Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mouse or Rat?

There’s always a lot of confusion amongst our students as to what constitutes a rat and what constitutes a mouse. Watch the video above for more information, then take the quiz to test your understanding:

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Idiom of the Week: Just Like in the Movies

Meaning: Said when something dramatic or exciting happens in real life.

Examples:

Our eyes met across a crowded room – it was just like in the movies.

He jumped into the water and saved him from drowning. It was just like in the movies!

It was just like in the movies: the plane shook and the oxygen masks came down. I was so scared!

Pop Quiz:

In which situation could someone say “it was just like in the movies“?

A.  Getting to school on time.

B.  Waiting for the train for a long, long time.

C.  Reaching for the same apple at the supermarket at the exact same time as someone else and falling in love at first sight.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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The Immigrant Experience: Charlie

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Living in the United States: Then and Now

Charlie, Class 4.5

I’ll never forget the first day that I came to New York. I came to this city on October 6, 2008. It was a lovely fall day. The sun was shining, the weather was warm. My friends drove me here from Boston.

I looked out the window of the car on the way. Almost all the leaves on the trees had changed color. They were red, green, yellow, purple, and so on. It seemed a variety of colors was painted across the land. Everywhere looked like a huge beautiful picture. I loved this environment, I loved this landscape, and I loved this country.

When I arrived in New York, the first stop was in Flushing, Queens. Because the Chinese who came from North China like to live in Flushing, my friend sent me there.

When I got to the Main Street of Flushing, I was shocked by the condition. Is this New York? Is this America? No, I thought. It seemed like I had gone back to China. I thought I had gone back to Taidong, a famous business place in my hometown. I saw almost everyone had an Asian face, I heard nearly everybody speaking Chinese, and there were a lot of stores, restaurants, banks, and supermarkets with Chinese names. Only one thing was different from China: that was everyone was using American dollars instead of Chinese yuan. Only that let me know that I was in America rather than China.

There was too much noise, too much dirt, and too many crowds all over the city. I thought maybe this was New York. So in fact I didn’t like it here the first day.

Now, I have been living in New York for more than 5 years. I have moved many times, and I have visited many different places. I have already changed my idea about New York. I more and more love this city because I find that living here is much more convenient than other places in America.

Here I can get any food that I like. Here I can do everything without English. Here I can get a perfect education so I can improve my life, and there are many opportunities to find a job here.

So I have decided to live here until I retire.

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February 2014 Student of the Month

Our February 2014 Student of the Month is weekend student Zu Tang Xu. Zu Tang is our Student of the Month for three reasons:

1. He has perfect attendance – he has not missed a class since September!

2. He has improved his English – he got a higher score on the Best Plus test!

3. He ‘s also enrolled in the CUNY CLIP program – his first step toward getting a degree!

Congratulations, Zu Tang!

Watch the video above, read his short autobiography below, then take the quiz to test your comprehension.

My name is Zu Tang Xu. You can call me Tom. I have been in New York City for ten months. I live in Chinatown now. I live with my family. We live in a small apartment. Even though I am twenty-five years old, I still want to study and improve my English. Not only for myself – I also want to support my family. I want to go to college and then I will get a good job in the future.

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Idiom of the Week: Blessing in Disguise

Meaning: Something good that seems like something bad.

Examples:

She was upset when they broke up, but it was a blessing in disguise because she really loves her new boyfriend.

Positive people try to see problems as blessings in disguise.

Not having a car is a blessing in disguise. I get a lot more exercise now.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which situation describes a blessing in disguise?

A.  Getting fired from a job that you don’t like.

B.  Losing your internet connection, which causes you to read a book.

C.  Feeling very homesick, which prompts you to write a beautiful poem.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Happy Presidents’ Day!

Watch the video above, then take the quiz to test your understanding:

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What Is Love?

What Is Love?

by Haddaway

What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
Baby don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more

What is love?

I don’t know why you’re not there
I give you my love but you don’t care
So what is right and what is wrong?
Give me a sign

What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, uh, uh
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, uh, uh

I don’t know, what can I do?
What else can I say? It’s up to you
I know we’re one, just me and you
I can’t go on

What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, uh, uh
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, uh, uh

What is love?
What is love?
What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more

Don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me
I want no other, no other lover
This is our life, our time
We are together, I need you forever
Is it love?

What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
What is love?
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more

Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
Baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me no more
What is love?

Can anybody answer that question? Anybody? What IS love?

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