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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

If someone says you are "a sight for sore eyes," it means that the person is pleased to see you. 

Has anyone ever paid you this compliment?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

If you got a new lease on life, it means you got a chance to be happy, successful or healthy again after having had experienced some misfortune.

Example: After her hip operation, my grandma got a new lease on life. She could now do all the things she used to enjoy, like gardening and taking her great grandkids to the park. 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"A" FOR EFFORT

If you get an "A" for effort, you get a good grade or recognition for trying to do something, even if you were not successful. 

Example: Little Melissa tried to learn to ride her bicycle. She fell many times, without much success, but she didn't cry once and kept trying again and again. In the end, her mom told her that she deserves an A for her effort, and that they should try again tomorrow.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER

The saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" implies that if something or someone is absent, you will love it or him/her even more.

Do you miss someone you haven't seen in a long time?

This expression is contrary to "out of sight, out of mind," a saying which means that if you do not see someone or something for a long time, you will forget about it, him, or her. 


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Monday, June 23, 2014

A weekend warrior is a person who engages in a strenuous activity, such as a sport, only on weekends, but then does so rigorously. 
For example,  a person who works in an office all week long, but then participates in a triathlon on a Sunday.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

Water under the bridge refers to past conflicts which we have decided to forget. 


Example

Woman: Aren't you still angry about what Jamie has done?
Man: No. It happened so long ago. It's all water under the bridge now.


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Monday, June 9, 2014

AN ACT OF GOD

The expression "an act of God" is used to say when something, such as an earthquake, a hurricane or another natural disaster, occurred and no human was responsible.

For example: If the house was destroyed due to a typhoon, this would be considered an act of God.