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.                                              2.) Neither Alice nor Sally wants to come to the party.  

The only rules you have to remember is to always use the plural form of the verb with Both…and….     But, with Neither…nor…. the verb depends on the subject (singular or plural) closest to the verb! Take another really quick look at this 6 sentence practice we did together!  Then we held a team competition, where you all split up into 3 teams and some of you asked yes/no questions which were answered and you had to make a sentence using Both…and…./Both of them and Neither..nor…/Neither of them. Great job everyone and congrats to the winners, Team C,with a total of 9 points!!!

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We split up into pairs and each person asked the other 5 questions about their daily life. After each person had time to get to know a little about their partner’s daily life, we shared what we found out, and tried to imagine what life is like for each other. We concluded that our days are fairly routine with chores and schedules, and activities like school and work and working out, and household duties and time with family and friends.

BUT….. what if you had an extra day in the week, what could you do??? We discussed and brainstormed possibilities for this extra day. Then we watched the film, Everyday, in which a couple Amie and Daniel (below)Image result for everyday gustav johansson script have a conversation about this idea of an extra day in the week, and what they might do. Watch the film here: 

After watching we talked about the activities Amie and Daniel could do on their extra day, and used the both…and / neither…nor forms to describe their feelings about their ideas. 

Lastly, we came up with some ideas of what we would call our extra day, great job coming up with some imaginative and inspirational names for your extra day!!

Words of the day

herbivore (noun) : an animal that only eats plants                                                               My rabbit is a herbivore, who eats lettuce and grass!

at a loss for words (idiom) : unable to think of anything to say                                           I was so shocked when she told me about her divorce, I was really at a loss for words.

delighted ( adjective) : made very happy : full of great pleasure or satisfaction               I am delighted to meet you, and hope to see you again soon.   

 This weekend is the Sail Boston celebration in Boston Harbor for more information about the schedule of events go to Sail Boston . Please be careful if you go, they are expecting big crowds.

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Remember to relax and practice!




Imagine If You Had An Extra Day In The Week………

Happy New Year Everyone,

Well we were greeted this morning with a snowy start to the day and some cold January temperatures! To warm things up we took a look at a few new English words that were added to the dictionary in 2014 – the words are hashtag (noun) ; live-tweet (verb) ; listicle (noun) ; five-second rule (noun) ; food coma (noun) ; bikeable (adjective) ; vape (verb) ; crowdfund (verb) ; first world problem (noun) ; and some abbreviations – SMH; YOLO; and DIY.  Just in case you need to review these words and their meanings (I know I do) here are the slides we looked at in class 12 New English Words Added to the Dictionary

OK, now onto to today’s topic – Everyday Life. We opened up the discussion with a chat about daily activities that we typically do in a day – like going to work or school ; household chores – shopping, cooking and cleaning ; taking care of family; taking some time to relax – read, watch tv; talking on the phone, and going online. Then we got into pairs and each pair asked each other 3 questions about their daily life. Once everyone felt they knew something about their partner they had to answer this question “If you had an extra day in the week, what would you do?” Most of us said we would do special hobbies like dancing, hiking, or spend more time with children, family and friends. Next we watched a short video called “Everyday” where a young couple imagines what they would do if they had an extra day in the week .  Take another look at that video here 

Imagine……one extra day. Think about it. What would you do?

After the video we talked about the ideas the couple had and then talked about some other things we might do with an extra day in the week. Lastly, we all contributed our ideas to what we might call this day – freedomday, SOSday, escapeday, awesomeday, loveday, cultureday, enjoyableday, funday, and a few others. Thanks for sharing your great thoughts and ideas on this topic.

Words of the day:

from scratch (idiom) : from a point at which nothing has been done yet : (in food cooking) using ingredients you have prepared yourself rather than with a prepared mixture bought from a store                                                                               Instead of ordering a pizza from the Italian restaurant, I made the pizza at home from scratch, and it was delicious!

cascade (verb) : to flow or hang down in large amounts                                                     There are some beautiful waterfalls in Vermont that cascade over the Green Mountains.

deserted (adjective) : left empty, abandoned                                                                           It was so cold in Boston yesterday that the streets were deserted , while everyone stayed indoors to keep warm.

Great to see you all today!

Remember to relax and practice!!

Keep warm and bundle up