Teaching Simple Past Tense

How To : Use the simple past tense in the English language

This three part language tutorial is a grammar lesson for lower level ESL students. Learn how to use the simple past tense with this tutorial. The past simple tense, also called the simple past is used for past actions that happened either at a specific time, which can either ...more

How To : Use the past tense when speaking English

This episode goes over how one can ask and respond in the past tense when speaking in English. This video is great for advanced, intermediate, and beginner learning to speak the English as a second language (ESL).

How To : Use the past tense passive voice in English

Learn how to use the English past tense passive voice in this how to video. The passive voice is the form of a transitive verb, that requires both a subject and one or more objects. To make the past tense passive, use "was" or "were," depending on the subject, and then add the ...more

How To : Pronounce the past tense correctly in English

This video will teach you the 3 different pronunciations of the past tense -ed. If you leave off this little ending, many of your native American English speakers will seriously be lost! This video is best for people learning to reduce their accent or students learning English ...more

How To : Pronounce past tense regular verbs in English

Learn how to pronounce regular verbs in English with this ESL tutorial. In English, the "ed" ending might be a "d" or a "t," depending on what comes before it. Watch this how to video and you'll be speaking English in no time.

How To : Use the simple present tense in English

A lot of the English you hear in the real world isn't taught in the classroom. This ESL tutorial is a quick lesson about using the simple present tense. The simple present tense are actions that are repeated or habitual and statements that are always true. Watch this how to vi ...more

How To : Use irregular verbs in English

This video shows irregular verbs in the simple form, the past tense, and as past participles. I hope this helps my students remember how these verbs change. It might also help with pronunciation.

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How To : Score Big with Simple 2-Letter Words in Scrabble

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How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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How To : Understand the sequence of tenses for English

This video tutorial in the Language category will show you how to understand the sequence of tenses for English. This is useful when you want to change direct speech to indirect speech and also for understanding conditional sentences. When the sentence is originally in the pre ...more

How To : Use the verb "be" in different tenses in English

In this video, we learn how to use the verb "be" in different tenses. This verb changes depending on the verb tense and subject in which it's used. In the present tense, "I am", "we are", "you are", etc can be used. In the past tense "I was", "you were", "he was", "we were", e ...more

How To : Use "we're" & "were" properly

Learning American English is often difficult when faced with two words of similar spelling or sound. This is certainly true in the case of "we're" and "were". The first step in knowing proper usage is to know what the two words mean. We're is a contraction for we are. Whenev ...more

How To : Use the word "being" correctly in English

Being is a word that can be hard to master for English as a Second Language speakers. It can be used as a gerund, or in present or past continuous tenses. In a present or past continuous tense, being says that it is happening now, or was happening before, in a continual manne ...more

How To : Make a tea bag rocket and blast off

3,2,1... blast off! Here's a fun little experiment you can do with a tea bag and some matches. You can try it at home and see how far up you can make your tea bag rocket go. The Tea Bag Rocket is really an adaptation of a classic science demonstration called the Ditto Paper Ro ...more

How To : Make a crochet granny square for left handers

There's a reason you feel so coddled, warm, and fuzzy when you visit your Gram Gram's house. Her crochet scarves, thickly woven Afgan blankets, and awesome crochet coasters create an air of love and care. In this tutorial you learn how to start your granny square. Once you ge ...more

How To : Make a crochet granny square for right handers

There's a reason you feel so coddled, warm, and fuzzy when you visit your Gram Gram's house. Her crochet scarves, thickly woven Afgan blankets, and awesome crochet coasters create an air of love and care. In this tutorial you learn how to start your granny square. Once you ge ...more

How To : Hide sent items on your BlackBerry

Darci Larocque, Blackberry Expert, explains a quick way to hide sent messages from your inbox folder with a few simple clicks, leaving clutter and needless distractions behind. This easy-to-understand tutorial is fully complete from start to save with visible screen shots and ...more

