Marcela from Colombia Shares Her EC New York Experience

Marcela Mesa is from Colombia. She has been studying at EC New York 30+ school since June 12th and will continue to study until July 7th.  Here is some more information about her experience at EC New York. Name: Marcela Mesa Country: Colombia Why is she studying English? Marcela is studying English for her job back in Colombia where she teaches pharmacy at a university. Why is she studying in NY? The university that she is employed for sent her here to study English, nevertheless she loves it here! What is the best thing about living/studying in New York? New York is an interesting city with many things to do which is great for someone like her who likes to travel. Already she has gone to some famous places such as Broadway. With New York being a multi-cultural city, she can experience all kinds of cultures here during her stay. What does she like best about EC New York? She likes how EC New York is in the center of New York City. The classes themselves are great because the teachers speak slowly for students to easily understand and learn English. What plan does she have after she graduates here? She plans to return to her university and teach what she has learned here. Thanks, Marcela! You could also take Adult English Courses in New York like Marcela at EC New York.   

Meet Student Ambassador, Jisun!

Jisun Baek is a student from South Korea who as been studying at EC New York since March 6th and will continue studying until August 20th. She is currently a student ambassador! Here is some more information about her experience at EC New York.   Why is she studying English? Jiseun plans to be a flight attendant in South Korea. Improving her English would prove to be beneficial for her future career as a flight attendant.   Why is she studying in NY? When she was young, she dreamed of going to New York. Now that she is here, she can enjoy New York and learn English at the same time!   What is the best thing about living/studying in New York? NYC has great transportation for someone like Jiseun who does not have a driver’s license; she can easily take the bus or train. Jiseun also loves how there are so many people from all over the world in New York, allowing her to make as many foreign friends as she likes.   What does she like best about EC New York? She is not the type of person who likes to learn English by just sitting at a desk. She feels that the teaching styles at EC New York allow her to learn English in a much more enjoyable, fun manner.   What plan does she have after she graduates here? She plans to attend New York University and further her English studies. Afterwards, she plans to go to the west coast but still has not decided what she wants to do there. What’s for sure is that she wants to become a flight attendant when she eventually goes back to South Korea.   Thanks, Jiseun! Find out more about  EC’s New York ESL school.

Hsin-Yu Chen from Taiwan

Taiwanese student, Hsin-Yu came to EC New York to improve her English and to increase her job opportunities outside of her country. Here is more information about her EC experience!  Name: Hsin-Yu Chen Country: Taiwan Level: Upper Intermediate Number of weeks at EC New York: 12 weeks   1.What do you do in your country? I graduated from a college in my country before I came to NYC. 2.Why do you want to study English? I want to get a job outside of Taiwan. 3.Why do you like about living in New York? My favorite place is a neighborhood in New York called SoHo, which has a good atmosphere and high fashion brands stores! 4.What is your favorite things about EC? EC has many kinds of activities after school and it’s a good way to relax. 5.Share a memorable experience? I tried a lot of different kind of food from several countries. Also I learned a lot about different cultures. 6.What advice would you offer to a new EC student?  I would advise them to join the school activities and to make new friends.   Check out our Adult English Courses in New York 

“Studying at EC New York was the best decision of my life” – Jan’s Testimonial

Jan studied in our General English course at EC in 2013. Here is his #ecexperience: Studying at EC New York was probably the best decision of my life. While enjoying my time in one of the most amazing, thrilling, multi-cultural and beautiful citys in the world,  I’ve been able to work on my English skills as well. I came to New York with the goal to pass the Certificate of Advanced English. My English was on an upper-intermediate level as I arrived, but within just two weeks, I really felt that my English had improved a lot and about half a year after my language stay, I really achieved my goal and passed the CAE! But EC is not just about learning English, it’s also about becoming friends with students from all around the world. While having fun with people from different cultures and exploring the city that never sleeps, you also have the possibility to use your English in real life situations. I really had an unbelievable great time in New York and I’d recommend EC New York to really everyone who wants to improve their English while enjoying the American way of life and becoming friends with a bunch of international students. This will definitely be a time you’ll never forget.

Amazing Lessons, Amazing Teachers – Akira’s Testimonial

Akira studied in our Academic Year English programme. Here is his story: At last the day I leave the school has come.It’s very hard to write and speak about my feelings since I’ve been studying here for a long time, one year or so. Now I feel bittersweet. I really appreciate all teachers who I met in the school. Speaking of which, Nolan and Amy were my first teachers and they taught me the fun of English in New York City. To be honest, I was extremely shy when I arrived here and also was worried about everything I would experience. If I hadn’t met them, my NY life possibly would have gone bad. Gabe and Emily were my second teachers. I’m also grateful to them for their amazing lessons.At that time, I was so depressed that all my best friends I met here were leaving. But they encouraged me every time. So I could keep studying without losing passion. After 3 or 4 months, I was feeling a bit bored studying English in spite of the great lessons. So for a change of pace, I decided to join the Cambridge class. Cory, Emil, Brett, Sarah, Jessie and Alena were the teachers when I took it. As their class were amazing, all classmates were able to focus on each of the classes easily. I hadn’t known anything about Cambridge exam until I enrolled in the course. But, for sure, I believe that I could improve a lot in the class. Well, maybe I could have worked and studied harder than I actually did though… Anyway, I’m glad to have been able to study there. Lastly, Jamey, Austin, Tiffany, Helen, John, Saran and Kaori! Thanks for all your help. Maybe the reason why I love EC was built by them. Especially, … Read more

