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New York City Your Best Tool for Learning English

Learning a language that’s not native to you can be a tedious process and can often take a considerable amount of time. Depending on your skill level and the difficulty of your second (or third or fourth or fifth!) new language, it can take weeks, months, or even years to feel comfortable with the new language. If English is your new language, there are many options for you when it comes to learning and adapting to the language, and when you’re ready, there are also many ways for you to advance your career in the discipline of foreign language learning.

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The New York English Academy provides a tremendous support system and an accredited certification process should you decide to go into the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program offered at this institution will set you up with all of the required abilities you’ll need to help others learn English in the most efficient and effective ways. The certification is required in order for you to teach the language to others, and the New York English Academy has considered all of the factors that help make the process easy for you, the instructors, and of course, your future students.

Here are the reasons why the New York English Academy is the best choice for you if you’re considering a TESOL career:

  • The global standard is shifting from British English to US English

This form of the English language at one point used to be the standard of formalities, but as American English continues to spread in popularity and usage, it has now become the basis for teaching English across the world. With the influence of American movies, music, and television, the shift has changed. New York English Academy is nestled in downtown New York City, so you’re sure to get plenty of exposure to this form of the English language.

  • The program is student-centered around communication

So much of what we learn in the classroom can be considered theory and methods, but in a teaching setting, there also needs to be a heavy emphasis on practice and application. Since you’ll be spending most of your time trying to communicate with your students, New York English Academy has set up the program so that you’ll learn these strategies with the mindset of effective and practical communication in both Japanese and American English.

  • In-class activities help retention rates

So much of learning is considering how we learn. Again, textbook lessons are great but only to a certain extent. Realistic exercises as it relates to teaching a foreign language are even better strategies to get your students involved in an experiential way beyond the books. Since the classes are structured to cater to this teaching style, you’ll learn the best strategies and activities that can help your students put their skills to use in the real world.

  • Learning lesson plans and syllabi will help you in the long-run

Despite all the creative methods out there, you’ll still need to learn how to develop lesson plans so that your teaching strategies are effective and follow the curriculum set before you. This requires organization and attention to detail, and New York English Academy will help you fine-tune these skills so your students will be able to stay on track while still learning American English.

  • Allow for dry-runs before being certified

The New York English Academy also establishes classes taught by instructors using your lesson plans so you can see just how effective your strategies are, and by being able to sit on these classes, you’ll get a first-hand glimpse into how the classes are run and conducted.

  • Thorough review processes will help you refine your skills as an instructor

With the help of your instructor, you’ll be able to review the skills that you’ve learned and discover your strengths and areas that need improvement so that you can better understand how your future classes will look and how you will instruct American English. This personalized program will help you develop the skills necessary to pursue your career in TESOL.

The New York English Academy wants you to be confident when pursuing a career in TESOL. By setting you up for success with a thorough and comprehensive program, you can be assured that your future in TESOL will be successful and effective both for you and your students right here in New York City!

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I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the reasons I love summers in New York City is that everyone seems to be in constant relaxation mode. The subways are lighter since more people are spending more time outside, and the mood always seems happier when the weather is warm and inviting. Don’t get me wrong – July can be an intense month when it comes to the heat and the power of the sun, so I have to stress how important it is to be safe and protect your skin. Hydrate often, and be prepared with sunscreen.

With that sad, there are always a ton of activities available in New York City in the summer, and July is no exception. With the 4th of July holiday early in the month, you might notice that traffic and general population is quite light this week, as most people disappear to other pockets of the country to celebrate the holiday. (This is another reason why I love this month in the city – it feels like I have the entire place to myself!)

Given the friendly vibe that this weather gives to people, this is a great time to put your English-speaking skills to use with those around you, whether they’re your friends or even strangers. The summer is also a time that attracts tourists from all over the world, so keep an open mind because you never know who you might meet!

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  1. Waterfront Day, July 13th

Honestly, what better way to enjoy the sun AND the water than spending some time in Manhattan’s Seaport District? With tons of activities to participate in and plenty of scenic views to remind you that you live in the greatest city in the world, you can easily spend all day in this area. Due to the increase of tropical storms and rising seas, you’ll also be able to learn about how you and your community can help to preserve the area. Pick up brochures to practice your English reading skills, check out social to see what everyone else is saying and help with the written conversation, and engage with other event-goers to find out what other activities they participated in so you can use your English-speaking skills!

