Monthly Archives: March 2012

Idiom of the Week

 Take one for the team


Meaning:  To sacrifice oneself in some way for the good of the group; with sports teams when a player makes a sacrifice for the benefit of the team

 For example:          
  • George stayed up all night to finish a group project. He took one for the team.
  • When all the flatmates’ parents were coming for a visit, Christine decided to take one for the team and clean the entire apartment.
  • Joe has been staying late a lot at work. He’s really taking one for the team.
Pop Quiz:You will take one for the team if you
  1. Babysit your friends’ children, while they all go to a party
  2. Volunteer to be the first to go to lunch
  3. Study hard on all of your exams

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Restaurant Review: Sunshine 27

A review is a short essay in which you give your opinion about a movie, book, music album, or restaurant. In the future, we’d like to have students contribute reviews about movies they’ve seen, books they’ve read, and restaurants they’ve eaten at. Our first review is a restaurant review. Enjoy:

Sunshine 27

by Shui Ping Chan, Class W4

When I go out with my family or my friends to eat dim sum, I always go to Sunshine 27 Restaurant. It’s on Bowery, between Canal and Bayard Streets. It is my favorite restaurant.

There are over fifty kinds of dim sum, and the prices are cheaper than other places. The large, medium and small dim sum prices are the same—they are two dollars each. You can choose what you like.

I like different kinds of dim sum, especially shrimp rice rolls. They are rectangular and white. And shrimp dumplings are like small balls—the skin is translucent and springy and you can see the shrimp inside. It’s very delicious—most people like it.

The service is also very good. That is why I always go there.

 To see a Google Maps view of Sunshine 27, click here.

What about you? Do you know any good restaurants in New York? If you do, please leave a comment. Remember to include the name of the restaurant, the address, and why you like it (or don’t like it)!

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Zhao Hui Lan: Student of the Month

Our new student of the month is Zhao Hui Lan. She’s in Class 1B at the Houston Street Center. Her teacher is Elsie Choi. Watch a video interview with Hui Lan, take a short quiz about the video, and read her short autobiography below. Congratulations, Hui Lan!


My name is Zhao Hui Lin. I’m from Guangdong, China. I’m a student and a housewife.

I’m average height and slender. I have long, straight black hair. I usually wear a pair of nearsighted glasses with a sweet smile. I look like my father.

I’m friendly, optimistic, honest, responsible, studious, generous, artistic, and outgoing. For example, when I get difficulties, I always like to eat some sweet chocolate and candies. I will be all right when I get up the next day.

I like to make more friends. I like shopping online, but I always buy things on sale. I like to look beautiful and neat. And I have a big family. We’re close. I love my family and my three children.

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Idiom of the Week

Spring Fever

Meaning:  having a lot of or little energy because of the change from winter to spring weather; an either lazy or energetic feeling.

If you have spring fever, it means that because of a nice, warm, and sunny spring day you don’t feel like working or studying. You find it hard to concentrate on anything

 For example:          
  • I’ve got spring fever! Sometimes I want to clean my house and move furniture around, but I also want to lie down and take a nap.
  • I can’t sit at home and study. I don’t even want to play computer games. I’ve got spring fever, let’s go outside!
  • “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” — Mark Twain, American author
Pop Quiz:You probably have spring fever if you
  1. can’t study well or focus on work.
  2. you spend all day watching TV.
  3. are preparing for Halloween.

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Brandon Answers Your Questions

For our first “Staff Spotlight,” we talked to Brandon Lesher, University Settlement daytime teacher. You all wrote some great questions for him. Watch him answer your questions below:

To test your comprehension, take the quiz:

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

From Simple English Wikipedia:

Saint Patrick’s Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and a day of celebration for Irish people and all things that are Irish. It is celebrated on March 17 all over Ireland and everywhere in the world where Irish people or their descendants live. New York City has one of the biggest parades. It is a very Irish festival and it involves a lot of feasting and celebrations, which include traditional Irish music, drinking Guinness and eating bacon and cabbage. Green is the color for Saint Patrick’s Day, as it is the national color of Ireland. Many people wear green on that day or have some type of shamrock on their clothing.

For information about the parade in New York City, click here.

Here’s a traditional Irish song for you. It’s sung by Liam Clancy, and it’s called “The Parting Glass.” Watch below:

To read the lyrics (the words to the song) and listen at the same time, click on “Continue Reading” below:

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You Can Too!

Interested in going to college or getting your GED?

Looking to find job and career opportunities?

Want to improve your language and learning skills?

Many others have and You Can Too!

The Mayor’s Office of Adult Education can help. They’ve put together a website, You Can Too!, with the resources you need to achieve your goals.

What’s great about this website is that you can watch, listen and share your own success stories with other adult learners in New York…

Listen and watch adult learners like Maria, Amy and Henry share their stories and tell how they have and are continuing to achieve their goals.

Click on the picture below and explore the You Can Too! website

Students told us they found sites like Workforce 1 and My Next Move interesting and helpful for finding information about work. Websites like CUNY Start have information if you are trying to go to college, while TV411 can help you improve your reading, writing, science and math skills.

Let us know what you think about the website. What’s helpful and interesting? What’s confusing and difficult? Leave a comment or email us at

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