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.

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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Friday, August 5, 2016

Out like a light

When you are "out like a light," you are sleeping.

Example: After the late movie, Alex was out like a light.


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hit the Nail on the Head

When you "hit the nail on the head," you are correct.

Example: Paul hit the nail on the head when he guessed that Jessica did not want to go out with him because she liked Eli.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cut Corners


When you "cut corners," you do something poorly to save time, money, or energy.

Example: While designing the company's logo, Lucas cut corners to save money.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Give It a Shot

When you "give something a shot," you try to do something.

Example: Eric has never gone horseback riding but he is willing to give it a shot.


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