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The word "physical" is the word of the day. Notice that the "ph" in this word makes an "f" sound.

man holding a top People who are interested in the ways the universe operates study physical science.

Here are 15 words that rhyme with the word "moan."

Yes, it's ice cream. But what is he holding? Find out in the Word of the Day section.

The word "make" is an extremely important word to understand and use correctly. This is the word of the day. The class I teach on Saturday morning will be practicing the use of "make" as a verb and as a noun.

When someone or something lingers, it doesn't go away. It remains in place. The word "linger" is often used for negative situations:

  • There's a strange-looking man lingering outside of the school.
  • Sarah is dealing with a lingering headache.
  • A strange smell still lingers in the refrigerator.
  • A feeling of dread lingered over the meeting as everyone feared it would end with someone gettig fired.

Today's word of the day is "grab." This very popular word is used when a person uses the hands to get something. The word "grab" is also used when getting a person's attention.

police officer grabbing someone

The police officer grabbed the may by the collar and told him to read the sign.

 

The word of the day is "fan." At this time of the year in the United States, many people have a fan going because it's so hot.

fan

 

Do you know the difference between the words "affect" and "effect"? If not, this video might be of some help:

 

This is the Fourth of July weekend in the United States. We celebrate independence from England on the fourth of July. Now is a time of year when many Americans travel to vacation homes or visit famous American landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The bald eagle is our national symbol. You'll see pictures of the bald eagle on money, official government property, and on government buildings. Today's word of the day is "bald."

The word "last" is a common adjective, but it can also be used a a verb:

  • The last thing I do at the end of the day is brush my teeth. (The word "last" is an adjective in this sentence.)
  • The classes last for an hour. (The word "last" is a verb in this sentence.)

Learn more about using "last" as a verb in this video:

 

Today's word of the day is "patch." A patch is a repair or a relatively small area.

concrete patch They're patching up an area of the street that was damaged.

The word of the day is "wonderful." This is a very popular word to use when something is very good.

Today summer begins. Twilight will last a long time tonight, so children can stay outside a little longer than they normally do.

twilight boy

Do you know what it means to "make do" with what you have?

 

Now that summer has arrived, many people in the United States will travel around the country. If you are one of them, the word "stay" is a good word to learn about.

Here's a new quiz that matches the video below. All of the answers for the quiz begin with the letter R.

This new video features 50 words that begin with the letter R.

 

This exercise is from the email that was sent out yesterday to subscribers:


Directions: Choose "few" or "little" depending on the nouns used in each sentence.

1.  There were very _________ people at the party.

2. There's a _________ milk left in the container.

3. The person who gave me the information provided _______ help.

4. A ______ of the trees in our backyard need to come down.

5. We have very _______ good options from which to choose.

6. There are a ________ children on the playground.

7.  My car needs a _________ gas.

8.  Bring a _______ water bottles to the beach.

9.  There was _______ that the doctors could do to save the man's life.

10.  Opportunities for advancement at that company are _______ a far between. 

 

What are you doing nowadays?

This is a question someone might ask you to learn about your recent activity, especially if that person has not seen you in awhile. "Nowadays" is similar to "these days." To see and listen to some examples for this word, click here.

The word of the day is "income." An income is an amount of money that a person or a group of people produce, usually on a yearly basis.

income

The word of the day is "grant."

I'll be sending out another emailed lesson later today, so keep your eyes out for it.

Here's a new video for compound-complex sentences:

 

This exercise was included in today's email:

Directions: Read each sentence or question very carefully. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb "be" in in the present tense, the past tense, or the present perfect tense. If negatives are required, use contracted forms.

1.  She _________ here last week.

2. How ________ you _________?

3. I don't know where my shoes ________.

4. You are a new student, ________ you?

5. This ________ _________ easy, has it?

6. Where __________ they yesterday?

7. I'm not late, ________ I?

8. It ________ _________ a great pleasure working with you.

9. There _________ a lot of lettuce growing in our garden right now.

10. I wouldn't do that if I __________ you. (subjunctive mood)

11. Those _________ very difficult tests last week.

12. This _________  a famous museum we ________ in right now.

13. How many days __________ it ___________ since we last saw each other?

14. Why __________ our teacher __________ in class lately?

15. I'm working tomorrow, __________ I?

Answers are below.  If you didn't do very well on this exercise, you might need to study in the Orange Level this month, or you will have to review the first three levels: Blue, Red, and Yellow.

The word of the day is "boom."

