The Big Apple is a place that breathes life into your ambitions, whatever they may be; in the words of Frank Sinatra, “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere”. This iconic city is brimming with endless opportunities to improve your English in fun, challenging new ways.
Be at the Centre of the World’s Best
New York is an epicentre of businesses, entertainment, and culture. Every day, fast-talking business men and women close big deals on Wall Street. As night falls, famous actors take to the stage to create the magic of Broadway, and you can find anything from live rock shows to first-class opera if music is what you’re looking for. Stunning museums and art galleries are dotted all around the city, filled with anything from Japanese sculpture to postmodern masterpieces and renaissance beauties.
ADVANCED LEVEL TIP: Pick up a New York Times magazine (or find it online) and choose one section that you like (business, politics, arts, etc.). Read about what’s happening in New York in that field, and share what you’ve discovered with a friend.
Endless Opportunities to Immerse in History
New York is one of the oldest cities in the world, and you can find pieces of history around every corner. From stories about the Statue of Liberty and why the French people gifted it to the city, to lush Central Park and the stunning Art Deco skyscraper known as the Chrysler Building – New York has a wealth of stories to tell.
Top Education Opportunities
New York has a long history of welcoming immigrants to the country and acclimatizing people to American culture. This has helped the city to develop into one of the best English education centres; with endless opportunities to join study groups, students can take advantage of free English language resources in places like the Public Library while getting exposure to some of the most distinctive American accents.
ADVANCED LEVEL TIP: Find a book in the library about New York’s history. If you want to go the extra mile, why don’t you plan some trips to discover the places in your book? See for yourself how New York has developed over time.
Become Part of American Culture
American culture is known and embraced all over the world through movies, music and other forms of media. Whether you decide to relax in Central Park (like the characters in the hit TV show Friends), cheer for your favourite team at a baseball game, or grab a Starbucks before zipping through Times Square, you’ll gradually feel that you are living like a local.
Keep an eye out for important cultural events and holidays. The 4th of July (Independence Day) is a fantastic time to meet new people, eat hot dogs from street vendors, and admire the largest fireworks show in the world. That’s just one example, of course. July is not the only month promising celebrations and cheer – there’s always some kind of cultural event happening in the city that never sleeps.
As one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, New York offers an unparalleled mix of nationalities united in their use of the English language. The city is alive with tourists, international students, and people moving their lives to New York. If you’re longing for a taste of home, chances are that a trip to Chinatown, Little Italy or any other of the charming neighbourhoods will help you find something to keep homesickness at bay.
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