Meet “Karol with a K” – our celebrity blogger studying at EC New York

Karol, a Brazilian blogger and journalist, is currently studying in EC New York’s Semi-Intensive English course. Learn more about Karol and her journey to “the greatest city in the world”: Why did you want to study English in New York? This is actually my fourth time here in New York City. The last time I was here, I had an opportunity to interview Selena Gomez for work. The language barrier was a constant challenge whenever I would come across new people. One reason why I want to learn English is because I want to interview American celebrities. They have given me many opportunities to interview them, but I have not done these interviewees since I cannot express myself well in English. And I would not like to do an interview where I have to hold a paper and read the questions and not express myself professionally. The reason I chose New York to be my home for the next six months was nothing more than my belief that this is the greatest city in the world. I love the atmosphere, the people here, and the countless attractions this city has to offer. What is your favorite store to shop at? It will have to be Forever 21. I am a huge fan of all their designer lines and the various styles of clothing which they are known to carry. I love how open and easily accessible everything seems to be whenever I go there. All of the items there are also inexpensive and readily available. In Brazil, I would frequent this store quite often too.  What are your other interests? I like music, travel, I like make-up and I like to do makeup –tutorial video, I post a video of how to curl your hair and this video has almost 3 … Read more

Building English skills and confidence – Hanjoo’s Testimonial

Hanjoo studied in our TOEFL preparation course.  Hello, I am Hanjoo Bae and many friends know me as Andy. I have been here for six months during this time. I have had experienced not only such cultural activities, but also a great educational improvement. At first time, I was in low intermediate. It was very lucky for me, given the fact that I met nice friends and teachers. The teachers of that class were Nick and Jonathan, who were my first teachers at EC New York. They were very nice and always encouraged us to build up our English skills and confidence. Few weeks later, I moved up to High Intermediate class, the level was two levels higher than the previous one. There was a teacher, his name was Drew and his class was so academic that I improved my English skills again with him. I like that kind of class. Anyway, I moved up again to Upper Intermediate class and changed my course to TOEFL. The time that I was in TOEFL class was about half of my EC life. What I liked the most about TOEFL class were the teachers. Tatiana, Jesse, and Brett, they were so enthusiastic and humorous that I was able to concentrate on my studies and be entertained at the same time. Among them, it is no stretch to think that Tatiana was my best teacher, since she contributed to my improvement in TOEFL speaking which happened to be my weakest part. She was also my tutor who mentally supported me as well. For these reasons, I don’t regret choosing ECNY as my English Institute and I will never forget these fragrant memories.

EC New York English classes help students achieve goals

Pelin studied in our Intensive English program from December through March of this year. Additionally, she opted to spend part of her intensive program in our English for Work course. In this course, she learned a variety of business English skills including negotiating, writing a CV, job interview skills, business case studies and more. Here are some words from Pelin about her experience at EC New York:  I can recommend EC English- New York because of the friendly atmosphere and you can meet many different people from all across the world. I discovered so many things in New York. Now I’m feeling more confident in my English and planning to do an MBA in New York. I hope I will come back again! Good luck for everyone! Good luck to YOU, Pelin!  For more information about the variety of courses we offer at EC New York, check out our course site here.  

5 Cool Things to do in NYC for FREE

By Austin Yang As you probably know by now, New York City isn’t cheap! Whether it is buying a ticket to a Broadway show or paying money to take a picture with a Disney character, these expenses can sure add up. But you can still have fun and try out cool new things for the price of…… ZERO dollars! Yes, you read it correctly. There are events, art galleries, parks, and more! Here are the Top 5 FREE fun things to do in NYC: 1) Central Park With spring coming, why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and experience Manhattan’s illustrious urban park. At this time of the year, Central Park has many free events and gorgeous scenic views from all corners. There are also many statues that are fixtures there along with the rest of the landscape. I highly recommend this place to those of you who enjoy spending time outdoors and basking in the warm sunlight. 2) Chelsea Galleries The Chelsea district offers fine art galleries that are open to the public year round. Some of the more recognized galleries include Petzel Gallery (456 W. 18th st), Hauser & Wirth (511 W. 18th st), David Zwirner (519, 525 and 533 W. 19th st), and Barbara Gladstone (515 W. 24th st) Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of contemporary art or just have a taste for fine art! Afterwards, you can practice discussing art at your English private lessons in New York! 3) Governor’s Island (Opens to the public in May 2014) Did you know the ferry to Gov. Island is free? Every summer you have access to the ferry via route of either Brooklyn or Manhattan, whichever port happens to be closest to you. The island was actually a military outpost at one … Read more