The English Language Institute (ELI) of the Center for International Service has offered innovative academic programs for students learning English as a Second Language since the late 1970’s. Our course of study is designed to challenge and engage students. Students are immersed in the language, culture, and ethnicity of New York City. Classes range from beginner to the advanced level.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cut Corners

When you "cut corners," you do something poorly to save time, money, or energy.

Example: While designing the company's logo, Lucas cut corners to save money.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Give It a Shot

When you "give something a shot," you try to do something.

Example: Eric has never gone horseback riding but he is willing to give it a shot.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Don't Give Up the Day Job

When you tell someone, "don't give up your day job," it means that they aren't good at something and couldn't do it professionally.

Example: After seeing Kylie's horrible painting, Lucas told her not to quit her day job.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Swallow a Bitter Pill

When you "swallow a bitter pill," you must accept unpleasant information or an unpleasant situation.
Example: Luke had to swallow a bitter pill when he learned that his girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spoon Fed

When you are "spoon fed," you are given so much information that you do not need to do any research or investigation yourself.

Example: The culprit spoon fed the detective all of the details of the crime during the interrogation.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

When you are "caught between a rock and a hard place," you are in a difficult situation.

Example: Derek was caught between a rock and a hard place when he tried to please both his wife and his best friend.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Once in a Blue Moon

When something happens "once in a blue moon," it happens very rarely.

Example: Once in a blue moon, Hannah takes out the trash.

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