Lots of free movies will be shown outside this summer all around MetroWest and Greater Boston. Movies usually begin at sundown. If the weather is “iffy”, it’s good to check for cancellations before you go.
Here are some locations with outdoor movie nights this summer:
Boston – Hatch Shell on the Esplanade – Free Friday Flicks every Friday
Pretty location along the Charles River, big screen, lots of space, lots of people
Movies start around 8; Games before that starting at 6:00
Next Movie: Spider Man, Into the Spider-verse, Friday, July 19th
Wellesley – Summer Films outside at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College
Free museum tours, art activities, free ice cream starting at 7PM
Next Movie: Mary Poppins, Thursday July 26th
Waltham – Movies at the Mansion – Lyman Estate
Beginning 7PM you can walk the grounds or visit the mansion
Movie starts at 8:30
Next Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World, Thursday July 11th
See the The Boston Calendarfor a good summary of these, and even more movies at places including Revere Beach, outside the Museum of Fine Arts, Assembly Row in Somerville, and other neighborhoods in Cambridge and Boston
English in Brazil by Carina Fragozo is a very popular place online for Brazilians who are trying to improve their English. She has a YouTube channel – where there are hundreds of videos (mostly 10-15 minutes long, in Portuguese). These explain English grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, and also offer encouragement and general study tips.
There are videos about many different topics for people with some English experience – such as this one about silent letters (letters that aren’t pronounced) in English words. But there are also videos with “survival English” for beginners – like this one about shopping in a supermarket.
Independence Day is also called The Fourth of July or sometimes, July Fourth. It is a federal holiday in the United States. It is the day that the United States declared its Independence from Great Britain in 1776.
On The Fourth of July, many people have cook-outs. There are parades in many communities (including Natick and Milford). Some places have Fireworks displays for everyone (Here’s a list). But in some places it is illegal to have your own fireworks.
What will you do to celebrate July Fourth?
How old will the United States be this Fourth of July? (click on the flag to find out)
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great day!
A podcast is a broadcast audio recording – a radio show that you can play on your smartphone, tablet, or computer any time you want. There are more than 100,000 podcasts, about all kinds of topics. Most podcasts are released on a regular basis – for example, one new episode every week. If you find a podcast that you like, you can “Subscribe” to it, so that you can receive new episodes when they are available.
There are MANY podcasts to help you learn English. One is called the “VOA Learning English Broadcast” from Voice of America, which has a new 30-minute episode every day. They speak more slowly, and have news and stories.
On your iPhone/iPad, you can play using your Podcast App (which comes installed on your iPhone/iPad). Open the app, and search for VOA Learning English Broadcast. There are other free apps you can install from the App Store to manage your podcasts – such as Overcast.
On an Android smartphone, you can play podcasts using the Google Play Music app (which usually comes installed). Here’s a video with more information about how to use podcasts with the Google Play Music app. There are other free apps you can install from the Google Play Store to manage your podcasts – such as Google Podcasts and Podcast Addict.
Below is a video with more information about how to use podcasts on your iPhone…
See 37,000 flags on the Boston Common, visit the huge Museum of Fine Arts for free, and more…
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.
There’s also free admission on Monday May 27th(10am-5pm)at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. At the ICA, they also offer some free tickets for a Water Shuttle boat ride across the harbor to their small extra museum in East Boston. –
Reading books and listening to audiobooks is an excellent and enjoyable way to improve your English. Did you know that you can borrow eBooks and audiobooks (with thousands of choices) – for free – right on your phone or tablet? All you need is a library card from your local library, and the new Libby app from OverDrive.
Humans of New York is a website, and Facebook page, that has lots of interesting pictures of people – and a very short story about them. Brandon (the publisher) started with pictures and short stories just about people in New York City. But then he started including personal stories from people in other places around the world – such as Pakistan, Iran, India, Vietnam – and some longer stories on subjects such as refugees and people in prison. The latest set of stories is about people in Brazil. Here is an example:
“He fell in love with me the first day he met me. He kept calling me princess. He said we were meant to be together because our feet were the same size. Look how embarrassed he’s getting!” (São Paulo, Brazil)
— Thanks to Pat for suggesting this website. She uses it for reading practice in her English class. —