Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NYLC's Word of the Week: AMBITION

 ambition (noun)

1.  A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.
Her ambition was to become a lawyer.

His lack of ambition kept him from getting a promotion.

Synonyms: aspiration, intention, goal, aim, objective, object, purpose, intent, plan, desire, wish, design, target, dream

Friday, August 9, 2019

NYLC's Word of the Week: ADVENTURE

adventure (noun)

  1.  an exciting experience in which dangerous, unusual or fun things can happen.


We had a great adventure at the National Park today.

Do you like adventure movies?

2.   willingness to try new things and take risks.


Come on – where’s your sense of adventure?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

NYLC Electives- Available On Fridays!

The team at NYLC has worked tirelessly on broadening our course offerings to students. Contact us to learn more about our new Friday Electives! 

Email info@nylanguagecenter.com 

Call: NYLC Uptown: 1-212-678-5800 
NYLC Midtown: 1-212-268-6500
NYLC Queens: 1-718-476-7600

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What per cent of international students do you have, roughly? (Biggest nationalities?)

New York Language Center is committed to bringing a diverse student body to our classrooms, which enhances student life, exposing learners to a variety of cultures and encourages them to speak English as much as possible.  Our largest nationalities are Brazilian, South American  and students from Japan .

2. What makes New York such a great place for foreign learners?

New York's wide range of cultural and entertainment options are a huge draw to foreign learners. There is never a shortage of things to do at any budget, and students get to be part of a vibrant metropolis that feels both international and American at the same time. Because the city is used to visitors, students are able to quickly feel at home as temporary New Yorkers and easily immerse themselves in the culture and the language. 

3. What does your school offer international students?
(tailored programmes, extra support etc)

New York Language Center has 4 locations throughout New York City and offers English-language instruction from Beginner to Post-Advanced, including TOEFL Preparation and Business English. Interested learners can also sign-up for private lessons for more individualized attention. Students can also participate in free classes and workshops, as well as teacher-led activities around the city, which allow students to interact with each other while visiting famous landmarks, watching a baseball game, or touring an historic neighborhood. 

4. Do you have any interesting facts you could share about the city?

While most visitors still think of Manhattan when they think of New York, the city is actually composed of five boroughs. The outer boroughs--Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx--provide more affordable options for housing and are easily accessible by public transportation.

5. Can you give me 3-5 things to do (landmarks or attractions to visit/local festivals to see for example) in New York. (Please give a small explanation for your choices)

Brooklyn Bridge -- Walking across this iconic landmark is one of our popular student activities. The views are spectacular, so photo/selfie opportunities are endless. Students usually enjoy having  ice cream or New York style pizza on the Brooklyn side.

High Line - Visiting this elevated park on the West Side of Manhattan is not only the perfect activity on a beautiful day, it's also a lesson in history as you walk down what used to be railroad tracks where trains brought goods into the city. Now, it's a cool place to hangout just above some trendy Manhattan neighborhoods. 

Outdoor summer concerts and film screening events around the city give students plenty of chances to enjoy New York in the open air while spending time where locals hang out. A schedule of activities is easy to find in newspapers and magazines, and New York Language Center Student Services often share these events with students. 

6. Where do you suggest students eat in New York? (neighbourhoods, borough, specific restaurants, what is tasty, what is cheap, where can they find authentic American/New York cuisine)? 
New York has a wide array of food choices from fancy restaurants run by celebrity chefs to mom-and-pop establishments with unique specialties to gourmet food trucks that have become all the rage around town. In addition, with the city's ethnic neighborhoods from Greek in Astoria, Indian in Jackson Heights, Russian in Brighton Beach, to Chinese in Flushing, the opportunities to try something new and exciting are endless. 

7. Do you have any useful tips regarding visa applications, accommodation or traveling around the city?

New York Language Center offers housing services, and students can choose between apartments or homestays. 

New York City has an extensive public transportation system that runs 24 hours nonstop and makes traveling around the city easy and convenient any time of the day. With a Metrocard, students have access to the city's subway trains and buses. In addition, there are commuter trains to outlying areas that are perfect for weekend getaways when visitors want a break from the urban jungle.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A, An, and The

 It can be difficult to remember which article to use - or if you should use one at all - when learning English. You may have many articles in your language, or none at all! Whichever category you fall into, here are some tips to help you remember if and when to use an article in English:

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1.       Use a/an for singular, countable nouns. For example, “I ate an apple.” Do not use a/an for noncount or plural nouns, such as water, wine, flowers, etc. Remember that a/an means one!

