“Seeing” Memories

Hi Everyone,

Well, here it is Labor Day weekend, already! We began with a brief review of the past simple and present perfect tenses. Both tenses are used when we talk about events and experiences that happened before today, but the form for  present perfect is has/have + past participle and there is no specific time, like with the past simple.  Here’s a comparison of the two verb tenses:

Here’s the practice and review we did in class, including some irregular verbs Answers Present Simple and Present Perfect

Next we discussed adjectives that describe how some things feel when we touch them, like, smooth, rough, scratchy, soft, hard, cold, hot, wet, dry, damp, sharp, slimy, and sticky. Then we made a list of synonyms for the verb touch and some examples. Here’s the review we did together in class on touch and feel Answers What Does It Feel Like

This all led us to today’s topic of the use of 3D printers to help blind and visually impaired people to “see” photographs. We watched this film Touchable Memories which describes the lives and dreams of five blind people who had the opportunity to have their photographs converted into 3D, so they can “see” them through touch. Take another look at the film 

We agreed that this film shows the bravery and acceptance of these five people and their absolute joy when they were able to “see” their photographs. 

Words of the day

shuttle (noun) : a vehicle (bus, ferry, boat, etc) that travels back and forth between places                                                                                                                                   There is a shuttle that goes from Logan Airport to Boston’s Back Bay, which is very convenient.

chop (verb) : to cut (something) into pieces by hitting it with the sharp edge of a knife                                                                                                                                                I spend lots of time chopping  vegetables for my favorite soup recipe.

debt (noun) : an amount of money that you owe to a person, bank, etc.                  Lots of parents worry about going into debt to pay for their children’s college.

Remember to relax and practice!!

 

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