Monthly Archives: March 2014

Staff Spotlight: Janel

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Staff Spotlight time again! This time we’re focusing on Janel, who has been the English Through Movies teacher for several years now. Leave her a question in the Comments Section, and she’ll answer it!

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The Immigrant Experience: Sandra

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Living in the United States: Then and Now

Sandra, Class 4.5

I have been living in New York since I came to the U.S. six months ago. It was the beginning of summer when I arrived in the Big Apple. I felt excited and not tired even though I had sat in the plane for over 16 hours.

While my uncle was driving me home, I saw lots of green trees, divergent Roman-style architecture, and smelled the fresh air. After my uncle told me that each of those buildings maybe had a hundred years of history, it shocked me so much because they looked kind of new and there was no moss growing on the foundations. I resembled a kid who was eager to know everything that I saw.

In addition, what surprised me was that many teenagers were sort of skinny. According to news articles and other things I had heard, it seemed most Americans preferred high-calorie foods. Now, I think that physical exercise could be the major reason to help them stay in shape.

Right now, the summer is coming to an end, and the winter is closer and closer. The leaves that were green as I reached the super city are trading green for various colors. Some of them are golden yellow, while others are blazing red or pale orange. The air is still fresh, but the temperature has been decreasing. I heard that there is generally a lot of snow in the winter. That makes me so excited because I haven’t seen snow in my hometown.

During the past six months, I have been getting used to the new place and studying American culture. Besides that, I have to get familiar with seeking jobs in New York. Everything is a new start!

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Snug as a Bug in a Rug Revisited

Here’s a classic song which uses the idiom “Snug as a bug in a rug.” Enjoy!:

Snug as a Bug in a Rug
by Flatbush

Every time you say you feel that way
Makes me so afraid you’re gonna go
You’re gonna go!

When I hear your voice on the telephone
My emotions start heading towards the danger zone
And when I finally see what’s behind the voice of hurt
There’s only one thing to say, and these are the words:

I love you and I like you too, yeah
I call you mama like your baby do
Of all the girls you’re the one that I’ve dug
Your love keeps me warm – just as snug as a bug in a rug

You’re always with me even though we’re far apart
I have always given you the biggest part of my heart
Even if you’re feeling like our love is going astray
My love is with you each and every day

I love you and I like you too, yeah
I call you mama like your baby do
Of all the girls you’re the one that I’ve dug
Your love keeps me warm – just as snug as a bug in a rug

Every time you say you feel that way
Makes me so afraid you’re gonna go
You’re gonna go!

It is awful hard to see just where our love has been
I’m not sure you’ve even heard a single word I’ve said
Although we’re torn part by things we couldn’t understand
Just hold me and I’ll always try to be your lovin’ man

I love you and I like you too, yeah
I call you mama like your baby do
Of all the girls you’re the one that I’ve dug
Your love keeps me warm – just as snug as a bug in a rug

I love you and I like you too, yeah
I call you mama like your baby do
Of all the girls you’re the one that I’ve dug
Your love keeps me warm – just as snug as a bug in a rug

gonna = going to

I’ve dug = I’ve really liked

astray = lost, not going the right way

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All About Spring

Spring is usually March, April, and May.

In the spring, it’s warm (but it’s still cold in New York!).

In the spring, the flowers bloom.

In the spring, the trees and grass turn green.

In the spring, people have allergies.

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Passover and Easter are in the spring.

 

 

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March 2014 Student of the Month

Our new Student of the Month is Class 4.5 student Suk Yin Chong, also known as Selina. She’s Student of the Month for three reasons:

1.  She’s an active, responsible student.

2.  She got a higher score on her Best Plus Test.

3.  She went to Albany last week to advocate for adult literacy.

Watch the video interview with her above, read some of her writing below, then take the quiz to test your understanding.

Congratulations, Suk Yin!

One Summer

Suk Yin (Selina) Chong

One summer, my father came to New York to visit my family. He lived in Hong Kong and had never traveled to a foreign country.

On his birthday I wanted to bring him to the Empire State Building in Midtown. When we took the subway, he was curious because he had never taken a train that ran underground. Then we went to have pizza for lunch and he enjoyed having American food. Afterwards we shopped in the largest department store in the city. He was so surprised that the store was so big.

At last we arrived at the top of the Empire State Building. He was interested in using the telescope to look in different directions. He said New York City was a wonderful place to visit.

My father and I had a happy day. It was an unforgettable memory for both of us.

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Idiom of the Week: Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Meaning: To be very comfortable.

Examples:

It’s good to be inside when it’s so cold outside. I feel snug as a bug in a rug.

That sleeping dog looks snug as a bug in a rug.

“Comfortable?” “Yes, I’m snug as a bug in a rug!”

 

Pop Quiz:

Which situation describes someone feeling snug as a bug in a rug?

A.  A person standing up on the train.

B.  A person sitting at a desk.

C.  A person lying on the couch, wrapped up in a warm blanket.

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

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A few questions for you:

1.  What are leprechauns?
2.  If you follow them, what will they lead you to?
3.  What color do people like to wear on St. Patrick’s Day?
4.  What might someone do if you don’t wear this color on the holiday?

Leave your answers in the comments section. The first one to get all four correct will have good luck for the rest of the year!

Now watch the video below to learn 10 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick’s Day, then take the quiz to test your comprehension:

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