  1. Ozy Fest, July 20th and 21st, Central Park

If you plan enough ahead for this one, this is a can’t-miss event. Dubbed as the most interactive New York City festival, you’ll be able to watch cooking demonstrations from well-known TV personalities, listen to some of the most popular musical acts, and be a part of many live discussions with many other famous personalities. With tons of international food options and the ability to meet tons of people, this is an opportune moment for you to practice your English skills with the hundreds of attendees around you. It’s the best of both worlds, so gather your friends and gear up for an exciting summer weekend in Central Park!

  1. Restaurant Week, July 22nd – August 16th

I’ve written about this event before, but it’s too good to not repeat. If the summer heat is dragging you down and you need some relief, this is a great opportunity for you to try out some eateries that you haven’t gotten around to trying at discounted prices. The menus will offer you options that you may not have otherwise been able to try due to your budget, so this timing is a great time to try something new. And as always, this is a great opportunity for you to practice your English skills – from reading the menu to communicating with your waiter, you’ll be able to walk away from dinner happy that you tried something new and with a sense of relief from the summer heat.

Whether summer is your favorite season or one that you prefer to spend indoors, New York City has endless options for you to take advantage of everything that the city has to offer. With tons of outdoor activities and plenty of indoor things to do to escape the heat, you’ll never be bored during the month of June. With so many people being out of town this month, you’ll definitely want to explore pockets that you haven’t seen before. Plus, you’re surrounded with plenty of opportunities to give your English skills some practice and real-world use, so keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you. Happy Summer!

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These days, it’s more helpful than ever to know more than just one language. As our various cultures merge more and more due to technology and the integration of social media into our everyday lives, you never know when you may come across the need to understand a foreign language. Luckily, with that very technology and advancement in communication, there are so many ways to acclimate yourself with these other cultures and diverse experiences.

Because of this, there’s also a growing interest in learning new languages from others in a classroom setting. This enables better human interaction, immersion into the very culture that holds that language originally, and the ability learn from credited experts. If you’re interested in this kind of program, the New York English Academy is one of the first to offer this course with emphasis on American English. If you’re thinking of exploring this as a future option for yourself, keep reading to find out how others have benefitted from this program and how its location in New York City can practically be a second classroom for you.

tesol teacher

  1. Combining two practices

Teaching can often be considered a two-fold occupation. Since a teacher must not only be a master of his or her specific discipline or subject, but the art of teaching must also be mastered. These days, teaching is no longer just lecturing and grading exams. Studies show that implementing other teaching and learning strategies have longer and better effects on students.

New York English Academy’s TESOL program combines both of these divisions of mastery within the curriculum. Not only will you become a master of the American English language, but the actual act of teaching will also be included in your learnings. From creating sample syllabi to holding mock lessons, you’ll be able to incorporate the unique ability to teach American English to other students.

  1. New York City as a teacher

One of the most amazing benefits of this program is its location. Nestled in the heart of downtown Manhattan, you’ll be immersed in all different kinds of cultures and backgrounds. New York City is known for being a massive melting pot, a place where people from all over the world come to live, work, and thrive. Because of this, you’ll be able to interact with thousands of people, allowing you to put your classroom skills to use in the real world. Engage with people as they’re going about their everyday lives, and you’ll be surprised at just how much you can retain without overthinking it.

On top of that, you may find that your skills and learnings might help others out. Because so many come to New York City to visit, so many will simply not be familiar with English, so if they find that you seem comfortable with the language, they might ask you for help. In this instance, this is a great way to utilize your English teaching skills with others in the real world. What better way to put those learned practices to use than in the streets of Manhattan!

  1. Practical pricing structures

Advancing your education or qualifications might make you feel uncertain as it relates to your finances and time. While the benefits of getting your certification are obvious, the means of acquiring it can often be tedious. The New York English Academy understands these trepidations, as they’ve crafted reasonable course periods and pricing structures so that your life (or your wallet) won’t be majorly disrupted.

If you’re already a teacher, they’ve designed a program over the summer to cater to your demanding schedule so that you won’t have to miss any work time, and you can complete the program in a short yet intensive two-week period. If you’re in college, there’s a program that works with your schedule as well so that your classes won’t be disrupted, and you’ll still be able to find your own personal balance.

