about the word "there" by clicking here.
Have you been following the reading assignments for the Blue Level? Here’s today’s reading assignment: Tom has a question.
Students who want to practice their listening and writing skills can go to the Blue Level Dictation page.
September 6, 2019
Your lesson for today is on the present continuous tense:
September 5, 2019
Your lesson for today is on the present tense.
To learn how to form questions in the present tense, click here.
The word of the day is "draw."
September 4, 2019
Remember to keep track of your progress by printing out this checklist. Keep it next to your computer as you work through the Blue Level during the month of September.
Today’s lesson is on nouns and pronouns. These are words that represent people, places, things, ideas, and emotions. Take a look at this sentence:
The word "watermelon" is a noun. So are the words "board" and "kitchen." These are things and places.
The words "I" and "it" are pronouns. The word "half" is a noun. Before the word "half" there is a preposition. A preposition often comes before a noun.
It’s important for you to start thinking about what a noun is because nouns can be confused with verbs and adjectives.
It’s important for you to know what pronouns are because they refer to nouns.
Complete Lesson Four. This lesson includes a quiz.
September 3, 2019
In addition to your daily lessons, you should be reading and listening to the word of the day. Today’s word is "cup."
He’s drinking from a cup.
September 2, 2019
Today is Labor Day in the United States. It’s a national holiday. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Tomorrow students all over the U.S. will go to school, and many will use this website for basic English instruction. If you are one of them, here’s what you should do:
1. Print out the Blue Level checklist for lessons, exercises, and quizzes. Try to complete one lesson per day, following the calendar. Keep this list near your computer.
Your lesson for today is Blue Level Lesson Two.
2. The reading assignments also follow the calendar. Today is September 2, so you should read Blue Level reading assignment #2, This is a young couple. Tomorrow is September 3 so you go to reading assignment #3, and on Wednesday it’s #4, and so on.
3. It’s important for you to complete the quizzes and exercises. Some are in PDF format. Some are not. Today’s quiz is on the negative form of the verb "be."
4. Visit this blog every day for updates and other instruction.
5. Visit other areas of the website and be sure to watch the videos that are available on YouTube.
This is not a perfect website for learning English. There are many others that are better; however, many of my students tell me it has helped them. Access to the site is easy. There are no logins and passwords. Just visit the website every day and get busy! Good luck.
September 1, 2019
The word of the day is "ago." This includes the video that I made for ago a few days ago.
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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