Sunday, January 25, 2015

Double birthday celebration

We celebrated 2 birthdays on Friday at New York Language Center.  Executive Director Barbara Dick and Director of Studies Taylor Erickson both had their special days close to each other in January, so we had them share a birthday cake, balloons, and party poppers. They each got their own unique birthday card though, all thought out by Chan, A.K.A. NYLC party planner extraordinaire.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Immigrants Dreaming Big

New York City has one of the most diverse immigrant populations in the world. According to, 6 out of 10 New Yorkers are immigrants or children of immigrants. Among these children are young people like Amanda*, who is the daughter of immigrants and an immigrant herself. Her parents migrated to the United States when she was just two years old, and at the age of eight, she was able to join her parents in the United States.

Amanda grew up in the Bronx, the northern borough of New York City. She considers herself a Bronxite and a New Yorker. The Bronx is one of the most diverse boroughs in New York, in her neighborhood, Concourse Village, 41 percent of the population is foreign born. Amanda grew up among immigrants who come from different parts of the world, just like her and her family. Learning English was a challenge for Amanda in the beginning. However, because her dream was to become a doctor, she was determined to learn to speak and write English perfectly so that she can attend college.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Here's to not DROPPING THE BALL this year!

Former NYLC students working together on a project. I don't think anyone in this group DROPPED THE BALL. Nice job, guys!
It's now a week and a half into 2015, and we hope your new year is going really well. If you made new year's resolutions, we hope that you are making them happen and that they will last a very, very long time--at least to the end of the year. :-)

On New Year's Eve, as you know, they dropped a huge, heavy, expensive ball made of crystals at the top of a building in Time Square to welcome the new year. It's a New York tradition that's called the New Year's Eve Ball-drop. Did you see the event? The ball wasn't actually dropped though, but was made to slide slowly down a pole. It would be a disaster if a 12-foot-wide crystal ball were dropped on top of a building, wouldn't it?

In any workplace or school setting when you're doing a project with others, it can also be a disaster if you DROP THE BALL. This happens when you make a mistake or forget to do something that has negative consequences on the company or on the group you are working together with. The analogy comes from sports. When you are playing with friends and you are supposed to catch the ball but you don't, you let the team down. You DROPPED THE BALL! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Are you watching the ball drop in Times Square?

We’re less than 12 hours away from 2015 here in New York, and we hear several of our students will be in Time Square tonight to be part of the excitement and experience the New Year’s Eve ball drop in person. If you’re going, definitely bundle up! It’s going to be frigid. Before you go, check out this video about the huge ball that you will be watching drop as they count down to the new year.  Be safe, and have fun!
  • BUNDLE UP - dress warmly
  • FRIGID - freezing; very cold

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays from NYLC!

Necdet with a favorite visitor. 
Season’s Greetings from our NYLC family!

Taylor & Julia trying on some holiday ornaments.

In the spirit of the holidays, our students wanted to express their warm holiday wishes in their native tongue. Students, faculty, & staff made signs wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season in Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, and other languages.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday party 2014

Luis set the bar for ugly sweater creativity and won the contest. Congrats, Luis!

NYLC faculty & staff were back in the Soho room of the Hostel in the Upper West Side for this year's holiday party. It was as much fun as last year with good food; fun games, contests and raffles; as well as music and dancing.
Unlike last year, however, there were ugly sweaters everywhere--on the dance floor, playing musical chairs, chatting over hors d'oeurves and over dinner. Some sweaters were so ugly and over-the-top, they were actually somewhat, uh, pretty. Kudos to Lena, who brought up the idea and eventually got some eager supporters, even from those who were against it in the beginning. Some got all excited about it and went all out to make their sweaters as ugly as possible. Congrats to Luis for wearing the ugliest sweater this year and winning the contest.
Check out some photos of the revelry, and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving party 2014

Ryan and Ben just shooting the breeze ... and holding up a sign.

We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving last week. If you weren't able to make it to the NYLC Thanksgiving party this year, here are some photos of what went down. The food wasn't bad; everyone enjoyed shooting the breeze over turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and pie, then we had a blast playing charades at the end.
  • MAKE it to an event - go to an event
  • GO DOWN - happen (This phrase is used informally. #slang)
  • SHOOT THE BREEZE - chat (This is also #slang.)
  • A BLAST - a lot of fun (also #slang)