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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

To Talk Turkey

If you "talk turkey," you want to have a serious discussion.

Example: At the meeting, Jim wanted to talk turkey but Pam and Alex only wanted to joke around.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Add Fuel to the Fire

When you add fuel to the fire, you make a bad situation even worse.

Example: Kristen and Julie were in a fight and Jessica added fuel to the fire by telling Kristen that Julie spoke rudely of her.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

A Slap on the Wrist

A "slap on the wrist" is a mild punishment.

Example: A police officer pulled Tony over for speeding but he got away with only a slap on the wrist. Instead of a ticket, tony got a warning.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

If you "let the cat out of the bag," you tell someone a secret they are not supposed to know.

Example: Max wasn't going to tell his parents that he was failing calculus, but Jenny let the cat out of the bag when she told his mom.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Piece of Cake

If something is "a piece of cake," it is a task that can be accomplished easily.

Example: Jessica believed the English test she studied all week for was a piece of cake.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

All Bark And No Bite

If you are "all bark and no bite," you are threatening and aggressive but unwilling to engage in a fight or follow through with your threats.

Example: The manager always threatens to fire Alex; however, he will never actually do it. He is all bark and no bite.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

If you "bite off more than you can chew," you take on a task that is way too big or hard to accomplish.

Example: Kristen bit off more than she could chew when she agreed to plan Susan's wedding.

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