What Does "Tutor Mike" Know?
Mike, a robot English tutor, knows many things. Here are lists of things he knows. You are welcome to ask him all kinds of questions to test his knowledge. You can ask the same question in different ways, and Mike will always understand you.
Languages and Cultures
- Grammatical Terms - "What is an infinitive?" "What is a conjunction?" "What is the past tense?" Mike knows almost all the grammatical terms used in an English grammar book.
- How to Learn English - Mike can give you advice regarding language learning: how to remember new words, how to improve your pronunciation, how to write a good essay, and so on.
- Check for Grammatical and Spelling Errors - When you type in what you want to say, Mike checks for grammatical and spelling errors which English learners often make. Mike now checks for over 2,500 errors. If you type in "studing", "writting", "heared", "tommorow", "Does she will ..." and "I'm not understand ..." Mike can point out your errors and ask you to correct them.
- Irregular Verbs - If you don't remember the past form or past participle of an irregular verb, you can ask Mike to tell you. For example, if you ask "What is past form and past participle of the verb 'eat'?" Mike will tell you "Its past form is 'ate' and the past participle is 'eaten'."
- Consonant Letter Doubling Rule - If you add "ing" to a verb, sometimes you need to double the last letter of the verb. For example, "planning", "running", but "raining". You can ask Mike to explain the rules to you.
- "A" and "An" - If you say "a apple", "a honor" or "an university", Mike will correct you.
- Infinitives and Gerunds - Some verbs can be followed only by gerunds and some can be followed only by infinitives. If you type, for example, "I enjoy to talk to you." Mike will tell you that you've made a mistake.
- Plural Nouns - You can ask Mike what the plural form of an irregular noun is. For example, if you ask "What is the plural form of "hypothesis", Mike will tell you that it is "hypotheses".
- American Spellings vs. British Spellings - There are certain spelling differences between American and British English. If you are not sure, ask Mike.
- Proverbs and Idioms - You can learn proverbs and idioms from Mike. You can say "Teach me a proverb" or "Teach me an idiom." You can also learn slang, riddles, antonyms and synonyms from Mike. You can also ask Mike to tell you a joke.
Government and History
- Ask Mike How to Say Certain Words in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, or Japanese ("hello", "thank you", "yes", "no", "excuse me", "good morning", "good evening", "good night", "please", "I do not understand", "I", "we", "you", "they", "what is your name", "good", "bad", "wife", "husband", "daughter", "son", "mother", "father", and "friend").
- Official Language in Each Country. Example Questions: "what is official language in India?" "What written language is used in Peru?" "What is official language of China?" and so on.
- National Flowers. You can ask about the national flower of each country, including your country.
- Who Invented What? Ask Mike "Who invented telephone?" "Who created the computer?" "Who discovered electricity?" and so on.
- Who is the Author of (a well-known book)? Say "Tell me who wrote War and Peace." "Do you know the author of 'Harry Potter'?" "Who is writer of Gone with the Wind?" and so on.
- The Oscar Award. Questions can be asked in various ways: "Which movie won Oscar Award in 2000?" "Who won Academy award for best actor in 2009?" "Who won 2020 Academy Award for best actress?" You can ask about best picture, best actor, best actress, and best director in any year.
- Nobel Prize Winners. You can ask who won Nobel Prize for what in which year. Example: "Who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2017?" "Who is winner of Nobel Prize for physics in 2020?"
- NBA (National Basketball Association) Championships. You can ask which team won the NBA Championship in which year.
- FIFA World Cup, an international soccer competition. Mike knows which team won the World Cup in which year.
- American Holidays. Ask Mike about any American holidays such as Thanksgiving, Memorial Day. He will tell you when it is celebrated.
- The Current US Government Officials' Names. Such as "Who is Secretary of Treasury Department?" You can ask about all the Cabinet positions. You can also ask Mike who are senators from which state.
- The U.S. Constitution Questions. Students who want to pass the Citizenship interview test can even have a mock interview with Mike. Just say to Mike "Let's practice topic Citizenship interview".
- Presidents of the United States. Mike knows all the presidents in American history. You can ask questions such as "Who was the 3rd President of the United States?" "who was USA president in 1900?"
- Faces on US Dollar Bills. Mike can tell you whose face is on which dollar bill.
- The World Currencies. Mike knows which country is using what currency. You can ask "What is the currency of Brazil?" "What currency is used in France?"
- Today in History. Ask Mike what happened today in history; Mike will tell you an important event that happened today in history.
- Mike knows which major city is in which state in the United States.
- Which (state, city, country, or continent) is the largest?
- What city is the capital of (country/state)?
- In which continent is (country) located?
- What is population of (country/big cities)?
- What is life expectancy of people in (country)?
- What is National Day of (country)?
- What (countries) border (country)?
- How many counties are in (state)?
- What are major cities in (state)?
- What states share a border with (state)?
What Mike Can Do
- Mike can tell you what is the fastest/largest/heaviest (animal) in the world.
- Mike can give you information about famous persons.
- Mike knows how many feet are in a yard, ounces in a pound, quarts in a gallon, pints in a gallon, square feet in an acre, and so on.
- Mike knows how many days are in each month.
- Mike can tell you what do you call your sister's son, your husband's sister, and so on.
- Mike knows the lifespan of (animal).
- Mike can remember certain things you tell him, such as your name, age, birthday, birthplace, your favorites, sports you like to play, and so on. For example, You say "I was born in Shanghai, China." After a while, you ask Mike "Where was I born?" Mike would say "You told me you were born in Shanghai, China."
- Mike can count words if you ask him "how many words are in my question", he can tell you how many words you used in your question. He can also count letters in a word if you give him a word, and ask him to tell you how many letters are in the word.
- Mike can tell the time. You can ask "What is the time right now?" You can also ask "What is today's date?" "What date was yesterday?" or "What was the date the day before yesterday?" "What date will it be tomorrow?"
- Mike can tell you which letter comes after or precede which letter in the English alphabet, and which month comes afer or before which month.
- Mike can do simple math. He can do addition, subtraction, multiplcation, and division. You can ask questions such as "What do you get if you add 35 to 57?" "What is 35 multiplied by 4" (Do not use symbols "+", "-", instead, use words "plus", "minus", "multiply", and "divide").