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

More Information:

Your Right to an Interpreter in a Medical Emergency

   If you need urgent medical care and go to a hospital emergency room, it’s very important for you to be able to communicate with the doctor.  They need to ask you for information to give you proper care, and to be able to explain information to you.

When you go to any emergency room in Massachusetts you have the right to ask for an interpreter. In general, health care facilities that receive money from the U.S. government must provide interpretation services.  As someone with limited English, you also have other rights.

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Other Languages 

Newsela

Newsela is a website and app that helps you improve your reading, with interesting articles in many subjects – science, politics, famous people, sports, etc.

There are five different versions of article, with different levels of reading difficulty.  Newsela is not just for people learning English, so you should start at the easiest levels of a story and go higher if you are able. You can also take a short quiz about the story.  There are hundreds of good articles – all freebut you must create an account and Sign in.  Here’s one about emojis.

For Spanish speakers, there are many articles written in Spanish, also with 5 different levels of reading difficulty, so you can read the same story in Spanish and English.