- 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.
- On Monday, May 27th, you can visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) for free (it usually costs $25). There will also be many special activities and tours that day. The museum is large and impressive. You can spend hours there walking around.
- 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. –
- Lots of Memorial Day parades, including Newton (Sunday), and Sudbury (Monday)
- Large Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Stadium
- Spring Festival in Newburyport Sunday May 26th from Noon to 6
- Plus, there are always the many regular family-friendly places in Boston, such as the swan boats at the Public Garden, other museums such as the Children’s Museum, Aquarium, and Museum of Science.
- And more ideas from the Boston Globe and Boston Discovery Guide
Children’s books are shorter and easier to understand. They’re really good practice for someone learning English. Reading to a child can help you with:
- Vocabulary – learn new words
- Comprehension – better understanding when you read
And – you will learn faster when you use English for something you enjoy. (It’s really good for your child too!)
You can read along with this book by Dr. Seuss called One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
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.
If you live in Massachusetts, you don’t even need to visit the library to get a card. You can get a free eCard from the Boston Public Library.
After you enter your library card number in the app, you can borrow ebooks or audiobooks. There are also some “Read Along” books (mostly kids’ books) that you can listen to while you read.
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. —