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November 4, 2018
When someone bothers you, or when a thing causes you trouble, you can use the word "bug." This was the word of the day a few days ago, and it suddenly occurred to be me that it might be a good topic for a video.
November 2, 2018
I hated to do it, but there’s no sense in leaving a dead tree standing in my backyard.
November 1, 2018
Students who completed the Red Level may move on to the Yellow Level today.
The focus of the Yellow Level is on perfect tenses and modifiers. But if you have not yet mastered the Blue and Red Levels, I recommend you return to those levels and complete all of those lessons before moving forward.
Click on the link for the Yellow Level Checklist to monitor your progress.
Here’s a link to the first Yellow Level reading assignment: Christine is a photographer.
The word of the day is "among."
October 30, 2018
Students studying in the Red Level have a test today:
October 29, 2018
Last weekend there was a gruesome attack on people peacefully gathering at their house of worship. It sickens me to think that there exists in this country people who are so mean and so vile. The word of the day is "gruesome."
Students who are studying in the Red Level can review what they have learned in the Red Level Review before they take the tests that come at the end of the level.
October 26, 2018
In Red Level Lesson Twenty-six, students learn how to use the verb "go" followed by a verb. This is very common in American English, but there are some people who don’t like it. It really isn’t necessary to put "go" before a verb in most cases, but this is the way many Americans speak.
As you can see, there’s a difference in the sentences above, but the meanings are about the same. One thing worth mentioning: You can’t do this with all verbs. Only some of them.
October 25, 2018
When studying adjectives, it’s helpful to know what their opposites are. Click here to practice.
Click here for an exercise.
October 24, 2018
It’s important to understand the differences between "used to" and "be used to."
Use "used to" when talking about things that you no longer do, or not likely to do again:
Use "be used to" when talking about things that you have adapted to or now feel comfortable with over time. Notice the verb "be" changes according to the subject.
October 23, 2018
Here’s a new addition to the Word of the Day section: spill.
October 21, 2018
Here are two Red Level lessons that are very important if you work with numbers or money and need to talk about them in English.
October 20, 2018
Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of a sentence or question.
The word "himself" is a reflexive pronoun. It refers back to the subject of the sentence, "Jim." Jim is a man.
The word "herself" is a reflexive pronoun. It refers back to the subject of the sentence, "Rachel." Rachel is a woman.
To learn more about reflexive pronouns, click here.
October 19, 2018
Possessive pronouns show ownership:
The word "mine" is a possessive pronoun. Learn more by clicking here.
The word of the day is "tall."
October 18, 2018
This new video is for the phrasal verb "run into."
Red Level students are studying infinitives and gerunds this week. It’s very important to know what they are and how they are different.
October 17, 2018
Here’s a link to the What’s the Question section. Lately, I’ve been revising these exercises and realized there wasn’t a good way to get to it from the home page. I’ll have to change that and put a link there.
October 15, 2018
In Red Level Lesson Fifteen, students learn about conjunctions. Conjunctions join together words, phrases, and sentences:
The conjunction "and" joins together two proper nouns, Joshua and Isabel, which is the subject of the sentence. The subject is plural thanks to the conjunction.
The conjunction "and" joins together two independent clauses to form a compound sentence.
The word of the day is "sugar."
October 13, 2018
I sent out an email to subscribers today. Did you get it? If not, make sure you sign up for free emailed lessons and exercises.
October 12, 2018
I’m sorry I didn’t have time to post anything to the blog yesterday. Busy busy. Yesterday’s word of the day was "catastrophe." Today’s word of the day is "personal."
Students following the Red Level lessons this month are currently studying the future tense. You can talk about the future many different ways. Here are some examples:
This new video provides some more examples of ways to ask and answer questions for future situations:
October 10, 2018
When talking about amounts, you can use the words some, any, and a lot for just about anything.
You can learn more about using these words in this lesson.
October 9, 2018
A person who is ignorant is unaware of certain types of knowledge or important facts. It’s not good to be ignorant. Learn more about this word by clicking on the link.
October 8, 2018
When something really bad happens, you can use the word "horrible." This is the word of the day.
Did you receive the email I sent out this morning? If not, you should sign up to receive email with free exercises, quizzes, and videos. You can sign up here.
October 7, 2018
Here’s a new video for the past tense. If you have a conversation with me, how would you answer?
October 5, 2018
Your Red Level lesson of the day is on forming questions using the verb "do."
Today’s reading assignment: Luke and Sandra are going to have a baby.
The word of the day is "sharp."
October 4, 2018
A command begins with a verb and tells a person to do something. Here are some examples:
Notice that a command does not include a stated subject. The subject is "you."
Learn more about commands in Red Level Lesson Four.
Red Level reading assignments are a little more difficult than the reading assignments in the Blue Level. Click here to read about a farm.
October 3, 2018
It’s important to know the difference between the verbs "do" and "did" in order to form the present tense and the past tense.
October 2, 2018
In Red Level Lesson Two students learn how to make the present tense negative with the verb "do."
Here’s a link to the Red Level Reading Room. You may start with the first reading assignment.
October 1, 2018
Students who move on to the Red Level today will study Lesson One which introduces the verb "do" as a helping verb and as a main verb. It’s very important to know the difference between these two things.
In this sentence, the verb "do" is a main verb.
In this question, the verb "do" is a helping verb (the first one), and it’s a main verb (the second one). The verb "do" helps to form a question in the present tense.
In this sentence, the verb "do" is made negative by using "does" and "not" together to form a contraction, "doesn’t." The main verb is in the simple form, "do."
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