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

The Amish Country

One of EC’s weekend trips is to the Amish Country. In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch. However, a dialect of Swiss German predominates in some Old Order Amish communities, especially in the American state of Indiana.[4] As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in the United States and approximately 1500 live in Canada.[5] A 2008 study suggested their numbers have increased to 227,000,[6] and in 2010 a study suggested their population had grown by 10% in the past two years to 249,000, with increasing movement to the West.[1] Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. It is a requirement for marriage, and once a person has affiliated with the church, he or she may marry only within the faith. Because of a smaller gene pool, some groups have increased incidences of certain inheritable conditions.[7] Church districts average between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member’s home. The district is led by a bishop and several ministers and deacons.[8] The rules of the church, the Ordnung, must be observed by every member. These rules cover most aspects of day-to-day living, and include prohibitions or limitations on the use of power-line electricity, telephones, and automobiles, as well as regulations on clothing. Many Amish church members may not buy insurance or accept government assistance such as Social Security. As Anabaptists, Amish church members practice nonresistance and will not perform any type of military service. Members who do not conform to these expectations and who cannot be convinced to repent are excommunicated. In addition to excommunication, members may … Read more