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Congratulations to France on a spectacular World Cup win! Croatia also deserves congratulations for its great effort and sportsmanship. It was an impressive Word Cup series overall.

The preposition "with" is an important preposition to use when explaining how to do something or when to use a particular object:

  • I eat with a fork.
  • You take pictures with your phone.
  • We think with our minds.

Questions and Answers:

  • A:  What do you use to eat yogurt?
  • B:  I eat yogurt with a spoon.
  • A:  How do you eat pizza?
  • B:  I eat pizza with my hands.
  • A:  How does a student erase mistakes on a piece of paper?
  • B:  A student can erase mistakes with an eraser.
  • A: What does a doctor use to listen to your heart?
  • B: A doctor listens to your heart with a stethoscope.

Lately I've been using Instagram to experiment with new ways to teach English. I'm very new to it, so bear with me! Do a search on "photovocab" to find your teacher, Paul Lawrence, and follow me if you are interested in improving your vocabulary. Vocabulary development will be the main focus of the instagram page. This is yet another of my many online experiments.

Use the word "let" when requesting or granting permission. It's also used when offering suggestions:

  • Would you let me borrow your car for a few hours? (This is a request.)
  • Harold is letting his friend stay at his apartment for a few weeks. (He told his friend it was okay to stay there.)
  • Let's go see a play! (This is an idea or a suggestion for something to do.)

You can take this quiz to practice using the word "let."

Did you receive today's emailed lesson for the verb "have"? If not, you can sign up for free lessons, quizzes, and other things by clicking here.

In the United States, after someone says "thank-you," there are many different ways to respond:

  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: You're welcome.
  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: No problem.
  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: My pleasure.
  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: Don't mention it.
  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: Sure.
  • A: Thank-you.
  • B: Certainly.

A few days ago, a birthday party in Idaho was interrupted by an American man who apparently tried to stab as many people as he could. Several people were seriously injured, and one person died--a little girl for whom the party was held. Almost all of the people who attended the birthday party were immigrants from Iraq, Ethiopia, and Syria. The assailant is most likely mentally ill, but that doesn't lessen the degree of tragedy.

Yesterday, a man in Alabama pulled a gun on a peaceful gathering of protestors opposed to the government's immigration policies and travel ban. He went to the protest determined to make it as uncomfortable as possible for all who attended. Dissatisfied with the effect he had on the people there, he showed that he had a gun and indicated he was prepared to use it.

Were these two isolated incidents? No. Since the election in 2016, these sorts of activities have become so commonplace that they often aren't reported in the news. They've become the "new normal," a phrase often heard following the events on 9/11, except now the "new normal" is in reference to Americans behaving in ways that are absolutely unAmerican.

To anyone who has moved to the United States in order to escape persecution and injustice, please know that the vast majority of Americans support and welcome you. We just happen to be living through a dark time in which a small minority of people, many of whom support the president, are determined to make life uncomfortable for anyone who was not born here and chooses to make a new life here. I am deeply, deeply sorry about that.

The word of the day is "special."


A birthday is a special day.

New video! I've been working with my regular classroom students on forming adverb clauses. Here you go:

The word of the day is "room." You can listen to it here:


Some of you have noticed that lately I haven't been posting very much in the blog section. Everything is okay. It's just a busy time of year for me right now. I've been traveling, and I'm working on a new project unrelated to the website.

Keep checking the website for updated material and check your email for links to new lessons.

There are many different and interesting ways to use the word "point." Learn about them here.

woman pointing What is she pointing at?

The word of the day is "move."

moving boxes A dolly is used for moving boxes from one place to another.

This new video can help you make comparisons in which two people express similar negative feelings:


The word of the day is "home."

a house

Here's a new quiz for choosing the correct article, a, an, the, or no article.

Students often make mistakes with the verb "have." This is because "have" is used as a main verb and as a helping verb. If you are learning English for the first time, I recommend that you focus on understanding how the verb have is used in the present tense, the present continuous tense, and the past tense before learning anything that's more advanced, such as the present perfect tense.

  • I have some coffee. (present tense)
  • What are you having for breakfast. (present continuous tense)
  • We had a good time last night. (past tense)

The word of the day is "gold."

The word of the day is "example."

Here's a new video for the words "so" and "too."


The word of the day is "dry."

This is the time of year when the school year is finished and students have the summer to do whatever they want to do. It's very exciting to have three months of great summer weather and the luxury of time off.

Today's word is "complete."

The word of the day is "boat."


There's a new Orange Level quiz for the words "so" and "too." We use these words to join similar ideas together in one sentence.

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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