Considering the magnitude of what is instructed in these programs and the real, hands-on experience you’ll be getting from your English-speaking professor, the programs are radically reasonable in price, meaning that your wallet won’t be taking a beating from choosing to further qualify yourself and your future.

Ultimately, choosing to look into the TESOL program at the New York English Academy can help you further your career and better advance your qualifications so you can more easily set yourself up for success. Not to mention – you’ll be living in one of the greatest cities in the world!

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There are many reasons to love New York City in the start of the summer. For me, the start of summer seems to just put everyone in a great mood, which makes my daily commutes more tolerable, the interactions with my coworkers more pleasant, and the Vitamin D from all the sunshine just generally lifts my spirits overall. The temperatures aren’t super high just yet in June, so it’s still bearable to be outside. With kids being out of school, there’s also just a level of excitement in the air, all over the city. My advice for June: get outside as much as you can while the weather is still tolerable (before it gets too hot), and enjoy the sunshine!

gay parade

While you’re out and about this month, the first official month of summer, be sure to think about ways you can put your English skills to use. Luckily, since this month tends to bring everyone out of their apartments and in the fresh air, you’ll be surrounded by plenty of opportunities to engage with other people. Here are a few things going on during the month of June for ideas on how you can not only have fun and take advantage of this amazing city but also put your English speaking skills to use.

  1. Governors Ball, Friday, May 31st – Sunday, June 2nd, Randalls Island Park

This is a pretty huge event that takes place every year, and it’s a pretty deal in New York City. As a three-day music festival, it can draw in thousands of people, so really think ahead if this is something you want to attend! While you’re there though, it’s a great experience to be around so many iconic musicians and all the other huge fans. For some unique English practice, look up some of the artists on the lineup for the event, and start learning their music. It’s a great way to not only learn more music and genres, but it’s a great way to learn some new English words and maybe you’ll even connect with other fellow fans while you’re there.

  1. Gay Pride, all of June (Gay Pride March is Sunday, June 30th)

If you haven’t noticed by now, New York City is one of the gay pride capitals of the world. Many people come to New York City just to experience the culture of openness and acceptance that the city has to offer for those that do not identify as heterosexual. Events all over the city will be held for the entire month of June to commemorate this movement, so you’ll be sure to see tons of rainbow symbols during this month. You can get involved by attending one of the many comedy shows, art exhibits, marches, and even the music festival held at Pier 97. So gather all of your supportive friends and take part in this really crucial, social movement. You can practice your English by sharing your support with members of the LGBTQ community and praising their bravery and pride.

  1. Shakespeare in the Park, through June 23rd, Central Park

This is another one of those New York City staples. Since the 1960s, this series produces free performances at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For the month of June, Much Ado About Nothing runs Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 pm. These events are wildly popular because not only are they outside in the summer night, but they’re free! On top of that, many noteworthy and iconic actors have taken part in these productions, so there’s almost always a great chance that you might experience a legendary performance! If you’re new to Shakespeare, this is a great chance for you to be exposed to the greatest playwright of our time. Or, you could read the play before watching it so you’ll get your English reading in as well as your English listening practice in. It’s a double win! P.S. Bring a blanket – the nights can still be pretty chilly in June!

Whether you’re looking for something low-key or something intense, you should know by now that New York City has everything to offer, no matter what you’re seeking. Also, don’t forget that the Big Apple is a huge melting pot, meaning that people from all over the world live in this great city, so there’s always an opportunity for you to put your English classroom skills to practice in the real world – and there’s no better teacher than the streets of one of the greatest cities in the world!

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By now, you’re probably enjoying the warmer weather, the sunnier days, and the ability to move around without layers of scarves and heavy jackets. I know May is definitely one of my favorite months in New York City because people tend to be happier now that the weather is just a bit more pleasant. In addition to that, people want to spend as much time as they can outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and the feel of the warm sun on their skin, so you might notice that the sidewalks are more congested and the parks just have more people there.

madison square garden

One of the best ways to practice your English is to completely immerse yourself in the real world around others that speak the language. There are so many great opportunities to do that in New York City, as so many more people are out and about this month. So I’ve compiled some of the best activities that you can take advantage of and still be able to put your learned English skills to use – all while being in the greatest city in the world!

