Grit

Hi Everyone, Yesterday’s conversation was about physical appearance, intelligence, and persistence, or grit. We talked about which of these 3 traits were important to us, and as a group decided that intelligence was number 1, followed by physical appearance and then persistence. We described these two men in terms of physical appearance: Then we expressed…

Move Learn Eat

Hi Everyone, We began with a review of modal verbs which are : Today we focused on modals of speculation – must, might, may, and could. Modals of speculation are used to express degrees of certainty. In other words, they describe a fact or situation that is definite, probable, possible or impossible. For example:  Mary must…

Vanishing Voices

Hi Everyone, What languages do you speak? We opened up today’s conversation with this question, and as a group we speak 11 different languages. We discussed what is language, what are it’s forms, and what is it used for. According to the dictionary language is the system of words or signs that people use to…

Fear Of Rejection

Hi Everyone, Today’s conversation was about fears and phobias – what are they and how do we express them.We talked about vocabulary related to fears like scared and afraid which are general words to describe fear. Frightened is a sudden fear, terrified is an intense overpowering fear, and horrified involves a state of shock. Then we discussed…

Everyday Life

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a quick review of “Both….and….” “Both of them…” and “Neither….nor….” “Neither of them….” , where both subjects do or feel the same way about something. For example : 1.) Both Pete and Sam enjoy playing tennis.                          …

Curiosity

Hi Everyone, Today is a perfect June day, sunny and breezy. We started off with a quick review of questions using question words – why, when, where, who, whose, what, which, and how. Take a look at this  quick review we did together. Next we split up into teams of two and each person was given…

The Great American Food Waste

Hi Everyone, Well it’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer!! Volunteers have been busy putting over 37,000 flags on the Boston Common in memory of all the people who served and died in our armed forces. The flags will be on display until late Monday afternoon. Today we talked about what the world eats…

Inspire and Advise

Hi Everyone, What a beautiful, sunny and warm day it is! This is graduation season at the many colleges and universities here in Boston and Cambridge. The graduation ceremonies all full of traditions, and a way to honor and congratulate all the students. In addition to awarding diplomas to students, there are also commencement speeches that offer advice and inspiration to graduates…

The Sounds Of Silence

Hi Everyone,   Today we started with a quick review of the 8 parts of speech used in English – and practiced some examples in sentences and then did a fun exercise telling stories with random parts of speech.     Our topic today was – the sounds of silence. We discussed and described what…

May Is Bike Month

Hi Everyone, May is Bike Month!  We started off today with some of the advantages of biking – like, it’s fun and good exercise, less polluting, cheaper, and sometimes quicker. The disadvantages are it can be dangerous riding on roads with cars, can be uncomfortable in bad weather, and sometimes hard to park safely. The…

Gender Stereotypes

Hi Everyone, Today we discussed gender symbols, gender stereotypes, and the gender gap.   The familiar symbols on the right are for women(in pink) for the planet Venus and for men (in blue) for the planet Mars. These two symbols were adopted in the later half of the 20th century and are universal.   We held an open discussion…

Community : People and Place

Hi Everyone, Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day. The annual celebration of the environment and nature. The 3 Rs for a healthier earth are :We talked about some ways we reduce, reuse and recycle. Then we talked about the “greening” of certain cities. Boston is considered a “green” city not only because of its open spaces and…