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.
New York City is called the "The City That Never Sleeps." Many places, such as restaurants, are open 24 hours a day. The public transport, including the subway and buses, run on a 24-hour schedule. Some laundromats are open even in the wee hours of the morning.
If a place is open or a service is offered 24 hours a day, it is said to be available around the clock.
What places in your neighborhood are open around the clock?
To take time out means to take a break from an activity, such as studying or working. For example, many young people take time out or off between high school and college to travel or work. Similarly, the hyphenated time-out usually refers to the break that players take in sports either as requested by the team or an official for the purpose of rest, consultation or substitution. However, in the real world, a time-out is a well-known expression referring to the break that children must take, as a form of punishment, when they have misbehaved. They must cease doing what they were doing and sit or stand quietly in a place for a period of time.
In many English-speaking countries, time is something very important. There are many idioms which include the word "time." During the month of October, we will explore some of them.
If you are "running out of time," it means that you have almost used up all the allotted time and soon there will be no more time left. For example, this is what a teacher might say to her/his students when they are taking a test. This means the students will need to finish the test soon. Then, if the teacher says "time's up," it means that the students have to hand in all their test papers.
We say that something is "for the birds" if it is worthless, trivial or to show that it is undesirable. This idiom most likely arrives from the idea that birds eat very little or because they eat seed; either way, what they eat would be of no or little value to humans. Example 1: "Jayce, don't watch those reality shows. They're not realistic. They are merely sensational. It's strictly for the birds. Put on the news instead or watch a good documentary." Example 2: "I can't stand this winter weather any longer. It's for the birds. Can't wait for spring."
To hit the road means to leave a place. There's even a famous song where the singer tells Jack to "hit the road" and not to come back. Danny: Do you want to stay for dinner? Jim: No, thanks. I've got to hit the road. I want to get home before it starts snowing.