August Learning Plan: Improve your English skills in 4 weeks

Hey…Hey! Happy August! ♥ But, ummm…. where did July go?! This summer has just flown by, and I can’t believe we’re entering the second half of the year. Before we know it, it’ll be my birthday (woooo! 😉 ), the holiday … Continue reading

Phrasal Verb Friday: Summertime!

Happy Friday! ♥ It already feels like summertime here in Tucson, 106° today, and even hotter earlier this week; however, the first official day of summer is this Sunday, June 21. The summer solstice is just a few days away, so … Continue reading

Past Perfect Progressive to Draw Conclusions

Although the title may seem a little daunting (seemingly difficult, overwhelming), you draw conclusions, or say why things happen all the time. You are probably doing this to yourself, in your head, not to mention in your native language, but after today’s post, that’ll … Continue reading

Reading Comprehension with Bree-Elizabeth | Part 1

Just as the title suggested, today’s post is brought to you by guest-blogger, Bree-Elizabeth. To keep things interesting, we’re changing up (doing things differently) the posts that Bree-Elizabeth does, with this week being a 2-part short story to practice reading comprehension … Continue reading

The ABC’s of Phrasal Verb Friday

TGIF! Happy Friday! Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have/are having/had a glorious day! Phrasal Verb Friday is back, teaching you the ABC’s and bringing you strategies to make learning even more effective. Remember, long ago, when … Continue reading

How to Effectively Express Your Opinion in an Argument

Today I am excited to share another guest post, which fits perfectly into this month’s theme of March Modal Madness. Guest posts provide an excellent opportunity for you to see even more ‘Outside the Box’  learning opportunities; you’ll see different styles of … Continue reading

Poetry with Bree-Elizabeth

I am extremely delighted for today’s post, as it’s not only a breath of fresh air (something new and refreshing), but an introduction and the first of what I hope is many upcoming posts from a very talented writer. Bree-Elizabeth has jumped on board of English Outside the Box’s blogging journey, and I hope you are excited to be exposed to new literary works (pieces of writing). From poems to short stories, and other masterpieces in between, her writings will definitely provide learning opportunities.

Her first post is a poem! Pay attention to how she writes this rhyming couplet. Do you notice the rhyming scheme? You can also use the poem to practice reading comprehension with some questions following her work, and don’t be shy to practice writing by commenting and sharing your thoughts. Who knows, maybe Bree-Elizabeth will even answer questions you may have! This is also a great way to practice new vocabulary. I’ve selected and defined some words, but I encourage you to look up the definitions of any new words. Don’t forget to take it one step further and break out that thesaurus, too!

Well enough is enough, here is Bree-Elizabeth:


 Hello, English Learners, my name is Bree-Elizabeth.  I was very excited when Jennifer asked me to contribute to English Outside the Box!  This website is a ‘pot of gold’ for anyone trying to learn English.  I’m lucky enough to know Jennifer very well – she is my sister after all!  And if there is one thing I know, she is a very passionate and devoted person.  See what she does for you all only stokes my passion for learning new languages.

That being said, here is my first contribution to Jennifer’s cause.  I can’t wait to write more!

The Girl 

“The lonely girl left home to travel the world around her
And to see what different countries had to offer.
She arrived in the busy city on a beautiful winter night
But she realized the cold was not her only plight.

The girl could not understand the words these new friends said
Their language was so new to her she could not even buy bread.
She did all she could to learn any word,
No one stopped to help until a kind boy overheard.

Though they spoke different languages, they became good friends
The boy helped her find her way through the city’s twists and bends.
He was patient and kind when something happened the girl did not understand
And did not hesitate to give her a “helping hand”

While the girl studied hard to speak and have fun,
The boy fell in love and knew she was the one.
Soon they were getting married to be husband and wife,
Because a kind boy gave a sad girl a smile and a new life.”


 

Vocabulary:

plight [noun]: difficult situation
kind [adjective]: gentle in nature, wanting to help others and do good
overheard [verb]: to hear what someone said usually by accident
twists & bends [plural noun]: referring to the streets and area of this city; an area that is easy to get lost
hesitate [verb]: pause/stop in doing something because one is nervous or unwilling
“helping hand” [noun] assistance, giving help
“the one” [noun]: refers to the person who will become your husband or wife

Comprehension Questions: (answer in the comment section, and we’ll let you know if you are correct!)

1. In your own words, why did the girl leave home to travel?
2. Why was the new situation difficult for the girl?
3. What are some of the ways the boy helped the girl?
4. What happened in the end?

Did you accurately answer the question in the introduction: What was the rhyming scheme?
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Do you have questions for Bree-Elizabeth, about her poem, the idea, or her writing? Post in the comment section!

Can you relate with the girl in this poem? Have you ever set out for an adventure and faced difficulty, found love and/or happiness? Share your story..

As always.. Happy Studying! ♥And please, share this post and blog with friends, families, learners, and lovers to help support English Outside the Box and keep up the fabulousness!

Mardi Gras

Before you say, “HAPPY MARDI GRAS” or celebrate ‘Carnaval’ ‘Fat Tuesday’ ‘Karneval’, etc.. Learn a little about what it is!

There are heaps of resources out there for you to find, so instead of just posting a bunch on information here,  I wanted to provide some of the full resources for you to check out. Some are ESL lessons, others news documents, so you’ll have quite the variety to read about and practice some English skills! You’ll even learn a little local and international culture!

Tell me a bit about how you’re celebrating today, too!

ESL Lessons

http://www.elcivics.com/mardi-gras-1.html

http://www.eslpod.com/eslpod_blog/2008/02/06/mardi-gras-ash-wednesday-lunar-new-year/

http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/02/mardi_gras.html

News

http://www.10news.com/news/how-mardi-gras-is-celebrated-around-the-world-03032014

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4750000/newsid_4752800/4752882.stm

Other Information

History:  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras/videos/history-of-mardi-gras#history-of-mardi-gras

Reading & Quiz: http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/cc/vp_gle/3rd/ss/interactive/unit3/mardigras/mardigras_quiz.htm

What are your favorite memories of this holiday?

Happy Studying!♥

Real Language Learning Advice, from Real Learners

To show my love today, I wanted to share some extra special resources that will help you take your English skills to the next level! Sharing is caring after all, so this post is dedicated to all of you. I’ve … Continue reading