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, 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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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sleep Like a Log

When you "sleep like a log," you sleep deeply.

Example: Last night, Jackson slept like a log and did not hear the construction outside.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Break a leg

When you tell someone to "break a leg," you are wishing them good luck.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

See Eye to Eye

When you "see eye to eye," you agree with someone.

Example: Alex and Paul saw eye to eye while remodeling their kitchen. They agreed that granite would look best.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Leopard Can't Change his Spots

When you say "a leopard can't change his spots," you mean that someone can't change.

Example: Tom was consistently lying to his girlfriend, despite her attempts to fix their relationship. A leopard  can't change his spots.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

All Ears

When you are "all ears," you are listening intently.

Example: As soon as the teacher began the lesson, Bobby was all ears.

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