CUNY - College of Staten Island - English Language Institute



CUNY - College of Staten Island: The English Language Institute (ELI) of the Center for Global Engagement 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, April 21, 2017

To Follow Suit

When you "follow suit," you do the same thing another person does; you follow their example.

Example: After Luna's older brother jumped off the swing, she followed suit.



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Saturday, April 15, 2017

To Cut Someone Some Slack

When you "cut someone some slack," you are not very critical or harsh towards them.

Example: After Luna yelled at Mark for forgetting their date, Jackson told her to cut Mark some slack because Mark had a very tough week.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Down the hatch

When something goes "down the hatch," you eat it or drink it.

Example: "Down the hatch," exclaimed Jerry before taking his medicine.


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Water under the bridge

When something is "water under the bridge," it is in the past.

Example: Even though Jackson and Mark fought in the past, their feud is water under the bridge now.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

To Know the Ropes

When you "know the ropes," you know how things work in a particular place.

Example: John has been working at the bakery for 3 years so he knows the ropes.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Turn Lemons into Lemonade

When you "turn lemons into lemonade," you make the best out of a bad situation.

Example: even though the cake she ordered never arrived, Katie turned lemons into lemonade by turning her birthday party into a baking party.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Quiet as a mouse

When you are as "quiet as a mouse," you are very quiet.

Example: After his daughter went to bed, George was as quiet as a mouse.


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