• Knock Out – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    EDIT  1 BY PAUL Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Knock Out Infinitive form: Knock Out Present Tense: Knock Out/ Knocks Out ing form: Knocking Out Past tense: Knocked Out Participle: Knocked Out   Knock Out is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in five different ways:   When you hit […]

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  • Put In – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Learn how to use the English phrasal verb Put In, with an explanation, helpful video and exercises.

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  • Ask Out – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Ask Out Infinitive form: Ask Out Present Tense: Ask Out/ Asks Out ing form: Asking Out Past tense: Asked Out Past Participle: Asked Out   Ask Out is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in the following way:   When you ask someone to go […]

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  • Start Off – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Start Off Infinitive form: Start Off Present Tense: Start Off/ Starts Off ing form: Starting Off Past tense: Started Off Past Participle: Started Off   Start Off can be a separable or inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in four different ways:   When an event […]

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  • Throw Away – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Start Off Infinitive form: Start Off Present Tense: Start Off/ Starts Off ing form: Starting Off Past tense: Started Off Past Participle: Started Off   Start Off can be a separable or inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in four different ways:   When an event […]

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  • Get Ahead – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Get Ahead Infinitive form: Get Ahead Present Tense: Get Ahead/ Gets Ahead ing form: Getting Ahead Past tense: Got Ahead Past Participle: Gotten Ahead/ Got Ahead   Get Ahead is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in the following way:   When you become successful […]

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  • Get To – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Get To Infinitive form: Get To Present Tense: Get To ing form: Getting To Past tense: Got To Past Participle: Got To/ Gotten To   Get To is an in inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in five following ways:   When you arrive to a […]

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  • Get Back To – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Get Back To Infinitive form: Get Back To Present Tense: Get Back To/ Gets Back To ing form: Getting Back To Past tense: Got Back To Past Participle: Got Back To/ Gotten Back To   Get Back To is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used […]

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  • Hang On – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Hang On Infinitive form: Hang On Present Tense: Hang On/ Hangs On ing form: Hanging On Past tense: Hung On Past Participle: Hung On   Hang On is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in formally and informally:   When you hold something so tightly […]

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  • Come Down To – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Come Down To Infinitive form: Come Down To Present Tense: Come Down To/ Comes Down To ing form: Coming Down To Past tense: Came Down To Past Participle: Came Down To   Come Down To is an inseparable English phrasal verb. The term “Boils Down to” is synonymous […]

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  • Look Down On – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    EDIT 1 BY PAUL Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Look Down On Infinitive form: Look Down On Present Tense: Look Down On/ Looks Down On ing form: Looking Down On Past tense: Looked Down On Participle: Looked Down On   Look Down On is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It is also a three […]

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  • What is it Like to Go Blind? – English Listening Exercise

    This is a beautiful video that uses the audio diary of theologian John Hull, who describes his experience of going blind. It was touching and interesting and his voice is memorizing. I wanted to share it with our students. Our classes are not just about speaking English and learning a new language, but also about […]

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  • English and the Winter Olympics: Listening Exercise

    LOI English is proudly based out of Whitefish, Montana and we have a hometown girl going to the Olympics for the slope style ski competition. This is a big deal, partly because Whitefish is a ski town of only about 6,000 people. As you can imagine, the town is pretty excited for one our girls […]

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  • Using Passive Voice in English – Video and Exercises

    I realized that we don’t have a grammar video on the Passive voice when one of my students made a common mistake using the passive voice. Passive voice is important for written English and it is also a really good way to review your tenses, because the passive voice can be in any tense. We […]

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  • Listening Exercise: Do You Really Know How to Tie Your Shoe?

    This TED talk caught me by surprise. It is a about a simple thing we learn to do when we are children that perhaps we have been doing it incorrectly all our lives. Interestingly I struggled to learn how to tie my shoes.  Partly because my mother is left-handed and she ties them backwards, which […]

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  • How to use Phrasal Verbs as Nouns

    It is important to know the difference between a phrasal verb and the noun form of the phrasal verb. You’ll find that the IELTS, First Certificate, CAE, and TOEFL will test you on understanding the difference between them. Sometimes the noun form and the verb form have a similar meaning, but not always. For instance […]

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  • Listening Exercise: Downton Abbey

    This week’s listening exercise is using Downton Abbey, the popular British drama. The speech in this montage is quite a challenge and is really interesting. Although, I don’t think you will hear this type of English a lot these days, the dialect is still similar to modern British English. If you really want to challenge […]

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  • Using Adjectives as Nouns: English Grammar Video and Exercise:

    In English we can talk about categories by turning an adjective into a noun. This can be especially helpful when writing and it should be studied by anyone taking the TOEFL, CAE, IELTS, or First Certificate tests. We take the adjective and add the definite article ‘the’ in front of it, i.g. good-the good: The […]

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  • Come In – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Come In Infinitive form: Come In Present Tense: Come In/ Comes In ing form: Coming In Past tense: Came In Participle: Come In Come In is an inseparable phrasal verb. It can be used in seven different ways: When someone or something enters a place, building, or room. The […]

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  • Mike Rowe’s Big Break: English Listening Exercise

    I actually heard this little excerpt on my favorite radio station, National Public Radio or NPR. This is a great resource to listen to interesting stories and regular news. NPR is like the United States’ version of the BBC. This is a really funny interview with Mike Rowe, former host of the popular show Dirty […]

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  • Past Perfect Progressive Tense – Video and Exercise

    This is one of the trickier tenses to learn and master in English and, although it isn’t used a lot, it is still important to understand when, where, and why we use this tense. It really is a lot easier to explain when you see a timeline, so I highly recommend watching the video to […]

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  • Is Success a Destination or a Journey? – English Listening Exercise

    I’ve always tried to look at life as a journey, rather than be focused on a single goal, “success” in the future. I try to look at language learning this way as well. We don’t wake up one day with fluency in another language, and then just stay fluent forever. It is something that we […]

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  • Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards – English Listening Exercise

    There were a lot of great movies created this year that were honored at the Academy Awards, including Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club and the winner for best film, 12 Years A Slave. Lupita Nyong’o performed in this film, and gave a beautiful acceptance speech for best supporting actress. Listen to her speech in this video […]

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  • A Changing Work Force: Listening Exercise

    This is an interesting video about the changing workforce in the United States. As we become a world economy, it shows how we will depend highly on immigrant workers. It shows how our economy and job force is changing in the United States and I think supports the idea of learning a new language to […]

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