How To : Make an origami 3D stick-tail peacock

Ready to move past simple cranes into amazing stick-tail peacocks? In this great tutorial, master origami artist Jewellia7777 offers a step by step guide, color ideas, tips, and helpful advice on folding your own origami peacocks. This video teaches how to take this simple str ...more

Scrabble Bingo of the Day : PHONEYS

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How To : Use the word 'got' in the English language

In this video it is explained how to use the words "got" "got to" and "gotta'". "Got" is the past tense of the word " get". Sometimes Americans say "have got" in place of "have" or "got" in place of "have". For example there is a sentence "I've got my wallet". Some Americans s ...more

How To : Use the 'stop' verb in the English language

The verb "stop" in the English language can be used with a gerund and an infinitive. The word "stop" has different meanings depending on how it's used. Look at the sentence, "I stopped eating fast food." Stopped is used in the past tense and eating is a gerund, or a word that ...more

See Jane Pwn : A Primer for Internet Slang

Making your way into an online community can be really exciting. Some life-long friendships and lasting romances begin in humble chat rooms and message boards. But for the novice internet user, one of the biggest hurdles can be trying to figure out just what people are saying ...more

How To : Use the future perfect tense in English easily

The future perfect tense describes a situation which is finished in the future. This video tells us how we can use future perfect tense easily. It gives us a deep insight through the grammatical aspect of future perfect tense. It shows us how to use the helping verb i.e "will" ...more

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News : ANUS or ASSHOLE?

Dirty SCRABBLE. Everybody likes to play dirty, but we're not talking bluffing with fake words or closing up the board—we're talking actual "dirty" and offensive words. Despite the exclusion of offensive words in the bowdlerized Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary (OSPD), the ...more

How To : Use English passive voice questions in present perfect

This ESL tutorial shows how to make yes-no questions in the passive voice in the present perfect tense. The passive voice un the present perfect tense uses have or has + subject + been + past participle. Watch this how to video and you'll be speaking English in no time.

How To : Describe situations that didn't happen in the past

This video shows us how to describe the situations that are opposite of the future perfect tense. Here it is shown how to describe the situations that did or did not happen in the past using would, have and past participle. He gives us 3 very good examples that are describing ...more

How To : Use the passive voice in present continuous in English

Learn how to use the English passive voice in the continuous tense in this tutorial. When the present continuous tense is in the passive voice it looks like this: subject + (be) being + past participle. Watch this ESL how to video and you will be speaking English in no time.

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This video will show you some methods to create a fake Loch Ness monster photo. You will need a camera or a camera phone for this project. One method of faking a sea monster picture involves creating a clay model of a head and a neck of a sea monster and holding it underwater. ...more

How To : Change verb tenses when reporting in English

In this video, we learn how to speak English using verb tenses. Verb tenses will not change if you are reporting facts, general truth, or immediate reporting. In all other situations, you will change verb tenses. An example of this is "I will buy balloons" can change to "she s ...more

How To : Use the English passive voice in the present perfect

In this ESL how to video, an American English teacher explains the how the present perfect tense works in the passive voice. In the English passive voice, S + has or have + been + past participle. Watch this how to video and you'll be speaking English in no time.

How To : Scan a document in Word 2007

With technology nowaday, it has become so much easier to scan documents. In the past, people would always take their work to places like Kinkos and pay others to do something that would be simple and easy to do at home. But since the release of multi-functional printers that n ...more

How To : Play Mahjong

There was this game called Mahjong that originated in China, and this game needed four players, and this game involved skill, strategy, calculation, and a little thing called chance, not to mention a few tiles or cards. Well, this game is not a thing of the past, Mahjong is pl ...more

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How To : Jog

Watch this instructional fitness video to learn how to jog. Jogging is a simple and efficient exercise, but you should make sure you are doing it right. It's important to stay relaxed when running and use all of your tense energy for moving forward. With this how to video you ...more

How To : Create Automated Redstone Games in Minecraft

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How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (12/14 - 12/20)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. This week: A nostalgia-themed cell phone photo ...more

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