New Year’s Weekend in Boston

This weekend, there will be a large number of special events in Boston to celebrate the new year.  Most of them are part of First Night Boston.  Here’s a Full Schedule

  • Blink light and music show – every 30 minutes from 4:30-10pm, every night through Jan 1st
  • Ice sculptures – at Quincy Market, Copley Square, and a few other places 

Vacation Week Ideas

If you have kids out of school this week, or just have extra time for yourself, here are some places to go – to see more of Boston and MetroWest, have some family fun, and practice your English:


Video Dictionary

To explain a word you don’t understand, there are good dictionaries especially for English learners – such as the Learner’s Dictionary There are picture dictionaries – such as on the website English for Beginners.  There is another website – called the Video Dictionary, or “Vidtionary” – that describes English words for you by using very short videos.

Here’s a sample video describing “vending machine” …

Get Text Messages with Art

The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco is 3,000 miles away from MetroWest, but you can see some artwork from their collection on your phone – plus practice your English a little in a fun way.

The museum has a feature called “Send Me“.  Just send a text message to 57251 and ask for a picture of something – and you will usually quickly receive a text with a related photograph, painting, etc. from the museum.  You can even ask for art using an emoticon.

For example, you can try sending a text to 57251 like this:

  • Send me the ocean
  • Send me something blue
  • Send me 🌺

Could You Become a Medical Interpreter?

  Have you considered becoming a medical interpreter?  It’s a valuable and rewarding job for people who can speak two (or more) languages.

Medical interpreters:

  • Make sure that the doctor and patient understand each other, during discussions about medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Can help with cultural as well as language issues in communication
  • Explain how health care and services work
  • Advise patients of their rights

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