2.       Use the for things that are specific, or if it is obvious what we are talking about. If you say, “the girl walked by me,” the person you are speaking to knows which girl you’re talking about. If you say, “I forgot the homework,” you forgot that specific homework assignment. If you say “I forgot the homework” to your teacher, they probably know the homework you’re talking about!

3.       You don’t need the when you are talking about general places. For example, “I went to church on Saturday” not “I went to the church on Saturday.” The person may or may not know which church, and it doesn’t matter if they do. The same goes for school, college, university, work, etc.

There are a few exceptions to these rules which require some memorization, but this is a good place to start. When you listen to native English speakers regularly, you’ll especially notice when they don’t use the!

Here's my source and another blog to look at as a reference:

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Benefits of Watching TV and Movies in English

Do you typically watch movies in your native language? Or do you watch English-language movies with subtitles in your language? If you do, you’re missing some great opportunities for English practice! I recommend to all my students to try watching movies in English (with English subtitles if necessary) for a number of reasons:

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1.       The most obvious reason: it’s great listening practice! And unlike in the real world, you can rewind if you didn’t hear something.
2.       You’ll catch on to English colloquialisms in context. This is something that can be overlooked when you’re in a classroom, but casual speak and slang is very important when you’re living in a new country!
3.       There are many different accents in the English language. Sometimes they’re so different that two people from two different English-speaking countries may not even be able to understand each other! There’s a New York accent, Scottish accent, Boston accent, American Southern, Irish, Canadian, a “posh” London accent, a Cockney London accent, Australian… the list goes on! Every one of them sounds different. On sites like Netflix and Hulu, you can hear all of them. Exposing yourself to different English accents will come in handy!
4.       If you don’t quite catch everything you hear, more than likely you’ll still understand what is happening based on the context, the actors’ expressions, the setting, etc.
5.       If you’re watching the movie or show with English subtitles, you’ll likely see some unfamiliar words that you can add to your vocabulary.
6.       Much like how there are different accents depending on the country you’re in, cultures are different, too! Personally, I love watching British TV shows because their sense of humor is very different than America’s. You can learn a lot about a culture by watching a TV show from another country, such as what they find funny, what they think is “cool” or “attractive” in people, how they dress, and so much more!

If I’ve convinced you to start watching some English-language movies and TV, here are some recommendations to get started!

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-How I Met Your Mother (American series, comedy, on Hulu)
-Dear White People (American series, drama, on Netflix)
-Derry Girls (Irish series, comedy/history, on Netflix)
-Misfits (English series, comedy/sci-fi, on Netflix)
-Skins (English series, drama, on Netflix)
-The Office (There’s a U.K. version and an American version! Both are comedies, both on Netflix)
-Good Will Hunting (American movie *with heavy Boston accents,* drama, on Netflix)
-Trainspotting (Scottish movie, drama/gangster/drug use, available to rent on YouTube)
-The Babadook (Australian movie, horror, on Netflix)

Happy movie-watching!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Irish-American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month in NYC

There’s a lot to learn and celebrate this month! Most people know it’s Women’s History Month currently, but did you know that it’s also Irish-American Heritage Month? On March 17th, we celebrate Saint Patrick’s day, but since 1991 the whole month of March is dedicated to celebrating both women and Irish-Americans!

New York City would not be what it is today without the millions of Irish immigrants that left Ireland to start anew in “the New World” from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. The Irish worked for next to nothing building the bridges, buildings, and roads that we still have today. In fact, hundreds of Irishmen helped build the famous (and beautiful!) Brooklyn Bridge. In the process, many of them lost their lives.

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If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Irish Heritage Month and Saint Patrick’s day, check out IrishAmerica.com for some events happening in New York City.

A personal favorite: McSorley's Old Ale House! It’s (supposedly) the oldest Irish pub in New York. Check it out with your friends and enjoy their variety of ales: dark or light.

Now, let’s talk about Women’s History! It goes without saying how important women are to New York, society, and the world. Here are some ways to celebrate the awesomeness of women:

  1. At The Brooklyn Museum they’re currently celebrating Frida Khalo! Head over to see their exhibit “Frida Khalo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.”
  2. Check out some of New York’s funniest ladies at “All Female Reboot,” a sketch show where women make fun of male-dominated movies.
  3. Go to the WOW: Women of the World Festival at the Apollo until March 17th!

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