Regular Verbs and Their Spelling

Most English verbs are regular.  The past tense and the past participle of all regular verbs end in -ed.

Work (base/infinitive form of the verb) – I work in Boston.
Worked (past tense) – Yesterday I worked in Boston.
Worked (past participle) – I have worked in Boston for three years.

Play – Played – Played
Cry – Cried – Cried
Stop – Stopped – Stopped

Here’s a long list of 600 common regular English verbs.  For all of these verbs, the past tense form (and the past participle) ends with the letters “ed“.

Here is more detail for the spelling rules for regular verbs.

Fall ESL Classes at FAESL – New Student Lottery Information

UPDATE: Registration is closed for this semester.

Framingham Adult ESL will have a limited number of spaces for morning and evening classes for the Fall 2019 semester.

  • If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building)
    560 Waverly Street, Framingham
    Thursday, August 15th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
  • If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    Fuller Middle School Cafeteria
    31 Flagg Drive, Framingham
    Thursday, August 15th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  1. Come on August 15th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, etc).  Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
  2. The lottery will be on Tuesday, August 20th. Don’t come to the school on Aug 20th.  You can watch the lottery online (Facebook Live) on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  3. If your number is selected in the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
    YES – You must come to the school on Thursday August 15th to submit an entry card.  BUT, this should not take too long because there will be no lottery or testing on that day.
  • Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
    YES
    – If you come in the morning of Aug 15th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes.  If you come in the evening of Aug 15th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
  • On August 15th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
    NO – You can come ANY time between 6:30 and 8:00PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes).  ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
  • Do I need to watch the lottery on Facebook Live on August 20th?
    NO – When you come to the school on August 15th, you will submit an entry card with information (phone, email) on how to contact you.  If your name is selected in the lottery, the school will contact you.
  • If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
    You will be asked to come to the school for testing.  After testing, you will be assigned to one of these:

    • a regular English class (6 hours each week)
    • or – a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours)
      If you stay in prep class with good attendance, you will automatically be on a priority list for a regular class and will not need to participate in any more lotteries.
    • or – a waiting list
      (You get a space in class as soon as possible and do not need to participate in more lotteries)
  • When are the classes?
    • Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45
    • Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
    • Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week
    • Regular classes start on Wednesday/Thursday September 4th/5th and Prep classes start a few weeks later
  • I can’t come on August 15th.  Can I come on the 16th (or some other day)? Or can someone else come to submit an entry card for me?
    NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on August 15th, and you must come in-person.

NOTE: This is information only.  It does not guarantee you a place in class. 

Enjoy a Free Movie Outside

  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:

    • Framingham Family Fun and Movie Night at Bowditch Field
      Thursday, August 22nd
      Games and family activities begin at 6:00,  Movie starts at sundown.
    • Hopedale Movie Night
      Hopedale Town Park – Corner of Freedom and Dutcher Streets
      Next movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Friday July 26th
    • Hopkinton Movies on the Common
      Hopkinton Common, 1 Main Street
      Next Movie: Lego Movie 2, Thursday July 25th
    • 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: Bumblebee, Friday, July 26th
    • 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 MansionLyman Estate
      Beginning 7PM you can walk the grounds or visit the mansion
      Movie starts at 8:30
      Next Movie: Meet Me in St.Louis, Thursday July 25th
    • Boston – Sunday Movies at Christopher Columbus Park
      Beautiful park in Boston’s North End along the water
      Begins around 8:00
      Next Movie: Some Like it Hot, Sunday July 28th
      [Full Schedule]
    • Boston – Saturday Night Movies at the Prudential Center (at the South Garden)
      Children’s activities start at 6PM.  Movie starts at sundown
      Next Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet, July 27th
    • See the The Boston Calendar for 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

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!

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!

— Thanks to Christine for this article —

Podcasts

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…