Monthly Archives: April 2012

MoMA Trip

June Foley’s Writing Class recently took a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Below, June tells about some of the wonderful art they all saw:

I asked for a “greatest hits” tour, so we looked just a bit at the Cindy Sherman exhibit, then went on to van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” then his “Olive Trees,” Picasso’s “Three Musicians,” a quick look at Dali’s painting about time, Jacob Lawrence’s many paintings about the migration from the South to the North, Otto Dix’s “abstract expressionist” Dr. Meyer Herman,” a wall-sized painting by Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. We also made a quick stop at the helicopter.

Have you been to MoMA or any other of the many museums in New York (or in any city)? Which is your favorite? What exhibits have you seen? Comment and tell us about your thoughts and experiences!

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One of the most difficult parts of English is pronunciation. Today we’re going to look at the pronunciation of past tense regular verbs – verbs that end in “ed.” For example: walked, laughed, visited, cleaned.
There are three different ways to pronounce “ed” at the end of a word: like a “t,” like a “d,” or like “id.” It all depends on the ending of the verb.
With verbs that end in p, k, s (or a c which sounds like “ssss”), ch, sh, ph, f, x, or h, “ed” is pronounced as a “t” sound.
Examples: cooked = cook(t), danced = danc(t), helped = help(t)
With verbs that end in l, v, n, m, r, b, v, g, w, y, and z, “ed” is pronounced as a “d” sound.
Examples: arrived = arriv(d), called = call(d), opened = open(d)
With verbs that end in a t or d, “ed” is pronounced like “id.”
Examples: rented = rent(id), visited = visit(id), started = start(id)
Now watch the video below for more information, then take the quiz:

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Computer Lab Open

Our Computer Lab Is Now Open

You can visit the Houston Street Center on 273 Bowery Fridays from 10AM until 1PM for free computer use. See the flyer below:

Idiom of the Week

Break A Leg

Meaning:  good luck in acting and performing.  Actors think it’s bad luck to say “good luck” to a performer, so instead they say, ‘break a leg.’

For example:

  • Before I went on stage, my friend told me to break a leg
  • Break a leg at your show tonight!
  • “What are you doing tonight?”

            “I am performing in a play.”

            “Wow, that sounds great. Break a leg!”

Pop Quiz:  When would you tell someone to break a leg?
  1. After they finish a performance
  2. Before they begin a performance
  3. Before they play a football game
Read the answer below

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My First Day in New York

Today is the last day of New York City’s official Immigrant Heritage Week. What’s an immigrant? If you moved from one country to a new country, then you’re an immigrant. One University Settlement student wrote about her experience as an immigrant – specifically, her first day in New York City. Here it is:

My First Day in New York

by Manqun Yin, a.k.a. Emma, Class 2A

On January 27th, 2010, I left my family and friends and moved to the U.S.

I felt sad and happy, because I could live with my husband, but I had to leave my family and my friends. I left my job, too. I didn’t know any English. I was afraid.

I didn’t know what kind of life awaited me. I arrived at JFK airport. It was 10 pm. I walked out of the airport. My husband was late.

The weather was cold and snowy. It was the first time I had seen snow. I felt cold and clean. I hoped I would have a good life.

What about you? Can you remember your first day in New York? Please share with us!

Also, for a wonderful website that has great stories by immigrants in Upstate New York (including audio and quizzes), click here.

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National Poetry Month


You can read poems fromClass E3 on the Student Writing Board or click on the picture below!

There are a lot of ways to enjoy and celebrate National Poetry Month, here are a few:

-All classes and levels are invited and encouraged to participate

-The topic of the poem must involve “Being an immigrant in New York City”

-All poems must be sent by Friday, April 27th 2012

-Only one poem per person please

-No longer than 1 page

-All poems must be original (do not send anything you didn’t write)

-Email poem to with the subject as ‘Poetry

-We will read all the poems and together we will vote on a winner

-The writer of the chosen poem will receive a small prize!!!!

-Good luck and pleasant poeming!!!

Idiom of the week

Butterflies in My Stomach
Meaning:  a feeling in your stomach when you are excited or nervous or in love; a fluttering or tickling in your stomach.

For example:

  • Whenever I have to speak in public, I get butterflies in my stomach.
  • She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Every time I look at her I get butterflies in my stomach.
  • When we went down the big hill on the rollercoaster ride, it felt like I had butterflies in my stomach.

Pop Quiz:  When do you think you would have butterflies in your stomach?

  1.  After you eat too much pizza
  2. Before you give a presentation
  3. After you take a test

Read the answer below

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