Daydreaming

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for coming out in today’s snow storm! Forecast looks like it will be a couple of inches of heavy, wet snow. Be Careful!!

A pedestrian on Huntinton Ave. did not have a lot of traffic to deal with.

 

We started out today with a review of modal verbs – which are helping (or auxiliary) verbs that express necessity or possibility. Some modal verbs are: must, can’t, might, could, may, should, will, and would. We focused on modal verbs for possibility (could, may/may not, might/might not); certainty (must, can’t) and expectation (should/should not). The form is modal verb + base verb (for example – I may eat dinner at 7 p.m.) Here is the review and practice we did together in class Modal Verbs for Possibility Practice

We used these modals of possibility in today’s topic – daydreaming. We agreed that the meaning of the verb – to daydream – is to think pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions about your life or future while you are awake. We talked about when, where, and why we daydream. Then we talked about what we daydream about. Generally, we thought daydreaming is a good thing since it can help to reduce stress, to escape from reality, and it’s free!!! According to this graphic, daydreaming can make us more empathetic,  reduce blood  pressure, and increase creativity.  

 

 

We watched this video called Maybe, which is about a guy who daydreams about falling in love with a girl at the bus stand. Some of us agreed that his daydream would never come true or maybe it would… 

 

   

Click on this link to watch the film http://www.flixxy.com/maybe-short-film.htm  and you can decide if his daydream comes true or not!

Words of the day:

dusk (noun) : the time when day changes into night and the sky begins to get darker                                                                                                                                       The Boston Common closes at dusk.

image (noun) : a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc.                    I recently went to a gallery where there were lots of black and white images of Boston in winter.   

imperative (noun) : a command, rule, duty, etc. that is very important or necessary   He considers it a moral imperative to help people in need.                                                              

Remember to relax and practice! (it may help improve your English!!!) 

 

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Yes, I CAN!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s class began with a discussion of the uses of can / could. These are modal verbs that are used to express physical ability (able to do something); mental ability (know how to do something), potential ability (something is likely to happen) , and, ability to succeed (a moment of completion/success)

Examples: 1.) Tom can cook dinner.   (physical ability)                                                                           2.) Tom can solve math problems easily.    (mental ability)                                                  3.) Tom practiced his piano during the winter. By summer he could play                                    with the local orchestra.    (ability to succeed)                                                                   4.) Tom is so smart, he could become a doctor.   (potential ability)

Click here and see the answers to the review and practice we did today in class.

Ok, with all this talk about can and could, what do we fear when we are faced with a challenge in life?  Fear of failure – when we are uncertain about the outcome of a certain choice or risk we take in life, we have two outcomes, success or failure. When we have a fear of failure, someone may give us the advice “be more confident”. We discussed what is confidence, what does it mean to be confident? Who is confident? Why are they confident? Where does confidence come from?  These are not easy questions to answer.As we watched this video, 3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence, it offered some answers to our questions and some ideas on how to increase our confidence.

The video suggested that we try these 3 tips to boost our confidence:                      1. ) Try a quick fix                                                                                                                           2.) Believe in your ability to improve                                                                                     3.) Practice failure                                                                                                                     Finally, we talked out how does feeling confident help us succeed in our everyday life – some of your ideas were – confidence makes us happier; makes us want to succeed in life’s challenges; makes us friendlier, and helps us turn thoughts into actions.

Words of the day

signature (noun) : a person’s name written in that person’s handwriting                There is a place for your signature at the bottom of the form.

incentive (noun) : something that encourages a person to do something or to work harder                                                                                                                                       My sales manager offered all the salespeople a $500 holiday bonus as an incentive  to sell more and increase the store’s profits.                              

wade (verb) : to walk through water                                                                                     Whenever we take a family vacation at the beach, one of my favorite things to do is to wade in the ocean at sunset.

Remember to relax and practice!