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
SayLish is a quite-new website to help you listen to English words and phrases – as part of presentations and conversations posted on YouTube. PLUS – you can record your own voice, to compare your pronunciation with the video.
Voice recording support has been added just recently on iPhone/iPad with Safari, and we’ll give an example with that. It also works with Android phones/tablets, and desktop computers.
For example, if you search for videos with the word “infrequently“, you will see part of a YouTube video that contains your chosen word. After you listen to this, you can pause and …
Repeat this to hear it again
Go to the next video that contains this word
or press the “Speaking” button to switch to the screen where you can record your voice
After you listen, press the microphone to record, and try to pronounce the words you hear. Then press Stop () when you finish
Then you can …
Compare your pronunciation with the speaker in the video
Go to the next part of the SAME video
Go to the next video that contains your search word
Saylish has additional features which we will cover in another posting.
Listen a Minute is a free website with hundreds of short listening lessons. Each recording is less than one minute.
Listen to the recording while you read the words
If you have time, you can try one or two exercises
This website is in England, so the accent and a few words are a little different, but it’s still good practice and will work well on your smartphone
Here’s an example about Eggs:
Eggs are great. Where would we be without them? They are so useful. I can’t imagine life or cooking without them. There are many ways of cooking eggs for breakfast – fried eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, etc. There are even many ways of “cooking” these. You can have a runny or hard fried egg or even have it sunny side up. You can have soft or hard-boiled eggs and fluffy scrambled eggs. There are also many things to put on top of eggs – mayonnaise, ketchup, salt, soy sauce. Each country has something different. I like cooking with eggs. I particularly like breaking them. I can now do it with one hand, without breaking the yolk. Sometimes it gets messy and the egg white starts dripping down your arm.
Playaway is a device that is pre-loaded with one audiobook. Listen to the Playaway book while you read the printed book to improve your comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. You can borrowPlayawayfor free at most public libraries.