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
- Sunday afternoon Dec 31st
- New Year’s Eve – Sunday Dec 31st
- New Year’s Day – Monday Jan 1st
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:
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” …
Broken English means: speaking English with a lot of mistakes
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 🌺
Read about Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and 7 other inspiring Latinas in the United States. This is part of a series of articles by Google about Latino Cultures in the U.S.
As an example, here’s what they write about Justice Sotomayor…. Continue reading
Have you considered becoming a medical interpreter? It’s a valuable and rewarding job for people who can speak two (or more) languages.
- 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