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…

 

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

 See 37,000 flags on the Boston Common, visit the huge Museum of Fine Arts for free, and more…

Read To Your Kids

  … or read to your grandkids, nieces, nephews, little cousins, dog, – or yourself.

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
  • Pronunciation

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.

Libby

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 – and Other Places

   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. —