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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hit the Hay

When you "hit the hay," you go to sleep.

Example: Knowing that he had to be up at 6 am, Jackson hit the hay earlier than usual.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Like a fish out of water

When you feel "like a fish out of water," you feel uncomfortable in a situation.

Example: James, who lived in the United States all his live, felt like a fish out of water in Japan.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

When someone tells you "don't look a gift horse in the mouth," it means you shouldn't question the value of a gift.

Example: After her boyfriend got her an iPhone 6, Celia complained because it wasn't an iPhone 7. She shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thick as thieves

When two or more people are "thick as thieves," they have a close relationship.

Example: Alice and Lucy have been best friends since they were 2 years old. They are as thick as thieves!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

On Pins and Needles

When you are "on pins and needles," you are worried, anxious, excited, or in suspense.

Example: Chelsea was on pins and needles while waiting for her mother to call with news about her father's surgery.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017


When something is "A1," it is very good.

Example: My moms' cooking is A1!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

To Chew the Fat

When you "chew the fat," you chat or gossip.

Example: all the coworkers stood around the water cooler and chewed the fat during their break.  
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