Answers: 
1. was; 2. have...been; 3. are; 4. aren't; 5. hasn't been; 6. were; 7. am; 8. has been; 9. is; 10. were; 11. were; 12. is...are; 13. has...been; 14. has...been; 15. aren't (Yes, the answer is "aren't.")

Today students start on Lesson One in whatever level they have chosen for themselves. Students who began with me back in January should start working in the Orange Level today. Orange Level Lesson One is about simple sentences.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. On this day, we are reminded of the sacrifices that people have made in the past, and continue to make, on behalf of all Americans.

If you are curious to know what the email that I send out to students looks like, here it is.

Today's word of the day is "niece."

Here's a new video for the verb "seem."

 

The most important verb to learn and understand in English is the verb "be." This Purple Level lesson provides examples of how the verb "be" might be used.

Today's Red Level lesson is on reflexive pronouns. I've included here an exercise for you to try after you take a look at the lesson.

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Reflexive Pronouns

Directions: Choose from the following reflexive pronouns to complete each sentence or question. The answers are below:


singular:   myself    yourself     himself    herself    itself    
 plural:   ourselves   yourselves   themselves

1. Thomas, you should be very proud of __________.

2. We helped __________ to some food at the party.

3. This morning, I cut __________ while shaving.

4. There's a little boy sitting all by __________ in the cafeteria.

5.  Sometimes people have to figure things out for __________.

6. Hillary Clinton introduced __________ to everyone at the lecture.

7. You can all congratulate __________ for a job well done!

8. The computer turns __________ off after a few hours.

9. He has no one to blame but __________.

10.  Linda is the owner of the company, so she can pay __________  whatever she wants.

This is one of the exercises that went out in today's emailed lessons:


Exercise 2: the verb "run"

Directions: Choose the correct form of the verb "run" to complete each sentence or question.


run  /  ran  /  run  /  running

1.  The water from the faucet needs to _________ for half a minute before it's hot enough.

2.  The man _________ from the police, but he was caught.

3. Have you ever considered __________ for public office?

4. Why did she __________ all the way here?  She could have walked.

5. Don't _________!

6. My nose is __________. Do you have a tissue?

7. That old car hasn't __________ in over two years.

8. The teacher yelled at the students because they were __________ in the hallway.

9. Jose __________ in the Boston Marathon every year.

10. Helen __________ the dishwasher just before going to sleep last night.

 

The word of the day is "hammer."

Today's word of the day is "gutter."

There's a new vocabulary quiz for the month of May 2017. Notice that it matches the video below.

 

Here's a new vocabulary video:

The word of the day is "damage."

damaged keyboard Uh-oh! His keyboard is damaged.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, the choice of an article causes problems. My website has only one lesson on this topic, so I'll have to come up with more. In the meantime, Lesson Ten in the Blue Level might be of some help to you.

Here's a new exercise for articles. It's in the form of a PDF.

The word of the day is "carry." Thanks to Srinivas for reminding me to upload the file!

Students who are working in the Purple Level study the verb "look" today.

Do you know the differences among the verbs "look," "watch," and "see"?

The word of the day is "brilliant."

Today's Purple Level lesson is on the verb "give." Don't forget to look at the verb phrases and idioms that are created with this word.

I sent out an email lesson for the verb "take." Did you get it?

Today's Purple Level lesson is for the verb "put." This verb can be used many different ways when combined with a preposition. Try this new exercise and see how you do. It's in the form of a PDF so that it's easy to print out. The answers are at the bottom of this page.

This month's featured level is the Purple Level.

How good are you at using basic verbs in English? This exercise will give you some idea:

Directions: From the list provided, choose the correct verb and grammatical form to complete each sentence or question. Write the entire sentence or question in your notebook.

write

be  /  go  /  get  /  give  /  know  

say  /  keep  /  take  /  do  /  use

1. Do you know how to _________ a table saw?
2. The student _________ a great speech in class. (past tense)
3. Let's __________ something to eat.
4. We _________ a train to work every day. (present tense)
5. ________ she _________ the laundry yet? (past tense)
6. How ________ he ________ your name if you have never met him? (present tense)
7. They _________ __________ this secret for a long time. (present perfect tense)
8. I __________ grocery shopping last weekend. (past tense)
9. The customer ________ ________ difficult and rude. (present continuous tense)
10.  We can't hear what she _________. (past tense)

The answers are in today's email. Are you receiving email from me? If not, why don't you sign up?

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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