  1. Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, May 9

If you don’t know who Billy Joel is, I suggest you look him up. Chances are, you’ve heard of his music, as he’s been around for decades now and has made a tremendous impact on the world of rock and roll. Since 2014, Billy Joel has been a franchise of Madison Square Garden, meaning that he has agreed to perform at this venue once a month indefinitely. While this means that you can actually catch this living legend any month that you want, I decided to include it in this month’s round simply because it was time! I suggest downloading a few of his albums and practice your English by the way of music! You won’t regret it, I promise you!

  1. International Food Fest, 9th Avenue, May 18 – 19

For fifteen blocks stretching up 9th Avenue is this amazing two-day event to give you plenty to see and try. Entry into this festival is free, but I recommend bringing along some spending money because you’ll absolutely want to try all the foods available here since the tastes and bites come from all over the world. In addition to food, there’s tons of entertainment, like music, dancing, and of course, vendors. I included this event since most of you reading this come from all areas all over the world, so this is a great opportunity to get a little taste of home while you’re also learning more about other cultures – in the span of just a mile in New York City! Plus, with all these various cultures in this area, you’ll be immersed in many other languages as well, so this is your chance to not only put your English skills to use but to perhaps learn phrases from other parts of the world, too!

  1. BrunchCon, Brooklyn Expo Center, May 20

So, if you’re anything like me, you love a good, hearty brunch on an early weekend afternoon. After a few Bloody Mary’s and an excellent Eggs Benedict, my Sunday Scaries seem to just go away. So, I’m particularly excited about this event, as this is your chance to try out all the great restaurants that specialize in this in-between meal, and you can finally get the chance to try out all the dishes and drinks that you weren’t sure of before. Plus, interacting with these restaurateurs and other event-goers will give your English-speaking skills some exercise. So, put on your stretchy pants and get to this brunch event!

I really do love the month of May – it reminds me of my childhood when the end of the school year was near, and that excited feeling comes back to me every single year since. Plus, the end of May is the unofficial kick-off to summer, so there’s so much to do in this great city and plenty to see. And the best part is that so many new things continue to pop up month after month, so you’ll never be bored. Grab a group of friends and start thinking of all the things you want to do and see in the next couple of months because time will go by quickly! Don’t forget to put your English skills to use with everyone you interact with – before you know it, you’ll be speaking English without even thinking about it!

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English is one of the most commonly used languages in the world, and there are a tremendous number of programs all over the world that helps with the instruction of the language and its application. But what’s interesting is that there’s a shift happening in this discipline: instead of focusing on British English as the standard, American English is now becoming the most common dialect to learn and use.

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With the growing popularity of American pop culture, which includes movies, television, and music, more and more areas all over the world are adapting their English usage to match the American dialect. With this, it’s important to point out that New York English Academy now has this program in place for those that are interested in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about your next career move!

  1. Flexible for your schedule

Whether you’re a current college student or if you’re already a teacher, there are convenient options that will fit into your current lifestyle so you won’t have to put anything on hold. Be sure to do your research to find out which program best fits your needs as well as your schedule. You’d be surprised at how quickly you can adapt to the schedule!

  1. Hands-on approach

The American TESOL program is student-centered, so you can ensure that you’ll get the most immersive experience when it comes to learning the best practices. Additionally, the strategy behind the courses are more beyond just teaching content – there are extensive in-class theories and practices that are introduced to simultaneously cement the English language while you’re also absorbing real-world scenarios as they relate to incorporating a new language into your classroom. From role-playing and mock interviews to group work and open discussions, the criteria for learning American English is practical and immersive.

  1. Learn teaching theory

If you’re already a teacher currently, you may be used to one way of teaching your students. What’s rewarding about this American TESOL program is that it will teach you a new way to incorporate the structure of your teachings, which can include creating your syllabus, your lesson plans, and even your instructional approach. With new methods and theories coming to the market all the time, it’s always worth it to continue your own education and learn new ways to connect with your students.

  1. Learn from the best

The courses are instructed by an American university professor that specializes in TESOL, which means that you’ll be gaining real-world experience with American English, and having this expertise at your fingertips means that you can’t get any closer to the best resources available! You will also be able to utilize this professor’s background to better understand the history behind the language, its use cases, and the best ways to instruct a full class.

  1. Consider your location

There’s truly no better place to be than New York City, and since the New York English Academy is in the heart of this magical city, you can easily put your learnings to use just by stepping outside! New York City is a giant cultural melting pot, with thousands of people from all over the world residing here. With that said, you can rest easy in knowing that you will be surrounded by so many people that are also new to English and looking for ways to communicated with those around them. What better way to put your learnings to practical use that right in your backyard – or rather, your sidewalk!

