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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Until the cows come home

When you are willing to do something "until the cows come home," means that you will do it for an indefinite but long time.

Example: Ivan told Emma that he would love to dance with her until the cows come home.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fit like a glove

When something "fits like a glove," it fits perfectly. This idiom usually describes clothing.

Example: Alex's mom bought her a dress that fits like a glove.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

In a Flash

When you do something "in a flash," you do it very quickly.

Example: Janice promised her boss that she would have the report finished in a flash.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Like Clockwork

When something happens "like clockwork," it means that it happens consistently and as if it were scheduled.

Example: Like clockwork, Susanna lost her keys right before she left for the party. This happens every weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Light up like a Christmas Tree

When you "light up like a Christmas tree," you look excited and happy.

Example: When Stella's parents brought home a puppy, her face lit up like a Christmas tree.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Drop the ball

When you "drop the ball," you mess up.

Example: Kate dropped the ball on the science project when she researched the wrong topic.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Like Greek

When something is "like Greek," to you, it does not make any sense.

Example: Although Brian took 3 Economic classes, he still does not understand anything. It's like Greek to him.

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