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I live in Germany, in the beautiful city, Cologne. My parents are from Portugal- I have both nationalities. My background is in financial services. I work for a well known insurance company in Germany. I speak German, Portuguese, Spanish and English, but I decided to try to study Business English here and see how it went. I can say, the class I am taking delighted me. I would recommend NYEA to my company, family and friends because the lessons are diversified and educational. I feel my English getting better and it will help me a lot in my next step to work for a big international company. I love to travel a lot and try to discover the whole world. It’s my first time in New York. It’s amazing!

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Every year, specifically on April 1st, Iraqi people celebrate “April Fool’s”. Many days before, they prepare their tricks. Unfortunately, I [always] forget this day, so I am always an easy victim. But this day is a day of fun and laughter in my country. – Niran, Iraq

 

In Spain, “April Fool’s Day” is celebrated on December 28th. Newspapers make-up stories, so be careful if you are traveling to Spain [during] Christmas vacations, do not forget about it! Don’t believe everything you [hear] or read that day! – Irene, Spain

 

At a young age [in] school, I was specialized in playing pranks. The day before April 1st, my friends and I wanted to prepare the greatest trick ever made in our school history. We took a dozen eggs and put them under the teacher’s seat. After a few minutes, the teacher came in and you can imagine how it ended! – Robin, Italy

 

In Thailand, we also have an April Fool’s Day. We play a trick or [make] a fake story for a joke. For example, last year I played a joke with my friend- I told her I [was] getting married, but in fact, I’m single.- Yhada, Thailand

 

I’ve been tricked once in camp in California. We had some kind of a bet, which I lost. Accordingly, I woke up with my hair dipped in honey. Then, I had a really hard time washing it out. And the worst part was, the camp was on a big lake, so the amount of insects in my hair was just ridiculous! It was fun, though. – Karyna, Ukraine

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Shannon teaches TOEFL at NYEA. She started teaching ESL in 2004 in South Korea, and has also taught in Chile and a few different New York schools. In addition to being an ESL teacher, Shannon is an ethnomusicologist. That means she studies music in relation to culture—what music means to people and why it’s important. She teaches classes on music in Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and the US at other schools, and sometimes plays Brazilian and Japanese instruments. Listening to music in English is a great way to learn the language and better understand English-speaking cultures, so listen a lot!

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This spring I hope to walk in Central Park and visit the Museum of Natural History. Then, I want to return to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden because in the winter there aren’t many flowers… I can’t wait because I love natural places, they are very colorful and I feel so good and relaxed in [them]. – Martina, Italy

This spring, I will stay in New York City and I think I will enjoy a lot here. First, I will go to central park with my friends. We are able to see beautiful scenery and cute animals, such as squirrels. And then we can go to some famous museum. For example, we can go to Metropolitan museum, which is known by most people all over the world. – Sunny, China

I will continue studying English to improve it and be able to enter university. I will also take advantage of the weather, to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds me here in New York. – Alejandro, Colombia

I’m looking forward to going on picnics in Bryant Park with some food and drinks. And I want to see cherry blossoms in America. I see cherry blossoms in Korea every spring but I haven’t seen that in America. If I go to see them, I’ll take a picture. Also in spring, I’ll just walk down the street and parks because I like walking but winter is too cold to walk. – Soobin, South Korea

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March Student Spotlight March 3, 2017

Jean Alpha Baudequin (Brazil) Level 1

Hi, many name is Jean Baudequin, I’m 23 years old. I came to study at NYEA to improve my English because I want to start university here in America. I’m impressed, I never imagined that I could learn so fast. With the help of the teachers I feel that every day I improve and I believe that soon I will be able to begin my studies and life in America.

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In Japan, there is a custom in which women give chocolates to men on February 14th. In return, men give cookies to women on March 14th. The purpose of this behavior is not only to show love, but to show gratitude. – Yoshi, Japan

 

In my country, for the first date, usually the man invites the woman to the restaurant and he pays the check. If he is very romantic, he gives flowers to the girl. In the case of a marriage proposal often the man chooses a particular important place for the couple and he gives the ring to the future bride! – Maria, Italy

 

Marriage customs in Thailand are Buddhist. [The bride and groom] offer food to the monks, wear traditional Thai dress and there is Thai music and food for the party. Praiya,  Thailand

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New Scholarship for Citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan

On January 27 2017, our new president signed an order banning all refugees and every citizen of 7 countries from entering the United States. This was an unacceptable development for anyone who knows the history of this country. This is a nation built, in large part, by immigrants from all over the world. Some of the first Americans were religious minorities fleeing oppression in their own countries. That is why freedom of religion is written into our constitution – the original law of the land.

In the past, as each new wave of immigrants has arrived, yes, they have faced discrimination. But each group, Germans, Irish, Italians, Asians, Jews, Mexicans (and on and on) have found a place and made a valuable contribution to our society. While our country has not always kept faithful to this idea of welcoming newcomers, it has always been at its strongest when it does.

Since 1886, The Statue of Liberty has sat in New York Harbor and welcomed these waves of new Americans. A plaque on the statue famously reads:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

That poem was written by Emma Lazurus who was active in working with refugees fleeing religious oppression. This is the spirit of the United States. And it’s in this spirit that we have decided to offer a scholarship that will provide 1 free month of tuition to students from the countries targeted by this presidential order. Please spread the word and encourage friends and family from these 7 countries to see if they qualify for this new scholarship.

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Letter from the Director! February 10, 2017

 

From the Director:

February is the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day — the day of love. Saint Valentine was, by accounts, repeatedly arrested and finally executed simply for practicing his faith and for marrying couples who were not legally allowed to wed in 3rd century Rome. In the 21st century, there are still those who would place barriers to love and build walls out of fear of those who are different from themselves. At times when love and compassion seem in danger of giving way to fear, blame, and hate, let us remember that love is universal. It is everywhere — in everyone. It knows no boundaries. It cannot be stopped at the border. It needs no visa.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Studying at NYEA will definitely play a significant role in my future plans. I study tourism in France. In [the] tourism business, to speak English fluently is the key to the customer satisfaction. That’s why I decided to take a break and improve my English level in New York. I’m also passionate [about] travels and i think knowing English makes travel easier and more exciting. At NYEA, teachers are native speakers, friendly, patient and engaging. Their classes are always fun and energetic.

Another particularity of this school is its diversity of nationalities. Here you don’t only learn English, but also discover other cultures, customs and meet new people. My NYEA experience will be a strong point in my resume!

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Studying in NYEA really built my ability and confidence to talk more, to express myself better. I love my Business teacher Frank and Slang class teacher Katie so much, they are like my best friends in these two months of study. Besides that, I got really professional help from Business class and know how to chit-chat with Americans from Katie. I also made great friends in class. It’s a wonderful experience here.

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