The traditional classroom dynamic is changing. Instead of dry lectures and long testing periods, educational institutions are recognizing the values of having students learn from hands-on and immersive activities instead. New York English Academy is one of those academic locations that has learned the benefit of teaching its students practical and realistic ways to implement their learnings into the classroom. Since learning a second language can be difficult since communication is necessary to succeed, this is exactly why having that collaborative atmosphere is beneficial to long-term learnings and retention.

Pursuing a career in American TESOL is a tangible goal, as the program at New York English Academy is intensive yet practical and collaborative. As more and more areas all over the world are adapting their English courses to shift towards American English, you can strengthen your own hire-value by becoming certified as an American TESOL teacher. Contact the team today to get the next chapter of your career started!

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Surely you have enjoyed your time with the New York English Academy, learning and practicing the language while also getting to enjoy the amazing New York City. If you’re nearing the end of your academic studies at the Academy, you might be thinking of what you may want to do next, not only with your new English skills but perhaps for your profession.

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In today’s world, it’s largely helpful and beneficial to know more than one language, and as you complete your program, you’re one of the privileged that can say you’re fluent in more than one language. As our world’s cultures are mixing and merging now more than ever, having the skills to be able to teach the language is a huge benefit, not only for you, but for those seeking to be more communicable with these cultures.

Luckily, you have an advantage when it comes to ideas of what you may want to do as your next step. Your New York English Academy now has a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program for American English. What does this mean?

The English language can be difficult to learn and master as a second language, as there are many dialects and conventions from different countries that also speak English. Having this distinct training can help your students understand the language on a much more practical and everyday manner, further setting them up from greater success in the United States.

Why TESOL?

First and foremost, you’d be providing a service to students that are not only eager to learn the English language, but eager to immerse themselves in American culture. Think about the reasons you joined the Academy in the first place and what value it brought to your life. You can share the same learnings with these students and pass on what you’ve learned over the years from the program and from your real-life experiences while living in New York City and being surrounded by so many other languages and cultures.

What does the program entail?

As with the instruction of any kind of subject, teachers much balance two things: the subject that they’re actually teaching as well as the methodology and way in which they teach. Because teaching is more than just sharing knowledge, the actual act and art of teaching must be taught itself.

As part of the program, you’ll also learn strategies and teaching mechanisms for enhancing communication skills and methods of learning. Since language will obviously be a barrier when it comes to learning English, there are unique ways in which instruction can be implemented. You’ll also be able to learn from other teachers and mentors to hear and understand what’s worked for them, what they’ve learned over the years, and ultimately, encouragement and confidence that what you’re doing will matter so much in the long-run.

How long will the program take, and what are the logistics?

The program is brief yet intense so that you can complete the program in just four weeks. The classes are six hours a day, Monday through Friday. While this month-long program will be intensive, the benefit is that you won’t have a major disruption in your life should you choose to join the program. Once completed, you’ll receive our official token of achievement card that recognizes the completion of the program. This grants you the official certification from the Academy, which will help you move forward with the process of teaching English.

Bottom Line

The TESOL program at the New York English Academy is built to set you up for further success should you choose a career in teaching English to others. It’s designed with practical and real-world strategies that will engage your students and have them truly immersed in the process of learning American English. Exposure and interaction with other TESOL teachers and students will help prepare you in a realistic and practical way.

Ultimately, even if you choose to not teach English as a career path, you’ll have a skill that very few will have following completion of this program. No matter what you choose next for your future, you’ll have the unique and advanced ability to communicate with others from all over the world that will help your own communication skills as well as your own knowledge base. Participating in this program is an investment in yourself as well as an ongoing gift you can give to those around you.

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April is one of my favorite months in New York City. I’ve put my winter coats and scarves into storage, I open my windows for fresh spring air, and I tend to take more walks outside to enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer days. It just generally heightens my mood. With that said, I also tend to be more socially active once these spring days roll around, meaning I’m exploring the city more and enjoying life outside my apartment more often.

