Archive | September, 2015

Phrase of the Week

30 Sep

Good morning, Boston Life!

It’s time for the phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK
“What’s up?”

“What’s up?” is a shortened version of the English phrase “What are you up to?” It is a way to ask people what they are doing at the moment, what they have recently done, or what they will be doing in the near future. It is common for people to reply to “What’s up?” with the phrase, “Not much.” This means that the person is not doing anything particularly noteworthy, and he or she does not feel the need to talk about it.

For example:
“What’s up, Mary?”
“Not much now, but I’m going to the library later!”

Phrase of the Week

21 Sep

Good morning, Boston Life!

It’s time for the phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK
“How’s it going?” // “How’s it goin’?”

“How’s it going?” is an English phrase that means approximately the same thing as “how are you?” or “how is your life today?” People often ask “How’s it going?” when they want to know how another person is feeling. It’s common for the person asked to simply answer, “Fine” or “Good,” but if you want to be more honest or detailed, you can!

For example:
“How’s it going, Tom?”
“It’s going well! I did well on my test today!”

NOTE: In the second version of the sentence above, the word “going” has been shortened to a common English pronunciation, “goin’” (pronounced, “goh-in,” without the hard “g” at the end of “goh-ing”). “Goin’” is more casual way of pronouncing “going” and is just as accepted in English conversation.

Boston Fun For Everyone! (September 11 – 13)

10 Sep

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress series about upcoming weekend activities continues! Remember: Every Thursday, we post a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!


In Case You Missed It:
A few activities from last weekend’s post are going on again this week! On Friday, September 11, Astronomy After Hours (8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.), the Ice Cream Social (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.), and the Short Path Distillery Tours & Tastings (5 p.m. – 9 p.m. — also, Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.) are all happening again! On Saturday, Chess Lessons at The Lounge (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and the Saturday Live Jazz Brunch (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) are back! Finally, all the events from last Sunday are happening again! If you wanted to attend these events last week, but didn’t have the opportunity, go this week instead!



note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money, items/food bought at the event have their own prices

All Weekend (September 11-13)
National Theatre Live: “Everyman” (8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday)
          The Paramount Center (Washington St., Boston)
$18 per person


Friday (September 11)
Taste of Haymarket (tour)(8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
          Corner of Congress & Hanover Streets(Boston)
$35 per person
Berklee Summer in the City Concerts at the Lawn on D
 (Witness Matlou, jazz)(12 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
          The Lawn on D (D St., Boston)
          FREE
Classics on the Common: “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial” (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
          Frog Pond at Boston Common
FREE
Comedian: Kumail Nanjiani (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
          Wilbur Theatre (Tremont St., Boston)
$27+ per person


Saturday (September 12)
Boston Athenaeum Open House (famous library tour)(9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
          Boston Athenaeum (Beacon St., Boston)
          FREE
Boston Festival of Indie Games (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Vassar St., Cambridge
$12 – $15 per person
G’Day Mate Coffee Cruise (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
          Charlestown Navy Yard
           $20 – $29 per person
NEW BLUE Makers Market (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
          FREE
New England Indonesian Festival (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
          Copley Square
          FREE or donations accepted
Afternoon Delight: Weekend Comedy Matinee (4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
          Improv Asylum
$10 – $20 per person


Sunday (September 13)
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
          Melrose KofC Hall
$5 per person
5 kilometer Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
          Carson Beach, South Boston
$40 – $50 per person
Somerville Dog Festival (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
          Somerville
          FREE
Memorial Drive Recreation Sundays (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
          Memorial Drive, Riverbend Park
          FREE
23rd Annual Cambridge Carnival (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
          Kendall Square
          FREE
Musician: Ari Hest (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Club Passim, Cambridge
$20 per person


We hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys the great weather while it lasts!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

English Phrase of the Week

9 Sep

Good morning, Boston Life friends!

As many of you know, English (like all languages) has a lot of casual phrases that don’t always make sense at first. Each week we will be explaining one phrase here in the hopes of helping everyone learn even when they aren’t in class! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us (administration and teachers alike!), and have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK

“Do you want to hang out?” // “Do you wanna hang out?”

“To hang out” is an English phrase that means “to spend time together.” People often say that they are going to hang out (spend time) with friends or family members. Common places to hang out (spend time) are the park, someone’s house, coffee shops, or around town. What you do while hanging out (spending time together) is up to you and your companions!

In the second version of the sentence above, the words “want to” have been shortened to a common English contraction, “wanna.” “Wanna” means the same thing as “want to,” but is more casual. You would use “wanna” in casual conversation, not in more formal situations. So, you could say, for example, “I wanna buy coffee before work” if you were talking to your friend.

Boston Fun for Everyone!

3 Sep

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress blog has a new series! Every Thursday, we will be posting a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!



note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money, items/food bought at the event have their own prices

All Weekend (September 4-6)
Jean-Michel Othoniel: Secret Flower Sculptures (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
          $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), free for children (under 18)
The Royal Shakespeare Company: “The Merchant of Venice” (7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. OR 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday)
          Bright Family Screening Room
          $18/per person


Friday (September 4)
Astronomy After Hours (8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Museum of Science
          FREE
Ice Cream Social (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
          Charles River Bistro
          FREE
Family Fun Friday (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
          FREE


Saturday (September 5)
Saturday Live Jazz Brunch (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
          The Charles River Bistro
          FREE
Go Fly a Kite! (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
          Spectacle Island
          FREE
Chess Lessons at The Lounge (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Faneuil Hall Marketplace
           FREE
3rd Annual Labor Day Weekend Fireworks (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
          Boston Harbor
          FREE
Labor Day Barbeque + Ale + Fireworks (2 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
          Pier 6
          FREE or $30


Sunday (September 6)
Greenway Farmers’ Market (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
          136 Blackstone Street Plaza
          FREE
South End Food Trucks (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
          South End Open Market
          FREE
Beatles Brunch (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
          The Burren Irish Bar & Restaurant
          FREE
Short Path Distillery Tours and Tastings (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
          Short Path Distillery
          FREE


We hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys the great weather while it lasts!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff