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, 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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Friday, March 3, 2017

To be on the same page

When you are "on the same page" as someone, you understand each other .
Example: After a long discussion, Susan and her boyfriend were finally on the same page.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Blessing in Disguise

When something is a "blessing in disguise," it is something good that you don't realize at first.
Example: After a surprise storm hit her town, Julie realized that the cancelation of her date was a blessing in disguise.



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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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