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How to Improve your Vocabulary and Cultural Knowledge

Have you heard the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” before? This means that one picture can provide more meaning and more information than many, many words. Leonardo da Vinci knew it, as well as Napoleon Bonaparte. I ...

How to Improve Your Listening Skills with Podcasts

With long commutes on crowded trains in the subway every day, New Yorkers can often be found with some kind of headphones. We are trying to block out the world or get caught up on their latest podcasts on their way to work, classes, and ...

Celebrate Labor Day with 5 Work-Related Idioms

This Monday (September 2) is a national public holiday in the United States that honors working people and their hard work.  Labor Day is always observed on the first Monday of September.  Americans consider it the unofficial end of  ...

How to Use Playwriting in NYC to Improve Your English

One of the most famous aspects of New York City culture is the theatre scene, including plays on and off Broadway. Short plays can help you see and hear new words, and see local stories in a different way than television and ...

How Can I Practice Pronunciation on My Own?

A common question that my students ask is “How can I practice my pronunciation at home, on my own time?” Practicing pronunciation is fun and easy at the English Language Instiute at Pace University because ...

10 Idioms About Baseball

The game of baseball has inspired more idioms in American English than any other sport. There are so many idioms, but here are ten important baseball idioms. Each idiom is explained in terms of the game of baseball, and how it ...

3 Idioms About Towels

May 25 is Towel Day. To celebrate, we’d like to share with you three fun English idioms about towels. #1  Towel off (v) To towel off idiomThis means to dry yourself or someone else or something with a towel...

How to Improve Your English Pronunciation

English Pronunciation can be tricky.  There are quite a few sounds in English that are specific to the language and do not even exist in other languages. For example, some English as second language learners have ...

3 Idioms About Dance

April 29 is International Dance Day. To celebrate, we’d like to share with you three fun English idioms about dance. #1  IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO: This is said when you want to emphasize that both people ...

3 Idioms About Earth

April 22 is Earth Day. This is the perfect day to share some idioms about ‘earth’ that are used in English. #1  DOWN TO EARTH: If you say that someone is down-to-earth, you approve of the fact that they ...

3 Things you Need to Know about English (and Maybe Didn't)

Learning English can be fun, but can also be challenging.  If you want to speak English well, here are three things you may not know about English, but will really help you. #1 One of the most common nouns in English is ...

3 Idioms About Purple

March 26 is Purple Day. PURPLE is RED + BLUE. To celebrate, here are three fun idioms” one with purple, one with red and one with blue. #1  PURPLE STATE: In U.S. general elections, a state that votes ...

3 Idioms About Water

March 22 is World Water Day. In honor of today, we at the English language Institute want to share three fun idioms about water. #1 (TO) KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER:  To manage to survive, especially ...

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