American Traditions: Autumn

8 Oct

Hello Boston Life friends!

Today, rather than the usual weekend events list, I wanted to take a bit of time to write about a common American tradition. During the autumn (fall), there are many places in the United States where families and friends go to do particular autumn activities. Two such activities are pumpkin patch visits and apple picking!

After you read this article, if you would like to do these activities, here are a few places you can go (CLICK) near Boston!

Pumpkins

                             
In preparation for Halloween at the end of the month, many people go to pumpkin patches (farms) to walk through the fields and choose a pumpkin that they might carve or paint for the holiday. (Some people also just leave the pumpkins out on their porches as decoration.) At pumpkin patches, there are sometimes activities for children and adults alike, depending on the location. Once you choose and buy a pumpkin, you can bring it home and find a pattern to carve into it! (Note: Wait until a few days before Halloween on the 31st before you cut the pumpkin open! That way it will last through the holiday!) There are a lot of patterns online to download and print if you want to carve a specific design into your pumpkin! You can buy carving tools at many stores, and a small candle or electric light will make your carved pumpkin (we call them “jack-o-lanterns”!) look great!

Apples

Another activity that American like to do during the autumn is go to orchards and pick apples! You get to keep the apples you pick, and it’s a great family activity! When you come home, you can use the apples to make apple pie or other delicious food!

Let us know if you get to do either of these activities! Have a great autumn, Boston Life!

Phrase of the Week

7 Oct

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
under the weather

“Under the weather” is an English phrase which means “sick” or “ill.” People will commonly say that they feel “under the weather” when they have the common cold or the flu. Since it is cold and flu season now, try to stay healthy!

For example:
“I’m feeling under the weather. I have been coughing all day.”
“I hope you feel healthy again soon!”

Boston Fun for Everyone! (October 2-4)

1 Oct

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!


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

All Weekend (October 2-4)
(Ongoing) The Boston Symphony Orchestra (orchestra concert) — multiple times all weekend
          Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
FREE (also, $40 – $165)
Mozart Requiem (classical concert) — Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
          Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
          $27 (and up) per person
(Ongoing) Salome by Oscar Wilde (play) — multiple times all weekend
          First Church Boston (Boston, MA)
$14 – $40 per person
(Ongoing) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (musical) — multiple times all weekend
          Boston Opera House (Boston, MA)
$44 – $104 per person
(Ongoing) From the Nile to the Euphrates (museum exhibit) — 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day
           Harvard Semitic Museum (Cambridge, MA)
           FREE
(Ongoing) A Portrait of Bob Dylan (art exhibit) — 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. multiple days
         Van Ness Pop-Up Museum (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10


Friday (October 2)
Milton Art-obersfest (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Milton Art Center (Milton, MA)
$25 per person
The Hero’s Quest in the Movies: Lord of the Rings (7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Acropolis Boston (Cambridge, MA)
$10 per person


Saturday (October 3)
Open Dojo (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
          Shobu Aikido (Somerville, MA)
          FREE
Formaggio Kitchen Barbecue (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
          Formaggio Kitchen (Cambridge, MA)
          FREE (+ cost of food)
Suffolk Downs Racing and Food Truck Festival (horse racing)(11 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
          Suffolk Downs (Boston, MA)
           FREE (+ cost of food)
TEDx Jamaica Plain — local TED talks (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
          First Church of Jamaica Plain (Jamaica Plain, MA)
$25 per person
Bantam Cider Taproom Tastings
 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Bantam Cider Company (Somerville, MA)
          FREE
Illuminus (art festival)(6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.)
          Lansdowne St. (Boston, MA)
FREE


Sunday (October 4)
KERPLUNK! Musical for Children and Adults! (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
          Improv Asylum (Boston, MA)
$12 – $15 per person
Concerts for Very Young People (3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Boston Children’s Museum
FREE
Allston Village Street Fair (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
          Allston, MA
          FREE
Homestead Hayfest (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
          Jackson Homestead (Newton, MA)
          FREE


We hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys the beginning of autumn!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

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.