- In honor of Memorial Day – all weekend, until Monday night, you can visit the Boston Common – at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument – to see a display of 37,000 American flags – one for each person from Massachusetts who has been in the military and given their lives to defend the United States, and our freedom.
- On Monday, May 29th, you can visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) for free (it usually costs $25). There will also be many special activities and tours that day. The museum is large and impressive. You can spend hours there walking around.
- There’s also free admission on Sunday May 28th at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, and on Monday May 29th at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, and
- Large Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Stadium and many more events scheduled for this weekend.
- Plus, there are always the many regular family-friendly places in Boston, such as the swan boats at the Public Garden, other museums such as the Children’s Museum, Aquarium, and Museum of Science.
“No matter what” is similar to “whatever happens”, or “regardless”.
- No matter what, I will always love my children.
- He can’t make her happy no matter what he does.
- I won’t give up no matter what!
And – you can watch many examples of “no matter what” used in sentences on YouGlish.com.
Do you know what poison ivy looks like? It’s a plant that is very common in MetroWest. You should know how to recognize poison ivy so that you can keep it away from your skin. It has oil on its leaves that can give you a very itchy rash.
Poison ivy always has groups of three leaves. The leaves start off more red and shiny in the spring, and when they are grown the leaves are green and have uneven edges.
– Look! The baby walking!
– Where is your sister? She’s work in Boston today.
– What are your kids doing right now? They playing soccer at the school.
– Sorry, I can’t go to lunch with you. I eat a sandwich right now.
– Look! The baby is walking!
– Where is your sister? She’s working in Boston today. (or She is working)
– What are your kids doing right now? They’re playing soccer at the school. (or They are playing)
– Sorry, I can’t go to lunch with you. I’m eating a sandwich right now. (or I am eating)
- When you talk about something happening NOW, for most verbs, you use this form:
Verb to-be (am, are, is) + verb + ing
- He is cooking.
- I am making the bed.
- The doctor is flying to California.
- Everyone in class is reading.
- This verb tense is called “present continuous”, or “present progressive”.
This is a nice time of the year to take walks in the woods, or in more natural areas (around lakes, or maybe outside your own home). However, when you do, you should be aware of ticks – on yourself and on your children.
Ticks can be tiny, but dangerous. Some ticks can give you lyme disease. It’s important to be
aware of the information to avoid tick bites, and what to do if you get a tick bite.
How many of these words about the library can you find? The words can be in any direction. You can click/press on each word to see what it means.
Do you like word search puzzles? Here are many more.
Use STRONG to describe one or more people or things.
- My husband is strong.
- That is a group of strong women.
Use STRONGER to compare two people or things (or two groups of people/things)
- Carlos is stronger than his brother.
- A tiger is stronger than a lamb.
- Who is stronger in the video below?
Use STRONGEST when you compare three or more people/things.
- James is the strongest person in the class.
- Anne is the strongest woman he knows.
— Thanks to Debra, Jamilli, and the rest of their class for the arm wrestling video. —
Dreamreader.net is a website mostly filled with useful short articles to help you improve your reading. Each article includes the audio (to listen to the story) and a little quiz.
For higher-level beginners, there is one section called “Easy English” that includes pictures, where you try to answer some questions about what you see in the picture. For example, this is their first picture lesson: