Meet EC New York’s Newest Intern – Ken

Hi Everyone! I’m Ken and I come from Kyoto, Japan. I’m an intern at EC New York for two weeks. It’s a short period, but I hope I can help everyone during this time. Please talk to me about anything, and I’ll do my best to help you.Right now, I’m staying in Woodside, Queens and I’m living with a host family.They are so nice to me. The reason I came to New York is because I’d like to improve my English and experience working in other countries. I was so surprised at this city because New York is so huge. All of the buildings are taller than my hometown’s buildings. My hometown has a policy for keeping old landscapes so we cannot make tall buildings and big signs. Also , we can’t choose a light color to paint them. We can choose colors like black, brown, and white. I’m studying English in a Japanese university. I have special friends in Japan. My friend group is global so it’s rare. So, I also can practice my English with my friends in Japan actually most of them had gone back to their country. That’s why I’m looking for new people to practice English and other languages with me. Making friends with locals is a good way to learn a new language. This is why I’m so excited to have an internship at an English School in New York USA In my free time, I really like watching movies , listening to Japanese pop and taking photos. I’m going to travel to Europe this September. I’m so looking forward to taking a picture of beautiful buildings. I also can ski. I’ve done skiing since when I was child because my father has an instructor’s license so he always teaches us how to do … Read more

Why Diversity Is So Important to Learning English – International Women’s Day 2020

In 1977, the United Nations’ General Assembly invited member states to proclaim 8 March as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. It’s an important day in the fight for equality and it recognizes the achievements of women around the world. At EC, we are proud of all the international students who come to improve their English. When students choose an English School in New York, they want to be sure that the school is going to be open to different perspectives and opinions, reflect the diversity in the world, and help students succeed in a global community. At EC New York, students have the opportunity to do all this and so much more! A recent study of Fortune 1000 companies shows that women make up 26% of Leadership Teams and 25% of Senior Management. At EC today, women make up 57% of all our employees, half of our Senior Management Team, and 45% of our Executive Team.EC also promotes a corporate social responsibility initiative in Cambodia, where we have built two schools. This initiative provides education to children that would otherwise not have one. But for girls in Cambodia, education means empowerment and reduced rates of child marriage and early motherhood. We are proud that we have very high attendance levels of female students in both of our schools in Cambodia. In our classes in our 24 destinations around the world, students have the ability to learn from and with women from all walks of life. By sharing life experiences, they learn about different cultures and have the opportunity to become better people with this knowledge. Additionally, we host different social activities. Recently, we were able to take our students on a tour of the United Nations here in New York. It was an opportunity for our … Read more

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5 Tips on Saving While Studying in New York

  Getting to know New York is the desire of many people who love to travel the world, and no wonder! This city is a paradise for those who love cultural activities, and certainly a great choice for those who want to learn English. Living in the “city that never sleeps” is synonymous with lots of leisure, cultural and other opportunities to meet people from all over the world. The Big Apple has so much to see and do, like countless plays, famous Broadway musicals, hip Times Square and Central Park, that trying to fit it all in can be hard for your budget! So researching, calculating, and getting some tips on how to save money can make the dream of taking an English language course in New York come true. Here are some tricks to save while you study, while still enjoying all the city has to offer. Travel in low season Every trip starts with planning for plane tickets. Keeping an eye on travel websites and airlines is task that requires patience. It is not uncommon to find several deals with superb ticket discounts, especially if you choose to travel in low season. When it comes to the United States, plan your trip for the months before the summer, such as March, April and May, for example, or when the heat is already saying goodbye, like August, September and October. English course location and accommodation   Another important factor that can keep a few extra bucks in your pocket is the choice of the English course. There are variables that can lower costs during your stay in the city, so when searching for schools, keep in mind the location. When choosing the school, also keep in mind the accommodation, since ideally the journey between both points should be … Read more

October in New York

New York is one of the most exciting and beautiful months of the year in New York City. There are several special events and festivals that take place during this month, and the weather is usually crisp. It’s the perfect month to learn English in New York! Two of the most famous events are the NYC Oyster Festival and Pickle Festival. Both events are on the first weekend in October and celebrate local favorite foods. Oysters have always played an important part of New York history. The New York Harbor is home to dozens of varieties of oysters, and the city loves consuming them. In fact, before the now ubiquitous hotdog carts, there used to be stands selling fresh oysters on the street! They were very cheap and fresh. Also, they literally helped build the city; some older streets in Financial District, like Pearl Street, were paved with piles of discarded oyster shells. Even today, empty oyster shells are throw into the harbor to be repurposed as oyster reefs, because oysters are excellent water cleaners! The pickle festival takes place on the same weekend as the oyster festival, but takes place on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. This location is significant, as it used to be the hub of Jewish life in the city. Dill pickles were brought over the Atlantic Ocean by Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland, and have become an important part of the New York deli experience. At the festival, visitors have the opportunity to try several types of pickles, from sweet to spicy to extra sour. October is Architecture Month in New York City, or “Archtober” for short. During this month only, regular civilians can get access to and take tours of buildings that are normally closed to the public. While most of … Read more

World Teachers’ Day

World Teacher’s Day was celebrated all week last week at EC New York.  Our dynamic teachers received treats starting with bagels on Monday and ending with special certificate presentations and a catered lunch.  In honor of teachers, let’s look back at some famous teachers from the past from around the globe. In India, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday. Not only was he a teacher, he was a philosopher and statesman. He requested that his birthday be a special day to honor teachers because he recognized teachers as being vital parts of society and without them progression wasn’t possible.  María Chinchilla’s memory honored in Guatemala on June 25th as Schoolteacher’s day.  Maria died on June 25, 1944 while carrying out a peaceful protest with 300 other teachers in order to get a pay increase for teachers’ salaries. She is now known as a martyr and national heroine because as a result of the demonstration, the country’s dictator General Ubico resigned. Teacher’s day in Slovakia is March 28th because it’s the birthday of John Amos Comenius. He was a teacher, philosopher and writer in the 17th century.  In his Didactica Magna (Great Didactic), he proposed a system of schools that is the exact equal of the existing American system of kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school, college, and university. In Turkey, Mustafa Ataturk adopted a new alphabet for the Turkish Republic in 1923 and on November 24, 1928 he accepted a position as head teacher of the country’s schools, so since 1981 Teachers’ Day has been celebrated on November 24th. Teachers serve an important role in every society, so they deserve to be honored not only on one specific day, but every day of the year.  Here at EC New York, we appreciate our teachers for always going the extra … Read more

NYC Local Attraction- The Nutella Cafe

Nuts about the Nutella Café by Teacher Nolan I came across the following quote on Pinterest:  “Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy Nutella and that’s basically the same thing.”  And after visiting the Nutella Café, it’s easy to agree with this quote.The second Nutella Café in the United States opened in New York City last year (the first of its kind opened in Chicago).  The café is conveniently located on University Place in Greenwhich Village, just a short walk from beautiful Union Square (and the Union Square subway station). The café is a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon reading an English book (while sipping on a cup of coffee and enjoying a decadent pastry), meet up with new friends to practice your conversation skills, or even buy a few unique gifts for friends and family who have sweet tooth. The delicious nutty chocolate spread is the star of the café’s extensive menu, which includes items such as pastries, crêpes, a family-style fondue, waffles and gelatos – plenty of options for any season or mood.  But if it all sounds a little too sweet for you, the café also offers savory menu options. If there are just too many choices for you, take-away options are always a good idea. On your way out, be sure to check out some of the cool Nutella merchandise available, such as coffee mugs, tumblers, personalized Nutella jars and even Nutella-shaped USBs. These items would make cool souvenirs or gifts for friends. Places like these are why it’s a special experience to study English in New York. There are so many fun things to do and see in the city and they are perfect places to meet local people and practice English conversation skills or take your classmates for an enjoyable time to get to know each … Read more

Songs about New York

Empire State of Mind New York City has occupied a central role in film, television, literature and art.  The City That Never Sleeps has also inspired some of the most memorable music ever recorded and continues to feature in hit songs today.  So, whether you are about to visit the city or you find yourself wandering around its incredible streets or reminiscing about priceless memories made here, be sure to have the following NYC-themed songs on repeat.  Did you know that music is also a great way to practice listening skills and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of idiomatic and slang expressions?  These songs will also provide an awesome soundtrack for improving your English while you study English in New York. Here are some famous songs about New York City: New York, New York – Frank Sinatra One of the most iconic songs about New York City is most often associated with “old blue eyes”, Frank Sinatra.  However, the song was first performed by Liza Minelli in the 1977 film, New York, New York.  The song features the classic lines, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere”. Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift You don’t have to be a TSwift fan to appreciate this modern NYC anthem, which appeared on her highly successful album, 1989.  The song offers a positive “welcome to New York” for anyone who is open to the opportunities that the city has to offer: “It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat / The lights are so bright but they never blind me”. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys It’s easy to see why The Times called this song a “loveletter to New York City”.  The hit song describes NYC as a “concrete jungle where dreams are made” , an inspiring city where you can do and be anything.  No … Read more

NYC activity- Indoor Rock Climbing

When you study English in New York you have so many choices when it comes to activities.  Activities are a great way to practice your English conversation skills and make new friends!   Let us introduce you to a sport’s activity we found just for you! What is it? The Cliffs location offer the best indoor climbing experience for every level from the beginner to the expert. You can choose your way to challenge yourself physically and mentally on multiple climbing walls.  It’s also an experience where you can forge friendships with local or school people. Whatever the weather is, you can choose this activity to share a good moment and in the same time have a fun workout. What do you need to bring? If you don’t have any climbing equipment, you can also rent the entire Gear (climbing shoes, harness + chalk bag) on the spot. The only thing you have to wear is some comfortable or sport clothes. What will happen when you arrive at the location? First you have to watch a short video that explains every particularity regarding the activity and the rules you have to respect there. After that, you will be able to sign the waiver asking by the staff. They will introduce you how to use the equipment and how to choose the difficult in line with level.  The facility is open every day from 6am-12am during the week and 6am-2am during the weekend. The location is 11-11 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY 11101. You can take subway lines E, M, 7, G subway lines to Court Square-23rd St.  For a day pass without equipment the cost is $32.  If you need to rent equipment the price goes up to $44.  If you show your student ID then you can get a discount. You must be 16 … Read more

Fun Upcoming NYC event: Oktoberfest

New York is home to many people from around the globe, so New Yorkers love cultural celebrations.  Now through the end of October, New Yorkers will be celebrating Oktoberfest.  Even though the festival originated in Germany, everyone likes to celebrate it. This festival started over 200 years ago in Munich and included a horse race.  The first celebration was when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. The biggest Oktoberfest events take place in Central Park in Rumsey Playfield and Waterfront-Watermark Bar on Pier 15. You can find Oktoberfest events in all five boroughs of New York City in many different public places.  There are various festivities and most of them are family friendly.  Festivities include wearing traditional German clothing, drinking beer, and eating traditional food (such as bratwurst and sauerkraut) and snacks, like pretzels.  There are also a lot of contests like stein holding.  Just remember that in the U.S. you must be at least 21 years old to enter a bar or biergarten.  Do you know what a biergarten is?  It’s an outdoor area where people enjoy drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages. When you study English in New York there are so many exciting activities to participate in.  When you go to these events you can not only have an enjoyable experience, but you can also meet other people and practice using English.  It’s important to challenge yourself to meet others while you are studying abroad so that you make friends from all over the world and also use English as much as possible while you’re here. Whether you attend Oktoberfest or not, make sure to find ways to practice your English every day! Other ways to practice your English speaking in NYC or any city are to attend language exchange groups in the city, … Read more

Fun Upcoming Event in NYC: The Feast of San Gennaro

Upcoming Event in NYC: The Feast of San Gennaro When you study English in New York, there are so many events to enjoy during your free time! The Feast of San Gennaro is a popular event in Little Italy, from September 12-22, 2019 with Italian food and free entertainment. The Feast of San Gennaro began in September 1926 when Italian immigrants arrived and made this neighborhood their own, to maintain their tradition they started to celebrate San Gennaro day with a street fair that has been happening for 93 years. The major highlight of the festival is the Grand Procession of the statue of San Gennaro, the Procession starts at 2 pm on the last Saturday of the feast, September 21st, so if you really want to live the full Italian experience, follow the parade! The feast also features the traditional Italian American street fair along Mulberry Street serving some of the most excellent Italian food in NYC, like cannoli, sausages, zeppole, fried dough, torrone cookies, and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches. There’s even a cannoli-eating competition on September 13th at 1pm and a meatball-eating competition on September 21st at 1pm. Date/time: September 12-22,2019, starts in the morning but live entertainment starts at 7:30pm Location: Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston street Cost: free to enter but you will have to pay for food & drinks Age: for everybody, it’s a family friend event How you can get there: by train, take the yellow line (N,Q,R,W) to Canal Street Station After eating and enjoying the festival you can walk in SoHo, visit stores and cafes. You can also go to Battery Park to enjoy the view of Hudson River, do some sports like football at Pier 40 or just enjoy the sunset at Rockefeller park. If you want more culture you can take a … Read more