If you’re new to the English language and looking to gain some real-world NYC experience with it, these activities will provide you the opportunities to practice with your friends and other New Yorkers. After all, the Big Apple is a giant cultural melting pot, meaning there are thousands in this city that speak other languages themselves, looking to enhance their own English skills. Here are a few things to do this month in New York City that will keep you entertained while you fine-tune your English.

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  1. Pillow Fight, Washington Square Park, April 6th

This is a bit of a different one, and this is the first I’m hearing of this event myself, so I’m interested in finding out more about it, as I think I’ll be attending this year! Whether you choose to participate or simply watch the comedy show in front of you, it’ll surely give you plenty of entertainment for the day. Bring your own pillow or stuffed animal for some innocent fun, and you never know who you may meet while reliving your childhood, so come prepared with your best getting-to-know-you English phrases, and get ready to have some fun. What’s really cool is that this is actually an international event as well, so cities from all over the world will be participating in this on the same day, meaning you can be a part of this on an international level, too! Be sure to follow whatever hashtag they create for social media to follow all the other global events!

  1. Earth Day, April 22nd

Every year on this day, the nation comes together to pay attention to how we’re treating our environment and give back a bit to Mother Earth. Since the weather on this day is typically pleasant and warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, this is a great opportunity for you to spend some time in the many amazing parks that New York City has to offer. If you wanted to take it one step further, you can look into ways that you can volunteer to make the city a greener place by planting blooms or cleaning up your neighborhood. Many people also choose to completely turn off their devices, lowering their carbon footprint for the day. For some English practice, turn off your phone and have a picnic in the park and have some good old-fashioned conversation. You’d be surprised at how cleansing it can feel!

  1. Tribeca Film Festival, April 24th – May 5th

Every year, this festival takes place to spotlight and honor local film projects. The neighborhood during this weeklong event completely transforms to cater to those coming to the area to participate in this festival. From screenings of the movies and films to specials in area restaurants and bars, you and your friends can get a taste of current media culture right here in Tribeca. Talking about your favorites can help you practice your speaking skills, and watching the actual films can help you with your listening translation strengths. If April is a bit too rainy for your taste, another way you can honor this event is look at past film participants from prior years and hold a viewing party at your apartment.

No matter how long you’ve been in New York City or how long you’ve been practicing your English, there are endless ways to put your learnings to use. Since April is still kind of a transition month with uncertain weather patterns, it can be a bit tricky when it comes to making plans, but no matter what, you’re still in the greatest city with neverending things to do. And again, you’re surrounded with people from all over the world, so you’ll never be alone when it comes to learning English and adjusting to this great city. That’s what makes New York City one of the best places to learn and live in the world!

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Living in New York City means you have access to some of the best food in the world – from global bites at your fingertips to late night guilt-trips to the food trucks, it’s pretty difficult to find food that doesn’t satisfy your tastes. With all these delightful cuisines everywhere you turn, you might be surprised at quickly your body responds to all these new foods. I know when I first got to the Big Apple, I was eating out all the time, desperate to try as many restaurants and cuisines as possible. Not only did this hurt my wallet, but I found that my body wasn’t used to all these different ingredients. Additionally, even though I was walking everywhere and climbing many flights of stairs per day, I also started to notice a change in my body shape (and not for the better).

If you’re practicing your English in New York City right now and you’re experiencing similar circumstances, I’ve come up with a few ways that you can stay in shape even while you’re still testing out all the great food this amazing city has to offer. It’s easier than you think, and all of these options are easy on your wallet. You don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars on a gym membership – all of these strategies will get you moving with little cost. So pull out your sneakers, because if you’re ready to ditch those extra cuisine pounds, you’ll be putting them to good use.

running in new york city

  1. Sign up for a local race

One of the benefits of living in this great city is that are always tons of races to participate in. If you’re a runner (or even if you’re not), this is a great opportunity to get a few miles under your belt. I always find that when I’m running a 5k, it never really feels like 3.2 miles because I’m running alongside so many other people and taking in all the sights around me. Most of these are reasonably priced (depending on how big it is or if you choose to donate to a fund), so do some research, grab some friends, and get some fresh air. Plus, so many of these races are socially-backed, so you’re bound to meet tons of new people and practice your English social skills.

