Lollipop Leadership

Hi Everyone, Well, it looks like winter has finally arrived! It is very cold and windy today, so thanks for coming out to class this morning! Today we began with a discussion of what is a leader? It is someone who leads, inspires, motivates, guides, and achieves the goals of a group. A leader is…

Sentence Stress And Intonation, And Dating…

Hi Everyone, Every English learner wants to improve fluency, and to speak like native speakers. We know that pronunciation is important, but sometimes we forget about sentence stress and intonation. Sentence stress is emphasizing certain words in a  sentence,sometimes with a louder voice. And intonation is the rising and falling of the level of your…

Dining Out

Hi Everyone, Today we began with a discussion about dining out or eating a meal away from home. We shared when we last ate out, what meal, and what restaurant. Then we made a list of various types of restaurants from fast food to fancy to coffee shops to food trucks, and many more! So, to…

We Are A Community

Hi Everyone, Yesterday we started off with a discussion about who we are, and used nouns to describe ourselves. Then we talked about collective nouns, which are singular nouns that refer to several members of one group. These collective nouns can be used to describe a group of people, animals, objects, or concepts or ideas…

Like, Alike, Unlike, Dislike

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a review of the word “like”, which can be used in many, many ways. “Like” is very flexible and has a range of meanings. “Like” can be used as a preposition, conjunction, noun, adjective, adverb, verb and slang interjection. We made some sentence examples using “like” in its…

The Power Of A Shoe

Hi Everybody, Today we started off with a quote from the Italian footwear and fashion designer, Giuseppe Zanotti :  We discussed Zanotti’s quote – what do shoes mean to us? what do they say about who we are? what we do? where we live? how we live or lives?  Next, we listed all the type…

Buying Flowers

Hi Everyone, Why, when, and where do you buy flowers? We started off today with a discussion about reasons for buying flowers and made brief sketches of flower buyers and the reasons they are buying flowers.  We talked about some common reasons for men and women to buy flowers, and saw that men buy flowers…

Character Traits

Hi Everyone, Happy First Day of Fall!! In New England, fall is a very special time – the weather gets cooler, the days are shorter, we wear sweaters and scarves, and it’s fun to get outdoors for a nice walk to see the foliage (changing leaves on the trees). One of my favorite parts of…

Thinking

Hi Everyone, Today we started with the quote “I think, therefore I am” said by Rene Descartes, a French mathematician, scientist and philosopher, in 1637.  We talked about what the quote means and how does it relate to our lives today. Next we defined the meaning of the verb to think : to believe that something is…

Luck, Superstition, and Karma

Hi Everyone, We began today’s class with a simple game, in pairs, using one die (remember the plural is dice). The object of the game was to be the first player to reach 50 points. On their turn a player rolls the die over and over until either a 1 is rolled or the player…

Climate Change

Hi Everyone, This morning we had a tour of the BPL’s Regions & Seasons, Mapping Climate Through History exhibit. The maps in the collection range from the 15th to 19th century, and are based on themes, like temperature, agriculture, oceans, climate zones, and beautiful antique maps of the seasons and the winds (see above). There were also…

Who Are We, Really?

Hi Everyone, Today we discussed countries, nationalities, citizens,and languages. Forming the nationality adjectives and nouns from country names can sometimes be tricky in English. So, for example, She lives in Japan (country). She is Japanese (origin/nationality/adjective). She is a Japanese person (citizen/noun). She speaks Japanese (language). Here is a comprehensive list of countries (geographic location), nationalities (adjective),…