80 Free English Class Videos

  There is a YouTube channel called English For You.  They have recorded 80 classes of about one hour each.  They categorize them as:

The videos are a mix of American and British English.  Here’s an example – the first lesson from their elementary videos…

Are You a U.S. Citizen? Prepare to Vote

  The next national elections will be on November 6, 2018.  In Massachusetts, we will vote for one senator (currently Elizabeth Warren), and our representative to the U.S. House of Representatives.  We will also vote for state governor (currently Charlie Baker), our state senator and representative, and other state officials.

If you are a U.S. citizen, and are at least 18 years old, you can vote in government elections – local, state, and national. BUT – you must be registered to vote.  It’s quick and easy.  You need to register before you can vote for the first time, and update your address every time you move.

  • In Massachusetts, and most other states, it’s easy to register online at VOTE.GOV
  • There’s more detailed information on how to vote at USA.gov
  • Here’s an example of the mail-in voter registration form in Massachusetts
  • You can also get assistance at the Clerk’s office in your City Hall or Town Hall

Are you almost a citizen?  MIRA and many organizations in Massachusetts provide services to help you become a citizen.  (Framingham Adult ESL offers citizenship classes)

ESL Blues – Test Your English Grammar and Then Improve It

The ESL Blues website has a set of “progress tests“.  When you take a progress test, it will ask you questions about different grammar points, or vocabulary.  For each question you get incorrect, it will show you the grammar point you got wrong – and a practice exercise to help you understand.

For example, one of the progress test questions is:

This is your book, not ____. That is my book over there.
a) my
b) of my
c) mine
d) to me

If your answer is not correct, you will see this:
My, mine, her, hers, etc.   (It links to a practice exercise about “mine”, which was the correct answer)

The website also has a set of tests for beginners, and short lessons to help explain common English mistakes, such as Do vs. Make and Say vs. Tell.

Free Health Fair – Saturday March 10th

 On Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Free health fair at the Latino Health Insurance Program from 9am to 4pm at 88 Waverly Street in Framingham…  A great day for taking care of yourself, especially for caregivers and seniors.
More Info: (508) 875-1237  or their Facebook page.

  • Free tax preparation advice
  • Flu shots
  • Find out if you are at risk for
    • Blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Breast and cervical cancer
  • Learn about
    • Health insurance
    • Dental coverage
    • Food stamps
    • Preventing fall risks in older people
  • Information for women on how to get a mammography for cervical cancer screening
  • Caregiver support- help for people who are helping others


  Like many word games, Hangman is fun to play and can help you improve your vocabulary.  You try to find the secret word by choosing letters of the alphabet that you think might be in the word.  If you can figure out the word before you try too many letters, you win.

Here are websites and apps where you can play this game for free…

  • Many Things  is a website for English learners.  They have many good hangman games  – but unfortunately most do not work on iPhone/iPad.
  • Fun With Words is a site for anyone interested in English words.  They have a hangman games that works on most all devices – including iPhones and iPads.
  •   Ultimate Hangman is good free app for iPhone/iPad (99 cents for Android and other platforms).
    • 4 Themes (you can see a snowman melting instead of a hanging man)
    • You can choose from many vocabulary lists (such as verbs, animals, or foods)
    • You can choose word lists from other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German, French)
    • You can even make your own vocabulary lists, to help you study
    • Plus – you can play alone, or as a game against someone else
    • Here’s a lesson on how to use this app