  1. Rethink your commute

Believe me, I know I’ve checked out every possible route for walking the least for my daily commute, especially when the weather is unbearable, like the deep cold or the extreme heat. On those days, I want to spend as much time in the heat or AC as possible. But if you’re looking for some free (and frankly, SUPER easy) exercise to burn off those street tacos that are too hard to resist, I highly recommend walking a few extra blocks to take a different subway line to get those extra steps in. Another easy trick I do on a daily basis is skip the escalator coming in and out of my subway stop. Instead, I’ll climb the stairs myself. While this may not make a huge difference overall, I know I’m making a better long-term choice for myself. Plus, if you devote to taking a different route, you might come across new shops or find your favorite new health store – this is a great way to keep your English reading and comprehensive skills intact.

  1. Your apartment = your new gym

You might notice that these days, technology has made life way easier in many aspects. For me, I’ve learned that if you do some research on health and wellness apps, you can find your new favorite exercise regimen. If your living space has the room, set up a nice workout spot so you can start with the basics, like practicing your plank or learning some new yoga moves. For me, this was a great way to build my motivation and confidence before I worked my way up to a gym membership. Once I felt more comfortable in my healthy body, I was able to step into the gym and use their professional machines. If you’re dedicated towards your English learning, many of these apps are instructed, so this is a great way to improve your English language listening and comprehension.

Of course, I love living in this great city and trying out all the amazing foods, but I also quickly learned the effect that this lifestyle had on my body. So be sure to try these great tactics out so you can still indulge and feel healthy – all while practicing your En

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March in New York City can be a tricky time of the year. In the beginning of the month, it tends to still be pretty cold and blistery, and by this unofficial tail end of winter, it can be hard to be optimistic for the warmer months. By the end of March, typically, you’ll start to notice some whispers of early spring. You might have a really sunny day with the faint sound of birds chirping. You might start to notice the weather slowly creeping towards a comfortable 50 degree benchmark. Either way, March is a transition month, which might make it difficult to decide what to do in your free time. Should you bring your jacket? What shoes should you wear?

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If you’re also new to the English language, it might make these decisions even more intimidating. I’ve come up with a few things to do this month so that not only can you take full advantage of this awesome city but so you can also put your English learnings to use in real life. Your weather app will be your loyal friend this month, so before you head out, check the forecast, dress accordingly, and remember: have fun!

1. Women’s History Month; all month

You may have noticed that recently there have been tremendous progress with feminism and women’s progress. This is a crazy exciting time to be involved in all the events around the city to honor all the achievements that women have made over the decades in all walks of life, from Congress and medicine to the entertainment industry and law. Throughout the whole month, there are all sorts of events set up, so depending on where you are and what interests you and your friends, you’re bound to find something that will move and inspire you. By checking out these talks and tours, you’ll expand on your English listening and engagement skills, so there’s no better time to put your learnings to practice.

2. Big Apple Comic Con; Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10

While this event is smaller than the New York Comic Con, you can easily have a great experience rubbing elbows with some of the most well-known comic book creators of all time. Held at the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Madison Square Garden, you’ll have two full days to check out all the events and exhibits that this event has to offer. With some guests dressed up in costume or cosplay, it can be easy to get caught up in the feeling and reminisce about your favorite comic book superheroes. Check out the itinerary, grab your friends, and start practicing your favorite admiration English phrases, like, “I grew up with your work,” or “It’s such an honor meeting you.”

3. United Airlines Half Marathon; Sunday, March 17

If by chance you were able to check out the NYC Marathon in November, you’ll remember just how invigorating it was to cheer on so many participants as they stretched their physical limits all over the boroughs of New York City. If you’re chasing that same feeling, check out this half marathon will give you that fix. While this tour is obviously half in length as the race in November, the spirit remains. Starting in Brooklyn and ending in Central Park, you have amazing choices when it comes to where you want to take in your sights. Make signs cheering the runners on (great English writing practice) or pick out your favorite English optimism chants.

March is a fickle time of year, pretty much no matter where you go. It can be difficult planning your weekends when you’re not sure what the weather will be like, but keep in mind that you’re living in one of the best cities in the world, with so much to offer when it comes to activities. I always tell my visiting friends that if the weather is too extreme, don’t forget about all the museums New York City has so you can not only escape the harsh weather effects, but you can also be in the presence of incredible art and history. Always keep these options in the back of your mind when you’re making your plans. And as I always say, New York City is a huge melting pot, so if you’re trying to find ways to put your English learning skills to use in real time, don’t forget that you’re surrounded by thousands of other cultural transplants that are happy to help you!

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